BERLIN, Germany – Jeschke Jadi Auctions Berlin will hold its next Modern and Contemporary Art Auction on Friday, June 23. The high-quality and diverse auction lineup is led by numerous works of American postwar art. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Robert Longo’s pictorial works often take the viewer on a journey through post-war America. The Cadillac is an iconic object that represents economic prosperity. In Longo’s 2012 print Cadillac, he reworks a classic photograph in order to provide a powerfully velvety, deep, blackened surface with sharply contrasting details in white. This stunning print is estimated at €9,000-€11,250.
The Swimmer is a tribute by Alex Katz to his wife and muse Ada, who he featured in more than 200 of his works. Based on the painting Swimmer #3 from 1973, the Katz aquatint etching on offer reflects the artist’s pared-down aesthetic, depicting Ada with a few dynamic details and the strikingly designed surface of the water. The Swimmer carries an estimate of €9,000-€11,250.
War Flower by the American conceptual artist Edward Kienholz has an estimate of €6,000-€7,500. In 1957, together with Walter Hopps, Kienholz founded the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles, which quickly became the epicenter of avant-garde art in the city. During the 1960s, he spent more time in Hope, Idaho, and from 1972 onwards worked on all his pieces with his wife Nancy, a collaboration that lasted his entire life. Together they choose controversial, explosive subjects, sparing no taboos.
Earth Slice, a powerful work by Helen Frankenthaler, is printed in four colors from four plates and has an estimate of €2,500-€3,125. It is an expressive example of her experimental formal language and a testimony to her closeness to nature. The earthy tones of the horizontally-arranged composition flow into each other, creating a harmoniously nuanced whole.
A total of 12 large-format photographic works by Charles Wilp will be offered as one lot, together estimated at €6,000-€7,500. Charles Wilp was friends with the artist Yves Klein, who was a representative of the Nouveau Realisme movement. As a result of this friendship between the two artists, several joint works of different disciplines were created, both linked by the attitude of conceptual art. In this context, emptiness has an overriding significance in both Wilp’s photographic work and Yves Klein’s oeuvre. Most of the photographs show an empty space that can hardly be defined; as with outer space, directions and boundaries seem unrecognizable – it is the view into the void. These works are complemented by Wilp’s images that document the preparations for Yves Klein’s first and only institutional exhibition at Haus Lange, Krefeld Germany in January 1961.
Another notable entry is a triptych by the New York artist Julian Schnabel, consisting of three unique color serigraphs, each of which has been reworked by hand with monotype and cast resin and are together estimated at €5,000-€6,250. The series Malfi I, II, III was created in 1997 and borrows from Cy Twombly’s tygrographic handwritten works. Schabel created magnificent, colorful prints with format-filling depictions, which are imbued with enormous brilliance and plasticity by the dimension of the cast resin.
From the extensive section of works by the Op-Art artist Victor Vasarely, a collage of differently colored and structured cardboard elements stands out. The serial unique piece, titled Tridim, is a splendid color-intensive print with an almost format-filling representation that was issued in an edition of 20 copies plus a few artist’s proofs. The piece has an estimate of €4,500-€5,625.
Peter Doig’s works mostly show people in nameless landscapes or empty spaces. The six color etchings of his 2004 series Black Palms have a collective estimate of €6,000-€7,500. The pictorial worlds can be traced back to Doig’s childhood, which the British artist, born in Glasgow, spent in Canada, London and the Caribbean island of Trinidad. Apart from these memories, the artist also deliberately works with disruptive effects to evoke alienation, such as unusual color combinations or strange motifs in viewpoints. Thus, in addition to the familiar, his works always have something unusual, something that is impossible to decipher. The riddles that his works pose form the basis for the highly suggestive power that emanates from Peter Doig’s art.
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