Renowned American artists including Keith Haring, Lyonel Feininger, Robert Longo, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselmann are featured at Ketterer Kunsts 500th auction in Munich, July 17/18. For years, popular contemporary and modern American artists have appealed to art lovers all over the world with a significant collection acquired in Europe. The upcoming auction gives art connoisseurs worldwide access to an outstanding collection of premiere American and other works.
The desire for quality art is tremendous, especially in times of corona, says Robert Ketterer, auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst
. An art market currently ailing from postponed art fairs and canceled opening receptions can do little to meet this need. I am all the more pleased that we were able to compile such an extremely fascinating offer.
And there are quite some exciting works that will catch the fancy of fans of American art and, of course, attendance in the saleroom is not required as bidding can easily be done online, by phone or through a commission.
One of the top lots is Cy Twombly's Untitled (6 sheets) from 1971. The lithograph set, which was released in a very small edition, is very rare on the art market as a matching set, and will enter the race with an estimate of 300,000-400,000.
Lyonel Feininger's Manhattan, Dusk from 1945 is estimated 200,000-300,000. The work, which has a remarkable exhibition and provenance history, masterfully stages New Yorks impressive skyline in an evening mood. Comparable work can be found at, among others, the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The painting Gaberndorf dated 1953 shows an entirely different motif. Here Feininger transforms an architectural constellation from the old world into a constructive symbol for architecture in the new world. The estimate is 150,000-200,000.
Robert Longo's charcoal drawing Untitled (In the Garden, et in arcadia ego) from 2009 has the same estimate price. The paradise-like forest in monumental format unfolds its enchanting effect and brings Longo's perfected technology to full expression. His concept of drawing has an impressive photographic effect.
No less monumental, but of a completely different impression and in bright colors is Tom Wesslemann's very rare landscape depiction from the work group of the Steel Cuts. His Cochecton Pool, Delaware River (from Lynda's) shows a sketchy landscape concept materialized in steel. The unique work in typical illustrative Pop Art style may be available for 140,000-180,000.
Andy Warhol is represented with several portraits of Mick Jagger, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Keith Haring. His female portraits are among the artist's most sought-after works. Portrait of a Lady (Natalie Sparber) from 1984 exemplarily reflects the glamour of the 1980s. The unique piece will enter bidding at 100,000-150,000.
Keith Haring's humorous declaration of love is an homage to Andy Warhol, as it merges the inventor of Pop Art with the most famous cartoon character in the world. The iconic print Andy Mouse comes from a small edition signed by both Keith Haring and Andy Warhol and is estimated at 100,000-150,000.
Next to George Condos Unidentified Head, other solitaires come from renowned German and international artists like Josef Albers, Max Beckmann, Willi Baumeister, Lovis Corinth, Tony Cragg, Otto Dix, Lucio Fontana, Isa Genzken, Erich Heckel, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Yves Klein, Max Liebermann, August Macke, Paula Modersohn-Becker, Gabriele Münter, Emil Nolde, Albert Oehlen, Sigmar Polke, Anita Rée, Daniel Richter, Gerhard Richter, Josef Scharl, Franz von Stuck and Günther Uecker