NEW YORK – On Tuesday, Sept. 1, Jasper52 will present an online auction of urban and contemporary art that includes works by some of today’s most recognized artists such as Yayoi Kusama, Banksy, KAWS and many more. Bid absentee or live online exclusively through LiveAuctioneers.
New and ready for hanging is Damien Hirst’s H7-3 Butterfly Heart (above), a laminated Giclée print mounted on an aluminum composite panel measuring 70 × 72.7cm. The work, which has a $5,000-$6,000 estimate and a $4,000 reserve, comes with its original box.
Yoshitomo Nara is a Japanese artist whose work is influenced by elements of popular culture such as anime, manga, Walt Disney cartoons and punk rock. Nara creates paintings, sculptures, and drawings of adorable-yet-sinister childlike characters. Painted with simple bold lines, primary colors, and set against empty backgrounds, these small children and animals often share the canvas with text, knives, plants and cardboard boxes, among other recurring elements. As one of the fathers and central figures of the Japanese neo-Pop movement, Nara’s work expresses the struggle to find an identity fractured by war, rapid modernization and an omnipresent visual culture. Offered in the auction is an offset lithographic poster of Nara’s Lotta Leaves Home, which is in excellent condition (est. $2,500-$4,000).
An After Banksy die-cut Rat stencil available in the auction measures 12 by 9 inches and has a $1,200-$1,500 estimate. The one-time British street artist created this stencil as a magazine insert early in his career in 2002.
Gerhard Richter is known for a prolific and stylistically varied exploration of the medium of painting, often incorporating and exploring the visual effects of photography. In the early 1960s, Richter began to create large-scale photorealist copies of black-and-white photographs rendered in a range of grays, and innovated a blurred effect (sometimes deemed “photographic impressionism”) in which portions of his compositions appear smeared or softened –paradoxically reproducing photographic effects and revealing his painterly hand. With heavily textured abstract gray monochromes, Richter introduced abstraction into his practice, and he has continued to move freely between figuration and abstraction, producing geometric “Color Charts”, bold and gestural abstractions, and “Photo Paintings” of anything from nudes, flowers, and cars to landscapes, architecture, and historical scenes from 20th century history. His Kerze poster, published by the Tate in 2011, depicts a lit candle against a shaded monochrome background (est. $2,000-$2,500).
The high estimate in the auction goes to Shepard Fairey’s screenprint on wood of his 2011 Peace Dove. Expanding on the legacies of artists such as Keith Haring and Andy Warhol, Fairey’s practice disrupts the distinction between fine and commercial art. A major artist of the street art movement, Fairey rose to prominence in the early 1990s through the dispersion of posters, stickers and murals, related to his Obey Giant campaign. Fairey’s iconic poster of President Barack Obama was adopted as the official emblem associated with the presidential campaign and encapsulates a number of recurring concerns in the artist’s work, including propaganda, portraiture and political power. The Peace Dove screenprint is an editioned multiple, signed and dated front lower right.
The Jasper52 Urban and Contemporary Art Collector’s Choice auction will be conducted Tuesday, Sept. 1, beginning at 2 p.m. Eastern time.
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