Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction on March 7th in London, will offer an exceptional selection of 61 works by some of the most important and sought-after artists of the last 100 years. This will be followed by the The Day-sale and other 214 lots. Here all the highlights…
First of all, the saleis headlined by Peter Doig’s The Architect’s Home in the Ravine: an important milestone in the artist’s career, when, just a year after graduating from his Master’s degree at Chelsea, he was awarded the highly prestigious Whitechapel Artist’s award, where it was exhibited for the first time.
Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s European Head of Contemporary Art said: “The Architect’s Home in the Ravine undoubtedly ranks among Peter Doig’s greatest works. Standing in front of it, it is immediately clear as to why he is considered one of Britain’s foremost living painters.”
The Architect’s Home in the Ravine refers to a building remembered from the artist’s childhood in Canada – the home of Eberhard Zeidler, which is situated in the wealthy Toronto suburb of Rosedale. However, whilst this is the stated subject, the eerie mood and the composition can be better traced to a celebrated building by architect Le Corbusier, the Untié d’Habitation in Briey-en-Fôret in North-East France. In the summer of 1991 Doig visited this site as part of a team of artists and architects working on its restoration; the building had been derelict since 1973. He was struck by the view of the modernist building from the dense surrounding forest. It appeared just out of reach; at once threatening and inviting, comforting and obscure. Here we can see the typical oneiric atmosphere of Doig’s works, as they’re conceived much as meditations on the concept of memory itself as musings on previous personal experience.
Another important lot in the sale will be work by his former assistant and current auction darling, Hurvin Anderson. The work, Some People (Welcome Series)(2004) £ 600,000-800,000, has a similar screen effect to Doig’s The Architect’s Home in the Ravine.
Among others Evening Sale Highlights we mention: 3 masterpieces by Gerald Richter (1025 Farben del 1974, Gelbgrün e Wind, both from 1982) that embody key motifs in his career: photographic precision and iridescent abstraction. David Hockey’s Different Kinds of Water Pouring into a Swimming Pool, Santa Monica, 1965, is an enchanting play of pattern and texture, and introduces Hockney’s unique iconography. The sale then also features an extraordinary work by Rudolf Stingel: Untitled, 2009, presents a hyperreal Alpine panorama, breath-taking in scope and detail, that eschews Romantic sentimentality in favour of a magnificent desolation and photographic precision. Spanning the postwar era, Pop art and the Pictures Generation, and the cutting-edge of contemporary art, the sale also features outstanding works by Christopher Wool, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hurvin Anderson and Laura Owens
There will be also great names from italian post-war art,as the 6 cuts of Lucio Fontana’s Concetto Spaziale- Attese del 1963, estimate £2-3m;the mirror from the 60’s by Pistoletto, gli Amanti (Lovers) 1962/63, estimate £2.3-3m; while in the Day auction we will see a great Castellani Superficie Arancione, from 1973 esteemed £260,000–350,000.
Worth a specific mention then the Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North (1997) , realized 20 years ago as totem pole for Gateshead celebrating the future of England’s North through the skills and prowess of its industrial past of coal mining, milled steel, engineering and welding was installed. Soon becoming a beloved landmark and an icon of the region, the 200-tonne sculpture is Britain’s most-viewed piece of public modern art, seen by an estimated 33m road and rail travellers each year. But despite its contemporary success, the Angel of the North sprang from difficulty. In the early 1990s, faced with decline in heavy industry, the local authority in Gateshead turned to art as a means of economic regeneration.
One of the smaller version of the sculpture was already sold by Christie’s for £5.3m. This March marzo Sotheby’s will bring 1 out of 12 3 meters models, estimate £1,5/2 milioni and it will unsubtly see a significant interest by all british buyers due to the symbolic value it embodies, recognized by all. The record priced registered for those more domestic-scale version was in2011 of $5.3m for a 6 meters version. This specific version of 3m was already sold in 2014 Sotheby’s for $1.685m.