SLATE - “Kurt Andersen talks with Amy Cappellazzo of Sotheby’s and filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn about the art market and Kahn’s new documentary, The Price of Everything.”
WALL STREET JOURNAL - “But not everything worth saying needs to be articulated in this highly polished documentary—a beautiful piece of representational art, as it happens.”
L.A. TIMES - “Kahn is a quiet filmmaker, and he gently prods his sources to go beyond the typical art world hyperbole of ‘gorgeous’ and ‘wonderful.’ And in a cool, clear-eyed way, he reveals how the $400-million sausage is made, how capitalism has turned art from idea into inventory.”
FINANCIAL TIMES - “Relying on the producers’ exceptional access — particularly Stockman’s — [Nathaniel] Kahn conducted the interviews. ‘I was not inside that world the way she was,’ Kahn says. ‘Sometimes I felt like Alice going down the rabbit hole.’”
NO FILM SCHOOL - “Kahn’s latest film wrestles with the machinations driving one of the most exorbitant markets there is, that of the contemporary art world, and the answer is The Price of Everything.”
MOVEABLEFEST - “The Price of Everything is well aware of the absurdity inherent in the culture it’s capturing, with no less than Gerhard Richter wondering aloud if one of his paintings should cost more than a house or doubling back to the Guggenheim to question whether a golden toilet, concocted by Maurizio Cattelan as a criticism of excess, actually merits a place there.”
CHICAGO TRIBUNE - "....Nathaniel Kahn's brilliant and captivating documentary about how the art world got converted into a money market"
THE NEW YORK TIMES - “This colorful and inquisitive cinematic essay on the state of the art world is occasionally skeptical and consistently thoughtful.”
TOWN & COUNTRY - “The Price of Everything, which Variety called ‘brilliant and captivating,’ takes a hard look at the intersection of contemporary art and commerce through a series of revealing interviews with artists (Marilyn Minter, Jeff Koons, George Condo, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby), dealers (Gavin Brown, Jeffrey Deitch, Mary Boone), auction-house honchos (Amy Cappellazzo, Simon de Pury), and collectors (Stefan Edlis, Holly Peterson).”
GAY CITY NEWS - “Director Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary The Price of Everything focuses tightly on the art world, but in depicting a world where everything is commodified and painters who aren’t hardcore careerists watch others make money from their work without benefiting themselves, it says a great deal about the state of American culture in 2018. ”
BLOOMBERG - “Kahn traces the boom in the contemporary art market to 1973, when taxi fleet owner Robert Scull and his wife, Ethel, unloaded more than 50 works by Willem de Kooning, Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Robert Rauschenberg at Sotheby’s Parke Bernet auction house in New York. Today the prices seem laughable—Rauschenberg’s Thaw went for $85,000—but at the time they were astonishing, signaling that money could be made trading such previously outré fare.”
SLANT MAGAZINE - “Nathaniel Kahn’s The Price of Everything is an examination of the skyrocketing sales of modern artwork over the last few decades. Yet the documentary isn’t a simple anti-capitalist harangue, as Kahn understands that money is a defining element of art-making, whether or not we wish to admit it.”
THE A.V. CLUB - “The master stroke of The Price Of Everything is that it asks the viewer, in Cappellazzo’s words, to see the intricacies of the art world and the way those two seemingly oppositional forces—the financial side and the creative side—are inextricably intertwined.”
THIS WEEK IN NEW YORK - “Traveling to art fairs, galleries, museums, and studios, Kahn gets a wide range of opinions on the subject, from such art-world denizens as Amy Cappellazzo of Sotheby’s, who savors the chase and the deal.”
ARTSY - “But even for those in the industry, The Price of Everything is a worthwhile watch, as longtime market players from across the art world talk uninterrupted about the relationship between art and money. The film lets their fierce opinions coexist without any kind of forced resolution.”
VOGUE - “Kahn, who asks the kinds of elementary, open-ended questions his viewer is probably wondering, serves as an appealingly unabashed guide to a world that can often seem frosty or inaccessible.”
THE OPINIONATOR - "A fascinating behind the scenes look at the upper-end of the contemporary art market."
VARIETY - “Nathaniel Kahn's enthralling documentary is about how the art world got taken over by money, but it's no screed. It's a look at the value of beauty.”
IONCINEMA - Nathaniel Kahn has gained unprecedented access to numerous art personalities and the works they all revere, to dive headlong into a community where everything is sold and traded like Wall Street stocks. The Price of Everything is a candid participatory investigation buttressed by massive and eclectic troves of knowledge and opinion that delight and infuriate in equal measure.
POV MAGAZINE - “Far more than a mere documentary about the excitement and allure of auction house shenanigans and the world of modern art, Nathaniel Kahn’s film beautifully navigates subjects as heady as the nature of art itself to the base concerns about valuation and the importance of a diverse investment portfolio that includes works the community agrees has value.”
FILMMAKER - “Thinking about money, and how it shapes us, made [The Price of Everything] the most surprisingly apropos viewing experience I had on the ground.”
HYPERALLERGIC - “The art market lays bare the absurdity of capitalism as a whole, in which value is not tied to anything tangible but to gambles based on trends.”
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER - “A look behind the sensational headlines charting the ever-rising prices for art sold at auction, Nathaniel Kahn's The Price of Everything offers interviews with those who make, sell, buy and study the art in question.”
RADIO WEST - Nathaniel Kahn’s documentary The Price of Everything is about the modern art market. In the minds of some, it has gotten completely out of hand. These days, art is considered a financial tool in the same category as stocks. Some art is even flipped like real estate. But the ballooning art market has also raised lots of questions about the nature of art and what makes a true artist.
FILM COMMENT: Film comment’s podcast reviews The Price of Everything from the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.
THE ART NEWSPAPER - “If the film is not quite an accusation, it is a reality check of the heated market. The director, the son of the architect Louis Kahn, bonds with Larry Poons, an outlier who retreats to a farmhouse in the woods—but also watches his abstract work regain recognition.”
AM-FM MAGAZINE - “It’s a fascinating peak into an industry that ponders plenty of issues and leaves the audience room to make up their own mind.”
THRILLIST - “Kahn, who isn't afraid to ask obvious questions, gets candid, playful interviews with figures like Jeff Koons, Larry Poons, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and a wide-range of mega-wealthy collectors, critics, and dealers.”
Salt Lake City Weekly - “Director Nathaniel Kahn takes a journey into the upscale contemporary art marketplace, and finds almost too many fascinating angles to fit into one movie.”