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    Saturday, May 4th, 2024

    The Italian Version of Popeye Has no Pork in His Diet by Jean-Michel Basquiat at Christie’s. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $32 MILLION

    The Italian Version of Popeye Has no Pork in His Diet, a lawn being sprinkled, a haunting portrait of a lover and muse, scientific literature and Irish and Mexican myth getting the surreal treatment all feature at the big art sales at Christie’s and Sotheby’s in New York this month.

    The 20th/21st Century series at Christie’s and masterworks spanning more than a century of production at Sotheby’s underline the glorious diversity of Modern, Contemporary and Post-War Art and the boundary pushing art of now.

    Jean-Michel Basquiat’s arresting 1982 work The Italian Version of Popeye has no Pork in His Diet will be a highlight at Christie’s 21st Century evening sale on May 14.  Peppered with figures, numbers, shapes and crossed out words it mixes symbols, text and portraiture and is estimated to achieve around $30 million (€28.03 million). It is part of a series featuring tied together wooden supports on which a canvas has been mounted.

    In a market that is weaker than latter years Basquiat continues to exert strong pulling power. A highlight at Sotheby’s Contemporary Auction in New York on May 13 is one of the most significant paintings created jointly by Basquiat and  Andy Warhol during their famed period of collaboration from 1983 – 1985. “Andy would start one and put something very recognizable on it, or a product logo, and I would sort of deface it” Basquiat said once, while Warhol credited Basquiat with getting him into painting differently.  Untitled (1984), a large scale example of this collaborative series, is estimated in the region of $18 million (€16.82 million).

    David Hockney “A Lawn Being Sprinkled” 1967 Acrylic on canvas 60 x 60″ © David Hockney Photo Credit: Richard Schmidt. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $28.6 MILLION.

    Now aged 86 David Hockney continues to make great art today (he says he does not feel his age when in the studio).  Hockney’s mesmerising A Lawn being Sprinkled at Christie’s dates to 1967 and is estimated at $25 million – $35 million (€23.36 million – €32.7 million). It is from the Los Angeles collection of legendary screenwriter, producer and activist Norman Lear and his wife Lyn Davis Lear.

    Portrait of George Dyer Crouching by Francis Bacon at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $27,735,000

    Francis Bacon’s Portrait of George Dyer Crouching at Sotheby’s Contemporary evening auction on May 13 dates to 1966 and is the first of a  cycle of ten monumental portraits of Dyer created between 1966 and 1968. It offers a haunting glimpse of Dyer – who died from a drugs and drink overdose in Paris two days before the opening of the Francis Bacon Retrospective at the Grand Palais in 1971 – both as hero and a figure of vulnerability.  The estimate is $30 million – $50 million (€28.03 million – €46.72 million).

    Les Distractions de Dagobert by Leonora Carrington at Sotheby’s. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR $28,485,000

    Born in 1917 to an upper class Catholic family in rural north west England Leonora Carrington’s childhood was shaped on one hand by rigid social structures and on the other by magical myths from her Irish grandmother and nanny.  She returned often to Irish legends, especially in works like Les Distractions de Dagobert which is rife with Celtic imagery.  Following a rebellious youth, a brief sojourn with the Parisian Surrealist group and a harrowing flight from war torn Europe Carrington painted this tour de force at the age of 28. The  centrepiece at her first retrospective exhibition at the Pierre Matisse gallery in New York in 1948 it is at Sotheby’s Modern evening auction on May 15 with an estimate of  $12 million – $18 million.


    Friday, October 14th, 2022
    Christie’s Global President and Auctioneer Jussi Pylkkänen selling David Hockney’s Early Morning, Saint-Maxime
     for £20,899,500

    David Hockney’s Early Morning, Sainte-Maxime led Christie’s 20th/21st Century evening sale in London last night. It sold for £20,899,500 in a 47 lots sale that brought in £72.5 million and was 100% sold. Hockney more that doubled the pre-sale estimate of £10 million. Tracey Emin’s Like a Cloud of Blood was sold by the artist to raise funds for her pioneering TKE studio complex in Margate. Setting a record for a painting by Emin, it realised £2,322,000, a new record for the artist.Gerhard Richter, Wolkenstudie (grün-blau) (Study for Clouds (Green-blue)): £11,167,000 / $12,361,869 / €12,719,213  [first time at auction having remained in the same private collection since 1982, it was also the first time on public display]

    Study for Clouds (Green-blue) by Gerhard Richter made £11,167,000 and  Painting, 1990 by Francis Bacon made £7,102,250. Female artists performed well against the estimate. Praise I by Bridget Riley made £2,202,000 and there was a world record for Sandra Ball whose Untitled (AC16) made £94,500. 

    A Place with No Name: Works from the Sina Jina Collection was led by Lynette Yiadon-Boakye’s Highpower which made £1,482,000. The combined total of both sales, which attracted bidders from 25 countries, was £75,494,334.

    (See posts on for August 24 and October 1, 2022)

    Francis Bacon, Painting, 1990: made £7,102,250.


    Thursday, September 1st, 2022
    David Hockney, Early Morning, Sainte-Maxime (1969). UPDATE: THIS MADE £20,899,500

    David Hockney’s Early Morning, Sainte-Maxime (1969) will highlight Christie’s 20th / 21st Century evening sale in London on October 13. Depicting a sublime view in the South of France it is a tribute to Hockney’s emotional state at the height of his relationship with Peter Schlesinger and anticipates some of the artist’s greatest works. The estimate is £7,000,000-10,000,000.

    This is one of four paintings based on photographs taken during a trip to France with Hockney’s then partner in autumn 1968. It was at this time that the pair first spent time in the home of the film director, Tony Richardson, near Saint Tropez. They became regular guests at the lavish parties Richardson threw at ‘Le Nid du Duc’, set in the mountains just outside Le Garde-Freinet. Hockney had returned to London in 1968 after spending four years in California. The South of France became an instant draw for him and Schlesinger and would come to play a central role in their relationship. It was Richardson’s home that became the setting for his masterpiece Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) when the relationship ended in 1971.


    Wednesday, July 20th, 2022
    David Hockney, Afternoon Swimming, 1979.

    An auction dedication to art, editions and photographs by David Hockney will take place at Phillips in London on September 13. Robert Kennan, Head of Editions, Europe, said, “This sale looks to celebrate the achievements of David Hockney to date with a vibrant selection in all media. The auction is an opportunity to acquire a Hockney work at all price points, from entry level works priced at £1000 to those higher value pieces at £250,000 and above. Contemporary edition collecting is something we feel incredibly passionate about and creating curated sales such as David Hockney allows us to engage with our community of collectors, whilst reflecting our innovative approach to meet current collecting demands.”

    Three highlights of the sale, Tyler Dining Room, Celia in a Wicker Chair, and arguably Hockney’s most sought after edition, Afternoon Swimming, come from prominent South African collectors Andrew and Sandy Ovenstone, owners of Stellenberg, Cape Town. This historic house is the last remaining private Cape Dutch homestead in the central southern suburbs of Cape Town and home to world-renowned gardens overseen by Sandy Ovenstone. Proceeds from the will help to fund new acquisitions by contemporary South African artists. Afternoon Swimming from 1979 will leads the auction. Viewing is from September 6-13 at 30 Berkeley Square.


    Saturday, December 11th, 2021
    Digging up Glass by David Hockney at Whyte’s. UPDATE: THIS MADE €950 AT HAMMER

    An etching by David Hockey, a watercolour by Robert Gregory, son of Lady Gregory who was mourned by Yeats, a sculpture by Edward Delaney and Christmas cards by Patrick Scott all feature at Whyte’s affordable timed online Christmas art and collectibles sale of 278 lots. It runs until next Monday evening.  Digging up Glass by Hockney, number 53 from an edition of 100, dates to 1969 and is from a suite of illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm.  It is estimated at €700-€1,000.

    Meantime with everything from some Midleton Very Rare Whiskey to a 1960 Chateau D’Yquem from Sauternes (€900-€1,100) the selection at the James Adam timed online sale is enough to tickle any palate.  The timed online sale runs to next Wednesday (December 15).


    Wednesday, June 16th, 2021

    Lucian Freud’s 2002 portrait of David Hockney will make its auction debut at Sotheby’s in London on June 29. Painted at the height of Freud’s career, this portrait of David Hockney provides a fascinating window into the narrative of a long episodic friendship that had started forty years earlier. During the spring and summer of 2002 the two titans of British art came together in a private exchange between artist and sitter. After more than a hundred hours of sittings, the result was one of the most masterful peer-to-peer portraits ever committed onto canvas. It will be a highlight at Sotheby’s British Art Evening Sale: Modern/Contemporary when it will be offered with an estimate of £8,000,000-12,000,000.

    Lucian Freud – David Hockney, oil on canvas, 2002. (£8-12 million) Copyright Sothebys. UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £14,905,200


    Monday, October 5th, 2020

    David Hockney’s Portrait of Sir David Webster comes up at Christie’s Post War and Contemporary evening auction on October 22. Estimated at £11-18 million it is being sold to raise funds for London’s Royal Opera House. Sir David is the former general administrator of the ROH. Painted in 1971, it depicts Webster in the artist’s studio sitting on a Mies van der Rohe ‘MR’ chair before a glass table. The painting is being offered by the ROH and proceeds will contribute toward funding required to alleviate the financial impact of coronavirus, the most serious crisis the organisation has had to face.

    From 1975 until 1992, David Hockney would design sets for venues including Glyndebourne, the Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Royal Opera House. Inviting stylistic comparison with Hockney’s landmark double portraits produced between 1968 and 1975, Portrait of Sir David Webster demonstrates the meticulous exploration of space, perspective, lighting and compositional drama that would eventually come to inform his theatrical endeavours.

    David Hockney, Portrait of Sir David Webster (1971). UPDATE: THIS SOLD FOR £12,865,000


    Tuesday, June 16th, 2020

    The first major David Hockney at auction in Asia, 30 Sunflowers from 1996, comes up at Sotheby’s Hong Kong Contemporary Art evening sale on July 9. Bearing strong reminiscence to Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers this is an update of the classic still life for contemporary times. Executed in 1996, on the brink of Hockney’s sixtieth year, 30 Sunflowers marks the epitome of the artist’s return to figurative painting after a decade primarily immersed in photography. Led by important masterpieces by Hockney and Liu Ye, the evening sale showcases an international line-up of works by blue-chip Western artists alongside the most prominent Asian names, including Clyfford Still, Albert Oehlen, Kazuo Shiraga, Yayoi Kusama and Yoshitomo Nara.



    Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

    THE exhibition I most enjoyed last year – when you could still travel – was Hockney Van Gogh at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This video with David Hockney on Van Gogh was part of a show which demonstrated how the two are allied artistically.

    Now on lockdown in Normandy David Hockney is in his garden most days, drawing spring awakening. He has shared current images with the BBC including this one, which shows connection with Van Gogh.

    David Hockney believes that we have lost touch with nature, “rather foolishly”.
    Van Gogh’s Almost Blossom at the Van Gogh Museum

    And here is Hockney on Van Gogh and The Joy of Nature. You will have to click on the link it contains to watch in on You Tube. Enjoy.


    Tuesday, February 11th, 2020

    David Hockney’s The Splash made £23.1 million in a sale of Contemporary Art that brought in £92.4 million at Sotheby’s in London tonight. This is the third highest price for the artist. Executed in 1966 the painting first appeared at auction in Sotheby’s London salesroom in 1973, and again in 2006 when it sold for £2.9 million – a record price for Hockney at the time. Nine of the top ten top prices for Hockney have been set in the past two years. 

    JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT’S Rubber sold for £7,487,600; FRANCIS BACON’S Turning Figure sold for £7,032,000; CHRISTOPHER WOOL’S Untitled achieved £6,156,809 and YVES KLEIN’S Anthropometry, (ANT 132) realised £6,177,750.

    ADRIAN GHENIE’S The Arrival made £4,184,500 / $5,401,353. The top 11 prices for the artist have been set since 2016. WAYNE THIEBAUD’S Californian Fruit Stand made £1,815,000 and there was a new world record for A R Penck’s Welt des Adlers I (/World of the Eagle 1) when it sold for £531,000  BANKSY’S Vote to Love more than doubled its pre-sale estimate to £1,155,000.

    The Splash in the saleroom tonight.