Contemporary Art Day Sale

Online Auction: 20–30 July 2020 • 2:00 PM BST • London
Contemporary Art Day Sale 20–30 July 2020 • 2:00 PM BST • London

S otheby’s is delighted to present our upcoming Contemporary Art Day Sale, which brings together an exciting group of works by some of the most sought-after artists of the moment. This season’s sale features a stand out selection of post-war and contemporary works including those by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Gerhard Richter, Richard Prince, Martin Kippenberger and Damien Hirst.

The sale also includes a fabulous selection of works by British artists such as Anish Kapoor, Tracey Emin and Bridget Riley, which are being sold to raise funds for a new community kitchen in London as part of the Evening Standard's Food for London Now and The Independent's Help the Hungry campaigns to support those facing food poverty as a result of the COVID-19 crisis (Lots 880-887).

Explore Highlights from Contemporary Art Day Sale

German Artists

There is a strong presence of work by German artists in the sale, demonstrating the continued strength of the market for artists such as Mary Bauermeister and Günther Förg. The paintings range from explorations in to abstraction by Gerhard Richter, whose Grün-Blau-Rot is one of the highlights of the sale, through to one of Martin Kippenberger's first ever paintings, which allows the viewer a glimpse in to the beginnings of this pioneering artist before his subsequent practice earned him a place as one of the most important figures in contemporary painting.

George Condo's Ode to PicassoGeorge Condo's Urban Figure Composition incorporates art-historical references from the great masters of portraiture, in a work imbued with artist’s trademark artificial realism.

Pop vs American Abstraction

Titans of Pop art sit alongside masters of abstraction in the sale, with bold and playful works by Roy Lichtenstein and Robert Indiana sharing the gallery walls with Kenneth Noland's assymetric 1961 canvas, Keen Transit and Josef Albers' Study for Homage to the Square: Resolute – a more formal exploration into colour theory and form.

"I need my memories. They are my documents. I keep watch over them…You have to differentiate between memories. Are you going to them or are they coming to you."
Louise Bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois, The Architecture of Memory: Works from a Private Collection
"Over the past three months The Felix Project has scaled up fast and effectively to meet the hunger crisis, which has followed in the wake of Covid-19"
Justin Byam Shaw, Founder, The Felix Project

Contemporary Art Stars Join Sotheby's to Support the Battle Against London Hunger
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