UK Contemporary Art sales day#1: Phillips to open the week – February 10th, 2014

Abstraktes Bild, 1992, Phillips, 10 February, £1,8-2,2 million

Abstraktes Bild, 1992, Phillips, 10 February, £1,8-2,2 million

All eyes are still on London from February 10 to 14, this time for the contemporary art market that starts with the best conditions presenting works of high quality and excellent provenance in the catalogs of Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips.
Phillips will open this week with an Evening sale on February 10, anticipating the other two, which will start on 12 and 13 February.
Phillips offers a catalog of 35 lots estimated £9.7m to £13.5m, led by one of the protagonists of the contemporary Gerhard Richter with Abstraktes Bild 776-1, 1992, set against a deep, murky background, the iridescent blue colour of the work produces a scintillating and illusory effect, evocative of the aqueous (est. £1,800,000 – 2,200,000). A beautiful example of Christopher Wool‘s oeuvre with Untitled (P 492), 2005, with dimensions 264.2 x 198.1 cm, estimated at £800,000 – £1,200,000. The Saga Continues … The Journey from Hell, 1997 (estimate £ 600-800.000) well represents the hybrid identity of Chris Ofili, which  cuts and splices disparate imagery gleaned from “traditional” African culture, religious iconography, pop culture (pornography, film, television) and music ( jazz, hip-hop).


Can not miss: Andy Warhol, with One Multicolored Marilyn (Reversal Series), 1979/1986, estimated at £600,000 – 800,000; Damien Hirst, with the diptych Night Follows Day (Diptych), 2007, two canvases glued with glossy paint where butterflies are suspended, already appeared in 2011 and unsold at auction with an estimate greater than the current, £ 500-700.000; Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Nets OPQR, 2007 in a delicate palette of grays and whites, estimated at £ 400 – 600,000, appeared at auction at Phillips in 2012, sold to £ 662 thousand.

In the evening sale is present also Arte Povera with Michelangelo Pistoletto‘s work of the 1970, Uomo con gli stivali al telefono, a self-portrait of the artist  completely absorbed in his fictitious conversation on the phone, estimated £ 350000-450000. The work was sold in 2007 at Christie’s for £ 240,000.

Among the first lots in the catalog, Nate Lowman and Dan Colen, followed by Sterling Ruby with the monumental work SP56, 2008, estimated £500-700000,  a work from the series Ocean of 2010 of Andreas Gursky, the German artist best known for photographic images, but here with this image inspired  by the blue void of ocean displayed on an in-flight monitor during a flight from Dubai to Melbourne, made gleaning satellite photos from the internet and pieced them together to generate his compositions (estimate £ 300-500,000).


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