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    HOCKNEY’S POOL PORTRAIT MAY SET AUCTION RECORD FOR LIVING ARTIST

    Thursday, September 13th, 2018

    DAVID HOCKNEY (B. 1937), Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), acrylic on canvas

    With an estimate in the region of $80 million David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972 is poised to become the most expensive work of art by a living artist ever sold at auction at Christie’s in New York in November.  Representing a culminating apex of the artist’s two most celebrated motifs— the glistening water of a swimming pool and a double portrait – Portrait of an Artist is an immediately recognisable and iconic image in Hockney’s diverse oeuvre.

    It graced the covers of numerous artist monographs, starred in various exhibitions – including his traveling retrospective organised by the Tate Britain, the Centre Pompidou, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2017-2018 – as well as the 1974 cult Hockney film, A Bigger Splash, the present canvas firmly stands its ground among Hockney’s most celebrated works.

    An often-told story of two compositions—the first destroyed over months of working and reworking, Hockney originally conceived the composition for Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) from the accidental, almost surreal juxtaposition of two photographs on his studio floor—one of a swimmer underwater, taken in Hollywood in 1966, and the other of a boy staring at something on the ground. Intrigued by how together, the disparate clipped images made it appear as if the boy was staring at the swimmer, this double-portrait arranged by chance impelled for Hockney a substantial dramatic charge.

    It comes up at Christie’s evening sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art on November 15.

    The auction current record for David Hockney was set by Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica, 1990, which sold for $28,453,000 at Sotheby’s New York on May 16, 2018. The current auction record for any living artist was set by Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog (Orange), 1994-2000, which sold for $58,405,000 at Christie’s New York on November 12, 2013.

    ASIAN ART WEEK AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

    Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

    There will be a series of auctions, viewings, and events at Christie’s in New York from September 7-14 to mark Asian Art Week.  This year there will be eight distinct auctions featuring over 900 lots spanning all epochs and categories of Asian Art from Chinese archaic bronzes through contemporary Indian painting.

    This season includes four thematic auctions, Qianlong’s precious vessel, a single lot sale dedicated to a revered bronze formerly in the Emperor’s collection, Masterpieces of Cizhou Ware, rare Chinese ceramics, Fine Chinese Jade Carvings from private collections and the Ruth and Carl Barron collection of fine Chinese snuff bottles.

    The week begins with Fine Chinese paintings led by a contemporary painting by Ma Xinle (born 1963) Horses ($250,000-350,000).

    Qi Baishi (1863-1957) – Chicks, hanging scroll.

    Ma Xinle (born 1963) – Horses

     

     

    IMPORTANT FERNAND LEGER WORK AT CHIRSTIE’S NEW YORK

    Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

    Fernand Leger – Contraste de forms, oil on burlap, Painted in 1913

    One of the most important canvasses by Fernand Léger to be offered at auction comes up at Christie’s in New York on November 13.  Contraste de forms, an oil on burlap painted in 1913,  was originally acquired from Léger at the end of 1913 by his dealer Daniel-Henry Kahnweiler.

    It was bought in 1956 from Galerie Rosengart in Lucerne by Ludmilla and Hans Arnhold, an international banker and art collector. Mr. Arnhold later bequeathed the painting to their daughter and son-in law, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen. Mr. Kellen was longtime CEO of  investment banking firm, Arnhold and S. Bleichroeder, Inc. (now First Eagle Holdings, Inc.).  He and his wife were passionate collectors and distinguished philanthropists.

    The Kellens were deeply captivated by Léger and his work, often visiting the Musée National Fernand-Léger in Biot, France, with their children and eventually their grandchildren. Contraste de formes was a highlight of their collection and enriched their New York home for over 40 years. This is the first time it has appeared at auction. Proceeds will go towards the foundation’s philanthropic mission.

    Conor Jordan, deputy chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, remarked: “This is pure painting seen in its most exciting form, bursting with visual and intellectual ideas. The Kellen Foundation’s Contraste de formes, among the greatest Léger’s still in private hands, has a startling intensity. Executed just months before the First World War, Contraste de formes with its groundbreaking abstract conception and its thrillingly preserved physical state, is without question a major work of Modern Art. Standing at the threshold of 20th century art, this picture marks a departure from the purely figurative, leading the way for abstract art.”

    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:

    UPDATE:  The sale realised $2.4 million, it was 80% sold by lot and 92% by value and many lots more than doubled initial estimates.

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

    A Murrine Opache dish c1940 ($100,000-150,000)  UPDATE: THIS MADE $235,500

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

    A rare Murrine Romane vase c1936 ($40,000-60,000).  UPDATE: THIS MADE $175,000

    A BLOCKBUSTER ART LINE UP AT CHRISTIE’S, NEW YORK

    Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

    A blockbuster line-up of Impressionist and Modern art highlights will come up at Christie’s in New York in November.  They will be sold in a  combined cross-category week of major fine art sales from November 9-13.  Over 500 works of Impressionist and Modern Art by the most celebrated artists of the era will be offered beginning with The Artist’s Muse: A Curated Evening Sale on November 9, 

    The sale week will be led by Amedeo Modigliani’s Nu couché from 1917-1918, a masterpiece of the Modern era. Poised to set a new auction record for the artist, it is among the star lots of a special cross-category sale of 20th century art curated along the theme of the artist’s muse. (All images courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2015).

    Rene Magritte - Le miroir universel ($3-5 million)

    Rene Magritte – Le miroir universel ($3-5 million)  UPDATE: THIS MADE $6,661,000

    (See post on antiquesandartireland.com for September 3, 2015)

    Alberto Giacometti - James Lord ($22-30 mllion)

    Alberto Giacometti – James Lord ($22-30 mllion)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £$20,885,000

    Paul Cezanne - Pommes sur un ligne ($7-10 million)

    Paul Cezanne – Pommes sur un ligne ($7-10 million)  UPDATE: THIS MADE $9,125,000