A new auction format

lempertz:projects is a new format for Lempertz' auctions, taking place for the first time in 2017 as a special auction, strengthening this year's contemporary art sale. With its own young catalogue design, this sale will present 143 works new to the auction market. As they are market-fresh, many will be offered with moderate estimates – a great opportunity and a brilliant possibility in particular for young collectors to gain entry into the art market. Furthermore, editions from the lower price segment by renowned artists will also be auctioned.

lempertz:projects will include a large selection of paintings, photographs, works on paper and prints. The predominantly framed works present exciting artistic viewpoints and give an insight into the multifaceted spectrum of the contemporary art scene.

This auction has enabled many artists the chance to be represented on the art market for the first time, such as the creator of the title picture, Oliver Lanz, with Colour Zone I. Originally from Düsseldorf, he studied at the Berlin Academy under Michael Buthe and Gotthard Graubner, and his abstract compositions have steadily gained him national and international recognition (lots 54  58, up to € 800). The large selection of original pieces by Beat Zoderer are further highlights in the auction. The richly coloured works by this renowned Swiss artist largely come from his adhesive tape series. Clearly structured by vertical and horizontal lines, they show a complex network of form and colour, which, as a result of multiple layers reaching out of the picture, create an effective, sculptural form (lots 134 – 139, up to € 2,000).

From the broad selection of photographic works, exciting architecture photographs by Erika Kiffl, Tomas Riehle, Sheila Bernard and Rut Blees Luxemburg are worth noting, as well as landscape pictures by Sonja Braas (lots 15 – 17, up to € 3,000) and Lynn Geesaman (lot 31, 800/1.000). With their choice of vivid colour schemes, both of these artists blur the border between dream and reality, in contrast to Jan Koster's precisely composed, naturalistic collages, reminiscent of Dutch landscape painting (lots 50 – 53, up to € 1,500). By varying the picture focus of her works, Uta Barth also deals with human perception in her two-part photographic work from the series „nowhere near” (lot 3, 2,500/3,500). The portraits of Beat Streuli, on the other hand, focus on the person in the crowd, positioning them, often in large format, confronting the viewer (lots 118 – 126, up to € 2,400).

To accompany the exhibited works, artist interviews were conducted, which will be published as an appendage to the catalogue. The artists answered questions about their creative work process and their career path, allowing us closer access to their personality as well as the context in which their works are created.

The project will continue, with a second auction planned for September – both auctions promise to be unusually exciting.