S otheby’s is delighted to present the November edition of Contemporary Curated in London. Guest curated by professional rugby player of Maro Itoje, star of Saracens, England, and the British & Irish Lions, the sale brings together a diverse range of Post-War and Contemporary artists from the most established to the emerging generation, and includes works by highly sought-after artists, including Salman Toor, Banksy, Andy Warhol and Christo.
Maro's Picks from the Sale
The Pomeranz Collection
“I am convinced that we do not live our lives but the lives of our values and belief systems. One of my values is to grow. By collecting art, I surround myself with things and mindsets that function in very different ways to my own. This is the basis for growth, one keeps an open mind”
Works from the Pomeranz Collection, Vienna are featured in the upcoming Contemporary Curated Sale, London, open for online bidding 4-10th November.
Born in 1969 in Odessa, on the Black Sea, Eduard Pomeranz moved to Vienna to attend secondary school and went on to study economics. Alongside his successful professional career as a businessman, art collecting persists as one of his main concerns for Mr Pomeranz and his wife Jana. The couple established the Pomeranz Collection in Vienna in 2007, enabling their passion for art to acquire a solid basis under the form of a private foundation.
“Collecting is a way to grow. I myself work in the financial sector and it is very important for me to expand the intellectual space that is defined here with additional spaces. One of these spaces is art. Seen in this way, collecting is a way to broaden my horizons”
The Pomeranz Collection brings together artists and contemporary works in all mediums. The two collectors’ main intention is to be actively involved in the promotion of contemporary art in its international dimension. Their thorough interest in the Zeitgeist is reflected in their choice, displaying a deepened knowledge in the field of the avant-garde. Simultaneously, the collection reflects the couple’s personality and their perception of the world and society. It examines art as a cross-border category, across generations and across geographies. The selection offered in the Contemporary Curated sale this November in London is an exceptional example of these tendencies, including works by Adel Abdessemed, Ulay & Marina Abramovic, Bruce Nauman and Julien Opie among others.
The Pomeranz Collection is distinctively marked by a strong interest in the sophisticated forms of Minimalist and Conceptual art, both in their historical examples and in its current expressions, as well as a focus on the performance aspects of key figures of recent art history and an increased attention on the eastern avant-garde. Through their collection, Mr and Mrs Pomeranz demonstrate a heightened sensitivity to storytelling and a unique willingness to display issues related to history and memory. Eduard Pomeranz provided an insight into his method of selection for his collection, as he stated: “I have a computer program for the evaluation of artists and works of art according to their market presence, auction results and so forth, which I then filter through my own criteria. I go to art fairs myself, but talking to and advising curators and art advisors is what’s most important.”