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Contemporary Art & Design 619

Contemporary Art & Design

Bukowskis presents an auction at a high international level with a number of powerful art and design objects from the 1980s. Art and design objects from the 1980s have increased in value in recent years and are more sought after than ever. The auction offers works by famous artists such as Andy Warhol, John Chamberlain, Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hockney, as well as works from important Swedish artists such as Ola Billgren and Jonas Bohlin.

The American 1980s are, for example, reflected in the glossy surfaces of John Chamberlain's 1987 metal sculpture ,”Le First". It is a prime example of Chamberlain's approach to material and creation, where intuition and spontaneity are key words. Another artwork presented from that period is Jim Dine's big mixing technique with double heart motifs, dating from 1981.
“John Chamberlain is today regarded as one of the most important post-war artists ever. He revolutionised sculpture as a genre and his importance to the younger generation’s artists can hardly be overstated. Chamberlain's metal sculptures are intuitive and expressionist objects that, despite their weight, possess movement and a high degree of elegance, "says Karin Aringer, Specialist in Photography & Contemporary Art.

The auction shows several interesting graphic works of art by the most sought after artists. Andy Warhol is represented with several iconic motifs. The auction also includes three motifs by Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the most influential artists of the 1980s, who also brought graffiti and fine art together. Another iconic artist featured in Contemporary Art & Design is David Hockney, with a total of ten different works displaying his breadth.

“The exciting thing about Hockney's graphics is how he has used traditional techniques in an elegant and seemingly unobstructed way in combination with, what would have been for him typical motifs from everyday life in the 1970s and 80s. His popularity has increased since his large retrospective exhibition was shown at Tate Britain in London two years ago,” says Cecilia Berggren, Specialist Graphics.
This autumn's auction also includes several fine paintings by the Swedish artist, Ola Billgren. The works allow us to follow the gradual introduction of the colour red, which towards the end of career came to be his signature colour.

The design department contains several iconic objects from the 1980s and offers a selection of the most sought after objects of recent years. For the design world, the 1980s meant great progress and change, with the Memphis Group in Milan and Jonas Bohlin in Stockholm showing examples of how new design norms and ideas were established. In the auction, they are represented by Sottsas unusual ceiling fixture, "Quisiana”, and Bohlin's well-known concrete chair, "Concrete". In the late 1980s, the advocate of simplicity, Jasper Morrison, contributed to backlash symbolic of how the 1990s aesthetic of minimalism developed. This new aesthetic is evident in the dining set "Ply Chair / open back" designed by Morrisson for Vitra, which are also included in the auction.

When is the viewing and auction?

Viewing: 7–11 November at Berzelii Park in Stockholm, Sweden
Auction: 12 November at Arsenalsgatan 2 i Stockholm, Sweden

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12 november from 11 am Lot
Design 1–86
12 november from 1 pm Lot
Photographs 87–176
Contemporary Art 177–330
Prints 331–380

A guide for buyers – how to bid

You can bid with a paddle in the auction room, by phone, by absentee bidding, or by live online. Choose the option you find the most convenient.

Bidding Online

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Telephone bidding
When you bid by telephone, you are in contact by phone with one of our specialists who makes the bids on your behalf in the auction room. To be contacted by telephone, you need to submit your application for phone bidding by 8 PM on the day before the auction.

If you are a new customer, register first, then fill out our telephone bidding application form and email it to Please specify the catalogue number of the lot, your full name, customer number, and the telephone number(s) where you can be reached during the auction.

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Please specify the catalogue number, your full name, address and the telephone number(s) where you can be reached during the auction.

In the auction room
Register at Bukowskis, Arsenalsgatan 2 in Stockholm from 9 AM at the day of the auction.

Absentee bidding
If you cannot attend the auction in person, we can bid on your behalf. Our customer service personnel handle the bidding confidentially and strive to obtain the lot for you at the lowest possible price.

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If you need any assistance before the auction, do not hesitate to contact our customer service at +46 8 614 08 00.

Payment and collection

Payment must be made within 8 working days of the end of the auction. Payments for items purchased by private individuals with an address in Sweden, Finland, Germany or Austria for total amounts of up to SEK 300,000 are made via Klarna’s payment service. Payment options, e.g. card payments or invoice, are shown on the payment page. Payments are made via under ”My pages”. Payments for commercial customers and for private individuals for total amounts exceeding SEK 300,000 will be invoiced by Bukowski Auktioner AB. You will find your invoice at ”My pages” at Payment may also be made at the auction itself at Bukowskis’ premises at Berzelii Park. Please note that payments cannot be made in cash.

During the auction November 12th and November 13th it is possible for you to collect your paid objects and unsold objects at Bukowskis Arsenalsgatan 2 in Stockholm. Opening hours: Mon–Fri 9 am–5 pm.

As from November 15 all objects are available to be collected at Bukowskis, Västberga Allé 3 in Hägersten. Opening hours: Mon 9 am–5 pm, Tue 9 am–7 pm, Wed–Fri 9 am–5 pm, Sat 11 am–3 pm, Sun closed. .

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