Following a very successful 2010 autumn season, which included the Robert Devereux Sale of Post War British Art, Sotheby's is pleased to present its summer sale of 20th Century British Art, which is distinguished by the inclusion of several important Private Collections and works sold by major institutions.
Commencing the sale is a group of six exceptional pieces donated by artists and collectors to benefit the Kettle's Yard Development Appeal, including Stock by Antony Gormley (lot 2) and St Avertin Syndrome Charity Spin by Damien Hirst (lot 5). Kettle's Yard, a gallery on the grounds of the University of Cambridge, has a rich history of ground-breaking exhibitions by some of Britain's most influential artists and the works coming to auction were originally exhibited as part of a larger gathering of works donated by many of those artists, and by collectors who share that sense of affinity with the gallery and its ethos.
Sotheby's is also pleased to offer two major collections of work by John Piper and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham. The important group of Modernist and Neo-Romantic paintings by John Piper (lots 21-40) spans from the early 1930s to the 1950s. The collection demonstrates a number of different aspects of Piper's work, from lyrical early collages, to bold abstract pieces, to the atmospheric architectural scenes. Highlighted by Suspended Ice (lot 53) from the artist's Glacier Series, lot 53-61 represent the finest group of works by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham to ever appear at auction and are being sold on behalf of the Barns-Graham Charitable Trust to support their education and residency programs.