Picasso, Basquiat, Gerhard Richter & More, Explore Western Highlights in Hong Kong

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This autumn, Sotheby's Hong Kong presents a selection of stellar Western works. Contemporary highlights include abstract masterpieces by Joan Mitchell and Gerhard Richter, as well as exceptional sculptural works by KAWS and Louise Bourgeois. Also on offer are the finest pieces by Modern masters including Pablo Picasso and Bernard Buffet. Click through to explore. (點此閱讀中文)

Picasso, Basquiat, Gerhard Richter & More, Explore Western Highlights in Hong Kong

  • © 2018 Estate of Pablo Picasso /Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
    Pablo Picasso, Buste d'homme lauré, 1969. Estimate HK$50,000,000 –70,000,000.
    Musketeer is a major theme in the artist’s later years, representing a turn against the contemporary, and towards exploring cultural traditions and the works of ancient masters. Crowned by a laurel wreath symbolic of victory, the musketeer was unseen in any other depictions.
  • Bernard Buffet, La Piscine de la Baume, 1988. Estimate HK$2,600,000–4,500,000.
    “Buffet is a fanatic of line. The lines of his brush fully incorporate the Eastern elements of French modernism, the influence of Egyptian hieroglyphics of the expressionism of Georges Rouault and Alfred Manessier, and line sketching of modern illustration.” ─ Art historian, Alexandre Roob
  • Wifredo Lam, Sans titre, 1966. Estimate HK$8,000,000–10,000,000.
    Embodying the spirits of Cubism and Surrealism, this work depicts the Caribbean gods Damballah and Ayida; the portrayal of the two gods is a classic form of the artist’s practice. This will be the first time to offer the work of Chinese-Cuban master Wifredo Lam in any Asian art evening sale.
  • Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild 802-3, 1994. Estimate HK$18,000,000-28,000,000.
    Executed in 1994, Gerhard Richter’s Abstraktes Bild 802-3
    manifests the unparalleled masterful achievement of Richter’s
    intellectual inquiry into abstraction—an investigation that reached its mature zenith surrounding the period of this work’s creation.
  • Joan Mitchell, Syrtis, 1961. Estimate HK$50,000,000–70,000,000.
    Vividly radiant, ardently tempestuous and charged with potent calligraphic grace, Joan Mitchell’s Syrtis erupts in an intoxicating torrent of exotic colours – one of the most strikingly
    hued Mitchell canvases to ever come to the auction market.
  • Louise Bourgeois, Untitled, 1998. Estimate HK$4,800,000–6,800,000.
    Brooding yet enigmatic, evoking an aura at once dream-like, tender and faintly ominous, this work is one of the earliest renditions of the artist’s idiosyncratic vitrines that Louise Bourgeois created from the late 1990s to early 2000s.
  • George Condo, The Aztec Cosmologist, 2009. Estimate HK$5,000,000-7,000,000.
    Striking and arresting in colour and composition, evincing Condo’s categorically iconic aesthetic of Psychological Cubism, The Aztec Cosmologist is a quintessential Condo portrait with a rare and distinctive feature: the geometric lines or ‘splits’ that delineate the background.
  • Jean-Michel Basquiat, Logo, 1984. Estimate HK$24,000,000-38,000,000.
    With its striking palette, compositional intensity, expressionistic force, and deft engagement with art history, politics, and race, this work is demonstrative of the very best of Basquiat’s celebrated practice.
  • KAWS, Untitled MBFJ8, 2014. Estimate HK$3,600,000–5,500,000.
    In 1995, still in his graffiti artist days, KAWS tagged a billboard for MetLife insurance that included the Peanuts characters Snoopy and Woodstock. “I’m into Schulz as an artist, a company, an icon; I got into his stuff just because I liked the looseness of the line work, and I thought that it was just sort of a nice thing to bring into my paintings” ─KAWS
  • Jonas Wood, Pink Plant with Shadows #2, 2014. Estimate HK$4,500,000-7,500,000.
    Lavish, vibrant and monumental in scale, Pink Plant with Shadows #2 is a quintessential Jonas Wood still life featuring the pottery of his wife, Japanese ceramicist Shio Kusaka.
  • Antony Gormley, Building 6-10, 2015. Estimate HK$12,400,000–18,400,000.
    These works investigate the human condition using the syntax of urban architecture. The idea was to treat the life-size body as a high-rise building, to consider it as both the most open of skeletons and as a closed mass. All of the works convey vulnerability, interrogating the ambition of architecture to produce a stable world, with the threat of collapse in the manner of a house of cards.
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