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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening and Day Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 novembre 2019

Amsterdam 25 and 26 November 2019. Following the successes achieved in London for the esteemed Belgian collection, the Matthys-Colle Collection, and Art for Future, Selected Works from the UniCredit Group, the autumn season of Post-War and Contemporary Art continues to be highlighted by further works with exceptional provenance. This iteration of the Matthys-Colle Collection will present 17 works by artists including Karel Appel, Robert Barry, Tony Cragg, Jan Dibbets and Raoul De Keyser. The selection from Art for Future, Selected Works from the UniCredit Group will offer close to 100 pieces, namely by Austrian and German artists. Returning to Westergas, the Evening Sale will be led by Gotthard Graubner’s monumental ‘Kissenbild’, or ‘Cushion Painting’, Untitled (Farbraumkörper Blau) (1975-76, estimate €300,000-500,000). Paintings by Marlene Dumas and Günther Uecker encapsulate the diverse approaches to representation that artists have taken during the last 100 years. The works will be exhibited in Amsterdam from 22 to 25 November 2019.
Untitled (Farbraumkörper Blau) is an intensely dark painting pointing to the sublime nature of Gotthard Graubner’s art: only by virtue of the sun’s light emanating from behind can one see the plethora of colours hidden in the darkness of the canvas. His oeuvre has at its core the investigation of colour.
Uniting many of Roger Matthys and Hilda Colle’s acquisitions was a strong interest in Conceptualism, as demonstrated by the works offered for sale at Christie’s Amsterdam. The Netherlands became an important centre of activity for this movement: Dutch artist Jan Dibbets worked primarily with photography, using mathematical principles to capture natural and manmade phenomena. stanley brouwn created this way brouwn (1969, estimate €10,000-15,000) by asking strangers to tape record or draw a set of directions. Across the Atlantic, American artist Robert Barry set out to explore invisible and non-material media, championing the idea that ‘Nothing seems to me the most potent thing in the world’. The present selection also includes works by German artists Ulrich Rückriem and Bernd Lohaus.Painted in 1958, just one year after Karel Appel’s move to New York City, Sortilège (Spell) (estimate: €120,000-180,000), is a large canvas featuring grand swathes of deeply toned, thick oil paint. Waves of dark and light blues, pale yellows and burgundy red are swept up across the canvas.
Raoul De Keyser’s Kalklijn (1970, estimate: €50,000-70,000) is a monumental work featuring a sharp, white right angle cutting through the centre of a green field with a distant horizon demarcated by a blue strip set against a white background. It is one of a large series of paintings De Keyser painted of chalklines on soccer fields in the 1970s, taking direct inspiration from the soccer fields situated nearby his hometown of Deinze, in East Flanders.
Gerhard Richter’s 16.3.89 (1989, estimate: €70,000-100,000), is a work on paper from the series of works titled after the day of their creation, which have punctuated the artist’s practice at various intervals from the early 1980s onwards. Imi Knoebel’s work is preoccupied with the encounter of colour and its material support, his abstraction building on the legacy of Mondrian and Malevich, as seen in the present example Stand by Me (1993, estimate: €65,000-85,000). A further highlight is Franz West’s Untitled (circa 1972-73, estimate: €55,000-75,000).

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