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Contemporary Art

5 Specialists' Picks From the Contemporary Art Online Sale

By Sotheby's
Five Sotheby's specialists choose their favourite works from Sotheby's Paris Contemporary Online Sale, closing on 12 June.

Stefano Moreni, Senior Director, Head of Department

ERRÓ, The Spectrum
Estimate €12,000–18,000

Not only is this piece by ERRÓ representative of the very essence of the Figuration Narrative movement, which emerged in France in the 1960s, but it is also emblematic of the artist’s colourful encounters between comic book characters and political figures or symbols. ERRÓ’s work is important because it tackles consumerism, dictatorship alongside other themes which are still very much relevant today.

Olivier Fau, Senior Director, Senior Specialist

Jean-Pierre Pincemin, Sans titre
Estimate €8,000–12,000

After quitting his job at a metal factory, Jean-Pierre Pincemin became a painter at the age of 23. He was an important artist of the Supports/Surfaces movement and his work is both eclectic and unconventional. Here, he masterfully combines minimalism and the celebration of beauty better than any other artist from his generation.

Eddie Hautchamp, Deputy Director, Specialist, Head of Day Sale

Lot 522, Neil Beloufa, Vintage series: Umbrellas
Estimate €4,000–6,000

Neïl Beloufa, born in 1985, lives and works in Paris. He questions, in a setting, the role of the artist but also the function of images, figures and myths in a mediated world. His work is made of various opposition and plays with reality and fiction by combining various media such as installation, video, painting in a futuristic aesthetic that blurs the limits between the real and the imaginative.

Camille Lacaze, Junior Catalogueur

Lot 521, Adam McEwen, Untitled
Estimate €15,000–20,000

The work of Adam McEwen is characterised by a strong sense of black humor and irony. The imposing yet fragile graphite sculptures and paintings are emblematic of McEwen’s perception of art and his tendency to blur the line between fiction and reality. This conceptual piece is an iconic work of art because it is highly representative of the artist’s creative universe.

Joëlle Koops, Catalogueur

Lot 503, On Kawara, I am still alive
Estimate €6,000–9,000

As one of the main protagonists of conceptual art, On Kawara is undoubtedly one of the most radical artists and innovators of his generation. I am still alive is from a series of works executed using telegrams Kawara sent his loved ones, collectors and other artists. The inclusion of this ready-made in the sale is the opportunity to acquire a work whose message is highlighted by the simplicity of the technique and medium. This particular telegram was sent to the prominent Icelandic collector Pétur Arason. The present work makes us question our use of modern communication technology and places it back in context and time. With an attractive estimate; this is definitely a great opportunity to acquire a work from the I am still alive series by On Kawara.

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