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    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.

    A LONDON WORK BY DERAIN AT CHRISTIE’S

    Monday, February 5th, 2018

    André Derain, Londres: la Tamise au pont de Westminster, oil on canvas
    (1906-07)  UPDATE: THIS FAILED TO SELL

    André Derain’s Londres: la Tamise au pont de Westminster (1906-07) will highlight Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in London on February 27. One of 29 recorded paintings of London that Derain painted across 1906 and 1907, it comes to auction alongside the exhibition ‘Impressionists and London’ currently on view at London’s Tate Britain. Londres: la Tamise au pont de Westminster is captured from the Albert Embankment, portraying the Thames, the Palace of Westminster, Westminster Bridge and, in the background, the pyramidal silhouette of Whitehall Court.

    As with all of the works in this series, the British capital is saturated in radiant colour. The expansive grey waters of the Thames are transformed into a mosaic of shimmering yellow, blue and turquoise; the sunlit sky rendered in an iridescent patchwork of blues and pink.  It is estimated at £6-9 million.

    Keith Gill, head of sale said: “Among the most iconic works of Fauvism, many of this rare series of London paintings are now housed in museum collections across the world, including the Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and the Tate Gallery, London”

    CHRISTIE’S LED THE 2017 GLOBAL ART MARKET

    Friday, February 2nd, 2018

    WITH sales of £5.1 billion Christie’s led the global art market in 2017.  This is an increase of 26%.  Auction sales were up 38%. Digital sales online totalled £165.6 million and seven of the top works of art sold around the world were sold at Christie’s.  This included Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi which smashed the world record for any work of art sold at auction when made $450.3 million.

    Increased supply at masterpiece level met continued demand as global auction sales increased 38% to £4.6 billion ($5.9 billion, up 33%).  Sales in the Americas increased to £2.5 billion, up 68% ($3.2 billion, up 62%), sales in Asia totalled £582.9 million, up 11% ($754.9 million, up 7%), and sales in Europe and the Middle East totalled £1.5 billion, up 16% ($2 billion, up 11%).

    A LATE PICASSO AT CHRISTIE’S LONDON SALE

    Thursday, February 1st, 2018

    Pablo Picasso – Mousquetaire et nu assis (1967)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £13,733,750

    Pablo Picasso’s masterpiece Mousquetaire et nu assis (1967) will be a highlight of Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art evening sale in London on February 27.  Estimate:d at £12-18 million it will be part of ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, series of sales from February 20 to March 67.  2018.  This is among the first of the triumphant musketeers that appeared in Pablo Picasso’s art in 1967. The iconic figure is accompanied by a sensuous, seated nude.

    She is Jacqueline, the artist’s final, great love, muse and wife, whose presence permeated every female figure in this final chapter of Picasso’s life. With one eye towards the Old Masters and another towards contemporary art Picasso shows himself still challenging the history of art, carrying out iconoclastic attacks, plundering the past and doing so in a strikingly fresh, gestural way.

    Keith Gill, head of sale, said: “Picasso’s late career was defined by sensuous paintings in which he cast himself as the virile artist alongside his voluptuous lover. The allegorical figures were used by Picasso not only to reference fictitious characters but were a means by which he could situate himself firmly within the art historical canon alongside the likes of Rembrandt, El Greco, Velázquez and Goya. He seemed to have a sense of urgency to his work in this period, as if trying to beat the passage of time, a feeling that is evidenced by the dense brushwork and bold gestures of ‘Mousquetaire et nu assis’. It is a privilege to present the painting as a leading highlight in the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale.”