Specialist Picks from Shake It Up Online: Highlights from the Mario Testino Collection

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Shake It Up Online: Photographs from the Mario Testino Collection presents an exciting and intriguing exploration of key themes in contemporary photography from some of the most sought after artists of the genre. The carefully curated collection questions identity, cultural displacement and psychological unease through the camera lens. Here, Sotheby’s Contemporary specialist George O’Dell discusses his personal highlights from the upcoming auction, all proceeds from which will go toward the expansion of Mario Testino’s not-for-profit Museo MATE in Lima, which promotes and supports local and global culture in Peru. Click ahead to see his picks.

Shake It Up Online: Photographs from the Mario Testino Collection
Online | 1-15 September 2017

Specialist Picks from Shake It Up Online: Highlights from the Mario Testino Collection

  • Florian Maier Aichen, Le Tour de France dans les Pyrénées (II), 2005. Estimate £5,000–7,000.
    Florian's work is really interesting as he is always playing with the real and fabricated within imagery. Personally I like the base image as it's the mountain part of the Tour de France and is also the title of a monumental sculpture which relates to the great race. The angle of the shot, colours and tone all are the nostalgic embodiment of watching the tour each summer.

  • Anne Collier, Spiritual Warfare, 2006.
    Estimate £6,000–8,000.
    I've been a huge fan of Collier's approach to appropriation of image, photography and image making. I like the abstract composition of the audio tape unravelled but also to understand it's an audio book or reading takes it another level deeper when compared to the title.

  • John Waters, Sequel, 1995. Estimate £3,000–4,000.
    I think Waters is really incredible as a film director, writer, social commentator and probably lesser known in 2D/Fine Art. Waters is a collector himself and writes a lot about living with art so to see what he creates beyond film is always really interesting. His book Role Models remains one of my favourite reads.

  • Wolfgang Tillmans, Outside Meeting House, 1996. Estimate £3,000–5,000.
    Tillmans is one of my favourite photographers full stop. I like the way he developed his casual yet composed style of photographs of the people and places immediately around him to his more abstract studio work. This edition of 10 works by Tillmans is great as one can collect many of them and create new conversations and juxtapositions between the images. Equally they are very powerful just on their own.

  • Olafur Eliasson, Untitled (islandserie #50), 1999. Estimate £3,000–5,000.
    What I like about Olafur is he is bigger than any medium as he works with the earth and interacts with it. The employment of the camera though, makes a connection to the original Land Artist movement. Also, not everyone can house a sculpture or installation art piece in their collection. The photo works of Eliasson encompasses the essence of what he is about.

  • Nan Goldin, French Chris at the Drive-In, NJ, 1979. Estimate £4,000–6,000.
    Before Wolfgang Tillmans there was Nan Goldin, who took images of everyone around her good or bad and in doing so exposed a harsher reality of contemporary, namely American youth culture. The present work though now vintage in its own way, feels classically composed with how the figures are positioned on the car and within the image. It's raw and real and somewhat uncanny, to me at least.


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