Jeff Koons’ Balloon Dog Sculpture Leads at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Christie’s upcoming Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale, scheduled for November 12th, could be the place where Jeff Koons’ will surpass his own record. His sculpture – Balloon Dog (Orange), estimated at $35 – $55 million could beat his $33.6 Million
“Tulips” Sculputure at Wynn Las Vegas. Jeff-Koons’-Balloon-Dog-Orange-1 This orange Balloon Dog sculpture is one of five metallic dog pieces crafted by Koons (other four are yellow, blue, magenta and red). This “monumental work” (or oversized children’s toy) will be sold on behalf of the Brant Foundation Art Study Center in Greenwich, Connecticut. Jeff Koons declared, “I think the balloon dog is really a symbol like the Trojan horse—something kind of mythic, and an aspect of a history.” His orange balloon dog – “the Holy Grail for collectors and foundations” has been celebrated around the world, having graced the rooftop of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, Venice’s Grand Canal and Versailles Palace outside Paris. Well, what I actually know about contemporary art? Jeff-Koons’-Balloon-Dog-Orange-2

Monkey Photos Sold For $76,000 At Sotheby’s

Although blurred, out of focus, and sideways shot, photos made ​​by talented Russian chimpanzee Mikki have sold at
Sotheby’s auction in London for $76,680. Blurry photos of the Moscow Red Square were sold as part of the Russian segment of the photos in the auction house, and Mikki handiwork bought the Russian art collector Kira Flanzraich. She stated that Mikki photos are “beautiful example of conceptual art.” Russian chimpanzee's blurry photographs of the Soviet Union “Sometimes I think that the animals were able to take pictures or do some other things better than human beings. This can be seen in this particular case, because Mikki made ​​really good photos of Red Square,” said Flanzraich. Mikki, who played in the Moscow circus, Russian conceptual artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid have trained in 1990 to take photographs, as part of a project whose goal was to call into question the very notion of artistic value. Set, which was sold, include photos and images of Mikki taken by this artistic duo. “You know when people are looking at contemporary art and say ‘That’s what I could.” Here is exactly what this is about, “said Jo Wikeri from Sotheby’s departments for Contemporary Art. Unfortunately, Mickey was not around to personally receive praise. He died six years ago. Russian chimpanzee's blurry photographs of the Soviet Union Vitaliy Komar, Alexander Melamid and Mikki Circus chimpanzee Mikki poses next to his camera in Moscow's Red Square

Barnett Newman’s Blue Hued Painting Sold for $43.8 Million at Sotheby’s

The highlight at the auction of contemporary art at Sotheby’s New York sale was a large 1953 painting by abstract expressionist artist Barnett Newman. His blue hued painting, “Onement VI” was sold for $43.8 million and set the auction record for his work. The previous record for artist’s work was
$22.4 million, paid just a year ago for another canvas in the same series.

Barnett Newman's Onement VI

Another record price was paid for Gerhard Richter’s “Domplatz, Mailand [Cathedral Square, Milan]” from 1968, which sold for $37,125,000 – making it the most expensive work ever sold at auction by a living artist. Four other paintings sold for more than $20 million, including Jackson Pollock’s “Blue Unconscious” (1946). The auction totaled $293.6 million, above its low estimate of $283.9 million but well below its $382.9 million high.

Gerhard Richter’s Domplatz, Mailand - Cathedral Square, Milan

Jackson Pollock’s Blue Unconscious

Paintings of Jackson Pollock and Roy Lichtenstein at Christie’s

On 15 May 2013,
Christie’s will offer two masterpieces, Roy Lichtenstein’s Woman with Flowered Hat and Jackson Pollock’s masterwork Number 19, at the Evening Sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art. Jackson Pollock’s Number 19, 1948 (estimate: $25,000,000-$35,000,000), was created during the artist’s most important period, 1947-1950. Using silver, black, and white, accented by vibrant notes of red and green, he creates a shimmering surface that celebrates his iconic drip style. Pollock is among the best-known paintings of the 20th century and number 19 is an exceptional and unique opportunity for collectors and institutions to acquire this iconic masterpiece. Innumerable layers of delicate dripped paint reveal the captivating circular movement of Pollock’s hand. Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) Number 19, 1948 Oil and enamel on paper laid down on canvas   Jackson Pollock legendary three-year burst of creativity between 1947 and 1950 that completely revolutionized American painting and reshaped the history of twentieth century art. The year 1948 marked the moment that Pollock gained complete mastery over the drip technique and the beginning of its expansion into paintings that were less compositions on a theme than fields of painterly activity and self-expression. The unique freeform manner of painting that Pollock pioneered in a painting such as this represented not only the creation of some of the most mesmeric and enduringly fascinating pictorial structures in all of twentieth century art, but it also, in its near miraculous union of space, force, energy, gravity, material and physical gesture, opened up an entirely new dimension of painting. Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) Woman with Flowered Hat Magna on canvas Roy Lichtenstein’s Pop masterpiece, Woman with Flowered Hat, is expected to reached $30 million. Flowered Hat is a classic example of Pop Art from the movement’s earliest beginnings. It was painted in 1963, when Lichtenstein was engaged in his most profound investigation of popular imagery. Lichtenstein painted Woman with Flowered Hat at a time when he was attacking various aspects of the so-called “canon” of art, or rather, what people liked to think of as “High Art.” Alongside the “low-art” subject matter of comic strip images, he began pillaging masterworks by the likes of Cézanne, Mondrian and Picasso as they too had become part of readily available, mass-produced culture. In Woman with Flowered Hat Lichtenstein submits these emotive qualities to the dramatic simplification of his comic stylization. The composition retains all the essential features of the original but its nuances of color, texture, form and line have been streamlined by the mock-mechanization of Lichtenstein’s newfound technique. The evening sale will offer three other works by Lichtenstein including a monumental Nude with Yellow Flower (estimate: $12,000,000-$16,000,000), Woman II (estimate: $4,000,000-$6,000,000) and bronze Coup de Chapeau II of 1996 (estimate: $2,000,000-$3,000,000).
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