London Updates: millionaires Basquiat, Warhol and Richter, Phillips de Pury opens the carousel of auctions for the Frieze week

Gerhard Richter, Abstraktes Bild, 1977

In the rich menu prepared from London for Frieze week, stands out the week of auctions of contemporary art, that will open on October 10 and 11 at Phillips de Pury, with 209 lots estimated between 19.2 and 28.2 million pounds, of which £ 15-22 millions for the 37 lots of the Evening Sale, led by the great Big Joy by Jean-Michel Basquiat dated 1984. The work is estimated £ 2.5 – 3.5 millions and comes from a private collector who bought it in 1985 by Mary Boone Michael Werner Gallery on the occasion of his exhibition. Also estimated £ 2.5 to 3.5 millions, Gerhard Richter‘s Abstraktes Bild (1977) evokes the paintings with clouds and seascapes of the years ’60-’70. This work is part of a series of works known as Soft Abstracts, in which the artist explores the idea of ​​a zoomed image, as if it were enlarged by a lens.
Can not miss Andy Warhol, with two works estimated £ 1-2 millions. The first – carried out in collaboration with Basquiat, GE Short Line & Reading of 1984-85 – mixed mechanically reproduced images by Warhol and Basquiat primitivism. In the second, Watches of 1961, the artist enlarges the advertising of watches published in the Sunday Daily News in March 1961. In the catalog, then one of the sculptural forms of the most successful artist Louise Bourgeois, Nature Study of 2004 estimated £ 600-800 thousands, made at the height of her career. Among other highlights, Dein Haus ritt die Welle finstere by Anselm Kiefer (2006), which is part of a body of work dedicated to the jewish poet Paul Celan (1920-1970) and closely related to the Holocaust. This work is based on a series of photographs taken by Kiefer in the hinterland of Salzburg, and is estimated to be £ 500-700 thousands. In the Evening Sale also an Italian, Margherita Manzelli, with an oil on canvas titled Mr. Gray (2003), which is one of its archetypal female characters in a stretched position, against a background that wants to create a visual tension of rejection and acceptance between the female and the surrounding area (estimate £ 100-150 thousands).
The next day it’s up to Day Sale, with a rich overview of the hot names on the contemporary scene, for a total of 172 lots estimated £ 4 to 6 millions. Top lot Miquel Barceló, À Livorno, 2007, estimated £ 90-120 thousands, which refers precisely the Italian city landscape that has inspired him. Then Cerith Wyn Evans with Once a Noun, Now a Verb, 2005, estimated £ 70-90 thousands, William Kentridge, Learning the Flute, 2003, £ 100-150 thousands, Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Nets LNXA, 2011, £ 100-150 thousands; Tauba Auerbach, I doubt it / But I do It (Anagram XII), 2008, £ 30-50 thousands, Oscar Tuazon, Wall, 2009, £ 20-30 thousands; Sterling Ruby, Spatial Grid / Pelican Bay, 2010, £ 15-20 thousands.

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