Contemporary
Art

Artistic
Heavyweight
Artistic
Heavyweight

Acrylic on lead on wood,
180 x 110 cm, 1990

Günther Förg
UNTITLED

 

Estimated price:
€ 150.000 – € 200.000
Result:
€ 298.000

Acrylic on lead on wood,
180 x 110 cm, 1990

Günther Förg
UNTITLED

 

Estimated price:
€ 150.000 – € 200.000
Result:
€ 298.000
Delicate, Distinct,
Rough lines
Delicate, Distinct,
Rough lines

Sigmar Polke
UNTITLED

 

Estimated price:
€ 70.000 – € 90.000
Result:
€ 198.000

The complex manner in which Sigmar Polke experimented with forms and colours is illustrated succinctly in this work from 1999. The artist combines the different painting styles and techniques that he adopted over the decades of his artistic work. The work shows both fine, distinct as well as roughly laid out drawn line formations, flowing structures of generously applied colour fields, individual, sprayed colour elements and, of course, his characteristic halftone dots.

Museum für Gegenwartskunst Siegen
Sigmar Polke
Sigmar Polke und die 1970er Jahre
4 November 2018 – 10 March 2019

Acrylic, spray paint and inteference colours on card,
100 x 68.5 cm, 1999
Paris, Venice,
Berlin – Africa
Paris, Venice,
Berlin – Africa

Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff
AFRIKA IV

 

Estimated price:
€ 300.000 – € 400.000
Result:
€ 397.000

Brigitte and Martin Matschinsky-Denninghoff have been working together since 1955 and have created an extraordinary sculptural oeuvre of which the origin and the result is always the line. In 1961, the artist couple moved into a studio in the Rue Cels in Paris not far from the famous Cimetière Montparnasse. Here, they created the monumental sculpture AFRIKA IV, which was exhibited in the German Pavilion in Venice in 1962 and was subsequently on loan to the New National Gallery in Berlin for several decades.

Brass and pewter, 300 x 98 x 85 cm,
metal plinth 15 x 110 x 100 cm, 1962
A Train of
Thought
A Train of
Thought

Katharina Grosse
UNTITLED

 

Estimated price:
€ 35.000 – € 45.000
Result:
€ 99.000

Acrylic on canvas,
180 x 110 cm, 2003

What I imagine before starting a piece of spray-paint work looks very different from what I then actually create. I might have smart ideas to start with, but when I get to work I don’t simply implement my mental visions. Everything I do in my picture is based on a certain train of thought, followed by the next and so on – that’s what makes it so different to photography.

Katharina Grosse in an interview with Jonathan Watkins, How to start and stop painting, in: Susanne Böller (ed.), Cool Puppen, Der weisse Saal trifft sich im Wald, Ich wüsste jetzt nichts, exhib.cat., Ikon Gallery, Birmingham i.a., Wolfratshausen 2002, p.27

Was ich mir vor Beginn einer Spray-Arbeit vorstelle, sieht ganz anders aus als das, wWhat I imagine before starting a piece of spray-paint work looks very different from what I then actually create. I might have smart ideas to start with, but when I get to work I don’t simply implement my mental visions. Everything I do in my picture is based on a certain train of thought, followed by the next and so on – that’s what makes it so different to photography.

Katharina Grosse in an interview with Jonathan Watkins, How to start and stop painting, in: Susanne Böller (ed.), Cool Puppen, Der weisse Saal trifft sich im Wald, Ich wüsste jetzt nichts, exhib.cat., Ikon Gallery, Birmingham i.a., Wolfratshausen 2002, p.27

Art ‘Only
to Be’
Art ‘Only
to Be’

Piero Manzoni
ACHROME

 

Estimated price:
€ 400.000 – € 500.000
Result:
€ 844.000

Folded canvas and china clay,
50 x 40 cm, around 1958

 

An unbelievable abundance of interpretation possibilities.

Isabel Apiarius-Hanstein about

Wolfgang Tillmans
WINDOW/CARAVAGGIO

 

Estimated price:
€ 6.000 – € 8.000
Result:
€ 22.000

Isabel Apiarius-Hanstein, Contemporary Art expert
T +49 (0) 221 925729 70 | i.hanstein@lempertz.com

C-print on Fujicolor Professional Paper 1999,
40.6 x 26.2 cm, 1997

“The works of Wolfgang Tillmans were my absolute favourite pieces in our auction, especially WINDOW/CARAVAGGIO. I have followed Wolfgang Tillmans’ work with enthusiasm ever since I was a student. To my mind, this small photograph, with an almost everyday motif, has an incredible abundance of interpretation possibilities. In addition to the postcards, which depict paintings by old masters, the window, the glass and the plant evoke traditional pictorial motifs and the associated challenges of the painters.”

An unbelievable abundance of interpretation possibilities..

Isabel Apiarius-Hanstein on

Wolfgang Tillmans
WINDOW/ CARAVAGGIO

 

Estimated price:
€ 6.000 – € 8.000
Result:
€ 22.000

Isabel Apiarius-Hanstein, Contemporary Art expert
T +49 (0) 221 925729 70
i.hanstein@lempertz.com

C-print on Fujicolor Professional Paper 1999,
40.6 x 26.2 cm, 1997

“The works of Wolfgang Tillmans were my absolute favourite pieces in our auction, especially WINDOW/CARAVAGGIO. I have followed Wolfgang Tillmans’ work with enthusiasm ever since I was a student. To my mind, this small photograph, with an almost everyday motif, has an incredible abundance of interpretation possibilities. In addition to the postcards, which depict paintings by old masters, the window, the glass and the plant evoke traditional pictorial motifs and the associated challenges of the painters.”