Bett, bronze, conceived in 1950 and cast circa 1969, edition 4/6 plus two artist’s proofs
LONDON - On 10th October we will open the doors to our stunning new Sǀ2 space in London. Located at number 31 St George Street (directly behind Sotheby’s) it is perfectly positioned within the heart of Mayfair. With Victoria Miro opening up this autumn and Eykyn Maclean already in situ, St George Street is quickly becoming a Mecca for galleries. Designed by David Kohn Architects, Sǀ2 will host five Contemporary selling exhibitions a year overseen by either Sotheby’s specialists or guest curators.
Basquiat, Warhol and Calder to Yayoi Kusama and Sam Francis; invited curators such as Vito Schnabel, Josh Baer, Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld and Nicolai Frahm; and explored themes from Contemporary Chinese ink painting to Southern California Minimalism and Brazilian Contemporary art.has been in New York since 2011 and has already proved to be a resounding success. It’s an exhilarating prospect to bring Sǀ2 to London. New York to date has hosted 13 shows, and two pop-up exhibitions in Los Angeles and Hong Kong. They’ve covered artists from
For our first show in London we are lucky enough to have secured an incredible group of works by Joseph Beuys, all are completely fresh to the market and from the same Private European Collection. As one of my favourite artists it is a rare opportunity to present such a wonderful group of works by Beuys whose work has rarely been seen in London since Anthony d’Offay closed his doors in 2001. On a personal level it also means a great deal to me; from growing up in Germany where his influence was omnipresent to lecturing on him at Sotheby’s Institute and selling his works at auction he is an artist that has been ever present in my career in the art world and I have always wished that I had had the opportunity to meet him.
Tier und Sonne, pencil on paper, executed in 1947–48
The Sǀ2 exhibition in London is entitled Joseph Beuys Revealed and reunites works that were primarily acquired from the legendary Galerie Alfred Schmela in Düsseldorf, which was at the centre of the German avant-garde. It hosted many of Beuys’ earliest exhibitions, including his career-defining performance How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare of 1965.
The twelve works on paper, complemented by an early bronze sculpture – the masterpiece Bett, reveal the subjects that Beuys imagined most vividly: animals, landscapes and the female figure. They evocatively express the importance of drawing for Beuys during the crucial period from 1947 to 1966, underlining the complexity of this most revered artist.
Opening Sǀ2 in London is a response to a growing demand from our clients to transact outside the traditional sale seasons. Sotheby’s is a multi-faceted art business rather than simply an auction house. Innovations such as this underline the expertise, ambition and originality at Sotheby’s – and, crucially, the on-going excitement of being at the forefront of bringing great art to great collectors.
Joseph Beuys Revealed
10 October–15 November
31 St George Street
London, W1S 2FJ
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