Monday, November 9, 2015

Contemporary Art: A Subjective View On The Fall Auction 2015 @ Phillips, New York

(Drivebycuriosity) - It´s auction season in New York City. This week the big global auction houses celebrate their fall auctions for modern, postwar & contemporary art. Yesterday Phillips, the No. 3 of the global auction empires, started the rounde. The company has the reputation to be more focused on contemporary works than her bigger competitors and to show more cutting edge art.

Yesterday afternoon my wife went to Phillips (450 Park Avenue phillips) to enjoy the exhibition of to be auctioned works before its closed. I am grateful that they allow humble spectators like us to visit and enjoy all the precious displays. And they didn`t mind that I took a lot pictures there to get my personal collection.

I display here my favorites from the exhibition - as usual a very subjective selection. Above this paragraph you can see "Krefeld Project, Living Room, Scene #4" by Eric Fischl (2002, oil on linen). Price tag: $400,000-600,000; followed by Allen Jones` Spin" (2008, oil on canvas) $90,000-120,000.

"Six Red Barbras (Jewish Jackie Series)" by  Deborah Kass reminds me of Warhol´s portraits  (1992, synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas) $15,000-20,000.

Behind the hay you can see some of Warhol`s Marilyns

"Waiting Crowd" by Wayne Gonzales fascinates me by the technique. From close I could just see black & white brush strokes, just from some distance the picture - the crowd - got recognizable (2007, acrylic on canvas) $8,000-12,000

I enjoy the atmosphere created by Paulina Olowska`s, Romance Talking (2000, acrylic on canvas) $8,000-12,000.

                                                  Let A Thousand Flowers Bloom

"Landscape" by the Chinese artist Zang Fanzhi is a real beauty (20006, oil on canvas) $500,000-700,000.

I always enjoy some funny paintings like David Levinthal`s "Untitled (From Barbie Series)" (2008, pigment print on canvas) $30,000-40,000.

Chairman Mao seems to be as popular like Marilyn. Above Anselm Kiefer`s "Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom" (2000, paint, sand and ash on photographic papers) $200,000-300,000.

Some artists don´t paint, they are gluing matches. Above "Klavier Venus" by Al Hansen (1990, matches on particle board) $20,000-30,000.

I have no idea what Enrico David`s "Untitled" is about, but I like it  (2007, acrylic on canvas) $20,000-25,000.

                                       It is Always A Joy To See A Roy Lichtenstein

It is always a joy to see a  Roy Lichtenstein. Above "Face" (1986, oil, magna and graphite on canvas), $1,000-1,500,000

Above "Old Street 6" by Slawomir Elsner (2007, oil on canvas) $8,000-12,000;
Paul Jenkins`s "Phenomena Spectrum Crossing" (1983, acrylic on canvas) $25,000-35,000;
"Now Wut" by  Leo Gabin (2011, laquer, spray paint, acrylic and silkscreen on canvas) $15,000-20,000
& Wade Guyton`s "Untitled"(2005, Epson UltraChrome inkjet on linen) $2,000,000-3,000,000.

Above 2 paintings by Julian Schnabel: Carey & Untitled (Elvira), each: (1992, oil on white velvet,in artist´s frame) $60,000-80,000

Last but not least: Dan Rees with "Artex Painting" (2012, oil on canvas) $25,000-35,000.


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