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Jean Tinguely - Bildbrief An Gustav Zumsteg

Jean Tinguely - Bildbrief An Gustav Zumsteg

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Lot number: 1
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Lot Description JEAN TINGUELY (1925-1991) Bildbrief an Gustav Zumsteg dediziert und unten rechts signiert 'Cher Gustave, tout de bon de Jean' Mischtechnik und Collage auf Papier 27 x 29 cm Special Notice On lots marked with an + in the catalogue, VAT will be charged at 8% on both the premium as well as the hammer price. Provenance Gustave Zumsteg, Zürich Europäischer Privatbesitz
 Mai Trung Thu - Taquinerie

Mai Trung Thu - Taquinerie

Original 1973
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Lot number: 302
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Lot Description MAI TRUNG THU (Vietnamese, 1906-1980) Taquinerie (Teasing) signed 'MAI THU' and dated in Chinese (lower left); titled 'taquinerie' (on the reverse) ink and colour on silk 45.5 x 55 cm. (17 7/8 x 21 5/8 in.) Painted in 1973 one seal of the artist Provenance Private Collection, France
Yayoi Kusama - The Sea In The Evening Glow

Yayoi Kusama - The Sea In The Evening Glow

Original 1988
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Lot number: 1
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Lot Description YAYOI KUSAMA (Japanese, B. 1929) The Sea in the Evening Glow (Facing the Imminent Death) signed ‘Yayoi Kusama’’’’’’’’ in English; titled in Japanese; dated ‘1988’’’’’’’’ (on the reverse) acrylic on canvas 161.9 x 130.5 cm. (63 ¾ x 51 1/8 in.) Painted in 1988 Provenance Acquired directly from the artist Private collection, Japan Gallery Cellar, Nagoya, Japan Anon. Sale, Christie's New York, 9 November 2011, Lot 650 Acquired from the above by the present owner The work is accompanied by a registration card issued by the artist’’’’’’’’s studio Saleroom Notice Please note that Lot 1 is accompanied with a registration card issued by the artist’’’’’’’’s studio. Pre-Lot Text PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT ASIAN PRIVATE COLLECTION Exhibited Salt Lake City, USA, Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Yayoi Kusama: Decade , October 2010-February 2011. View Lot Notes >
Nasreen Mohamedi - Untitled

Nasreen Mohamedi - Untitled

Original 2000
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Lot number: 1
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Lot Description NASREEN MOHAMEDI (1937-1990) Untitled photographic prints on paper 7 7/8 x 11¾ in. (20 x 29.8 cm.) image; 9 3/8 x 12 in. (23.8 x 30.5 cm.) image; 9 3/8 x 12 in. (23.8 x 30.5 cm.) each sheet Executed circa 1965, printed 2000; number two from an edition of two (each) 2 Special Notice These lots have been imported from outside the EU for sale using a Temporary Import regime. Import VAT is payable (at 5%) on the Hammer price. VAT is also payable (at 20%) on the buyer’’’’’’’’s Premium on a VAT inclusive basis. This VAT is not shown separately on the invoice. When a buyer of such a lot has registered an EU address but wishes to export the lot or complete the import into another EU country, he must advise Christie's immediately after the auction. Provenance Acquired from the artist's family, circa early 2000 Pre-Lot Text The Pursuit of Photography Silence, silence inward a further stillness Moving sounds, shadows penetrating On the outer skin Moving and whirling A whirlwind of no consequence Grains of sand which sparkle with the sun Darkest shadows of the moon Lifting a white sheet All a process of decay and birth To see a shadow in a dark, dark room Fingers to reach a destination Clutching liquids A cold fire PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF A GENTLEMAN, MUMBAI View Lot Notes > Lot Notes Much like her jottings and diary entries, Nasreen Mohamedi’’’’’’’’s photographic practice, which spanned most of her career from the early 1960s onwards, was a largely private pursuit. As Susette Min notes, these photographic prints, which were not exhibited during the artist’’’’’’’’s lifetime, can perhaps be read as “personal notebooks that one can turn to for insight into her motivations and cite as evidence of the sustained way in which she looked at the world through an abstract system or structural order of lines, shapes, light, shade, textures and patterns.” (S. Min, ‘Fugitive Time: Nasreen Mohamedi’’’’’’’’s Drawings and Photographs’’’’’’’’, Nasreen Mohamedi, Lines Among Lines , London, 2005, p. 22) Several of her early photographs like this pair, posthumously printed by her family after her untimely death in 1990, were shot in barren desert locations in Bahrain, Kuwait and India. This particular pair is likely associated with the trip Mohamedi took to Rajasthan in the mid-1960s, to assist fellow artist Maqbool Fida Husain as the still photographer on his film project, Through the Eyes of a Painter . Together, these closely-cropped images reveal the way in which the artist manipulated framing and lighting in her photographic work to tease out the nuances of each image. Rather than serving a documentary purpose, these works extended Mohamedi’’’’’’’’s close examination of the natural and the man-made and her distillation and documentation of their basic essence. “The photographs, neither representational nor abstract, are sited in simple encounters of the tangible, pared down to light and dark, seeming to reveal universal truths beyond the logical. Intensely personal, and as controlled as the gaze of the artist, they reach outside the self, to perceive and connect.” (Nasreen Mohamedi, Becoming One, Talwar Gallery website, accessed April 2016) Currently, a comprehensive retrospective of the artist’’’’’’’’s work is on view at The Metropolitan Museum in New York. This exhibition, which inaugurated the venerable institution’’’’’’’’s newest outpost, the Met Breuer, is Mohamedi’’’’’’’’s first museum retrospective in the United States, having travelled from the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, and the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art, New Delhi. Speaking about the international significance of Mohamedi’’’’’’’’s oeuvre, Sheena Wagstaff, chairman of the museum’’’’’’’’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art noted, “The poignant story of Mohamedi, a relatively little-known but significant artist, reveals a highly individual artistic quest, drawing on historic sources from across the world, alongside her evocative photography as an unexpected form of visual note-taking.” (S. Wagstaff, ‘Nasreen Mohamedi’’’’’’’’, Metropolitan Museum website, accessed April 2016)
Yu Zongli - Figures From The Folktale

Yu Zongli - Figures From The Folktale

Original 1741
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Lot number: 901
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YU ZONGLI (18TH CENTURY) Figures from the Folktale Two albums of thirty-two leaves in total, ink and colour on silk Each leaf measures 41.2 x 30.6 cm. (16 7/8 x 12 in.) One leaf inscribed and signed, with two seals of the artist Dated summer, yiyou year of the Qianlong period (1765) Dedicated to Ruanweng Colophons by Shen Dai (18th century), with a total of ninety-one seals
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current week's auction

Place Date Artworks Works at Auction
London
May 26, 2016
87
London
May 26, 2016
70
Hong-kong
May 28, 2016
82
Hong-kong
May 29, 2016
336
Hong-kong
May 30, 2016
106
Zurich
May 30, 2016
74
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