Friday, June 14, 2019
Hi All 20th Century & Contemporary Art Sale Up for Sale June 28th! Get your paddles Ready
Phillips Announces Highlights from the London Sales of
20th Century & Contemporary Art
Including Works from the Miles & Shirley Fiterman Collection;
Property from the Collection of Alex Rodriguez;
And Property from the Estate of Ryan Brant
As well as a Historically Important Luc Tuymans Painting
Luc Tuymans b. 1958
LONDON – 14 JUNE 2019 – Phillips’ June sales of 20th Century & Contemporary Art will offer works from a number of private collections, including the Miles & Shirley Fiterman Collection, property from the Estate of Ryan Brant, and property from the collection of American baseball star Alex Rodriguez. The Evening Sale, taking place on 27 June, will present 36 lots of Modern, Post-War, and Contemporary Art, and will be followed by the Day Sale on 28 June, comprising 160 lots.
Luc Tuymans’s Schwarzheide, 1986, leads this season’s Evening Sale with unparalleled conceptual and historical significance. The painting – essentially a landscape depicting a line of sparse pine trees – appears to present an innocuous subject. However, taking its name after a World War II concentration camp, Schwarzheide belongs to a cycle of works that Tuymans commenced in the latter half of the 1980s, touching on themes of loss and violence in the context of the Holocaust. Tuymans has said of the work, “I wanted to make my paintings look old from the start, which is important because they are about memory.”Having resided in the same private collection since its execution, the work has been exhibited extensively over the last three decades, including showings at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, The Tate Modern in London, the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, and at Documenta IX in Kassel in 1992. It has recently been reproduced as an immense marble mosaic at the Palazzo Grassi, Venice, on the occasion of the artist’s solo exhibition La Pelle.