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Lisa Dennison's Picks from Contemporary Art Online

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.

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11 of the Summer's Best Outdoor Installations

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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Sotheby’s worldwide sales of contemporary art reached over $1.24 billion in 2012, led by our record-breaking November Evening Auction in New York, which achieved the highest sale total in Sotheby’s history -- over $375 million. This season’s Evening Auction achieved $294 million and set numerous artist records. Barnett Newman’s Onement VI eclipsed the previous artist’s record by over $20 million when it sold for $43.8 million. Gerhard Richter’s monumental photorealist painting, Domplatz, Mailand, sold for $37.1 million, establishing a new benchmark for any living artist at auction

The May 2013 Contemporary Art auctions in New York also featured a series of works to benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building project, which brought a total of $19 million. The London Contemporary Art Evening Auction totalled £75.8 million. Highlights of the London sale were Andreas Gursky’s Stock Exchanges series, which sold for £5.5 million, and works by Francis Bacon that collectively totalled £21.7 million.

Our international team comprises highly specialized experts and senior representatives strategically positioned in New York, London, Milan, Paris and Hong Kong. With their passion, expertise and global reach they attract sellers and buyers from all over the world and achieve record results, including many of the highest prices ever achieved in this category.

Contemporary Art auctions are held in New York during November and May and in London in October and June. Other Contemporary Art auctions are held in Paris, Milan, Hong Kong and Doha.

In addition to auctions, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department organises selling exhibitions and private sales of fine paintings, drawings, photographs and installations by a wide range of artists and schools from early Abstract Expressionism through to the present day.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Contemporary Art sale, please click here.
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Sotheby’s worldwide sales of contemporary art reached over $1.24 billion in 2012, led by our record-breaking November Evening Auction in New York, which achieved the highest sale total in Sotheby’s history -- over $375 million. This season’s Evening Auction achieved $294 million and set numerous artist records. Barnett Newman’s Onement VI eclipsed the previous artist’s record by over $20 million when it sold for $43.8 million. Gerhard Richter’s monumental photorealist painting, Domplatz, Mailand, sold for $37.1 million, establishing a new benchmark for any living artist at auction

The May 2013 Contemporary Art auctions in New York also featured a series of works to benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building project, which brought a total of $19 million. The London Contemporary Art Evening Auction totalled £75.8 million. Highlights of the London sale were Andreas Gursky’s Stock Exchanges series, which sold for £5.5 million, and works by Francis Bacon that collectively totalled £21.7 million.

Our international team comprises highly specialized experts and senior representatives strategically positioned in New York, London, Milan, Paris and Hong Kong. With their passion, expertise and global reach they attract sellers and buyers from all over the world and achieve record results, including many of the highest prices ever achieved in this category.

Contemporary Art auctions are held in New York during November and May and in London in October and June. Other Contemporary Art auctions are held in Paris, Milan, Hong Kong and Doha.

In addition to auctions, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department organises selling exhibitions and private sales of fine paintings, drawings, photographs and installations by a wide range of artists and schools from early Abstract Expressionism through to the present day.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Contemporary Art sale, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7254
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5744
MILAN:
+39 02 2950 0299
PARIS:
+33 1 53 05 53 38
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8136

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Head of Contemporary Art,, New York
+1 212 606 7254
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Senior Director, Chairman, Sotheby's Europe, Business Development, Europe
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Chairman, Contemporary Art, Sotheby's Americas, Your Day Sale Auctioneer
+1 212 606 7254

Sotheby’s worldwide sales of contemporary art reached over $1.24 billion in 2012, led by our record-breaking November Evening Auction in New York, which achieved the highest sale total in Sotheby’s history -- over $375 million. This season’s Evening Auction achieved $294 million and set numerous artist records. Barnett Newman’s Onement VI eclipsed the previous artist’s record by over $20 million when it sold for $43.8 million. Gerhard Richter’s monumental photorealist painting, Domplatz, Mailand, sold for $37.1 million, establishing a new benchmark for any living artist at auction

The May 2013 Contemporary Art auctions in New York also featured a series of works to benefit the Whitney Museum of American Art’s new building project, which brought a total of $19 million. The London Contemporary Art Evening Auction totalled £75.8 million. Highlights of the London sale were Andreas Gursky’s Stock Exchanges series, which sold for £5.5 million, and works by Francis Bacon that collectively totalled £21.7 million.

Our international team comprises highly specialized experts and senior representatives strategically positioned in New York, London, Milan, Paris and Hong Kong. With their passion, expertise and global reach they attract sellers and buyers from all over the world and achieve record results, including many of the highest prices ever achieved in this category.

Contemporary Art auctions are held in New York during November and May and in London in October and June. Other Contemporary Art auctions are held in Paris, Milan, Hong Kong and Doha.

In addition to auctions, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department organises selling exhibitions and private sales of fine paintings, drawings, photographs and installations by a wide range of artists and schools from early Abstract Expressionism through to the present day.

CONSIGNMENTS

If you wish to enquire about the possibility of offering a work in one of Sotheby's Contemporary Art sale, please click here.
NEW YORK:
+1 212 606 7254
LONDON:
+44 (0)20 7293 5744
MILAN:
+39 02 2950 0299
PARIS:
+33 1 53 05 53 38
HONG KONG:
+852 2822 8136