Hockney’s homage to his ex-lover among sale lots
Kentridge and Battiss artworks, jewellery and furniture also on offer
A PAINTING by flamboyant British artist David Hockney was recently auctioned for more than $90 million (more than R1.2 billion), setting a world record price for a work by a living artist.
was sold by Christie’s in New York on November 15.
Tomorrow another work by Hockney, a lithograph of Peter Schlesinger (pictured), the model used in his record-breaking work, is among the lots for Russell Kaplan Auctioneers’ final sale of the year in Randburg. The 1976 Hockney portrait of the man who was his lover at the time has a pre-sale estimate of R20 000.
Russell Kaplan says the Hockney portrait was completed two years after the couple broke up, and appears to capture the closed nature of the relationship.
“Schlesinger’s expression is both hard and searching, his jaw locked in silent reticence. The subject is also cropped out of the image from the shoulders down, leading to an area of the work that is more abstract and conceptual. The work has an elegiac quality in this blanked out white abstract segment. There are two notable drip marks where the drawing medium has been dissolved and painted onto the stone lithograph and then allowed to run down, suggesting tears or wounds,” says Kaplan.
Another art lot likely to attract strong bidding is Shears, by another living artist, South Africa’s illustrious William Kentridge. is an allegorical image of a familiar powerful entity: garden shears used to tame and trim the garden.
Other sought-after art works on offer include by Walter Battiss, a rare unsigned proof from the collection of the artist’s son, Giles Battiss. Two other Battiss works will also be on offer, as will two Peter Clarke works.
The auction is at 12 Allan Road, Bordeaux. Small items and jewellery will be sold at 9.30am, art at 1pm, and carpets and furniture at 3pm. Viewing is today from 9.30am to 4pm.
For more details see www.rkauctioneers.co.za or call 011 789 7422 or 083 675 8468.