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The Contemporary Art Evening Auction was led by a landmark Peter Doig painting — The Architect’s Home in the Ravine — which realised £14.4 million. A packed London saleroom witnessed intense bidding on the phones for Rudolf Stingel's monumental mountainscape Untitled (2009) which sold for £4.6 million. Christopher Wool's Untitled soared over its high estimate to reach £10.4 million, and a trio of abstract works by Gerhard Richter achieved a combined total of £21.3 million. Click through to see highlights from the auction, which made a total of £109,292,700. View full results
Famed for his fireworks displays, Cai Guo-Qiang has created work that is loud and chaotic. But a series of monumental gunpowder drawings, including a spectacular example in the upcoming Contemporary Art Evening sale in Hong Kong (31 March), reveals another side of the artist. Cai Guo-Qiang is now a member of the elite group of artists that transcends art world boundaries and is part of a much broader cultural consciousness. Since 2008, the year of his action-packed retrospective at New York’s Guggenheim Museum and his dramatic firework display – in his words, an “explosion event” – for the Beijing Summer Olympics opening ceremony in his native China, Cai has been much in demand. Major exhibitions and explosion events have been staged everywhere from Doha to Los Angeles, São Paulo to Moscow. In 2016, film director Kevin MacDonald made a documentary feature about him, Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang, for Netflix. And last year, Cai became only the second living artist in two centuries to have an exhibition at the Prado Museum in Madrid. CAI GUO-QIANG, PROJECT TO EXTEND THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA BY 10,000 METERS: PROJECT FOR EXTRATERRESTRIALS NO. 10, 2000, ESTIMATE HK$15,000,000—25,000,000. OFFERED IN THE CONTEMPORARY ART EVENING SALE IN HONG KONG ON 31 MARCH. Over the years, Cai has developed a diverse and complex practice. There are his theatrical sculptural installations, typified by Head On, 2006, where a pack of 99 life-size stuffed wolves run into a glass wall. There is his occasionally reprised Everything is Museum project, which questions museum methodologies and power. Then there are his gunpowder drawings, of which one, Project to Extend the Great Wall of China by 10,000 Meters: Project for Extraterrestrials No. 10, 2000, will be auctioned in the Contemporary Art Evening sale in Hong Kong (31 March). Arguably, these works most palpably weave together the rich threads of biography, art-historical references and science-infused wonder that comprise Cai’s art.
Gerhard Richter’s Wind is a symphony of colour, executed in 1982 at the height of the artist's career spanning six decades, and will be offered in the upcoming Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 7 March. The painting was purchased only one year after its creation by a private collector and remained entirely hidden from the public for more than thirty-five years. Today, the masterpiece finally makes a triumphant return to the art market.
Sotheby's Contemporary Evening Auction on 7 March features a selection of works by some of the most celebrated German artists of the 20th Century, including Gerhard Richter, Günther Uecker, Martin Kippenberger and more. Click ahead to view the slideshow. Contemporary Art Evening Auction 07 March 2018 | 7:00pm GMT | London
A work by one of the most important figures in 20th Century sculpture will be offered in the Contemporary Art Day Auction in London on 8 March. Executed in 1978, César’s Compression d’Automobile is constructed from variously hued and mechanically compressed vehicles that form an imposing totemic structure. This striking example of the sculptor’s warped and contorted metallic compositions is a celebration of his lifelong investigation in the artistic potential of everyday objects.
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