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    A MONUMENTAL BASQUIAT TO LEAD SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK SALE

    Thursday, April 27th, 2017

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled 1982

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Untitled from 1982 will lead Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening auction in New York on May 18.  This  monumental work has remained virtually unseen since it last appeared on the market in May 1984. At the time the work was completed he was virtually unknown to the art world.  Purchased at auction for $19,000 in 1984 it is now estimated to make in excess of $60 million.

    It is one of a number of iconic American post-war paintings in a sale that also features Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg and Cy Twombly, as well as European masters including David Hockney, Rudolf Stingel and Gerhard Richter.

    Grégoire Billault, Head of Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Department in New York, commented: “It is an enormous pleasure to bring a Basquiat of this magnitude to the market. The scale, subject matter, date and freshness, combined with recent record prices and increased demand for the artist’s work, make May the ideal time to present a masterpiece of this caliber – a truly outstanding achievement of recent art history – to the market.”

    SCHIELE MASTERPIECE AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

    Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

    Egon Schiele’s – Danaë

    Egon Schiele’s first masterpiece Danaë will lead Sotheby’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York on May 16.  Painted in 1909, the work marks Schiele’s first major oil painting of a female nude, and is estimated to sell for $30–40 million.  The artist was just 19 years when he produced this extraordinary example of his daring technique. Danaë introduces the artist’s iconic aesthetic, and epitomizes the Jugendstil movement’s influence at the time. The composition also pays homage to Schiele’s informal mentor, Gustav Klimt, who championed the young artist throughout his career.

    Painted in 1969, a little more than a week before his 88th birthday, Pablo Picasso’s self-portrait Tête d’homme  is estimated at  $8/12 million.  It was painted in 1969, a little more than a week before his 88th birthday and was first exhibited in a one-man show that the artist curated himself in the hallowed halls of the Palace of the Popes in Avignon. Works emerging from a distinguished private collection include Impressionist pictures by Paul Signac, Alfred Sisley and Pierre Bonnard, as well as an important early sculpture by Alexander Archipenko. The group is led by Signac’s Le Pin de Bertaud ($3.5/5 million), a spectacular view of Saint-Tropez painted in 1899-1900

    Paul Signac – Le Pin de Bertaud

    Pablo Picasso’s self-portrait Tête d’homme

     

    IRISH ARTISTS WHOSE WORK IS ENJOYED

    Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

    Irish artists whose work is enjoyed and collected by auction goers will feature at Dolan’s May Bank Holiday sale at Kelly’s Resort Hotel in Rosslare, Co. Wexford on April 30. Kenneth Webb, Evie Hone, Sean Keating, Frank McKelvey, James Humbert Craig, Hans Iten, Helen O’Hara, Markey Robinson, Tony O’Malley, Mark O’Neill, Sean McSweeney, Norman Teeling, Carina Scott, Arthur Maderson, Henry Morgan, Charles Harper, Mat Grogan and Carina Scott and Cecil Maguire all feature.  There is sculpture by John Behan and Cynthia Moran. Here is a small selection:

    Mark O’Neill’s “Show Day, Tinahely” (2,500-3,000)

    Carina Scott’s “Silhouette (white Connemara) (700-1,000)

    Mark O’Neill’s “Up Close and Personal” (1.400-2,000)

    Carina Scott’s “Moonlight” (1,200-1,800)

    BRANCUSI’S LA MUSE ENDORMIE AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

    Thursday, April 20th, 2017

    CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI (1867-1957) La muse endormie , patinated bronze with gold leaf, Length: 10 ½ inches

    Constantin Brancusi’s sculpture La muse endormie will be a highlight  at Christie’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art on May 15 in New York. Estimated at $20-30 million La muse endormie counts among the greatest achievements in sculptural history. Its drastic purification of form and emotional resonance mark the dawn of a new sculptural language.

    First conceived in marble in 1909-1910, La muse endormie was cast by Brancusi in six bronze versions by 1913. Four bronzes today are housed in museums—The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, The Art Institute of Chicago, and two examples in the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris—while two, including the present work, remain in private collections. This one was acquired by the distinguished French collector Jacques UImann in the 1950’s and has remained in his family to this day.

    Jessica Fertig, Senior Vice President, Head of Evening Sale, Impressionist and Modern Art, said: La muse endormie has a magical amplitude — displaying a formal genius and wondrously modulated patina. Brancusi considered each of his La muse endormie bronzes a unique work of art, rather than as part of a uniform edition. He therefore oversaw the patination process during casting to ensure variations between every bronze. Brancusi delighted in the varying effects of color and finish, always aware of the diversity of expression he could achieve through patination. The present sculpture has a rich, warm patina that Brancusi heightened by gilding sections, a contrast he described to the legendary American collector John Quinn as enhancing the expressive power of his art.”

    MOORE, GIACOMETTI, ARP AT SOTHEBY’S NEW YORK

    Thursday, April 20th, 2017

    Works by Henry Moore, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Arp, Germaine Richier and Marino Marini from the Finn family collection will feature at Sotheby’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in New York on May 16. Together the five sculptures are estimated in excess of $17 million. This group is united further by the fact that each piece was conceived in the 1950s, during the period of turmoil and uncertainty following World War II.

    The five exceptional modern sculptures were collected by David and Laura Finn. David Finn, co founder of pr firm Ruder Finn, is a celebrated sculpture photographer whose prolific work championed the art form.  Through their collecting, they developed not only a staunch patronage but also enduring friendships with many artists – particularly Henry Moore. Mr. Finn photographed and published Moore’s sculptures over a number of decades, playing a vital role in expanding the artist’s audience internationally. Moore hand-selected Seated Woman (estimate $4/6 million) for the couple during a visit to his studio.

    Henry Moore
    Seated Woman
    Conceived in 1956-1957 ($4-6 million)

    Germaine Richier
    Don Quichotte
    Conceived in 1950-51 ($1.5-2.5 million)

    Jean Arp
    Torse de Pyrénées
    Conceived in 1959 $1.5-2.5 million

    Alberto Giacometti
    Buste de Diego
    Conceived circa 1957 ($10-15 million)

    GREAT IRISH INTERIORS AND CLASSIC ART AT SHEPPARDS

    Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

    The Great Irish Interiors sale at Sheppards in Durrow on April 25 and 26 promises a wide variety of interesting lots.  It is to be followed on April 27 by a Classic Art afternoon auction.  Here is a small selection:

    Pre-Raphaelite School – The Annunciation Oil on canvas (unlined) Provenance: St. Nicholas’s Church, Ghent, Belgium (20,000-30,000)

    EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY PERIOD CARVED GILT FRAMED OVER MANTLE MIRROR (3,000-5,000)

    PAIR OF LARGE NINETEENTH-CENTURY ORMOLU APPLIQUÉS (2,500-3,500)

    Irish 19th century side table (4,000-6,000)

    NINETEENTH-CENTURY JAPANESE BRONZE GROUP Sage and deer mounted on an oval base (4,000-6,000)

    GEORGE III PERIOD IRISH STATUARY WHITE MARBLE, SIENNA AND BLUE JOHN CHIMNEY PIECE (35,000-45,000)

    NEW YORK DEBUT FOR TEFAF SPRING

    Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

    THE focus is on modern and contemporary art and design at the New York spring debut of TEFAF.  The European Fine Art Fair will be at the Park Avenue Armoury from May 4-8 with an opening preview on May 3.  The fair will feature 92 of the world’s most illustrious dealers who specialize in Modern and Contemporary Art and Design. In addition, a small number of dealers will exhibit jewelry, African & Oceanic art, and antiquities. The inclusion of African & Oceanic works and classical antiquities will cement the coherent aesthetic that is popular among contemporary and modern collectors.

    TEFAF New York Spring follows the successful first edition of TEFAF New York Fall, launched in October 2016 at the Park Avenue Armory, concentrating on fine and decorative art from antiquity to 1920. Both TEFAF New York Fairs are an important expansion of the TEFAF portfolio, providing an additional platform for today’s collectors and museums. Among the world-class dealers exhibiting are:  Acquavella Galleries, Applicat-Prazan, Di Donna, Richard Green, Hauser & Wirth, Paul Kasmin, Sean Kelly, Eykyn Maclean, Helly Nahmad, Lisson Gallery, Galerie Perrotin, Christophe van de Weghe, White Cube and David Zwirner. Here is a small selection:

    Doric Light by Sean Scully at Richard Green

    Campbell’s Elvis by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) at White Cube

    Homage to the Square by Josel Albers (1888-1976) at David Zwirner

    T1962 H27 by Hans Hartung (1904-1989) at Galerie Perrotin

     

    VISIONS IN GLASS 1926-62 BY CARLO SCARPA AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

    Monday, April 17th, 2017

    The only single-owner collection of works by the Venetian architect and designer Carlo Scarpa ever at auction comes up at Christie’s in New York on May 4.  Carlo Scarpa: Visions in Glass 1926-1962, A Private European Collection encompasses around 90 pieces of Italian art glass. The collection provides an overview of the pioneering styles Scarpa created for M.V.M. Cappellin and subsequently Venini. In his collaboration with the two glassmakers and in particular with Venini, Scarpa developed a modern vocabulary for the century-old techniques of glass making and paved the way for the resurgence of the island of Murano as a centre of glass with a modern outlook. Trained as an architect Scarpa developed a range of new surface treatments and techniques, while being inspired by ancient Roman glass as well as Chinese works of art. Here is a small selection:

    Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978) A Summerso Vase c1934-36 ($30,000-40,000)

    A Murrine Opache dish c1940 ($100,000-150,000)

    A Tessuto Battuto vase designed 1938-40 ($20,000-30,000).

    A rare Murrine Romane vase c1936 ($40,000-60,000).

    IMAGES OF BOWIE EVOLING INTO CHARACTER BY BRIAN DUFFY

    Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

    BRIAN DUFFY (1933-2010)
    David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, Contact Sheet, 1973 – CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

    A contact sheet by late London Irish photographer Brian Duffy (1933-2010) documenting David Bowie evolving into the character Aladdin Sane for the 1973 album of the same title is part of Christie’s Photographs auction on May 18.

    The sale will showcase the broad spectrum of those practising in the medium from icons of 20th century photography such as Richard Avedon, Guy Bourdin and Erwin Blumenfeld, to the fashion photographers Steven Meisel and Patrick Demarchelier as well as contemporary artists Richard Mosse, Taryn Simon and Julie Cockburn. Highlights include Helmut Newton’s Private Property Suites I, II and III, the complete set from his personal collection, that capture familiar faces from the worlds of art and fashion – Andy Warhol and David Hockney and the models Charlotte Rampling  and Raquel Welch (1984, £200,000-300,000).  Prices range from £2,000 to £200,000. The Bowie contact sheet is estimated at £10,000-15,000.

    William Eggleston
    Untitled – CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

    Erwin Blumenfeld
    Solarized Profile with Jewelry, New York
    1946 – CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2017

    PAUL HENRY’S SAILING BOAT ON A LOUGH TOP LOT AT MORGAN O’DRISCOLL

    Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

    Paul Henry’s tranquil Sailing Boat on a Lough, possibly Achill Sound in 1916-17, was the top lot at Morgan O’Driscoll’s Irish and International art auction in Dublin last night. It mad a hammer price of 62,000. Other top lots included The Park Pond by Frank McKelvey (24,000),  Torso by Louis le Brocquy (24,000), Jack the Lad by Basil Blackshaw (18,000), The Dark Pool by William Crozier (16,000), 9.13.02 by Sean Scully (16,000) and Ventral by Mark Francis (10,000).  Tribal Dance by Michael Flatley failed to find a buyer in an auction where 67% of lots were sold.

    Sailing boat on a Lough by Paul Henry sold for 62,000 at hammer.

    BASIL BLACKSHAW – THE DUST SETTLES SOLD FOR 16,000 AT HAMMER

    PABLO PICASSO (1881-1973) – PICADOR (1953) (120/500) SOLD FOR 2,200

    Curved Oar Boat III by John Behan madd 3,800 at hammer.