The next Sothebys
sales of Contemporary Art in Paris will welcome connoisseurs and collectors to the Galerie Charpentier for two auction sessions, on 7 December (Evening Sale) and 8 December 2011 (Day Sale).
Some of the 141 works to be offered for auction are fresh to the market and come from prestigious collections notably the Art Institute of Chicago, with Jean Dubuffet's Tête dHomme (Theatre Mask XX, est. 70,000-90,000 / $96,500-125,000) and Jean-Michel Atlan's Agrigente (est. 120,000-180,000 / $166,000-249,000), to be offered at the evening session; and Arman's Dont Touch (est. 30,000-40,000 / $41,400-55,500) and three small, unique bronzes by Germaine Richier, included in the Day Sale.
Evening Sale 7 December
Among the session's star lots is Jean-Michel Basquiat's MP, a monumental self-portrait-like figure painted in 1984 and kept in the same collection since 1985 (est. 700,000-900,000 / $965,000-1,250,000).
After obtaining a world record 2,304,750 for a work by Pierre Soulages in May 2011, Sothebys Paris is honored to offer three further iconic works from key periods in the artist's career:
Peinture 195 x 130cm 3 December 1956, a giant work with three vigorous black signs on a brown field, comes from Soulages' limited series Polyptiques Latents (est. 800,000-1,200,000 / $1,110,000-1,660,000). Two similar paintings are in the Guggenheim Museum in New York and the National Gallery of Art in Washington.
Peinture 162 x 130cm 13 November 1969, consigned from a Swiss private collection, is a polyphonic work lent masterful rhythm by its alternating blacks/whites and series of hooks (est. 400,000-600,000 / $555,000-830,000).
Peinture 130 x 102cm 14 October 1980 is an inaugural work from Souages' Outrenoirs series, where the layering of single-coloured pigment reveals his unique ability to exalt the luminous potential of black (est. 200,000-300,000 / $276,000-414,000).
Martial Raysse's Espace Zéro plunges us into the world of 1963 and the Conquest of Space. The silvered astronaut's suit evokes the quest for a modern, sanitized world. With its fluorescent colours and red neon light, this work is an icon of Pop Art of which Raysse was France's purveyor in chief (est. 300,000-400,000 / $414,000-555,000).
Produced in May 1960 the same year as the Nouveaux Réalisme manifesto and the patenting of International Klein Blue (IKB) Yves Klein's COS31 is a work of the utmost rarity (est. 500,000-700,000 / $690,000-965,000), combining cosmogony (natural imprint of reeds) and anthropometry (female body print).
After posting a record price for Zao Wou-Ki in the Western hemisphere at their previous Contemporary Art sale in Paris, Sothebys are pleased to offer his 12.12.67 this December: a superb example of the imaginary and highly poetic landscapes he pioneered and perfected (est. 300,000-400,000 / $414,000-555,000).
Chu Teh-Chun's Sombres Nuées (1998/9), 200 x 200cm, is a monumental, incandescent work (est. 400,000-600,000 / $555,000-830,000); while his Hivernal (1985), from his sought-after Snow cycle, is spangled with colours that gleam like jewels against a snowy background (est. 120,000-180,000 / $166,000-249,000).
The avant-garde nature of Chinese art finds powerful expression in Huang Yong Ping's Walking Up Language: a huge pair of Dadaist ceramic sculptures (est. 150,000-200,000 / $207,000-276,000).
Day Sale 8 December
The Day Sale on December 8 begins with the Collection of Monsieur & Madame B. a pair of itinerant collectors who, from 1960-80, energetically charted developments in 20th century art on travels which took them from Casablanca to Nice and from Padua to Paris. Highlights include a Takis Télésculpture Vibrative N°4 (est. 40,000-60,000 / $55,000-83,000); a Lucio Fontana Concetto Spaziale (est. 30,000-40,000 / $41,400-55,500); Martial Raysse's Bel Eté Concentré (est. 20,000-30,000 / $27,600-41,400); Alain Jacquet's Déjeuner sur lHerbe (est. 25,000-35,000 / $34,500-48,300); Arman's Comme Comestible (est. 35,000-45,000 / $48,300-62,500); and a César Compression (est. 20,000-30,000 / $27,600-41,400).
The Day Sale's catalogue-cover symbolically features an Andy Warhol Dollar Sign from the former collection of the international art dealer Alexander Iolas a mark of the friendship between Warhol and his first-ever gallerist (est. 150,000-200,000 / $207,000-276,000).
The session also includes outstanding works by Joan Mitchell, Nicolas de Staël, Hans Hartung, Gérard Schneider, Soto, Murakami, Cindy Sherman and Manolo Valdes, with his 1985 Obispo (est. 70,000-90,000 / $96,500-125,000).