BERLIN – Jeschke van Vliet Auctions Berlin GmbH goes to market with a strong offering in its spring Modern and Contemporary Art and Photography auction on June 28. The sale will commence at 2 pm Berlin time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers. The auction was curated by department head Anica Piontek, together with her colleague, Balazs Jadi, who together are considered by industry insiders to be Jeschke’s secret weapon when it comes to important acquisitions.
The American Modernism section kicks off with works by Sam Francis, two rare print sets by Paul Jenkins, and a 1987 portfolio of 27 lithographs by Robert Motherwell, which illustrate three poems by the Nobel Prize-winning poet, Octavio Paz; the third poem is dedicated to Motherwell. The portfolio is estimated at €2,400-€2,880.
In addition, the sale features Gulf, a lithograph by Brice Marden, estimated at €2,800-€3,360, which the artist made for the Gagosian portfolio New York Ten. Other works of the highly interesting and idiosyncratically arranged 931-lot auction include a collage by Hans Arp, a large acrylic work by Arman and, in the geometric works department, Ellsworth Kelly’s Gemini Portfolio from 1970, estimated at €2,500-€3,000.
Lyrical abstraction is represented by Farandole, a signed portfolio by Hans Hartung, and a signed aquatint etching by Zao Wou-Ki. A delicate original by Hungarian artist Dora Maurer ranks between Minimalist art and geometric abstraction.
Pop Art highlights of the auction include Andy Warhol’s variant of Marilyn (Sunday B. Morning) from 1970, signed “this is not by me” and estimated at €35,000-€42,000; Roy Lichtenstein’s Twin Mirrors, estimated at €10,000-€12,000; as well as works by Robert Indiana, Mel Ramos, and Alex Katz. The anniversary of the Fluxus artist Joseph Beuys is celebrated with a whole round of important prints which are accompanied by works by Sigmar Polke, Dieter Roth, and a large original by the New York-born Al Hansen.
Among the contemporary photography entries, the oversize work of Berlin photographer Elmar Haardt is a discovery. An image from his series Land of Dreams shows Los Angeles from the view of Runyon Canyon past West Hollywood to the monumental skyline with the Wilshire Center and its famous neighbors the US Bank Tower, the Aon Center, and numerous other buildings. The Haardt photograph is estimated at €8,000-€9,600.
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