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MARINE PAINTING BY VILHELM HAMMERSHOI AT SOTHEBY’S

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014
Sun over the Sea by Vilhelm Hammershøi.

Sun over the Sea by Vilhelm Hammershøi.

One of the only known marine paintings by Danish artist Vilhelm Hammershøi comes up at Sotheby’s sale of 19th Century European Paintings in London on May 22.  Sun Over the Sea is estiamted at £100,000-150,000. The auction will feature a second painting by Hammershøi with a maritime subject the Old Warehouse in Christianshavn (£80,000-100,000).  Both pictures are from Danish private collections and come to market for the first time.

Claude Piening of Sotheby’s said: Hammershøi’s timeless and quietly understated images continue to cast their spell on today’s collectors. For our upcoming sale in May, we are fortunate to be offering two exterior views painted in Copenhagen. Sun over the Sea is an especially exciting rediscovery, arguably the only painting by Hammershøi to depict not only the open ocean, but the glowing orb of the sun, the source of light in so many of his more familiar interior scenes.”

NEW TO MARKET WORK BY YEATS AND HENRY AT BONHAMS

Monday, April 14th, 2014
ack Butler Yeats’ Island Men Returning.

ack Butler Yeats’ Island Men Returning.

Boats at Sea by Paul Henry.

Boats at Sea by Paul Henry.

New to market paintings by Jack Butler Yeats and Paul Henry will be offered by Bonhams in London on May 28.  Consigned from private collections in the UK and Canada each work is estimated at £60,000-80,000. Island Men Returning by Yeats dates from 1919 and depicts currachs pulling back into harbour.   Boats at Sea by Henry was finished in 1936.

Penny Day, Bonhams Head of Irish Art says “We are thrilled to be offering these two exceptional works by such stellar Irish names. Both featuring boats at sea and never before offered at auction, they present a golden opportunity to acquire a fresh and rare marine painting by two of Ireland’s most famous artists”.

Both works will be on public view at Bonhams Dublin Gallery on Molesworth Street from May 11-14.

RICHTER AND POLKE AT CHRISTIE’S MAYFAIR

Monday, April 14th, 2014
Gerhard Richter Kerze, 1982 Oil on canvas, 83 x 62.2cm On loan from a private collection (Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014).

Gerhard Richter
Kerze, 1982
Oil on canvas, 83 x 62.2cm
On loan from a private collection (Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014).

Sigmar Polke Untitled, 1983 Acrylic, artificial resin, lacquer and dispersion Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014.

Sigmar Polke
Untitled, 1983
Acrylic, artificial resin, lacquer and dispersion Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014.

Two giants of painting, Gerhard Richter (born 1932) and Sigmar Polke (1941-2010) will be celebrated at Christie’s in London over the coming months.  Polke/Richter-Richter/Polke brings together 65 works from 30 collections to create the artists’ first joint show in almost 50 years.  Their show at Gallerie h in Hanover in 1966 has assumed legendary status. This was a declaration of their intention to resurrect painting by deconstructing it and opening up new possibilities.

Francis Outred, Christie’s Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Europe, says: “Richter and Polke are the dynamic duo of German painting in the past 50 years. They became friends in the early ’60s, seeking to reinvent painting by deconstructing it, mixing all the pieces together and putting it back together again to open up new possibilities, as witnessed in their landmark 1966 two-man show, Richter/Polke. We take this 1966 exhibition as a starting point for charting their work in the ensuing decades. While their friendship waned and they developed in different directions - Richter stayed close to home in Cologne, Polke wandered the world – both remained true to their shared belief in painting as an essential medium. Despite their divergent paths, their art and ideas overlap in interesting ways. ”

The exhibition will be at Christie’s Mayfair, 103 New Bond St. from April 25 to July 7.

SIX LATE SELF PORTRAITS BY ANDY WARHOL AT SOTHEBY’S

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Andy Warhol  Six Self Portaits, 1986 ($25-35 million). Copyright in this image is vested in Sotheby's.

Andy Warhol Six Self Portaits, 1986 ($25-35 million). Copyright in this image is vested in Sotheby’s.

A group of six self-portraits by Andy Warhol will come up at Sotheby’s sale of contemporary art in New York on May 14.  Executed in 1986 – 20 years after the artists last series of self-portraits and just months before his unexpected death – the group represents the definitive self image of Warhol and his brand. They are among the last and greatest works of his career.

The group was acquired by the present owners in July 1986 from the London gallery of legendary dealer Anthony d’Offay.  They bought it soft $57,500.  Now to be offered as one lot it is estimated at $25-35 million. Warhol had laid out strict instructions as to the height at which they should be hung (so as to correspond exactly with his own head height) and to the sequencing (blue, green, orange, lilac, pale blue, pink).  They have hung in that manner for the last 28 years.

JEFF KOONS’ POPEYE AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

Friday, April 11th, 2014
Jeff Koons Popeye signed, dated 2009-2011 and numbered 3/3.

Jeff Koons
Popeye
signed, dated 2009-2011 and numbered 3/3.

AN immaculate, gleaming, seven-foot tall statue of Popeye by Jeff Koons comes up at Sotheby’s New York evening auction of contemporary art on May 14.  The cartoon character and American pop culture icon is Koons’ most accomplished and major work of recent years. It is from an edition of three and no example has appeared at auction until now. The present Popeye has never been exhibited publicly, and will make its debut in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries on May 2.  The estimate is in the region of $25 million.

Flawlessly finished in kaleidoscope glazes Popeye stands at the culmination of a long line of sculptures in which Koons has sought to re-frame the terms of high art for the masses. Originally conceived in 1929 as part of a newspaper comic strip Popeye became a cultural phenomenon during the Great Depression. Ordinary, tough, resilient, confident and super strong Popeye personified the American dream. Koons began referencing Popeye in 2000 but it was not until 2009 that he reappropriated this American champion in heroic sculptural over life size form as an icon for a new millennium.

Alex Rotter, Co-Head of Sotheby’s Worldwide Contemporary Art Department, commented: “The history of Pop Art begins and ends with Popeye. From his first representations by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol in the 1960s, to the present three-dimensional crescendo by Jeff Koons a half century later, this ultimate American hero and self-made man has remained a true icon of both art history and popular culture.”

Here is a video about the the work:

BACON’S THREE STUDIES FOR A PORTRAIT OF JOHN EDWARDS AT CHRISTIE’S

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Francis Bacon (1909-1992) Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards

Francis Bacon (1909-1992)
Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards (Click on image to enlarge).

Francis Bacon’s Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards will highlight Christie’s sale in New York on May 13.  It is one of the most important triptychs from the 1980′s still in private handsCelebrating one of the most significant relationships in Francis Bacon’s life the painting represents John Edwards, a bar manager from the East End of London, who Bacon had met a decade earlier and who went onto to become one of the artist’s inseparable companions, his most trusted confidents,  and the rare witness to the artist at work. Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards, embodies the sense of calm and confidence that came over Bacon’s work in the last decade of his life. It is estimated at around $80 million.  Last year Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud  sold for a world record of $142,405,000.

We are honored to announce one of the greatest paintings from Francis Bacon’s acclaimed Late Period. Three Studies for a Portrait of John Edwards, executed in 1984 was the centerpiece of the artist’s retrospective at the London Tate Gallery in 1985-86, and a work that the artist himself ranked amongst his best works. It shows an incredible tenderness and harmony that was prompted by Bacon’s paternal relationship with the sitter, and this period of contentment elicited a confidence of style that has been compared to late Matisse”, said Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art.

MONET, RENOIR, PICASSO AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

AN exceptional selection of 54 works of every media by the most revered artists of the 20th century come up at Christie’s  Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale, Including Property from the Estate of Edgar M. Bronfman  in New York on May 6.  The best Impressionist works by Monet and Renoir to come to market in many years from the estate of Huguette Clark are coupled with equally distinguished examples by Degas from the estate of Edgar Bronfman.  Important Modern works by Picasso, Kandinsky, Braque and Dalí from the collection of Viktor and Marianne Langen pair with an orientalist van Dongen and an arcadian Picasso also from the Bronfman estate. The evening sale is expected to achieve in excess of $245 million.

Claude Monet Nymphéas, oil on canvas, 1907 ($25.35 million).  Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014

Claude Monet
Nymphéas, oil on canvas, 1907 ($25.35 million). Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014

Pablo Picasso Portrait de Femme (Dora Maar) ($25-35 million) Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2014

Pablo Picasso
Portrait de Femme (Dora Maar) ($25-35 million) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014

Pierre-Auguste Renoir Jeunes filles jouant au volant circa 1887 ($10,000,000-15,000,000)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir
Jeunes filles jouant au volant circa 1887
($10,000,000-15,000,000) Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2014

WARHOL’S WHITE MARILYN AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

warhol marilynAndy Warhol’s White Marilyn, 1962, one of the most iconic portraits created by the artist and recognized as one of the finest examples of his Death and Disasters series comes up at Christie’s in New York on May 13.  Created immediately after Monroe’s death in 1962 it is estimated at $12-18 million. The work was one of eight Marilyns selected for Warhol’s first one-man exhibition at Eleanor Ward’s Stable Gallery in New York in 1962, and was once part of her personal collection.

Compared to the perfectly coiffed media propagated publicity images of the actress, in White Marilyn she appears touched by humanity, and transcends reality to become a modern Saint. Warhol dedicated this work to Ward and expressed his gratitude scattering hearts on the reverse of the painting. Warhol gave Mint Marilyn to Jasper Johns, Gold Marilyn Monroe and Blue Marilyn were acquired by Phillip Johnson and Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Barr before being gifted respectively to the National Gallery of Arts in Washington, and the Princeton University Art Museum.” declared Laura Paulson, Christie’s Chairman and International Director for Post-War and Contemporary Art.

AUCTION RECORDS FOR CHINESE, JAPANESE AND SOUTH EAST ASIAN ARTISTS

Sunday, April 6th, 2014
Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline: Big Family No. 3 sold for a world record price of $12.1 million US.

Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline: Big Family No. 3 sold for a world record price of $12.1 million US.

Auction records were established for Chinese, Japanese and South East Asian artists at Sotheby’s Modern and Contemporary Asian Art sale in Hong Kong.  There were eight auction records in a sale which realised US$85.9 million.  The top lot was Zhang Xiaogang’s Bloodline: Big Family No. 3 which sold for US$12.1 million.  Collectors from around the world competed vigorously and Asian buyers took most of the top pieces. Seven bidders competed for Potted Chrysanthemums, a previously unrecorded painting by modern Chinese master Sanyu which sold for US$10.4 million.

There were records for Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara, Southeast Asian artists S. Sudjojono, Sudjana Kerton, Romualdo Frederico Locatelli, Ay Tjoe Christine, But Mochtar and Le Pho.

MODIGLIANI PORTRAIT OF HIS PATRON AT SOTHEBY’S

Friday, April 4th, 2014
Amedeo Modigliani Portrait de Paul Alexandre, 1911-12 (5-8 million).  Copyright: Sotheby’s/ArtDigital Studio

Amedeo Modigliani
Portrait de Paul Alexandre, 1911-12 (5-8 million). Copyright: Sotheby’s/ArtDigital Studio

A Modigliani portrait of his major patron Paul Alexandre comes up at Sotheby’s in Paris on June 4.  Never before on the market it portrays his patron during the seven years after his arrival in France in 1907.  It dates from 1911-12.  It has remained in the ownership of Paul Alexandre’s descendants to this day. Alexandre was Modigliani’s confidant, mentor and patron from his arrival in Paris until his conscription in 1914.  The painting is estimated at 5-8 million.

 

It is one of Modigliani’s five portraits of Alexandre (two of which are in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen). It was painted just after the death of Paul Alexandre’s mother, in dull tones and imbued with poignant melancholy. The picture has never left Paul Alexandre’s family, is in perfect condition, and boasts powerful paintwork, notably to the face and hands. It is one of the most individual and compelling Modigliani male portraits ever to appear at auction.