Post-War and Contemporary Art
The Chiswick collection includes art by well-known artists, for example Jeff Koons and his colorful Monkey Train (Blue) with an estimate at 20 000-22 000 British pounds. The silkscreen was created in 2007 by no other than the king of kitsch himself. Koon is often compared to some of of the brightest creators of the 20th century, such as Andy Warhol and Marcel Duchamp. The comparison is not without reason.

 

Continuing the legacy of Warhol, Koons has continuously challenged the concept of Pop Art. Furthermore, the groundbreaking work of Marcel Duchamp lives on through Koons’ use of ready-mades - common objects from everyday life used in his work that project an entirely different meaning.

More on Jeff Koons here!

Another highlight in Chiswick’s collection is Flow (P15) by Gerhard Richter. The concept of chance as well as the balance between realism and abstraction are recurring themes in Richter’s art. Throughout his career, he has worked closely with artistic movements of the 20th century such as Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Minimalism and Conceptualism, but without fully embracing them. He uses individual components of each movement but remains sceptical to these grand artistic credos.

Koons once said, “What I’m attempting in each picture is nothing other than this… to bring together in a living and viable way, the most different and the most contradictory elements in the greatest possible freedom.”

Urban Art
Another significant section of the auction, named ‘Urban Art’, includes a collection of a number of well known creators. Many pieces by the world famous Banksy are of course a highlight, but let us direct our attention to other artists of the urban art scene- such as Norwegian street artist Martin Whatson. Born in the 1980s, he became an important part of the growing graffiti movement in Norway in the 1990s. Soon, Martin Whatson was a household name on the streets as well as in the galleries.

The cityscape, the architecture and the people are all important influences in Whatson’s work. His art fills the grey, monochrome walls, allowing them to burst with bright explosions of color.

Despite having developed and refined his work over the years, the street artist still refers to his art as graffiti. However, he is as productive on paper and canvas as he is on the concrete walls of the city.

Martin Whatson’s art is on display on the streets all over the world. His vibrant masterpieces can be found in cities such as Tokyo, Los Angeles, London and New York, and he is well sought after in the art market.

 

A particular striking piece of the collection is Harland Miller’s Overcoming Optimism from 2014. London-based, Miller is a British artist and writer known for his large scale paintings, posters and prints of vintage Penguin book covers. The covers often include comical or ironic titles and the iconic Penguin logo.

This and much, much more over at Chiswick. Take a look!

 

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