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Video: artnet Auctions Launches Modern + Contemporary Sale featuring works by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, David Hockney and Damien Hirst October 29 - November 12
Oct 29, 2009 (01:10 PM EDT)


NEW YORK and BERLIN, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire/ -- artnet Auctions is now featuring the Modern + Contemporary Sale , an online auction featuring 70 artworks by 50 artists representing some of the most important artistic movements from the 20th century to the present.

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Leading the sale is a group of early modern masterpieces including , ca. 1949, a pictographic pastel painting by American artist Adolph Gottlieb (estimate: $150,000-$200,000). Gottlieb is recognized as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century. While he is perhaps best known for his "burst" abstractions, his early pictographic works are rare and highly sought after. is among the artist's most accomplished works from this period. Other modern works include , 1927, a surrealist nude by American painter and writer Rockwell Kent (estimate: $12,000-$15,000); , 1928, a richly hued waterscape by John Marin that was originally exhibited at the Stieglitz Gallery in 1929 ($150,000-$250,000); and , a 1960 painting by abstract expressionist Hans Burkhardt (estimate: $20,000-$25,000).

Also featured in the sale are important examples of the Dada, Surrealist and Fluxus movements by ground-breaking artists including Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Yves Tanguy and Nam June Paik. Among the highlights is the seminal work by Fluxus artist Nam June Paik, (estimate: $210,000-$250,000). Now a world-famous artist, Paik was considered radical in the 1960s when he introduced video art, in the form of television, into performance art. is one of a small number of unique versions and has rarely appeared at auction. An actual cello constructed of mixed media including Plexiglas and three working televisions, the artwork offers a performance within a performance, as the cello can be played while simultaneously the televisions roll an endless loop of another performance.

Bringing the sale to the present are works by cutting edge contemporary artists including John Chamberlain, Damien Hirst, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor and Andy Warhol. , 2007, is an extraordinarily realized recent work by the American Pop artist John Chamberlain. Chamberlain broke new ground in the 1960s with his "crushed car" metal sculptures. adopts the familiar medium of painted and chromed steel. However, the subtle colors and delicate articulation of the metal is emblematic of the artist's more refined later works. Other contemporary masterworks include , , 2003, a brilliant sunset executed in watercolor and gouache on paper by David Hockney (estimate: $350,000-$450,000) and , 1996, a dry-pigment sculpture by Anish Kapoor from the artist's series (estimate: $120,000-$150,000).

We invite you to browse the sale. Visit www.artnet.com/ModernAndContemporary .

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