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  • A COLOSSAL NUDE BY JENNY SAVILLE AT SOTHEBY’S

    Juncture 1994 by Jenny Saville.  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £5,442,200

    A colossal nude titled Juncture by British artist Jenny Saville is among the highlights at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art evening sale in London on March 5.  The giantess painting will be offered with an estimate between £5,000,000-7,000,000, the highest pre-sale estimate ever placed on a work by a living female artist. A paradigm of the fleshy female body in paint and Saville’s principal subject, the work was born from the artist’s study of twentieth-century feminist theory and the male-dominated canon of traditional nude portraiture. Towering three metres tall, the painting celebrates the female body in a way that squares up to the depictions of women in the traditional art historical canon, and to modern society’s obsession with ageless perfection and petite symmetrical proportion.

    The sale will comprise a total of 68 lots, ranging from a private collection of parodic works by rebellious German duo Albert Oehlen andMartin Kippenberger, to explosive works on paper by Jean-Michel Basquiat, an iconic Pop canvas by Roy Lichtenstein, and the inexorable gaze of Lucian Freud. 70% of lots will appear on the market for the first time, with 35% heralding from five private collections including that of Marc Jacobs, David Teiger and Louis J.C. Tan.

    Albert Oehlen – Die Badenden, 1999 (£1 – 1.5 million)   UPDATE: THIS MADE £2,295,000

    Sean Scully – Landline (£700,000-£1 million)  UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £831,000

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