LONDON – This November, Sotheby’s will stage Bowie/Collector, a three-part sale encompassing some 400 items from the private collection of legendary musician David Bowie. At the heart of which is a remarkable group of more than 200 works by many of the most important British artists of the 20th Century, including Frank Auerbach, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.
Our online platform makes it easy to bid on your own schedule, anytime, and anywhere, for two full weeks (bidding closes 29 July). With exciting, fresh-to-market works by Alexander Calder, Richard Prince, Jeff Koons, Bosco Sodi, Robert Rauschenberg and many more, this sale is a unique opportunity to acquire art by blue chip and emerging artists at accessible price points. Lisa Dennison, Chairman, Sotheby's North and South America, sat down to discuss some of her favourite pieces that can be had with the click of a button. 1. What makes Contemporary Art Online interesting or different from our regular salesroom Contemporary auctions? The Contemporary Art Online platform is a more open one – through the pages of our website, you have a wealth of information about works on offer. You have more than the space of a minute or two to enter your bid, and you can continue to revise it during the two weeks that the sale runs. There is a broad range of price points, and even the newest collectors will find something at incredibly attractive price levels to whet their interest. And who doesn’t like to shop online? 2. How do you recommend starting to collect? There is no better way than plunging right in! However, generally I recommend spending a lot of time looking – at museums, galleries, auction houses -- and really getting a sense of what pulls you in. I always suggest that new collectors start with a focus, even if they break with this path later. For example, it could be medium based – painting, photography, drawings, prints – Or it could be more focused on style – abstraction, realism, figurative art, or even genre – landscape, still life, portraiture. This will help narrow down the immense field of offerings, and give you something to learn about. And lastly, feel free to seek advice from people you respect, whether they are curators, collectors, gallerists, or auction house specialists. 3. Which pieces from the sale are your favourite & why? Bosco Sodi, Untitled [Four Works], $80,000–120,000 (Shown Above). These are four lusciously textured works, in saturated hues of pink, red, blue, and green, which are redolent of the bright colours of his native Mexico. The works evoke the sponge paintings of Yves Klein, the materiality of Jean Dubuffet, and the chromatic intensity of Mark Rothko. The rusticity of his materials belies the complexity of the spiritual and emotional power of these canvases. And the scale is great – you can hang them anywhere! I would never tire of looking at them.
The 28 June sale of Contemporary Art achieved £52.2 million and affirmed that London remains a vibrant, global hub for the art market, despite the previous week’s Brexit vote. Watch Alex Branczik, Head of Contemporary Art, Europe, for a post-auction report on a remarkable evening that set records for works by Jenny Saville and Keith Haring.
At the New York edition of the NADA art fair this past May, visitors who know of dealer and artist Joel Mesler might have been momentarily shocked to see a booth offering works from The Estate of Joel Mesler. No, the co-owner of Feuer/Mesler gallery on the Lower East Side did not die but his identity as a painter may or may not “live on” beyond completion of a given body of work. At NADA, the booth belonged to Adam Abdalla, whose public relations firm Cultural Counsel has many art world clients and who was intrigued by Mesler’s work and his conceptual authorship. The two have teamed up again for Fish People, an exhibition of ten paintings by The Estate of Joel Mesler presented by Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery and Cultural Counsel at Montauk’s The Surf Lodge. Ahead of the summer-themed show (which runs 21–28 July), Sotheby’s Nicholas Cinque, S|2 Gallery Director, spoke with Mesler and Abdalla about shaking up art world expectations, what a fish person is and more.
Thanks to Olafur Eliasson, the latest artist invited to exhibit his work at Versailles this summer, the palace is even more spectacular than usual. Visitors to the French landmark can marvel at Eliasson's large-scale waterfall, which appears to hover over the Grand Canal, as well as haunting circles of mist throughout the gardens and more. “The Versailles that I have been dreaming up is a place that empowers everyone,” Eliasson said in a statement about the project. "It invites visitors to take control of . . . their experience instead of simply consuming and being dazzled by the grandeur. It asks them to exercise their senses, to embrace the unexpected. . .." Versailles is not the only place where you might have such an unexpected sensory encounter with art this summer. If your travels happen to take you to Hong Kong, look for Fernando Botero's undulating sculptures. Set along the shimmering harbourfront, their sensuous forms are a striking contrast to the city's sharp modern architecture. Or drive roughly 30 minutes outside Las Vegas to relish in the sight of Swiss artist Ugo Rondinone's mesmerising Seven Magic Mountains – whimsical towers of fluorescent boulders stacked in the desert. And those are just some of the temporary wonders happening globally this season. Click ahead for eleven of the best exhibitions under the sun. PHOTO: ANDERS SUNE BERG. COURTESY OF OLAFUR ELIASSON; NEUGERRIEMSCHNEIDER, BERLIN; TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY, NEW YORK © 2016 OLAFUR ELIASSON.
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