The Contemporary Art Day Auction in London on 8 March brings together an exciting group of works by some of the most sought-after artists of the moment. With a strong focus on established post-war works, highlights include Warhol's Diamond Dust Shoes, and the 1992 Abstraktes Bild by Gerhard Richter. Click ahead to view the slideshow. Contemporary Art Day Auction 08 March 2018 | London
Peter Doig’s landmark The Architect’s Home in the Ravine will lead the Contemporary Art Evening sale in London on 7 March. Estimated at £14–18 million, the painting dates from 1991, an important milestone in the artist’s career, when, just a year after graduating from his Master’s degree at Chelsea, he was awarded the highly prestigious Whitechapel Artist’s award.
The Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 7 March, Contemporary Art Day Auction on 8 March and Prints & Multiples Auction on 27 March will present a selection of works by some of the most celebrated artists of the last 100 years. Here we explore a selection of the featured works by Andy Warhol, Click ahead to view the slideshow. Contemporary Art Evening Auction London 7 March 2018 Contemporary Art Day Auction London 8 March 2018 Prints & Multiples 27 March 2018 | London
Sotheby’s is honored to present Another Kind of Language: Drawings by Sculptors from the Betsy Witten Collection as a highlight of our Contemporary Curated sale on 2 March in New York. Immediate, cerebral, and refined, the collection of Betsy Witten comprises drawings and works on paper by preeminent minimalist and conceptual artists, such as Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra, Eva Hesse and Agnes Martin, among others. Ranging from fascinating preparatory drawings that document some of the 20th century's most influential artistic ideas, to stand-alone works that serve as consummate examples of these formal concepts, the landmark collection of drawings embodies the uninhibited experimentation and intimate expression afforded by the medium. Works from the group will be on view in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries from 23 February, alongside our 21 February – 6 March Contemporary Art Online sale, which also features pieces from the collection. Originally assembled under the patronage of the Seagram Company, the collection was formed together by Phyllis Lambert, the daughter of legendary Seagram’s founder, Samuel Bronfman, and David Bellman, once the Chief Curator of the McCord Museum in Montreal, before it was acquired by Mrs. Witten directly from the corporation in 2003. It was through her unique vision and renewed spirit of discovery that the group evolved to encompass works by additional leading Minimalists of the day. ELLSWORTH KELLY, STUDY FOR CURVE II,1973. ESTIMATE $350,000–450,000. The collection is led by Ellsworth Kelly’s Study for Curve II (estimate $350,000–450,000) – a discerning exploration of form that utilizes basic gestures to describe complex spatial relationships. The drawing’s graceful diagonal symmetry is exhibited through the straight lines that align with the edges of the picture plane, and the curving segment that bends away from the border, drawing attention to the negative space between the edge of the line and the corner. The momentum of Kelly’s gesture is captured where each line meets, forever recorded in the sweeps made by the graphite as they lifted off of the page. The work is a study for Kelly’s important realized sculpture Curve II, which was donated by Philip Johnson to the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Johnson, who designed the interior of the Four Seasons Restaurant in the Seagram building, was instrumental to the formation of the Seagram collection, and Kelly’s drawing stands as a testament to the pioneering contemporary vision that is present throughout. RICHARD SERRA, STUDY FOR FLAT ROCK,1981. ESTIMATE $200,000–300,000. Study for Flat Rock, Richard Serra’s early work on paper from 1981, unlocks the sculptural quality of drawing, communicating a surface and weight that transcends the medium (estimate $200,000–300,000). Serra deftly employs textural and tonal variation using a paintstick, creating a form that takes on a dimensional surface and mass. Despite its darkness, the work balances the black form with an almost equal amount of white space, creating a sense of equilibrium and lightness in contrast. Study for Flat Rock inspired his cor-ten steel sculpture, Bilbao, and the original drawing endures as a composition on paper that defies the limits of its medium. EVA HESSE, STUDY FOR SCHEMA, 1967. ESTIMATE $100,000–150,000. Offering an intimate, unmediated view into Eva Hesse’s conceptual process, Study for Schema (estimate $100,000–150,000) signifies a benchmark artistic and material development in her career. Drawn with Hesse’s distinct open-ended style, the present work documents her plans for the groundbreaking sculpture Schema, now at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It was one of her earliest pieces fully made of latex, which would become a signature material for the artist. Study for Schema memorializes that development, providing insight into Hesse’s creative process through the copious notes communicating the excitement and importance in her use of the material. The ink on tracing paper also serves as a powerful aesthetic statement; each line is somehow wavering and sure, allusive yet instructional.
Those who have visited one of the countless museums and buildings designed by Richard Meier might be surprised to know that the architect of such sleek, monochromatic structures also creates vibrant collages. Ahead of Sotheby’s selling exhibition Richard Meier: Artist (22 February–29 March, New York), Julian Dawes, Vice President, Co-Head of Impressionist & Modern Art Day Dale, reflects on his encounters with the Pritzker Prize-winning architect. NEW YORK – What struck me most upon first meeting Richard Meier was that, save for the proximity of his glorious model museum, nothing about him or his circumstances suggested “architect.” Ensconced in the cavernous studio of master printer Gary Lichtenstein, thronged by hundreds of polychrome paint pots, stacks of masonite and deckled reams, assiduously reaching between crucibles of boiling wax and tarry ink rollers, hands and smock thoroughly stained, everything about Meier said “artist.” And not the recreational sort, but a consummate, practiced, venerable yet burgeoning artist – the archetype I always felt Matisse embodied in his last decade.
New and established collectors alike can find fresh works by desirable names in our upcoming Contemporary Curated auction. Highlights include Wayne Thiebaud’s painterly Three Donuts, Andy Warhol’s silvery double portrait of Meryl Streep, and a colour-splashed Damien Hirst spin painting. Click ahead to see those and more exciting, accessible artworks from Contemporary Curated. Contemporary Curated 2 March | New York
In the latest episode, get up close with George Condo’s ‘The Life of Jean Louis’ and discover nods to Picasso, Basquiat, Rauschenberg and Rembrandt. The work is a highlight of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction (08 March, London).
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