Flood (Red Sea), 2006
Phillips de Pury
October 12th - 13th
Contemporary Art Auction
This weekend has been colored by Phillips de Pury's presentation of what will be auctioned at the evening sale the 12th and the day show the 13th of October. I ended up going to both the preview night on Thursday and the brunch Sunday. It was a rather calm atmosphere at both days, with enjoyable conversations and bubbly drinks.
Bellow are some of the highlights. Later this week I will add what each piece actually sold for, but here are the estimated sale prizes.
Sold £ 217,500
Tim Noble & Sue Webster
Toxic Schizophrenia, 1997
£180,000 - 250,000
Cave Painting (2008) (Insert)
£300,000 - 500,000
George Condo is represented with 5 works at this Auction, the New Yorker is known for his dark and humorous portraits, dripping with madness...
Breath (22), 2007
£5,000 - 7,000
In the middle of all the grand colors and statements I really fell for this understated painting. It portrays a protest in a subtle poetic and captivating way.
Der Ultimate Rendite Rezipenten Aufbau bei Gleichzeitiger
futterung der modderMachtMasse, (2002)
£25,000 - 30,000
This piece makes you pause because of it's humoristic appeal. After seeing the work by John Bock we began talking about our expectations of seeing more humor being used in the future. Humor in Art as a counter act to the dreadfulness of decline.
Observation - The Crown of Justice (2006)
£700,000 - 1,000,000
No major Contemporary Auction without a Damien Hirst.... this piece is quite stunning, looking closely you will notice one of his trademarks - the butterflies.
£400,000 - 600,000
Don't pass on a Cecily Brown painting. They are a lot more intricate than what at first is captured by your eyes. Cecily Brown is perhaps one of the greatest paid female painters today, coming from a great knowledge of the History of paintings. Cecily Brown takes her inspiration from Impressionists to Abstract Expressionists, in-between, before and after... the turn she makes can often be seen as quite erotic, just stop and look for a little while.
Eifer-sucht (Jealousy), 1995
£120,000 - 180,000
£8,000 - 12,000
Xterior (Birgitte) (2001)
£40,000 - 50,000
Gilbert & George
£100,000 - 150,000
Absolutely genius!! The two collaborators has here created a photo with two of their heads, as turned into three, as turned into a scary ghost. It all depends on how you see the image first. I only saw the three faces at first, but when I came back home and glanced at the photos that I had taken, I reacted by saying out loud "Wow" this is spooky. I was glad I could come back to the Sunday brunch and have a second look before it sells, to what I will say is a fortunate future owner.
Black Hut, 2005
Frontier No. 12 (1958)
£150,000 - 200,000
Red Lantern Cove (2010)
£85,000 - 120,000
Jake and Dinos Chapman
I wanted to say "I've Missed You" (2008)
£40,000 - 60,000
The Servant (1993-94)
£500,000 - 700,000
Another of the great selling female painters is Paula Rego. Behind her figurative work there is often a story of repression and violence. Here with the pastel painting "The Servant" she is for sure hitting me in the gut as well.
Untitled No.15 (2000)
£ 313, 250
Horse-Children in crisis (1994)
£30,000 - 40,000
Seal Walrus Trashcans (2003-09)
£2,000,000 - 3,000,000
Everything Gets Lighter Everyone is Light, 2004
£120,000 - 180,000
I will end the "walk through" with this lyrical title that Ugo Rondinone gave his spiritual tree;
"Everything Gets Lighter Everyone is Light"