Heaven

Online Auction: 13–18 November 2020 • 3:00 PM CET • Paris
Heaven 13–18 November 2020 • 3:00 PM CET • Paris

Sotheby’s Paris is pleased to announce Heaven*, an online sale bringing together an exciting group of works by Hans Bellmer, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Annette Messager, Pascale Marthine Tayou and Laure Prouvost among others.

100% of the proceeds from the sale will go to supporting the Fonds de dotation Merci. Created in 2009 by Marie-France and Bernard Cohen who wanted to put their skills to good use after having sold Bonpoint, an international children’s clothing line, the Merci Fund has since been helping women, men and children build a better future for themselves by striving to improve living conditions through agroecology as well as educational and integrational projects.

To celebrate the Fund’s 10th anniversary, Marie-France Cohen and her three sons, Benoit, Julien and Thomas, have decided to join forces with Thanks for Nothing and Sotheby’s to organize a sale in order to benefit three of the Fonds de dotation Merci’s major projects: « Madagascar », « la Ferme de l’Envol » and « Horizon ». *© Oliver Beer

Sale Highlights

The Importance of Philanthropy: A Conversation with Marie-France Cohen and Marine Van Schoonbeek
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Rashid Johnson, "Untitled Anxious Man", 2018
A major player in the contemporary American scene, Rashid Johnson is famous for his work on the cultural phenomena that have shaped the identity of the African-American community. He was first noticed at the age of 21 when he participated in the Studio Museum’s Freestyle group exhibition in Harlem, the artist, born in Chicago in 1977, quickly gained international recognition.

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Giulia Andreani, "L’enfance de Pablo", 2019
Born in 1985 in Venice, Giulia Andreani is undoubtedly one of the most promising artists of her generation. Her work signals a return to figuration without losing an ounce of modernity by playing on the codes of historic painting while integrating very contemporary constructivist and geometric elements.

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Oliver Beer, "Heaven", 2018
Like Marcel Duchamp, the first to have "promoted the everyday object to the dignity of a work of art by the simple choice of the artist" - according to Andre Breton’s definition of the ready-made in his famous Dictionnaire Abrégé du Surréalisme published in 1938 - Oliver Beer places the object at the heart of his artistic approach. But the young British artist goes beyond the ready-made by giving the object he manipulates and reconditions an additional unsuspected soul.

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Francesca Pasquali, "Yellow Straws", 2015
Starting from the observation of nature, the artistic discourse developed by Francesca Pasquali often refers to the materials she chooses to use to create complex and elaborate works that appear organic. The Straws series, to which Yellow Straws is related, is thus executed from myriads of straws cut at
different heights and assembled to create an impression of upward and downward movement that seems as natural as it is artificial.

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Laure Prouvost, "Bum Painting (1)", 2017
Laure Prouvost’s work is as whimsical as it is penetrating, like Bum Painting (1). Here, the artist’s fantasy blends with provocation to better serve the purpose and chronicle the nude, a priori feminine, in a way that is as unscrupulous as it is denouncing. Multiplying the points of view with sagacity, Laure Prouvost invites us to question the history of the model as well as that of the painter, without putting aside the spectator, whom she reveals to a different angle of the work.

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Timeline of the Fonds de dotation Merci
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