Contemporary Art Day Auction

Online Auction: 15–22 October 2020 • 2:00 PM BST • London
Contemporary Art Day Auction 15–22 October 2020 • 2:00 PM BST • London

This October, Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day Auction in London will offer a fantastic array of works from the post-war period to the present, bringing together standout works by highly sought-after artists. The sale will include important pieces by some of the most celebrated Contemporary artists, including works by Sigmar Polke, Laura Owens, Louise Bourgeois, Antony Gormley and Damien Hirst.

Keith Haring, "Untitled (Le Mans)", 1984
Inundated with a symphony of Keith Haring’s most celebrated and iconic symbols, Untitled (Le Mans) bears witness to the power of the artist’s idiosyncratic vision, and the capacity of his stylistic vocabulary to confront the most significant issues of his era. Executed two years after Haring’s critically acclaimed solo exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in 1982, the present work is a consummately engaging painting: at once amusing and engrossing, beautiful and disturbing.

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Art by Women

This sale features an exciting selection of works by Cecily Brown, Laura Owens, Bridget Riley, Dana Schutz and Louise Bourgeois among others. While Schutz and Brown blur the boundaries between abstraction and figuration in their dynamic compositions, Owens explores fantastical storytelling in her whimsical Untitled painting and Riley’s Bassacs and 1st Study for Painting develop new visual relationships between form, colour and shape.

American Pop

Works by Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Tom Wesselman demonstrate the continuing power of American Pop Art to confront and to engage, mythologising life and elevating the everyday to the status of quasi-religious iconography that both celebrates and questions the symbols and priorities of western civilisation. Warhol's Society Portraits in particular, each of which was commissioned by the sitter, stand at the crossroads of these key themes in Warhol’s practice: the interplay of commerce and fine art, the cult of celebrity and the seriality of image production.

British Art

Compelling and powerful works by British artists including Damien Hirst, Antony Gormley, Bridget Riley and Gilbert and George demonstrate the diversity of perspective and tone present in Contemporary British Art. Damien Hirst's brooding meditations upon death are at once stark and poetic, while Gormley's scrutiny of the human form brings about an intimacy with the body both as a symbol of our being and as an inanimate object, entirely disconnected from us.

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