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    LEGENDARY ASSEMBLAGE OF POST WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART AT CHRISTIE’S

    Friday, August 24th, 2018

    UNTITLED BY ALEXANDER CALDER COURTESY CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2018

    One of America?s most legendary assemblages of Post-War and Contemporary art will come up at Christie’s in New York in November. The collection of Harry W. and Mary Margaret Anderson includes consummate examples from artists including David Smith, Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Vija Celmins, Martin Puryear, Philip Guston and Jasper Johns as well as Pablo Picasso and Alan D’Arcangelo will come up at Christie’s in New York in November. The pre-sale estimate is in the region of $30-50 million.

    The collection demonstrates over half a century of scholarship and dedication by Harry ?Hunk? and Mary ?Moo? Anderson. Encompassing approximately 200 lots, the present grouping represents a poignant representation of the Andersons? collecting vision, ranging from Post-War and Contemporary to Impressionist and Modern Art and Prints and Multiples to American Paintings. The selection will be sold over several auctions beginning with the Evening and Morning Sales of Post-War and Contemporary art in November followed by an Online Only sale in December.

    Inspired by a single visit to the Louvre Museum in the 1960s, the collection has come to encompass the very best in creative expression, providing a stimulating intellectual outlet for not just the Anderson family, but the countless students, scholars, and museum-goers who have benefitted from the Anderson’s profound generosity.

    WADDINGTON COLLECTION A SELLOUT IN LONDON

    Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
    JEAN DUBUFFET (1901-1985) Visiteur au chapeau bleu avril 1955 signed and dated 'J. Dubuffet 55. Courtesy CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2016

    JEAN DUBUFFET (1901-1985)
    Visiteur au chapeau bleu avril 1955
    signed and dated ‘J. Dubuffet 55. Courtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2016

    The Collection of Leslie Waddington was a sellout at Christie’s in London on October 4.  Spirited bidding for the personal collection of a pioneering art dealer saw 80% of works selling over estimate in an auction which achieved £28,285,525.  Bidders registered from 37 countries across six continents. It was an electric start of the much anticipated Frieze Week auctions.  The top lot was Jean Dubuffet’s Visiteur au chapeau bleu (Visitor with a Blue Hat)  which sold for £4,813,000.

    Born in Dublin Leslie Waddington, who died last year aged 81, was son the art dealer Victor Waddington and his wife Zelda (nee Levine).  In 1927 Victor had founded a pioneering gallery in Dublin that represented contemporary Irish artists including Jack Yeats. Leslie Waddington received a classical education at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, whose old boys included Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.  He revered the Irish literary tradition and later on, in Paris, befriended Beckett, with whom he played chess.   In 1958 he joined his father’s new gallery at Cork St. in London and in 1966 set up on his own. In 2003 he was one of the first dealers to participate in Frieze.

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for July 19, 2016)

    ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976) Le serpent rouge (The Red Snake) Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016

    ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976)
    Le serpent rouge (The Red Snake) sold for £4,421,000.  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016

    FRANCIS PICABIA (1879-1953) Lampe

    FRANCIS PICABIA (1879-1953) Lampe sold for £3,637,000.  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016

    A TIME CAPSULE OF CALDER IN INDIA IN 1955

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

    A time-capsule collection of sculptures by Alexander Calder (1898-1976) created before and during his three-month visit to India in 1955 will be among the highlights at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art evening auction in New York on May 10. Created before and during his three-month visit to India in 1955 the works capture Calder’s special relationship with the Sarabhai family, who hosted the artist for three weeks at their home in Ahmedabad.  At auction for the first time they testify not only to Calder’s ability at the height of his powers, but also to the extraordinary cultural dialogue fostered by the architect Gira Sarabhai and her family following the Indian Independence Act of 1947.

    Alexander Calder (1898-1976) - Frangi-Pani  ($2.5-3.5 million).

    Alexander Calder (1898-1976) – Frangi-Pani ($2.5-3.5 million).

    Alexander Calder (1898-1976) -Sumac 17 ($4-6 million)

    Alexander Calder (1898-1976) -Sumac 17 ($4-6 million)