CONTEMPORARY ART – 1 December 2018
No fewer than three outstanding oil paintings from different periods of Maria LASSNIG’s artistic production will go under the hammer, including her superb “Corkscrew Man”. A long-lost watercolour by Friedensreich HUNDERTWASSER, painted during his legendary 1956 journey by ship from Sweden to England, will be on sale for the first time and also acts as a bridge to works by top international artists: Sigmar POLKE, Rudolf STINGEL, Andy WARHOL, and of course Franz WEST. West’s monumental sculpture – humorously called “Sitzwurst” (“sitting sausage”) – is a reference to his sublime working along the fine line between utilitarian object and art object while his smaller piece of papier mâché plays with the discrepancy between his complex realm of ideas and the intentionally trivial, playful form of expression. Eccentric, playful, and visionary are apt descriptions of another highlight of this auction: Tony CRAGG’s 1997 bronze figure “Ferryman”.Masterpieces by artists including Hans BISCHOFFSHAUSEN and Bruno GIRONCOLI, and an exceptionally beautiful stone sculpture by Karl PRANTL of red Russian granite ensure that no collector’s wish will go unfilled at this auction!