T he inscription on Martin Kippenberger’s Copa und Ipa from 1986 reads Ich muβ zuhause bleiben: I Have to Stay at Home. The artist created this panel whilst in convalescence in Europe. It is a nostalgic tribute to forgotten days in the summer sun; an ode to the heady weeks he had spent in Rio de Janeiro with Albert Oehlen the previous year.
In the same way, our team built this sale in isolation, trapped in our home offices; dreaming of unrestricted travel, crowded gallery openings, and busy auction rooms.
We have unearthed works of the highest quality by Anselm Kiefer, George Condo, Zao Wou-Ki, and Bridget Riley. And yet more that seem particularly relevant to the current moment: Grayson Perry’s Trapped in Suburban Hell, Peter Halley’s Gold Prison, and Ai Wei Wei’s Study for Perspective.
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An Auction for Lockdown
In this episode of ‘At Home With Sotheby’s’, join our self-isolating specialists as they introduce highlights from the sale ‘I Have to Stay at Home’, including a unique copy of the Kippenberger and works of the highest quality by Anselm Kiefer, Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry and Jeff Koons.
The Best of British Art
Ordinarily, when putting together our auctions, we source artworks from every corner of the globe. Ahead of I Have to Stay at Home, we were confined to our home offices, forced to focus on what was on our doorstep already. Fortunately, we have managed to consign fantastic examples of the very best of British art: works by Bridget Riley, Frank Auerbach, Howard Hodgkin, Damien Hirst, and Grayson Perry.