The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, September 24, 2018


Peter Doig's 'Daytime Astronomy (Grasshopper)' to make auction debut
Peter Doig, Daytime Astronomy (Grasshopper), 1998-9, 118 by 144.8 cm, est. £6-8 million ($8.1-10.7 million USD). Courtesy Sotheby's.


LONDON.- Peter Doig’s Daytime Astronomy (Grasshopper) will make its auction debut at Sotheby’s Evening Sale of Contemporary Art in London on 26 June 2018. Estimated at £6-8 million ($8.1-10.7 million USD), the painting is a spectacular distillation of all the elements that have made Doig one of the most celebrated and successful painters of his generation.

Oliver Barker, Chairman of Sotheby’s Europe, said: “Peter Doig is a master image maker. In Daytime Astronomy (Grasshopper), one of the artist’s most important paintings, Doig pays homage to his Abstract Expressionist forebears, most notably Jackson Pollock who is subtly incorporated into the horizontal layers of the picture, shown lying in the grass outside his Long Island Studio. The ever growing enthusiasm of collectors for Peter Doig at auction has cemented his reputation as one of the most important contemporary artists working today.”

A work that that has been in the same collection since its completion in 1999, Daytime Astronomy (Grasshopper) shares its subject with a larger painting by Doig, Daytime Astronomy (1997-98), which has been included in Doig’s most celebrated solo-shows.

Like many of the most acclaimed works by Doig, the dreamlike Daytime Astronomy (Grasshopper) is inspired by a wide array of sources and features numerous art historical references. The principal point of departure for the painting is a photograph taken by Hans Namuth of Abstract Expressionist Jackson Pollock lying in the grass outside his East Hampton studio. While the figure of Pollock himself is only subtly included in Doig’s canvas, the wider influence of the Abstract Expressionist movement on this picture is palpable. Daytime Astronomy (Grasshopper) includes echoes of Pollock’s own layered abstract compositions, while the influence of Mark Rothko can be detected in the segmented layering of the picture plane, as well as by the colour variation of the canvas; opaque greens and browns feature heavily on the bottom of the work, segueing to delicate coloured washes in the upper layers. Doig also riffs on Barnett Newman’s iconic ‘zip’ paintings, turning the artist’s ubiquitous vertical shafts horizontally, and dividing the painting into three clearly defined sections.

The reference to ‘grasshopper’ in the title is related to the subtle pose of the figure with their knees bent and sticking out of the grass, however is also related to a quotation Doig found in a book that cited the words of a 19th Century settler in Canada’s western prairies: “Man is a grasshopper here, a mere insect making way between the enormous discs of heaven and earth.” This quote echoes the tripartite arrangement of many of Doig’s compositions, including the present work and others such as The House That Jacques Built (1992) in the collection of the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

The auction debut of Doig’s Daytime Astronomy (Grasshopper) follows the successful sale of Doig’s landmark painting The Architect’s Home in the Ravine (1991) which sold for £14.4 million ($19.9 million USD) in our March 2018 Contemporary art evening sale in London. Four of the five highest prices for the artist at auction have been set in the past 12 months.





Today's News

June 8, 2018

Major exhibition at the Guggenheim explores decades of work by Alberto Giacometti

The Whitney receives an extraordinary gift of works by Roy Lichtenstein

Contents from the homes of legendary aesthete Pierre Bergé to be offered in Paris

Peter Doig's 'Daytime Astronomy (Grasshopper)' to make auction debut

Gagosian opens exhibition of recent works by Jeff Koons from the Gazing Ball series

Christie's announces Jennifer Zatorski as President, Christie's North and South America

Exhibition at Martin Gropius Bau explores immersive spaces since the 1960s

Barry R. Harwood, Curator of the Brooklyn Museum's Decorative Arts Collection, has died

Major courtyard installation brings the sun down to earth

The Hill Art Foundation appoints Sarah Needham as Executive Director

Morphy to offer highly-prized pieces at Lamps, Glass, and Fine Jewelry Sale

Gert & Uwe Tobias' fifth exhibition with Contemporary Fine Arts opens in Berlin

Polish Vodka Museum opens in Warsaw next week

Freeman's sets world record for work by Mira Nakashima

Matt Connors' second exhibition with Xavier Hufkens opens in Brussels

The Institute of Contemporary Arts opens the first survey exhibition devoted to the work of Julie Becker

V&A announces first Mary Quant exhibition in 50 years with public call-out to uncover lost designs

Christie's Interiors: New York Visions, totals $1.78 million, 99% sold by lot

Brooklyn Museum announces 96 recent acquisitions by female artists

The McMichael Canadian Art Collection announces the appointment of Sarah Milroy as Chief Curator

Amanda W. Dotseth appointed Curator for the Meadows Museum, SMU

25 works for 25 years: Jerwood Collection anniversary exhibition opens at Sotheby's

1955 Brooklyn Dodgers World Championship ring among items in Sports themed auction

Kira Muratova, award-winning Ukrainian filmmaker, dies at 83

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- New photographic book explores the provocative works of Rodin, Schiele and Picasso

2.- Spanish sculptures get kitschy colours in another botched restoration

3.- Van Gogh was murdered claims new film at Venice

4.- Raging fire tears through Rio de Janeiro's treasured National Museum

5.- Musée national Picasso-Paris opens exhibition of masterpieces by Pablo Picasso

6.- National Gallery of Art opens major exhibition of Corot's paintings of women

7.- RYAN LEE opens Indigenous Woman, a solo exhibition by Martine Gutierrez

8.- Flowers Gallery appoints new Gallery Director Jennifer Francis to lead global operations

9.- Bavarian authorities return priceless eighth century gold Sican mask to Peru

10.- Detroit Institute of Arts receives monumental Ursula von Rydingsvard sculpture



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez


Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful