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DUBLIN CONTEMPORARY AT VARIOUS VENUES

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Alice Neel, Richard at Age 5, 1945, oil on canvas. Copyright Estate of Alice Neel. Photo credit: Malcom Varon. (Click on image to enlarge).

Dublin Contemporary, one of the most ambitious art exhibitions ever staged in Ireland, runs over the next eight weeks. It features paintings, sculpture, photography, installation art, performance art, videos and 12 street artists.

Willie Doherty, Dead Pool II, 2011, c-print, mounted on aluminium. Courtesy of the Kerlin Gallery. (Click on image to enlarge).

The former university site at Earlsfort Terrace is the hub and other venues include the Iveagh Gardens, the Douglas Hyde Gallery, the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and the Royal Hibernian Academy.  It features new and recent works from artists including Willie Doherty, Dexter Dalwood, Jim Lambie, Thomas Hirschhorn and Teresa Margolles.
There is a Willie Doherty retrospective at the Dublin City Gallery, an exhibition of American painter Alice Neel at the Douglas Hyde Gallery and works by international artists and a new commission by the Irish artist Brian O’Doherty at the National Gallery. There is work by American painter Lisa Yuskavage and  a new commission by Irish artist James Coleman at the RHA.
The Dublin Contemporary theme is Terrible Beauty—Art, Crisis, Change & The Office of Non-Compliance.  Work by over 90 international and Irish artists is on show at multiple locations in Dublin until October 31. Curated by New York-based curator and writer, Christian Viveros-Fauné, and Franco-Peruvian artist and curator, Jota Castro, the title is taken from William Butler Yeats’s poem, Easter, 1916.  The plan is to hold Dublin Contemporary every five years.

IRISH FURNITURE AND ART AT LYNES AND LYNES

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011
Irish furniture and art work will feature at a carefully selected sale at Lynes and Lynes on Saturday, July 2 at noon. Lynes and Lynes have re-located from Cork city centre to Eastlink Business Park at Carrigtwohill in east Cork.
This is a sale of under 150 lots.  Here is a small selection of what is on offer. The catalogue is on-line at www.lynesandlynes.com

This Irish antique mahogany hall bench of curved shape, circa 1860 is estimated at 1,500-2,000. (Click on image to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,400

George Mounsey Wheatley Atkinson 1806-1884 Naval Squadron in Cork harbour 1862, estimated at 10,000-15,000. (Click to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD, BUT UNDER NEGOTIATION AFTERWARDS.

A Regency two door bookcase fitted with drawers c1840 estimated at 2,000-3,000. (Click to enlarge) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,500

A Regency mahogany bookcase with brass trellis doors and panelled sides, circa 1830, estimated at 3,000-5,000. (Click to enlarge). UPDATE: SOLD AFTER AUCTION FOR 3,000

WORLD RECORD PRICE FOR EGON SCHIELE AT SOTHEBY’S

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

Egon Schiele's world record painting entitled Houses with Laundry (Suburb II). (Click on image to enlarge).

There was a world auction record for Egon Schiele at Sotheby’s on June 22. His Häuser mit bunter Wäsche (Vorstadt II) / Houses with Laundry (Suburb II) made £24,681,250, almost double the previous auction record for the Austrian artist.

The painting, sold by the Leopold Museum in Vienna, was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder.  Executed in 1914 at the height of Egon Schiele’s short career (he died in 1918 at the age of just 28), the painting is one of the most impressive of the artist’s few monumental cityscapes and is loosely based on motifs drawn from Krumau, the town known to have inspired some of his greatest works. It was this town in Southern Bohemia in which Schiele’s mother was born, and to which Schiele and his lover Valerie (Wally) Neuzil moved in 1911 in order to escape what they perceived as the claustrophobic atmosphere of Vienna.

Overall, the sale achieved £96,968,000, within the pre-sale estimate of £77 to £111 million. It was  91.4% sold by lot and 98.4% by value. Records were also set for Marc Chagall’s Au-Dessus de la ville, which made £1,833,250, a record for a work on paper by the artist  and Tamara de Lempicka’s  La Dormeuse of 1930 which made  £4,073,250/$6,617,809, a US dollar record for the artist.

The June Impressionist & Modern Art sale at Sotheby’s made £14,622,250, bringing the total for the June series to £111,590,250.

See antiquesandartireland.com post for May 5.

IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART MAKES $170,478,000 AT SOTHEBY’S

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Picasso - Femmes Lisant

Gauguin Jeune tahitienne

Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale at Sotheby’s New York on May 3 made $170,478,000.  This was within but very much at the lower end of the overall estimate of $158.9-229.7 million. The 59 lot auction was 74.6% sold by lot, and saw a total of 37 works sell for over $1 million.
The top lot was Pablo Picasso’s Femmes lisant (Deux personnages). It made $21,362,500 in a sale where auction records were established for the Surrealist artist Paul Delvaux and for a sculpture by Paul Gauguin. Jeune tahitienne sold for 11,282,500.  It was carved during Gauguin’s first trip to Tahiti between 1890 and 1893, and is the only fully-worked bust portrait the artist is known to have created. It marks the eighth highest price for any work by Gauguin at auction.

PAUL DELVAUX 1897 - 1994 LES CARIATIDES

Les Cariatides by Paul Delvaux from 1946 made $9,042,500 in a sale which saw strong prices for Surrealist works.

The Expressionist Alexej von Jawlensky’s Frau mit grünem Fächer (Woman with a green fan) made $11,282,500, just under its high estimate of $12 million. This is the second highest price for a work by Jawlensky.  There were strong prices too for Magritte and Dali.  The art illustrated represents the top five highest prices for the sale.
The Impressionist & Modern Art Day Sale on May 5 at Sotheby’s in New York brought in $38,982,225.

ALEXEJ VON JAWLENSKY 1864-1941 FRAU MIT GRÜNEM FÄCHER (WOMAN WITH A GREEN FAN)

Picasso - COUPLE À LA GUITARE made $9.6 million.

IAN HUMPHREYS STUDIO SALE IN WEST CORK

Monday, April 18th, 2011

A studio sale of the work of artist Ian Humphreys will be held by auctioneer Morgan O’Driscoll in Skibbereen, west Cork on Easter Sunday (April 24) at 4 p.m.  The British born (1956) artist and graduate of Exeter College of Art has work in a number of public and private collections.  He has lived on Heir Island off the west Cork coast since 1999.  The sale features 80 lots in a variety of media over dates from 1976 to 2010.

There are no reserves.  Estimates are a guide. Here is a sample, click on any image to enlarge:

UPDATE: All lots were sold in an auction that realised 120,000.  There were buyers from Texas, the UK, Holland, Germany and Ireland, some bidding on the internet.  The auction attracted a large crowd including people on holiday in west Cork for Easter.

'Reencorren' by Ian Humphreys (est 800-1,400) UPDATE: THIS MADE 500 EURO.

Ian Humpreys 'The Fisher King' (5,000-8,000). UPDATE: THIS MADE 2,400 EURO.

Ian Humphreys 'Juggling' (4,000-5,000) UPDATE: THIS MADE 1,300 EURO.

Ian Humphreys 'Skeams' (400-500) UPDATE: THIS MADE 900 EURO.

FROM BABAR TO PETER RABBIT AT SOTHEBY’S

Thursday, March 17th, 2011
From Babar to Peter Rabbit, some of the most beloved children’s characters and stories will feature at a single owner sale of original illustration art at Sotheby’s in New York on April 11.  The sale of the collection of Kendra and Allan Daniel will present a selection of original illustrations.
It features original artwork featuring characters such as Babar, Madeline, the Brownies, Christopher Robin and Raggedy Ann. Artists represented include Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac, Peter Newell, Kate Greenaway, Beatrix Potter and Jessie Willcox Smith, Dr. Seuss, George Henry Boughton and Rose O’Neill.

FEBRUARY SALES AT CHRISTIE’S AND SOTHEBY’S AMOUNT TO £423.6 MILLION

Saturday, February 19th, 2011
THE recovery in art market prices continued over the London selling season in February.  According to our calculations Sotheby’s and Christie’s sold £423.6 million worth of Impressionist, Modern, Contemporary, Post-War and Surreal art over the past fortnight.
Aided by an incredible private owner sale entitled Looking Closely, with 60 works by some of the greatest of all modern and contemporary masters, Sotheby’s led with a sales total of  £242,109,075. This is the second highest total for any sales season ever held at Sotheby’s in London.  Their sales featured property from 39 countries and attracted buyers from 47 countries spanning 5 continents.  The total at Christie’s series of sales amounted to £181.5 million.
These results support a growing view that the international recovery in art market prices can be sustained.

WARHOL SELF-PORTRAIT MAKES £10,793,250 AT CHRISTIE’S

Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

This Warhol self-portrait more than doubled its top estimate at Christie's. (click on image to enlarge). Picture courtesy of Christie's Images.

A monumental-scale self-portrait by Andy Warhol (1928-1987) made £10,793,250 at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale in London on February 16. It had been estimated at £3-5 million.  In a private collection since 1974 this previously unpublished iconic work which dates to 1967 was recently discovered. It was bought by an anonymous bidder in the room.

Warhol first used the image for a group of works in 1966, painted in a much smaller scale.  The following year he produced 11 monumental works in large scale six foot square format.   Six works from the series were shown at the American Pavilion at the 1967 Montreal Expo.

The sale brought in £61,380,500 and was 92 per cent sold by lot.  It was the highest total for the category in London since June 2008.  The Warhol was the top lot and 16 lots sold for over one million pounds.  There were buyers from 21 different countries.  Six artists records were set, for Jenny Saville, Martial Raysse, Miquel Barcelo, Wade Guyton, Ged Quinn and Adriana Varejao.

See antiquesandartireland.com post for January 11.

NEW WORLD RECORDS FOR BONNARD AND DALI AT CHRISTIES

Thursday, February 10th, 2011
There were world records for Bonnard and Dali at Christie’s Impressionist and Modern art evening sale and auction of art of the Surreal.  The sales  made £84,879,800, selling 79% by lot and 84% by value, against a pre-sale estimate of £72,580,000 to £107,060,000.
Purchasers came from 20 different countries with more than 10 clients competing on several lots. The most intense interest was for works released from private collections for the first time. Terrasse à Vernon by Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) realized £7,209,250. It dates from 1923.  Works by Derain and Degas also broke the £5 million barrier.  The four works offered by the Art Institute of Chicago, by Picasso (2), Braque and Matisse, brought in  £10,043,400.
The Art of the Surreal sale realized £22,999,250. The top price was paid for by L’aimant (The Magnet) by René Magritte (1898-1967) which made £4,745,250. Dalí’s Etude pour ‘Le miel est plus doux que le sang’ from 1926-27 made £4,073,250.
(See antiquesandartireland.com post for February 7)

STRONG BIDDING ACROSS ALL RANGES AT SOTHEBYS

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Sotheby’s day sale of Impressionist and Modern art on February 9 brought in £21,463,975 against a pre-sale estimate of  £16,934,000 – 23,608,000. The top was La Mandoline Noire, 1926, a late work by Juan Gris. It made £926,050.  Altogether 212 out of 266 lots sold, with strong bidding in all price ranges.  Over 500 people registered to bid from as far afield as Africa, US, Asia, Russia, Australia, North and South America and Europe. The total for Impressionist and Modern art at Sotheby’s over the last two days is £90,298,370.