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the christie’s preview of their may 2015 new york post-war and contemporary art auctions at hedge gallery

in san francisco included some of my favorite california artists.

christie’s @ hedge

san francisco exhibition of post-war and contemporary art

16-22 april 2015 | san francisco, CA

wayne thiebaud.

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wayne thiebaud | heart ridge | oil on canvas | 1969

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 523 | estimate US$400,000-US$600,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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wayne thiebaud | interchange | oil on canvas | 1979

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art evening session | new york, NY | 13 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 21 B | estimate US$2,500,000-US$3,500,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

ruth asawa.

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ruth asawa (1926-2013) | untitled, s. 080 (hanging five-lobed continuous form within a form) | iron wire | 1950

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 521 | estimate US$700,000-US$900,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

richard diebenkorn.

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | charcoal and acrylic on paper | 1978

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 529 | estimate US$500,000-US$700,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace and christie’s

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richard diebenkorn (1922-1993) | untitled | acrylic and gouache on paper | 1977

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 527 | estimate US$500,000-US$700,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace and christie’s

i wish that i could attend the richard diebenkorn exhibition at the royal academy of arts in london.

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richard diebenkorn | ocean park #27 | oil on canvas | 1970

photo credit (c) 2014 the richard diebenkorn foundation

richard diebenkorn

royal academy of arts | london, united kingdom

14 march-7 june 2015

when my husband, bob, and i lived in london, we really enjoyed attending the auction previews at christie’s, sotheby’s, and bonham’s in st. james’s and mayfair.  so this week, i felt like i was living in london again.  including the difficulty parking in the jackson square neighborhood of san francisco, near hedge gallery.

christie’s previewed their may 2015 new york post-war and contemporary art auctions at hedge.

christie’s @ hedge

san francisco exhibition of post-war and contemporary art

16-22 april 2015 | san francisco, CA

alexander calder and gerhard richter.

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alexander calder (1898-1976) | untitled (demi cone) | painted sheet metal and wire | 1972

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 513 | estimate US$1,200,000-US$1,800,000

alexander calder (1898-1976) | six white dots and yellow on black and red | painted sheet metal and wire | 1964

christie’s post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 415 | estimate US$550,000-US$750,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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gerhard richter | abstraktes bild | oil on canvas | 1986

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session I | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 200 | estimate US$1,500,000-US$2,000,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

robert motherwell.

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robert motherwell (1915-1991) | the blakan lute | acrylic, ink and paper collage on canvas | 1974-1975

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 568 | estimate US$500,000-US$700,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

joan mitchell.

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joan mitchell (1925-1992) | untitled | oil on canvas | 1974

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 571 | estimate US$600,000-US$800,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

another gerhard richter.

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gerhard richter | abstraktes bild | oil on canvas | 1989

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session I | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 202 | estimate US$2,000,000-US$3,000,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

but, i thought that a sculpture made from found aluminum and copper wire was the most unusual work in the exhibition.

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el anatsui | plot a plan I | found aluminum and copper wire | 2007

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session I | 14 may 2015

sale 3741 | lot 210 | estimate US$700,000-US$900,000

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

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christie’s | post-war and contemporary art evening sale | sale 3740 | new york, NY | 13 may 2015

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session I | sale 3741 | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

christie’s | post-war and contemporary art day sale session II | sale 3741 | new york, NY | 14 may 2015

photo credits christie’s, christie’s, and christie’s

juxtaposition /ˌjəkstəpəˈziSH(ə)n/ (noun)

the act or an instance of placing two or more things side by side

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helly nahmad gallery | frieze masters | 11-14 october 2012 | london, UK

photo credit elisabeth blanchet

joan miro | the sorrowful march guided by the flamboyant bird of the desert | painting | 1968

rumored to have been sold by helly nahmad gallery for US$20 million 

photo credit elisabeth blanchet

alexander calder | rouge triomphant | mobile | 1959-1963

rumored to have been sold by helly nahmad gallery for US$20 million 

photo credit helly nahmad gallery | cntraveler.com
described as the most outstanding stand at frieze masters 2012.

is chinese porcelain as valuable as impressionist art?

sold for US$21.6 million, the world record auction price for ming dynasty porcelain.

a blue and white meiping vase with fruit sprays | yongle period | ming dynasty

the meiyintang collection, part II | lot 11 | sotheby’s hong kong | 5 october 2011

photo credit sotheby’s
sold for US$69.5 million, the highest price paid for any chinese work of art at auction.

the bainbridge vase

a yang cai reticulated double walled vase sith six-character mark in underglaze blue of qianlong and of the period

lot 800 | bainbriges, west ruslip, middlesex, united kingdom | 11 november 2010

photo credit bainbridges

but, rumor has it that:

the bainbridge vase hasn’t been paid for.

the bainbridge vase isn’t genuine.

the provenance of the bainbridge vase isn’t real.

click here to read more about the bainbridge vase.

which could become more valuable?

a picasso painting, sold for US$106.5 million, the world record price for a work of art sold at auction.

pablo picasso | nude, green leaves and bust | oil on canvas | 1932

property from the collection of mrs. sidney f. brody | lot 6 | christie’s new york | 4 may 2010

photo credit christie’s

or, a painting by chinese contemporary artist zhang xiaogang, sold for US$10.2 million, the world record auction price for a chinese contemporary painting.

zhang xiaobong | forever naked love | triptych | oil on canvas | 1988

the ullens collection-the nascence of avant garde china | lot 808 | sotheby’s hong kong | 3 april 2011

photo credit artnet

henry howard-sneyd, vice chairman of asian art at sotheby’s, votes for zhang xiaogang.

his 27 october 2011 lecture at the san francisco fall antiques show about collecting opportunities: the rise of the asian art markets could be considered controversial.

howard-sneyd believes that the bubble could eventually burst.  but, he also thinks that this is one of the great periods of artistic endeavor in china, so a correction in pricing probably wouldn’t destroy the market for contemporary or traditional chinese works of art.

even though the demographics of the market are currently dominated by chinese dealers and collectors, in the long term, he thinks that western dealers and collectors are also very important.

but, howard-sneyd questions whether or not the phenomenal growth of the leading chinese auction houses, such as poly, china guardian, beijing hanhai, or council, can be believed.  according to published figures, the turnover in asian art at these four auction houses now dwarfs the turnover in asian art at sotheby’s, christie’s, and bonham’s.  but, howard-sneyd also noted that, using data from xinhua, a chinese government news agency, a chinese newspaper journalist implied that the actual volume of these four auction houses could be closer to 25% of the published figures, based on the amount of sales tax that they paid.

all of the rumors seem quite controversial, don’t you think?

‘rumor has it’ | adele | 21