ArtCrush 2023: Art Auction to Benefit the Aspen Art Museum

ArtCrush 2023: Art Auction to Benefit the Aspen Art Museum

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Kerstin Brätsch

Unstable Talismanic Rendering_Psychopompo

Lot Closed

August 5, 06:07 PM GMT


60,000 - 80,000 USD

Lot Details


Kerstin Bratsch

b. 1979

Unstable Talismanic Rendering_Psychopompo (with gratitude to master marbler Dirk Lange)

Pigment, water color, ink and solvents on paper

119 ⅞ x 81 ⅝ x 2 ⅜ in. (framed)

304.3 x 207.3 x 6 cm (framed)

Executed in 2017.

Please note that while this auction is hosted on, it is being administered by the Aspen Art Museum, and all post-sale matters (inclusive of invoicing and property pickup/shipment) will be handled by the Aspen Art Museum. As such, Sotheby’s will share the contact details for the winning bidders with the Aspen Art Museum so that they may be in touch directly post-sale.

As such, there is no buyer's premium in this auction - all sale proceeds will go directly to the Aspen Art Museum to support its programs. Certain amounts paid above the value of the property or services provided may qualify as a tax deductible donation to the museum. Sotheby’s does not offer tax advice. Please consult your tax advisor, and for any tax related inquiries please contact at the Aspen Art Museum.

Kindly donated by Gladstone Gallery

Kerstin Bratsch (b.1979 Hamburg, Germany, lives and works in New York). Known for her colorful, large-scale compositions, Kerstin Brätsch uses oil paint and a range of other materials to explore the nature of painting in the digital age. From her signature paintings—many of which resemble geodes or marbled surfaces—to her installations and performances, Brätsch’s work explores collaboration, the circulation of images, and the role of chance in image-making.

Born in Hamburg, Brätsch formed DAS INSTITUT—her first major artistic collaboration—with fellow artist Adele Röder in 2007. DAS INSTITUT employs the traditional import/export agency as its model: Röder creates computer-generated designs, which Brätsch receives, mutates and rearranges, and paints, developing a collaborative hybrid language. The project sheds light on how images are produced and disseminated in the digital world, but also expresses the intuitive, nonlinear nature of human relationships. When asked about the project, Brätsch called it “a beautiful friendship.”

Brätsch has also worked with artists, artisans, psychics, and shamans, often transmuting her paintings—into glass or marbled works, for example—as she experiments with situating various materials and artforms into new contexts. For her 2019 MoMA commission, she worked with Italian decorative painters Valter Cipriani and Carolina d’Ayala Valva to create a series of 35 wall reliefs using the 17th-century Italian technique stucco marmo; she also collaborated with Zurich-based glass master Urs Rickenbach to produce a number of works that translate brushstrokes into stained glass objects.

Courtesy of Lydia Mullin, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Painting and Sculpture, 2019, MOMA NY

In 2024 Kerstin Bratsch will have a major exhibition at the Aspen Art Museum.