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    Tuesday, October 4th, 2016
    JEAN DUBUFFET (1901-1985) Visiteur au chapeau bleu avril 1955 signed and dated 'J. Dubuffet 55. Courtesy CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2016

    JEAN DUBUFFET (1901-1985)
    Visiteur au chapeau bleu avril 1955
    signed and dated ‘J. Dubuffet 55. Courtesy CHRISTIE’S IMAGES LTD. 2016

    The Collection of Leslie Waddington was a sellout at Christie’s in London on October 4.  Spirited bidding for the personal collection of a pioneering art dealer saw 80% of works selling over estimate in an auction which achieved £28,285,525.  Bidders registered from 37 countries across six continents. It was an electric start of the much anticipated Frieze Week auctions.  The top lot was Jean Dubuffet’s Visiteur au chapeau bleu (Visitor with a Blue Hat)  which sold for £4,813,000.

    Born in Dublin Leslie Waddington, who died last year aged 81, was son the art dealer Victor Waddington and his wife Zelda (nee Levine).  In 1927 Victor had founded a pioneering gallery in Dublin that represented contemporary Irish artists including Jack Yeats. Leslie Waddington received a classical education at Portora Royal School, Enniskillen, whose old boys included Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett.  He revered the Irish literary tradition and later on, in Paris, befriended Beckett, with whom he played chess.   In 1958 he joined his father’s new gallery at Cork St. in London and in 1966 set up on his own. In 2003 he was one of the first dealers to participate in Frieze.

    (See post on for July 19, 2016)

    ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976) Le serpent rouge (The Red Snake) Courtesy Christie's Images Ltd., 2016

    ALEXANDER CALDER (1898-1976)
    Le serpent rouge (The Red Snake) sold for £4,421,000.  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016

    FRANCIS PICABIA (1879-1953) Lampe

    FRANCIS PICABIA (1879-1953) Lampe sold for £3,637,000.  Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd., 2016


    Monday, September 12th, 2016

    dubuffetJean Dubuffet’s Les Grandes Artères, 1961 will highlight Christie’s November 15 evening sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art in New York. The  masterful canvas from Dubuffet’s  Paris Circus series is estimated at $15-20 million. Many examples from the Paris Circus series are housed in international collections. These include the Tate Gallery, London; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Les Grandes Artères has been in the same private American collection since 1964, and has not appeared publically since 1973, when it was featured in the Guggenheim’s Dubuffet retrospective.

    Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, remarked: “Les Grandes Artères is an extraordinarily vibrant and complex canvas that encapsulates the vitality of Paris, and the dynamism of city life. The detail with which he depicts each of his figures gives them their own individual character and the line-up of glamorous cars shows what a cosmopolitan city Paris had become—a scene which Dubuffet captures this with particular skill and spirit. We are particularly pleased to be bringing this work to auction on the heels of a pinnacle year for Dubuffet, which included a range of important international exhibitions of his work. With a retrospective at the Fondation Beyeler, a monographic show at the Acquavella Gallery in Manhattan, and an installation of his monumental sculpture, Welcome Parade, in front of New York’s historic Seagram Building, it is clear that the global interest in Dubuffet has never been stronger.”