Bukowskis specialist Karin Aringer picks three favourites from the online auction Contemporary Art Online
Paintings, photographs, collages, drawings, sculptures and wall objects – contemporary art includes a wide variety of techniques and expressions. This edition of Bukowskis’ theme auction Contemporary Art Online offers an interesting mix of contemporary art in different media selected by our specialists. We are proud to present parts of the Björn Springfeldt Family Collection in this particular auction. The online sale is a popular complement to our hammer sale Contemporary Art & Design held twice a year.
The online auction ends on Sunday, February 28th.
Ed Templeton "Kids in Hidden valley smoking, 2003"
Templeton is one of the photographers who portrayed children and teenagers on the streets of California. As the most prominent names within the genre (Martha Cooper and Larry Clark), he focuses on the subculture. Templeton has been a professional skateboarder for most of his life and documented the culture and people around it during his career. This photograph has Templeton's characteristic notes, in which he describes the moment when he took the picture and the people in it. In 2011, Templeton's photos were shown in the large exhibition "Art in the Streets" at MOCA Los Angeles.
Christian-Pontus Andersson "Resting to Transform II"
I am fascinated by Christian-Pontus Andersson's ability to defy gravity law and create feather-light floating sculptures. The appearance of the figures is often taken from his parents or self-portrayal. Several of the works have a mythological character or tell stories from Andersson's personal life. With his well-trained body, his 16th-century trousers, and perfect matte porcelain skin, this figure is reminiscent of classical ballet. I like that Andersson dares to think outside the traditional framework when hanging and placing his sculptures.
In 1999, Grünstein worked on a project in Jaisana, India, where she explored the old photography methods. For the pictures in the series, she used old glass negatives, which meant she could not control the image. It was affected by the glass negatives' condition where the same negative could be more or less light-sensitive in various places; the shots alternate between sharpness and blur. They are incredibly atmospheric and reminiscent of 19th-century photographers like Jean Pascal Sébah.