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    A 1911 MALEVICH LANDSCAPE AT CHRISTIE’S IN JUNE

    Wednesday, April 18th, 2018

    Kazimir Malevich, Landscape, 1911

    Kazimir Malevich’s Landscape (1911) will be a highlight of Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art evening sale in London on June 20.  This will be part of a series of auctions taking place from June 15 to 21 under the umbrella of ‘20th Century at Christie’s’.

    The monumental, square-format landscape is from ‘The Red Series’, a group of works characterised by gestural brush strokes and an expressive use of colour, referencing both Fauvism and Cubism, and anticipating Malevich’s move towards Suprematism. The red-hot gleam on the horizon is a direct depiction of the sun, one of the unique features of the painting that foretells the primacy of colour that would define Suprematism.

    Landscape was first exhibited in the ‘Moscow Salon’ in February / March 1911. It was shown the following year in St. Petersburg as part of ‘The Union of Youth’, where Malevich represented a radical collective known as ‘Donkey’s Tail’.  In 1927, he was invited to Germany to show his work for the first time outside Russia and brought with him the best works of his career to date. Landscape was one such work and remained in Berlin after Malevich returned to Russia. Due to the rise of totalitarianism in Germany and in his home country, the artist lost control of his works abroad before he died in 1935. Landscape resurfaced after the war and was acquired by the Kunstmuseum Basel, where it hung for over 50 years, before being restituted to the heirs of the artist.  It is estimated at £7-10 million.

    AN IRISH SILVER GIFT FROM HENRY FORD TO THE ROCKEFELLERS

    Monday, April 16th, 2018

    This two handled Irish silver cup was a 1940 wedding gift to David and Peggy Rockefeller from Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford of Dearborn, Michigan.  It will come up at Christie’s in New York on May 10 as part of Christie’s auction of the Collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller. The sales of approximately 1,550 auction lots includes one of the largest and most important collections of decorative arts to come to market in decades. Around 900 lots will come up at the New York saleroom on May 8, 9 and 10 and there will be a companion online sale of 650 lots to open worldwide on May 1. A number of philanthropic causes are to benefit from the auction.

    The silver cup, with the mark of Robert Calderwood, Dublin c , is estimated at $2,000-3,000 dollars.  Banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller, who died last year aged 101, was chairman of Chase Manhattan Corporation.  His wife, the former Peggy McGrath, died in 1996.  They had six children.

    A VAN GOGH THAT BELONG TO ELIZABETH TAYLOR AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, April 2nd, 2018

    Van Gogh’s Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy

    A Van Gogh that belonged to Elizabeth Taylor, Vue de l’asile et de la Chapelle de Saint-Remy, comes up at Christie’s in New York on May 15.  From 1963 until her death in 2011 the painting hung in Taylor’s Bel Air living room.  It was sold at auction in 2012 from nearly $16 million and is now estimated to make more than $35 million.   Taylor’s father, art dealer Francis Taylor, purchased the painting on her behalf in 1963 at auction for £92,000.

    Painted in 1889, the year before his suicide, the work was included in several of Van Gogh’s most important early exhibitionsThese groundbreaking shows, including the 1905 retrospective at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, were instrumental in the formation of his posthumous reputation.

    Christie’s evening sale of Impressionist and Modern Art in New York includes works by Van Gogh, Fernand Leger and Mark Chagall, all of whom experienced breakthrough results in November 2017.  Chagall’s La Tour Eiffel ($6-9 million) is being sold by the National Gallery of Canada, Ottowa to benefit its acquisitions fund. Leger’s Le grand dejeuner from 1921 is estimated at $15-25 million.

    A MASTERPIECE OF 20TH CENTURY SCULPTURE AT CHRISTIE’S

    Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

    Constantin Brancusi – La Jeune fille sophistiquée (Nancy Cunard)

    A masterpiece of 20th century sculpture, Constantin Brancusi’s La Jeune fille sophistiquée (Nancy Cunard), comes up  at Christie’s in New York on May 15.  This unique piece from the collection of Elizabeth Stafford is at auction for the first time.  Christie’s say it is poised to make an auction record for the artist. It was cast in polished bronze in 1932 and acquired  by Mrs. Stafford and her husband Frederick Stafford directly from Brancusi during a visit to his studio in 1955.

    An extraordinarily rare and important work, La Jeune fille sophistiquée is the only existing bronze example of Brancusi’s stylized portrait of the Anglo-American heiress and writer Nancy Cunard. The work retains the artist’s original hand-carved marble base, a factor of immense significance given the importance Brancusi attached to the interaction between materials and the interplay between his sculptural subjects and the pedestals upon which he placed them.

    Conor Jordan, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, New York, remarked: “A daring and exquisite work of art, the Brancusi from The Collection of Elizabeth Stafford represents one of the vanishingly small number of the artist’s bronzes with its original carved base not in a museum collection. Its appearance on the market will be an exciting event for the world’s foremost collectors of Modern art.”

    CHRISTIE’S MARKS 60 YEARS IN ITALY

    Tuesday, March 27th, 2018

    Gino De Dominicis (1947-1998) – Untitled. Gold and silver leaf, tempera and pencil on panel. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd.

    In 2018 Christie’s Italy celebrates its 60th anniversary, since the auction house opened its first ever representative office outside the UK in Rome in 1958. After five years of very successful Milan Modern and Contemporary auctions with average sell-through rates of 93% by lot, Christie’s will offer the 6th edition of this curated sale on April  11 at Palazzo Clerici in Milan.

    Reflecting a growing global appetite for the best of Italian post-war and contemporary art, Christie’s Milan auctions have seen an increase of international participation over the years with registrants coming from 17 countries, including from Europe, Middle East, UK, Asia, North and South America.

    Renato Pennisi, Director and Senior Specialist, Head of Sale, Christie’s Italy, said: “The April 2018 auction will offer a very tailor-made approach to satisfy the needs of our national and growing international collector group. All 57 lots are being sourced privately and many have never or not appeared at auction for decades. This year we have integrated a new section dedicated to the figurative artists, which is been celebrated with the current exhibition Post Zang Tumb Tuuum. Art Life Politics: Italia 1918–1943 at the Fondazione Prada until 28 June. We are again pleased to present such a great variety of 20th century Italian art movements in Milan, as this city continues to be a key location to buy the very best of Italian Art”.

    HIGHEST EUROPEAN TOTAL EVER FOR SALE OF POST-WAR AND CONTEMPORARY ART

    Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

    Christie’s Post War and Contemporary art sale in London tonight realised £137.4 million.  This is the highest total for any sale of Post War and Contemporary art ever held in Europe.  The top lot was Andy Warhol’s Six Self Portraits which realised £22.6 million.  There were registered bidders from 36 countries across five continents and the aucton was 92% sold by lot and 96% sold by value.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for March 3 and February 12, 2018)

    Francis Bacon – Three Studies for a Portrait made £10 million.

    Jackson Pollock – Number 21, 1950 made £9.3 million.

    STELLAR GLOBAL NAMES AT LONDON SALES

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2018

    Andy Warhol – Six Self-Portraits  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £22.6 MILLION

    Stellar names in global contemporary art will feature at sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in London next week.  Andy Warhol’s Six Self Portraits, completed just months before his sudden death in 1987, will lead Christie’s sale on March 6. Jackson Pollock’s Number 21, 1950 has an estimate of £10-15 million and among the other highlights are works by Basquiat, Mapplethorpe and Lucio Fontana.

    Sotheby’s Contemporary sale on March 7 is headlined by Peter Doig’s The Architect’s Home in the Ravine.  The sale spans the postwar era, Pop art and the pictures generation and features outstanding works by Rudolf Stingel, Bawquiat, Christopher Wool, Hurvin Anderson and Laura Owens.  A maquette by Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North marks the 20th anniversary of the sculpture’s unveiling at Gateshead in the UK.

    COMBINED TOTAL OF £149.5 MILLION AT CHRISTIE’S IN LONDON

    Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Mousquetaire et nu assis
    © Christie’s Images Limited 2018

    There was a combined total of £149,592,750 at the Impressionist and Modern Art and Art of the Surreal sales at Christie’s in London last night.  This is the second highest result for Christie’s February season in these categories.

    The sales were led by Picasso whose Mousquetaire et nu assis realised £13,733,750 and Figure realised £8,333,750.  No less than five of the top ten results were works by Picasso.

    Dans les coulisses by Edgar Degas realised £8,993,750, Prairie à Giverny by Claude Monet realised £7,546,250, Le groupe silencieux by Rene Magritte realised £7,208,750 and Studie für Landscaft (Dünaberg) by Wassily Kandinsky realised £6,758,750.

    Andre Derain’s view of London from Westminster Bridge failed to sell in an auction that was 78% sold by lot and 91% sold by value.

    (See posts on antiquesandartireland.com for February 26, February 5 and February 1, 2018)

    20th CENTURY AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, February 26th, 2018

    THE Impressionist and Modern evening sale at Christie’s in London on February 27 will kick off 20th Century at Christie’s, a series of auctions from now to March 7.  Works from prestigious private collections will be offered, ranging from the structured still-lifes of Giorgio Morandi in ‘The Eye of the Architect’ to the early cubist composition of Georges Braque and Francis Picabia’s playful collage in ‘Abstraction Beyond Borders’, a collection that traces the development of abstraction across Europe in the 20th Century. These are complemented by works by Claude Monet, Théo Van Rysselberghe and Jan Toorop from The Triton Collection Foundation and a rare Oskar Kokoshka from the Reinold Collection. Alongside leading masterpieces from the 20th Century, ranging from Kandinsky to Degas and from Derain to Picasso, the diversity of those developing a radical artistic language at this time is represented by artists including Kees Van Dongen, Georges Vantongerloo, František Kupka and Edvard Munch.   Here are some examples from the evening sale:

    Claude Monet (1840-1926)
    Prairie à Giverny © Christie’s Images Limited 2018  UPDATE: THIS MADE £7,546,250 

    Edgar Degas (1834-1917)
    Dans les coulisses (In the Wings) © Christie’s Images Limited 2018  UPDATE: THIS MADE £8,993,750

    KEES VAN DONGEN (1877-1968) La femme au collier – fond rouge © Christie’s Images Limited 2018   UPDATE: THIS WAS UNSOLD

    Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)
    Mousquetaire et nu assis
    © Christie’s Images Limited 2018  UPDATE: THIS MADE £13,733,750

    LARGE SCALE LUCIO FONTANA AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, February 12th, 2018

    Lucio Fontana, Concetto Spaziale, Attese  UPDATE: THIS MADE £8.6 MILLION

    Masterpieces by Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri and Thomas Schütte from a private European collection will feature at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary Art evening sale in London on March 6.   The group will be led by Lucio Fontana’s  Concetto Spaziale, Attese (1965) which is  estimated at £8-12 million.   The two-metre long white canvas is cut with 24 of Fontana’s iconic vertical slashes, the greatest number he ever committed to a large-scale work. To add a further dimension to the painting Fontana enshrouded it in a highly reflective black lacquer.

    Additional highlights include Alberto Burri’s Ferro T (1959) (£3-5 million)  a patchwork forged from jagged panes of soldered metal, weathered using fire and the process of oxidation.  This is from Burri’s celebrated series of 12 Ferri (‘Irons’), nine of which are housed in museum collections internationally. Thomas Schütte’s Bronzefrau Nr. 7 (2002) (£2-3 million) offers a powerful critique of monumental sculpture: created from bronze and Cor-Ten steel it both mines and undermines classical and Renaissance traditions. Dan Flavin, Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter are also represented in the collection.