The auction includes 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. Ahead of Contemporary Art & Design we spoke to Bukowskis’ specialist in graphic art, Cecilia Berggren.
For new collectors who want to start their collections by collecting graphic art, which work among the lots in this auction could be a good start?
That of course depends on what you are interested in and drawn to. However, I believe David Hockney’s illustrations for "The Brothers Grimm's Fairy Tales" are fantastic works of art by an iconic artist at a very good price. Öyvind Fahlström's screenplay after "Column no. 4 (IB affair)" is also a fantastic work of art to add early on in one’s collection.
Which work should you invest a little extra in if you are a more established collector?
At this auction we have three iconic soup tins by Andy Warhol, and who wouldn't want to hang them next to one other at home? "Tulips" and "Still Life" by David Hockney have something elegant and ethereal about them, so I hope these find homes that appreciate their beauty.
What can we expect from the Bukowski Contemporary Art & Design exhibition?
It will be a disturbingly mixed, colourful and fun show where art is really at the center.
Francis Bacon's triptych "Three studies of a male back"
I am so incredibly fascinated by Francis Bacon, and, as with all graphic art, you come close to a work by an artist for a fraction of the price of, for example, an oil painting. I don't have the chance to own a painting by Bacon, but with this triptych, I can still acquire some of his genius.
Christo's portfolio "Five Urban Projects" (to be sold separately)
My interest in Christo has grown over the years and these small but noteworthily good works of art have everything I love: fantastic buildings, collage and the superbly beautiful Plexiglass framing typical of his early work.
Pontus Hultén, "Boulevardkartongen Tvångsblandaren"
The best thing about Christmas for me is that you get to buy KTH's magazine, ’Blandaren’ (The Mixer). And at this auction we have the 1955 edition that Pontus Hultén put together with a number of other artists. It is fun, subtle and a very exciting part of Swedish art history.
Contemporary Art & Design
Viewing: 7–11 November at Berzelii Park in Stockholm, Sweden
Auction: 12 November at Arsenalsgatan 2 i Stockholm, Sweden