Bukowskis specialist Louise Wrede picks two 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.
Jonathan Borofsky "TOURISTS - Former President Jimmy Carter watches as his daughter, Amy, receives a lesson in how to plant rice at paddy in Toyama. Carter and his family are in Japan for private visit at 2,890,548"
I find the American artist Jonathan Borofsky, who created the auction's "Prisoner Painting" and "TOURISTS" in the mid-'80s, interesting. During the 80s and 90s, he became famous in New York and participated several times in the famous Whitney Biennale. The unique thing about the two works in the auction is that they are signed with a number combination instead of the artist's signature. Since the beginning of the '70s, Borofsky marks his works with only one number. It comes from the fact that in 1968-69 he wrote figures in a particular order three hours a day as sole employment. During that period, Borofsky did not paint. When he resumed painting again, he decided to sign his works with the exact date that the painting was made.
Mathias Johansson "Louise Bourgeois, 1998, N.Y.C."
I am very attached to the portrait series of the artist Louise Bourgeois that Mathias Johansson took between 1995-98. The images are intimate, and I think the picture of the auction captures Louise Bourgeois as I imagine how she was. Some details in the notion that reveal Bourgeois' environment give us an idea that the artist lived in her art. Her home was transformed into a studio, and her soul is exceptionally present in the house. Louise Bourgeois' life was an open home.