Hock­ney’s homage to his ex-lover among sale lots

Ken­tridge and Bat­tiss art­works, jew­ellery and fur­ni­ture also on of­fer

Pretoria News - - SPORT - Por­trait of an Artist – Pool with Two Fig­ures Shears The Round House Park­ing Lot

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.

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