MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY ART

On May 25 and 26, 2021, Il Ponte Casa d’Aste will present the Modern and Contemporary Art Auction introducing a catalogue full of proposals by national and international artists, as well as competitive starting estimates. 

The section dedicated to the early 20th century Italian paintings introduces a rare parchment dated 1922 by Adolfo Wildt (€ 12.000 - 18.000), a Futurist tempera dated 1925 by Fillia (€ 12.000 - 18.000) and a unique Divisionist oil painting dated 1925 by Sexto Canegallo (€ 10.000 - 15.000). 

In addition, there are Mario Sironi’s study for the mosaic of the Palace of Justice in Milan, La Giustizia fiancheggiata dalla Legge, 1938 (€ 8.000 - 12.000), Carlo Carrà’s Marina, 1931, exhibited at the Venice Biennial in 1932, and Mario Tozzi’s metaphysical oil on board painted in 1938 (€ 15.000 - 25.000). Moreover, coming from an important private collection in Turin, Giorgio Morandi’s paper Still lifes selection is highlighted including a watercolour dated 1947 (€ 40.000 - 60.000), a pencil on paper dated 1946 (€ 30.000 - 40.000) and 1945 (€ 35.000 - 45.000).

The catalogue embodies an appendix from Cesare and Gina Romiti Collections composed of 112 artworks, among which: two Felice Casorati’s oil paintings - Concerto 1948 (€ 25.000 - 35.000) and Osteria romana, 1949 - a large canvas by Mario Mafai (€ 25.000 - 35.000) exhibited in the 25th Venice Biennale, 1950, Giacomo Balla’s oil painting La città che avanza (€ 22.000 - 28.000) and Alexander Calder’s gouache on paper, dated 1971 (€ 50.000 - 60.000).

The department's proposal continues with an interesting focus on arte povera and conceptual artworks from an important private collection in Milan: Alighiero Boetti’s Insicuro - Noncurante, 1975-76, (€ 40.000 - 50.000) a complete portfolio representing the artist’s history and poetics; Giulio Paolini’s Zeusi e Parrasio, a museum installation (€ 120.000 - 150.000), Piero Manzoni’s works, including Achromes and Linea (€ 60.000 - 80.000), and three artworks by Irma Blank.

Furthermore, there is a section dedicated to the international and national Informal movement, artworks among which stands out Toshimitsu Imai’s artwork, 1962 (€ 10.000 - 15.000), Jean Fautrier, Deep bleu, 1961, from the historical Galleria Apollinaire (€ 35.000 - 45.000), Cy Twombly, Triumph of Galatea, work on paper, 1961 (€ 60.000 - 80.000); and Alberto Burri, Combustione, 1964 (€ 35.000 - 45.000), Gastone Novelli’s canvas dated 1963 (€ 35.000 - 45.000), and Ettore Sottsass’ large painting dated 1954. Moving overseas specifically to the United States, still considering the Informalism multiple declinations, there are Mark Tobey’s tempera on paper, 1966 (€ 30.000 - 40.000) and Sam Francis’s watercolor and gouache on paper laid down on canvas, 1956: a masterpiece by the artist that merited the poster for the historic 1971 exhibition "Il cavaliere azzurro: Der Blaue Reiter" at the GAM in Turin (€ 150.000 - 200.000).

The currents of Nouveau réalisme and Nouvelle figuration are well represented, respectively, by Gérard Deschamps’ assemblage of fabrics on board, from Gallery J in Paris, made in 1962 (€ 15.000 - 20.000), by Daniel Spoerri’s Tableau Piège produced in 1972 and, as far as the new figuration is concerned, Alain Jacquet’s two important works from the Apollinaire Gallery finished in 1966, Peter Klasen’s large canvas of the same year (€ 10.000 - 15.000) and Jan Voss’s two oils from the 60s (€ 8.000 - 12.000).

Pop Art always finds its own space of expression with several works by Mario Schifano, including the enamel on canvas Al mare, 1979 (€ 20,000 - 30,000) exhibited at "Mario Schifano, 1970-1980. Laboratorio umano e pittura", curated by Achille Bonito Oliva, as well as Ray Johnson (€ 10.000 - 15.000) and Gianfranco Baruchello.

To be mentioned, Piero Dorazio’s luminous grid, Equidistanza, 1963 from Marlborough Gallery, Rome (€ 70.000 - 80.000), the photorealist John Salt’s oil on canvas realized in 1970 (€ 10.000 - 15.000) and Andy Warhol’s Rorschach painting from the 80s (€ 80.000 - 120.000).

The list continues with Luigi Ontani's extraordinary large-scale creation from 1985, which was exhibited at the "1965-2001 GaneshamUSA" exhibition held in 2001 at the PS1 Contemporary Art Center in New York (€ 30.000 - 40.000), a museum work by Hermann Nitsch from 2009 that was shown at the 55th Venice Biennale (€ 40.000 - 60.000). Also, François Morellet's Trame de grillage -22°5 + 22°5, artwork produced in 1975 (€ 30.000 - 50.000) and Mario Nigro's Dallo spazio totale, 1954 (€ 25.000 - 35.000). Finally, to highlight, numerous international artists counting the names of great masters, such as: Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Bridget Riley, Man Ray, Joseph Beuys, Lucio Fontana, Joan Mirò, George Braque, Pierre Soulages, Lynn Chadwick, Ellsworth Kelly, Christo.

As per tradition, a remark is reserved to  ceramics and sculpture in terracotta, especially referring to Lucio Fontana’s Concetto spaziale, 1956 (€ 40.000 - 60.000); Fausto Melotti’s ceramics and bronzes Insomnia, Divagando and Coro are also present, as well as artists such as Pablo Atchugarry, Pietro Consagra, Igor Mitoraj, Mario Ceroli, Arturo Martini and a 1989 Hod Carrier by Salvatore Scarpitta (€ 20.000 - 30.000). 

"The art records. Over 1.000 bidders from 50 countries for the sale of modern and contemporary artworks by Il Ponte. The year of the Milanese auction house, with a record of 95% of lots sold, besides in Europe, in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Russia, Canada, Brazil, China, Israel and South Korea, with 70% new users and 240% increase on sold value."

IlSole24Ore | Giulia Crivelli | 20 December 2020 

"The Covid-19 does not slacken the auction of Il Ponte which totaled 5.2 million euros."What we saw was a truly astonishing sale and, considering the period, it far exceeded all expectations." With these words Freddy Battino, Head of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department of the Il Ponte Auction House, commented on the extraordinary result recorded by the winter sale of Modern and Contemporary Art."

Collezione da Tiffany | Nicola Maggi | 17 December 2020

"Il Ponte's auction in Milan (December 2020) presents a magnificent catalog. History, quality and uniqueness live in the works ranging from Max Bill to Twombly, from Picasso to Giacomo Balla, from Sam Francis to Hans Hartung and Gèrard Schneider."

il Giornale.it | Carlo Franza | 13 December 2020

"An unmatched milestone within the Italian and international art market: Il Ponte Auction House is at the top among the ranks of the auction houses, thanks to its unbeatable reliability."

Il Giornale | 30 April 2020 

"[...] Il Ponte, the company that dictates with the greatest determination the guideline of modern and contemporary art, placing itself in Italy as the most formidable competitor of Christie's and Sotheby's. From this department it gained 15.4 million euros, 30% more than last year, almost half of its turnover amounting to 32.3 million euros, (+ 5%) [...].”

Milano Finanza online | 11 January 2020

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Video Preview |  Modern and Contemporary Art Auction, 15 and 16 December 2020

A Video by Serena Marchi, Specialist of the Modern and Contemporary Art Department, presenting the intriguing proposals from the catalogue of the sale of 15 and 16 December 2020.

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