In March we will officially start our auction year 2020. In order to give you a glimpse into our selection, we are presenting some highlights from the upcoming Modern Art and Contemporary Art auction.
The work of Werner Berg attracts ever more interest. The painter from Carinthia/Austria lived on a mountain farm, his subjects are inspired by his environment. The cone players first emerge in his paintings in the 1960-ies. In this work, Berg watches some players near an inn in Bleiburg.
The horizon is behind them, the sinking sun casts their long shadows into monumental figures. Alone and resigned, they inhabit their sinking world. At the pinnacle of his craft, Berg with this picture also recounts his own existential situation.
The Auction House im Kinsky offers the opportunity to acquire a work of Albin Egger-Lienz of which a former version “Mountain Reaper” from 1907 hangs in the Leopold Museum, Vienna. The artist used and diversified this motive often, and interpreted it around 1918 as “mower” with figures standing deep in the grains (first version with three figures, also in the Leopold Museum).
This painting focuses on the central figure of the composition and presents a an incredibly focused version. Nothing in this picture is random, everything is concentrated and calculated, light and shadows give the figure a concise plasticity.
The painting shows the view from the Villa Mautner v. Markhof on the Wolfsbergkogel on the Semmering/Rax in Austria. Kolo Moser must have loved the view, as he captured it in many paintings around 1913, in the most diverse light conditions. To get his vantage point, he put up his easel on the balcony.
Since he married Ditha Mautner von Markhof in 1905, Kolo Moser spend regularly time at the Villa on the Semmering and painted there. This picture is a good example of how Moser converts what he sees in nature into carefully colorful and two-dimensional effects.
The Auction House im Kinsky holds the world record for a work of Rudolf Polanszky, and this picture is also set to arouse a lot of interest. The Austrian artist is becoming very much recognized internationally, as an upcoming show in march at New York Gallery Gagosian testifies.
Since the 1990-ies, Polanszky works on his “Reconstructions”, thereby adding to the history of the material painting. His “Ad-hoc-synthesis” is central to the meaning of his art. So as not to be influenced by traditional thinking about how a work should be, he joins together different materials and forms as if by chance.
Bruno Gironcoli himself called this large work, in reference to the spikes and the bread wreath “Ankerbrot –picture”, because he was befriended with the director of the famous bakery. Gironcoli might be known foremost as a sculptor, but his painterly Oeuvre is at least as engaging. As in his sculptures, his works on paper combine different elements which he arranges carefully.
The artist has created his own language which unites futuristic, expressionist and surreal elements. The strange metallic colors add to the valuable and sacral character of the work. The concentrated energy that emanates from this picture underlines the artist’s passion for the circle of life.
This is a unique opportunity to acquire a work of which one edition is owned by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Wurm’s singular positon on the art market derives from combining superficially simple things like buildings with a strong political context – always using subversive humor.
The architecture plays a large role in his work, aside from the Guggenheim, he melted the Flatiron Building, the Wittgenstein House, the Loos House and his own birth house.