The expert´s choice – Contemporary Art

Hi Karin Aringer, expert contemporary art and photography at Bukowskis!

The catalogue for this fall's dynamic and eccentric hammer auction with contemporary art is here: Contemporary Art & Design. The selection is carefully curated and hand picked by Bukowskis' art specialists to present an unique selection of contemporary art, prints, photography and sculpture. We have spoken to Bukowskis' art specialist in contemporary art and photography, Karin Aringer, about the upcoming hammer auction that takes place October 23rd.

Which are your personal favorites among the artwork at Contemporary Art & Design?

234. VIK MUNIZ, "The Scream, after Edvard Munch from Pictures of Pigment", 2006
The motif is extremely powerful in itself but what the viewer at first perceives is an image of an already existing artwork, is at a closer look an innovative interpretation of an iconic motif. Muniz has performed his own version of Munch’s painting using a lot of color pigments. When the painting is finished, he photographs it, and it is the photography that becomes Muniz’s work. Using unusual materials such as peanut butter, sugar, diamonds, and chocolate sauce, Muniz has made several versions of the most famous works in art history. He seems to be a very interesting person who, despite being one of the world’s most famous and appreciated artists, has not forgotten what it was like to grow up in Brazil under scarce circumstances.

268. ELLIOTT ERWITT, Paris, France (Umbrella Jump), 1989
This picture is taken by the world-famous photographer Elliot Erwitt. The photography is taken at Place du Trocadero with the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the completion of the Eiffel tower in 1889. I love Paris and I think he has caught the feeling of the city in a very beautiful way. I also like the link to Henri Cartier-Bresson’s picture from 1932 where a man jumps between the water puddles behind Gare St. Lazare.

276. JEAN HERMANSON, Järnbruksarbetare Björneborgs Järnverk
Jean Hermanson’s life project was to document the people who worked for the growing Swedish welfare society during the 1960’s and 1970’s. The artwork reminds us of how fast societal development has been in our country. During the 1960’s and 1970’s, Hermanson went on reporter trips to Swedish industries that resulted in photo books and documentary films. When he died in 2012 he left behind a lot of pictures and 250 000 negatives, which the institution Landskrona Foto has been taken care of. Hermanson’s assistant made ”The Darkness of Heaven”, a movie about his work and this year a book about him have been released as well as an exhibition with his works.

333. ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG, "Sling-Shots lit #8, Black State”
I like Rauschenberg because he had the courage to experiment and be curious through-out his entire life. The series Sling Shot Lit is a collaboration with Gemini where Rauschenberg has been using different materials and built the motif in several layers. His expression is generally based on merging and combining different types of images into a whole new motive. Here, he takes it further by mounting mylar (a type of specially treated polyester film with high durability) as blinds in a lightbox. The three blinds are printed with one motif each and can be lifted up and down. Depending on how the blinds are set the motif changes. The artwork is illuminated with a fluorescent lamp in the back of the box, which gives the motifs’ graphic images and silhouettes a clearer appearance.

Contemporary Art & Design
Viewing: October 18th –22nd. Berzelli Park 1 in Stockholm. Open: Mon–Fri 11AM–6PM, Sat–Sun 11AM–5PM.
Sale: October 23rd, start 4PM. Arsenalsgatan 2 in Stockholm. Read more about the sale >


  • Karin Aringer
    Karin Aringer
    Specialist Photography, Contemporary Art,
    +46 (0)8 614 08 57