Post-war and contemporary art sale at Christie’s

On 30 June 2015, Christie’s is organising a sale of post-war and contemporary art in London. The sale, which is to take place the day before Sotheby’s sale of contemporary art, will feature works by Francis Bacon, Lucio Fontana, Gerhard Richter, and Andy Warhol, as well as artists such as Zeng Fanzhi, Yves Klein, Alberto Burri, Martin Kippenberger, and Alighiero Boetti, with no less than 15 lots with high-end estimates reaching or exceeding millions of pounds. The highlighted lot is the Bacon painting Study for Head of Isabel Rawsthorne and George Dyer (1909-1992), estimated at between £8 million and £12 million. It is followed by the painting Two men working in a field (1971), by the same artist, estimated at between £7 million and £10 million, and the abstract canvas Abstraktes Bild by Gerhard Richter, estimated at between £2.5 million and £3.5 million, as well as Untitled by Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997), taken from the series Hand-Painted Picture, and Concetto spaziale, Attese by Lucio Fontana (1899-1978). The lots have been on display since 19...

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Strong results at Christie’s Milan Modern and Contemporary sale

Christie’s saw impressive results at their recent Milan Modern and Contemporary Sale, which fetched a total of €20,031,902, with 99% of lots sold. The auction, which took place on 28 and 29 April, saw a number of lots exceed their high-end estimates, whilst two artists set new records. The sale featured Modern and Contemporary artworks by high-profile Italian artists such as Alighiero Boetti, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Paolo Scheggi, Fausto Melotti, and Lucio Fontana. The latter pair, Melotti and Fontana, both set new records, with Melotti’s Il viaggio della luna, selling for €606,000 to a private European buyer, well exceeding its estimate of €150,000 – €200,000, and Fontana’s Caminetto setting a record for the medium at €1,450,200, selling to a private American buyer. Fontana was also responsable for the five most expensive sales of the auction, with his Concetto spaziale, Attesa, topping the list at €1,690,950. With 86 of the 87 lots sold, results of the sale indicate a strong interest in Italian modern and contemporary art amongst not only Italian but also international...

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Swab Barcelona programme of events

International contemporary art fair Swab Barcelona is to hold its eighth edition from 1 to 4 October in the Italian Pavilion of Fira Barcelona, Spain. The eighth edition of the fair will host 70 galleries from around the world, focusing on emerging contemporary artists born after 1975. This year’s fair will include a diverse programme of events, including the Swab forum, organised in collaboration with Amsterdam’s de Appel arts centre and the MACBA, in which alumni of the de Appel arts centre curate an exhibition of eight artists; Solo Swab, directed by Direlia Lazo and Carolina Ariza, which will present works by Latin American artists, with a particular focus on documentary-related practice; a space dedicated to local Barcelona-based galleries, organised by David Armengol; and Actividad Contemporánea, directed by Mónica Álvarez Careaga, which will exhibit individual projects by eight artists, tracing the development of the traditional medium of drawing. Finally, Juan Canela will organise a programme of performances and interventions to take place during the fair. Several prizes will also be awarded during the fair, including the Best Gallery Award by the Banco Sabadell Foundation, the MANGO Young Artist Award, the DVK Serguros Spanish Artist Award, the Best Catalan Artist Award by the Fundació Lluis Coromina, the Photography Award, the dea Art by Marset, and the Collection Diezy7 Drawing...

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Art Central Hong Kong 2015

A new fair, Art Central, is to join the ranks of established Hong Kong art fairs including ART HK and Art Basel Hong Kong with its debut from 14-16 March 2015. The event will take place during what has become known as Hong Kong art week, coinciding with Art Basel Hong Kong. The fair will feature over 70 major international galleries, showcasing both emerging and established contemporary artists. The fair will be staged in the largest ever specially commissioned, purpose-built structure to have ever been erected in Hong Kong. It is situated on the new Central Harbourfront, a ten minute walk from the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the home of Art Basel. The fair is to consist of two main shows: Central, which, according to organisers “presents established and emerging galleries from Asia and beyond exhibiting a diverse range of artists and curatorial themes”; and Rise, which “presents tightly curated solo or dual exhibitions by galleries established in the last five years, showing emerging artists and artists from emerging...

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Results of Christie’s London Contemporary auction

Christie’s have released the results of their London Post-War and Contemporary auction, which took place on 11 February 2015. The auction house took a total of  £117,142,500 (€ 157,556,663), with 57 lots sold out of the 62 on offer. By number, 92% of lots were sold, and by value 95%. US buyers were not particularly well represented at the sale, accounting for only 20% of buyers. The most lucrative lots were: Cy Twombly (1928-2011), Untitled (New York City), executed in 1970, which sold for £19,682,500; Gerhard Richter (b. 1932), Vierwaldstätter See (Lake Lucerne), painted in 1969, which sold for £15,762,500; Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Study for a Head, painted in 1955, which fetched £10,050,500; another Richter work, Karmin (Carmine), painted in 1994, which fetched £9,602,500; and Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988), Three Delegates, painted in 1982, which sold...

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