Discover a trove of exciting works by Post-War European and American masters and leading contemporary artists. Highlights include the stunning, richly painted Abstraktes Bild (1992) by Gerhard Richter and his kaleidoscopic D.Z. (1985), Anselm Kiefer’s arresting sculpture Frauen der Antike – Phyrne (1995–8) and the gorgeous, extensively exhibited In Attendance (1993) by Bridget Riley.
The morning session opens with works from the Collection of Miriam and Ira D. Wallach, pioneering collectors of colourful, geometric abstraction in painting and sculpture. Much of it they acquired in the early 1960s from legendary New York galleries. Paintings such as Hommage to the Square, Midsummer 1964 by Joseph Albers and Blue Cross (1960) from Sam Francis’s ‘blue period’ are works of rare quality. Sculptures in the collection include Isamu Noguchi’s lyrical Recurrent Bird (1958) in Greek marble and the monumental Two Lines Up (1979) by George Rickey. From a distinguished Private Swedish Collection come a delightful work on paper by Alexander Calder and sculptures by Germaine Richier and César. A sequence of nudes from another private collection represents diverse approaches to the female figure that span American Pop, The School of London, hyperrealism and conceptual photography. Throughout, this session boasts masterworks from the oeuvres of Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Alighiero Boetti and Jean Dubuffet, among others.
The afternoon session opens with strong examples of American Pop and street art, including the commanding Think Tank by Banksy, Keith Haring’s playful Andy Mouse canvas of 1985 and dancing figure of 1988, two exceptional drawings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kelley Walker’s Black Star Press triptych (2005). Subsequent highlights include Damien Hirst’s seductively heart-shaped butterfly painting In Love (2008) and two shimmering, opalescent canvases by Rudolf Stingel. A charity section sold to benefit the Institute of International Visual Arts (Iniva) brings together fresh works by international artists Yinka Shonibare, Mona Hatoum, David Adjaye and Peter Randall-Page.