Modern & Contemporary Art Highlights from Jeff Koons, Marino Marini and More

Marino Marini's Cavallo e cavaliere, man on a horse painting
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The Modern & Contemporary Art Online sale, which will be open for bidding from 12-22 October, showcases some of the most sought-after Italian and international artists. From minimal Spatialist works, to Arte Povera and famous pop sculptures of Jeff Koons, the auction explores a rich variety of themes and media. Click above to see highlights from the sale.

Modern & Contemporary Art Highlights from Jeff Koons, Marino Marini and More

  • Marino Marini, Cavallo e cavaliere, 1953.
    Estimate €30,000-40,000.
    The equestrian theme in Marino Marini’s oeuvre is certainly his most well recognized. This joyful work is superb example of his charming drawings, which acted as essential studies for his celebrated sculptures.
  • Agostino Bonalumi, Bianco, late 1970s.
    Estimate €30,000-40,000.
    A hypnotizing white moves into and out of the shadow across the unsteady surface of this iconic Bonalumi monochrome.
  • Arnaldo Pomodoro, Disco per Tecno, 1983-84.
    Estimate €3,500-4,500.
    This multiple provides an optimum opportunity to possess one of Pomodoro’s golden bronzes. This particular piece was exhibited in the recent Osvaldo Borsani exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum in Milan.
  • Gianfranco Baruchello, Screen memory three, 1979.
    Estimate €5,000-7,000.
    This jocular cartoonesque ink and enamel work on cardboard allows the viewer intimate access into the workings of the artist’s mind.
  • Jeff Koons, Puppy (Vase), 1998.
    Estimate €6,000-8,000.
    This pintsized puppy is an iconic symbol of Koons’ oeuvre and doubles up as a vase.
  • Nicola Bolla, Vanitas, 1997.
    Estimate €3,000-4,000.
    This 1997 skull entitled ‘Vanitas’ is a perfect marriage of the artist’s two occupations, medicine and the creation of beauty. This Swarovski skull combines the emblem of death with the brightness of life.
  • Michelangelo Pistoletto, Uovo.
    Estimate €6,000-8,000.
    This mirror work verges away from human representation and towards the absurb, perhaps paying homage to Manzoni’s eggs which were preserved in resin.
  • Eliseo Mattiacci, Senza titolo, 1984.
    Estimate €3,000-4,000.
    This dynamic sketch, which recalls the celebrated spire of the Mole Antonelliana in Turin, is also highly reminiscent of a work currently on display at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence.
  • Gastone Novelli, Senza titolo, 1962.
    Estimate €8,000-12,000.
    This work, for which the artist made use of crayons, charcoal, ink and vinyl tempera, is an excellent example of the artist’s geometric and mathematical thread with its grids and mixture of Roman and Arabic numerals.
  • Salvatore Scarpitta, Senza titolo, 1957.
    Estimate €15,000-20,000.
    The thick slabs of paint resemble the strips which Scarpitta employed in his bandage works. The dynamism of the work harks back to the death-defying races in which the artist participated throughout his life. Yet the colours cannot but recall the traumas of World War II which had broken out twenty years earlier and in which the artist had participated as a parachutist and a ‘Monuments Man’ in the American army.
  • Toshimitsu Imai, Senza titolo, 1958.
    Estimate €15,000-20,000.
    This mesmerising work by Imai is so rich in texture that it becomes almost tactile. Every inch of its surface clamours to be examined.
  • Roberto Crippa, Spirale, 1951.
    Estimate €8,000-12,000.
    This rich red spiral is an idiosyncratic iteration of the artist’s ‘Spatialist’ research, in line with the manifesto he signed with his colleague, Lucio Fontana. While Fontana perforated the support, Crippa penetrates the space with his three-dimensional helices, and in so doing brought his aerial feats as a pilot into his studio.

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