PARIS - Educated in the heart of Paris’ always-elegant 16th arrondissement and raised by parents who were avid collectors of Art Nouveau, Symbolism and Orientalism, jewellery designer Aurélie Bidermann lent her prescient eye to curating the upcoming Now! sale, an auction of prints and photographs, as well as contemporary works of art, objects and furniture from the 20th and 21st centuries. Her jewellery mingles elements like cotton braiding, coloured stones, silhouettes of elephants and mother-of-pearl dragonflies. It is all joyously relaxed, nomadic and naturalistic, with no dividing line between precious and fancy in favour of sheer pleasure and celebrating femininity.
OSCAR NIEMEYER, A STEEL, PLASTIC AND FABRIC CHAIR, DESIGNED IN 1971. ESTIMATE €3,000–5,000.
In short, Aurélie Bidermann equates jewellery with fun, jubilation and spontaneity. Picture a meeting between Patrick Modiano's Paris and the hypnotic airiness of Bianca Jagger, or the lines of Haussmann's architecture and the fluidity of a dress by Halston. Imagine a collision between mineral classicism and tropical exuberance, the Place de l’Etoile and the jungles of South America, and it gives you an idea of what Aurélie Bidermann is about.
ANDRÉ VILLERS, PICASSO AVEC LE REVOLVER ET LE CHAPEAU OFFERTS PAR GARY COOPER, CANNES, 1958. SILVER PRINT, PRINTED LATER. SIGNED AND NUMBERED 1/7 IN INK IN THE LOWER MARGIN. ESTIMATE €4,000–6,000.
“I love the dialogue between design, photography and contemporary art: all disciplines that fascinate and amaze me. The blacks and whites of a photograph by Robert Mapplethorpe; Picasso's mischievous smile by André Villers; the line of an Oscar Niemeyer chair; the construction of a Frank Gehry table; the intellectual energy of a Beuys sculpture; the geometrical abstraction of a work by François Morellet: add a few minerals to all that, and you get the 'eclecticism' I love so much.” - Aurélie Bidermann
FRANÇOIS MORELLET, LIGNES BRISEES. 16 WOODEN SQUARES, SERIGRAPHY PRINTED ON WHITE BACKGROUND. EXECUTED IN 1976, THIS WORK IS NUMBER 2 FROM AN EDITION OF 50 PLUS 6 ARTIST'S PROOFS. ESTIMATE €3,000–4,000.