Lichtenstein & Fontana Lead London Contemporary Art Evening Auction

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Frieze Week will see the art world descend on London for a city-wide celebration of art, from the various fairs to the museums and galleries across the capital. The week culminates in the Contemporary Art Evening Auction on Friday 5 October, including stand-out works by Roy Lichtenstein, Lucio Fontana, Georg Baselitz and many more. Click through to see a selection of highlights from the sale.

Lichtenstein & Fontana Lead London Contemporary Art Evening Auction

  • Roy Lichtenstein, Pyramids, 1968.
    Estimate £2,000,000–3,000,000.
    Executed in 1968, Pyramids is a rare and important painting from a significant series within Roy Lichtenstein’s practice. Composed in eye-popping hues of fluorescent yellow and dazzling white, delineated through bold, black lines, and effervescing with the artist’s signature Ben-Day dots, Pyramids is a work of dramatic immediacy which exemplifies Lichtenstein’s iconic Pop art aesthetic.
  • Georg Baselitz, Ohne Titel (Der Neue Typ), 1966.
    Estimate £450,000–650,000.
    Between 1964 and 1966, in a period of intense creativity, Georg Baselitz produced the most iconic and acclaimed series of his career: the ‘Held’ (Hero) or ‘Neue Typ’ (New Type) paintings. A tremendously articulated work on paper from this important series, Ohne Titel (Der Neue Typ) draws together traditions of art history, enlists references to a catastrophic past, and marks unrepentant observations on a contemporary epoch in disarray.
  • Adrian Ghenie, Boogeyman, 2010.
    Estimate £2,000,000–3,000,000.
    In Adrian Ghenie’s monumental painting Boogeyman, the boundaries between fact and fiction, memory and myth, figuration and abstraction begin to blend and blur into a dreamlike haze. The painting is the largest work from Ghenie’s acclaimed series entitled The Visitation (2010), which powerfully explores notions of evil and temptation in contemporary society.
  • Keith Haring, Untitled, 1985.
    Estimate £700,000–900,000.
    Bursting with vibrant colour and vital energy, Keith Haring’s 1985 painting Untitled is an iconic work from the American artist’s celebrated pictorial practice, which poignantly merges street art with high culture to form an unlikely – and utopic – union. Composed at the intoxicating height of New York’s underground club scene, Untitled is infused with the beats and rhythms of America’s 1980s dance revolution.
  • Christopher Wool, Untitled, 1998.
    Estimate £2,000,000–3,000,000.
    Explosive in composition and enthralling in its application of pitch-black enamel paint on linen support, this monumentally scaled and intricately layered work from 1998 is a key touchstone of Christopher Wool’s revolutionary investigation into the genre of painting. Brilliantly capturing Wool’s ambitious and astute formal programme, Untitled represents a pivotal moment in the history of abstract painting.
  • Alexander Calder, Pads and Shoots, 1966.
    Estimate £2,200,00–3,000,000.
    Alexander Calder’s 1966 mobile Pads and Shoots is an exemplary work from the artist’s iconic investigations of movement, motion and colour. Suspended from an expansive wire framework that hangs vertiginously from the heights of the ceiling to the lows of the ground like freshly sprouting foliage, the large-scale work comprises a delicately balanced system of biomorphic metal elements each painted a brilliant shade of red.
  • Richard Prince, Untitled (Cowboy), 1997.
    Estimate £600,000–800,000.
    Executed in 1997, Untitled (Cowboy) comes from Richard Prince’s critically acclaimed Cowboy series, which appropriates the iconic Marlboro Man from glamorous Marlboro cigarette advertisements from the 1960s and ’70s. Cinematic in composition and scale, Untitled (Cowboy) is imbued with a timeless Hollywood opulence that draws from America’s rich history of film-making to address notions of mythmaking, machismo and nostalgia.
  • Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attese, 1965-66.
    Estimate £2,400,000–3,000,000.
    In Lucio Fontana’s dazzling scarlet painting Concetto Spaziale, Attese, four dramatically rendered incisions perforate the otherwise smooth and pristine surface of the work. Executed in 1965-1966, at the pinnacle of the artist’s critically acclaimed and vastly influential career, the work epitomises Fontana’s revered series of slashed canvases known as the tagli (cuts).
  • Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attese, 1964.
    Estimate £2,400,000–3,000,000.
    On the surface of Lucio Fontana’s white monochrome canvas, ten rhythmic slashes become an intense provocation, a challenge to the tradition of painting through an emphasis on the dynamic notions of time, space, movement and colour. The extraordinarily rare number and configuration of slashes in Concetto Spaziale, Attese (1964) lends the work a highly unique compositional balance as the tagli (cuts) dance between the boundaries of two and three dimensionality.
  • Luciano Fabro, Alluminio e seta naturale (Piede), 1970-71.
    Estimate £650,000–850,000.
    Executed in 1970-71, Luciano Fabro’s towering sculpture Alluminio e seta natural (Piede) forms part of the artist’s celebrated series of Piedi (Feet), created between 1968 and 1971. Like architectural-animal hybrids dreamt up in the depths of the subconscious, the Piedi simultaneously resemble mysterious mythical creatures with bird-like claws, and elegant fluted columns that hark back to Greek and Roman antiquity.

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