Hockney, de Kooning highlight NY contemporary art auction

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Nov 7, 2016 - 15:30
  • Updated : Nov 7, 2016 - 15:30

NEW YORK (AP) -- Works by Gerhard Richter, Willem de Kooning and David Hockney will highlight Sotheby's contemporary art auction later this month.

The Nov. 17 auction also will feature paintings by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Andy Warhol.

Sotheby’s expects a large-scale landscape by Hockney titled "Woldgate Woods, 24, 25 and 26 October, 2006" to set a new auction record for the British artist. It believes the painting will bring between $9 million and $12 million.

The current Hockney auction record is $7.9 million set in 2009.

The autumnal scene is part of a series of paintings inspired by the countryside of Yorkshire, England. The painting, measuring over 3 meters wide, is composed of six connected canvases. Sotheby’s said Hockney devised the method because of the narrow staircase of his studio.

It was included in a Hockney exhibition at the Royal Academy in London in 2012. Next February, the Tate Britain plans a retrospective of the artist’s works.

People look at Mark Bradford's “Let’s Make Christmas Mean Something This Year” on display during the media preview on Friday for Sotheby’s New York evening auctions of impressionist, modern and contemporary art in New York. (AFP-Yonhap)

Two works by Richter, the German abstract painter, are being offered with a pre-sale estimate of between $20 million and $30 million.

"A B, St. James," a richly textured painting of red, orange, yellow, green and aquamarine blue, belongs to a series of "London Paintings" that Richter created after visiting the England capital in 1987. It is one of five executed with a horizontal orientation.

"A B, Still" is a brighter work dominated by a fiery red and cool blue with yellow scattered across the canvas.

A monumental six-panel frieze by Basquiat titled "Brother’s Sausage" is estimated to sell for between $15 million and $20 million. The young artist created it in 1983, touching on themes of prejudice, inequality and greed.

"Untitled," an expressive oil painting bursting with color by de Kooning from 1976-1977 is estimated at $8 million to $12 million.