Cutting-edge contemporary artists defy tradition in Jan. 19 auction

Elliot Erwitt, ‘NYC USA,’ est. $300-$500

Elliot Erwitt, ‘NYC USA,’ est. $300-$500

NEW YORK – On Wednesday, January 19, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will present a tightly-curated sale of Cutting Edge Contemporary Art. Fewer than 80 lots were chosen for inclusion, and they include photographs, paintings, works on paper and other pieces by established and emerging artists such as Kwame Brathwaite, Elliott Erwitt, Lily van der Stokker, Hiroji Kubota, Inge Morath, Tina Barney, Burt Glinn, Gillian Laub, Richard Bosman, Yael Martinez, Jack Savitsky, Emin Ozmen, Klara Liden, Justine Kurland, Stephen Shore, Renee Green, Mary Ellen Mark, Laurie Simmons, Joel Meyerowitz, Vik Muniz, Richard Misrach, Sigmar Polke, Torbjorn Rodland, Herbert List, Carl de Keyzer, Steve McCurry, Lyle Ashton Harris, Andro Wekua, Antoine D’ Agata, Nick Relph, Matt Ducklo, Thomas Hoepker, Daido Moriyama, David Benjamin Sherry and Bob Gruen, among others. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

First among the highlights is Furry 2015, a color photograph by Torbjorn Rodland (Norway and America, b. 1970-), who is known for his quizzical, lyrical and sometimes unsettling imagery. Born in 1952, he favors traditional film cameras and development processes that depend on chemicals. Rodland works are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, as well as the Whitney Museum of Art in New York and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Rodland produced Furry 2015 in a limited edition of 100. The example in the January 19 sale is estimated at $600-$800.

Torbjorn Rodland, ‘Furry 2015,’ est. $600-$800

Torbjorn Rodland, ‘Furry 2015,’ est. $600-$800

Equally compelling is Blumenkopf 1985, a limited-edition offset lithograph by Sigmar Polke (German, 1941-2010), known for co-founding the Kapitalistischer Realismus (Capitalist Realism) movement with Konrad Fischer (who produced art under the name Konrad Lueg) and Gerhard Richter. The lot on offer is number 29 of 120, and it is estimated at $700-$1,000.

Sigmar Polke, ‘Blumenkopf 1985,’ est. $700-$1,000

Sigmar Polke, ‘Blumenkopf 1985,’ est. $700-$1,000

The final standout is Elliott Erwitt’s (French and American, b. 1928-) innocuously named circa-1950 photo NYC USA. Officially, he is best known for the images he took of then-Vice President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev during the 1959 event dubbed “The Kitchen Debate,” and in particular, the shot of Nixon stabbing his finger into Khruschev’s lapel. But his charming images of dogs must be an extremely close second, and the black-and-white image on offer is one of his most iconic. Taken at street level, it shows a sweater-clad chihuahua dwarfed by the feet of a woman wearing open-toed shoes. It carries an estimate of $300-$500.

 

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