John Moran’s Sept. 14 sale features contemporary art from Byrne collection
MONROVIA, Calif. – John Moran’s Fall Contemporary Sale will take place on September 14, beginning at noon Pacific time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A vast majority of the lots in the sale originate from the Blake Byrne collection. Byrne, an avid art collector for more than three decades, shows a true appreciation for modern and contemporary art, as the works in his collection can’t be confined to one style or medium. The artists represented are not only notable and world-renowned names, they consist of rule breakers and tastemakers that have made contemporary art the most sought-after works in the market. The September 14 sale will include works from artists such as Jim Shaw, Iva Gueorguieva, Edward del Rosario, Steve Roden, and Jeremy Dickinson.
Blake Byrne spent much of his life between Los Angeles and Paris – two of the most influential cities in the art world. His collection is a testament to Byrne’s equal affinity for both established and emerging artists. Individually, they speak on themes of sexuality, race, class systems and culture. Contemporary art looks to address topics that are difficult to discuss, and the Byrne collection is full of dialog-provoking artwork.
A piece that speaks most emphatically is Jim Shaw’s Dream Object (In Russia next to an old age home…), estimated at $4,000-$6,000. An extension of his Dream Drawing Series, this diptych delves into the subconscious experience, and brings forth clashing themes of religion, pop art, and war. Centered in each panel of the asymmetrical diptych is a verse from the Bible.
More than a few Iva Gueorguieva works found a place in the Byrne Collection. It’s no surprise Byrne coveted her art; her pieces are comprised of intricate arrangements across paper, canvas, and three-dimensional sculptures. Untitled, 2005 is a quintessential Gueorguieva piece, with overlapping styles and techniques. It comes to the auction block with a competitive estimate of $1,000-$2,000.
Another Byrne collection highlight is Edward del Rosario’s Liason III, which depicts a young man standing next to a chair. As with all of del Rosario’s figurative work, the man is placed in the middle of a seemingly blank void – in this case, a dark navy blue that matches his cummerbund. The del Rosario is estimated at $2,000-$4,000.
Steve Roden’s The Same Sun Spinning and Fading comes from a body of work generated from fragments of a 12-page musical score. In each of Roden’s works, musical notes are translated into letters or numerical equivalents to be used as elements for building the image, converting into a line, a shape, a color, or a hand movement. His paintings combine the visual flair of bright colors and captivating line work with the fluidity of music. The Same Sun Spinning and Fading carries an estimate of $5,000-$7,000.
British painter Jeremy Dickinson is best known for his photorealistic still-lifes of toy vehicles stacked methodically one on top of the other. Kranwagen is a distinctive piece; neatly stacked and orderly, the toy cars in Kranwagen represent the structure and curiosity of childhood. The worn colors, along with marks and dents on the cars, show signs of past repeated use, and proves the toys were once loved. Kranwagen is estimated at $1,200-$1,800.
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