Martin Kippenberger, Copa und Ipa

I Have to Stay at Home

Online Auction: 22–28 May 2020 • 2:00 PM BST • London
I Have to Stay at Home 22–28 May 2020 • 2:00 PM BST • London

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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Zao Wou-ki
zao wou-ki | 28.5.65
Estimate 600,000 – 800,000 GBP
Zao Wou-Ki
28.5.65 exemplifies Zao Wou-Ki’s distinctive style. Executed during the artist’s Hurricane period (1959–1972), which is considered to be the high point of his career, the calligraphic details and smoky accents that form the composition of this canvas demonstrate the manner in which this artist situated his oeuvre in between Western and Chinese traditions, taking influence from each.

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George Condo
george condo | woman with golden hair
Estimate 900,000 – 1,200,000 GBP
George Condo
Woman with Golden Hair typifies the manner in which George Condo’s mines art historical tropes in order to push the boundaries of painting and portraiture. “I describe what I do as psychological cubism. Picasso painted a violin from four different perspectives at one moment. I do the same with psychological states. Four of them can occur simultaneously. Like glimpsing a bus with one passenger howling over a joke they're hearing down the phone, someone else asleep, someone else crying – I'll put them all in one face”

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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.

Remote Curation: Specialist Picks from 'I Have to Stay at Home'

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.

Kippenberger & Oehlen's Window on the WorldA collaborative canvas offered in 'I Have to Stay at Home' allows us a glimpse in to the friendship of these two artists, who were both determined to push the boundaries painting.
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