If the art and design show season has you itching to expand your collection, make a beeline for Sotheby’s ‘In Context: Italian Art’ sale this October. Or just pop in to see the exhibition if you’re in the area…
In Context: Italian Art at Sotheby’s
Alongside seminal works by Lucio Fontana, Alighiero Boetti and Michelangelo Pistoletto, Andy Warhol’s portrait of renowned Italian patron of the arts Graziella Lonardi Buontempo will also be amongst stand-out lots in Sotheby’s upcoming sale. Highlights also include Marino Marini’s L’orchestra and six works from the collection of Italian photographer Ugo Mulas.
This annual sale broadens its concept for 2017, with an exploration of artistic dialogues between Italian and international artists post-war.
Addizione, 1982, embroidered tapestry, 242 by 248.2 cm £1,700,000-2,500,000 / US$ 2,190,000-3,220,000
One of just four pairs correlatively entitled Addizione and Sottrazione, of which only three are in colour, this large-scale work is extremely rare.
Graziella Lonardi, 1973, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen, in four parts, each: 102 by 102 cm £450,000-600,000 / US$ 580,000-775,000
Four portraits of Graziella Lonardi Buontempo; an example of Warhol’s 1970s corpus of Society Portraits, and a tribute to one of the most important collectors of 20th- century Italy.
Concetto Spaziale, Attese, 1968, waterpaint on canvas, 61 by 50 cm £1,500,000-2,000,000 / US$ 1,940,000-2,580,000
A powerful and dramatic iterations of his venerated series of tagli. A work of particular significance, it was created in 1968 – a decade after Fontana’s initial conceptualisation and experimentation for the tagli series, and two years after he was awarded the International Grand Prize for Painting at the 23rd Venice Biennale.
Exhibition from 30 September to 5 October
Sale 6pm 5 October
For more details: sothebys.com