Within the 18th-century rooms of Palazzo Crivelli, the winter sale of Modern and Contemporary Art presents a catalogue that is full of intriguing proposals with quite attractive starting prices.
A special attention will be dedicated to different, prominent artistic trends of the 20th-century. Within the field of Italian figurative and abstract art, we find among the auction proposals a futurist tempera by Giacomo Balla, representing the Forze Pessimiste e Ottimiste subject of 1922 (€ 30.000 - 40.000), Massimo Campigli with several examples, including a very rare oil from 1918 coming from the Galerie Jeanne Bucher in Paris (€ 25,000 - 35,000); and still, a bronze by Mino Rosso from 1931 with a significant exhibition history (€ 12,000 - 18,000), a large oil on canvas Contadino calabrese by Renato Guttuso from 1950 (€ 15,000 - 25,000), and Atanasio Soldati’s oil on canvas Composition from 1951, exhibited at the anthological show dedicated to the Galleria Civica of Turin (€ 20,000 - 30,000).
Still in Italy, looking at the cultural impulses that characterize the Post-War period, we find an exceptional example of Italian Pop Art with a decollage by Mimmo Rotella from 1962 (€ 20.000 - 30.000) and, on the Roman side, Sergio Lombardo and Cesare Tacchi as two exponents of the so-called “Scuola di Piazza del Popolo”.
The path of proposals continues with the international Art Informel in which the masterpiece by Karel Appel, Angoisse, from 1960 (€ 130.000 - 160.000), Pierre Alechinsky with an oil from 1962 (€ 30.000 - 50.000), Hans Hartung with a scathing card dated 1953 (€ 40.000 - 60.000) and a rich textured Antoni Tàpies from Galerie Maeght in Parigi of 1957 (€ 30.000 - 40.000) emerge under the spotlight.
Furthermore, among the representative of this genre, there are the Italians with a 30 cm diameter Sfera from 1986 by Arnaldo Pomodoro (€ 80.000 - 100.000), Spazio Totale of 1953 - 1954 by Mario Nigro coming from the Galleria Martano and Galleria dell’Ariete (€ 15.000 - 25.000), and also Enrico Baj with a Situazioni exhibited in 1963 at the Cordier and Ekstrom Gallery in New York (€ 12.000 - 18.000), a 1979 oil by Piero Dorazio from the Andre Emmerich Gallery di New York (€ 30.000 - 40.000) and a large Emilio Scanavino from 1980, La Montagna, with a rich exhibition and bibliography history (€ 20.000 - 30.000).
The catalogue offers a large selection of artworks from the Zero Group and Concrete Art, where names of important exponents rise up such as Agostino Bonalumi with works from the 60s to the 80s, including Rosso of 1965 (€ 40.000 - 60.000), Paolo Scheggi with Intersuperficie curva of 1965 (€ 80.000 - 100.000) and one iconic Enrico Castellani of 1967, already exhibited in 2011 during the Italian Zero & avangarde ‘60s show at MAMM in Moscow (€ 180.000 - 240.000). Moreover, a 1972 acrylic by Max Bill (€ 50.000 - 70.000) will be presented. Two memorable works on paper need to be mentioned, respectively by Sam Francis Untitled (Yellow splashes) from 1956 (€ 130.000 - 160.000) and Untitled by Cy Twombly from 1960 coming from the Galleria La Tartaruga in Rome (€ 55.000 - 70.000).
Furthermore, there will be a biro by Alighiero Boetti from 1983, Aerei (€ 80.000 - 100.000), coming from the Bellini heirs, the owners of the Scaletta restaurant in Milan, a trendy artists crossroads in the late 80s.
Lastly, sculpture as a medium still holds a prominent position within the auction catalogue: to highlight a Carmelo Cappello with a majestic Carrara marble disk from 1969 (€ 10.000 - 15.000) and Pietro Consagra with his sculpture, Doppia Bifrontale, from 2001 (€ 50.000 - 70.000).
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Il Giornale | 30 April 2020
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Milano Finanza online | 11 January 2020
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L'Economia - Corriere della Sera | 30 December 2019
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