Sotheby’s in Milan: 3 top lots at Arte Moderna e Contemporanea auction

May 3rd, 2017

As revealed in the preview organized by Sotheby’s during Miart 2017 last March, between tomorrow and Thursday will take place at Palazzo Serbelloni the unmissable annual appointment with some of the biggest masterpieces by the best after-war Italian artists.

For this edition of the Arte Moderna e Contemporanea auction, Sotheby’s has planned two big sales, an evening sale and a daily sale, in which collectors from all over the world will choose between about 100 artworks, from Italian Pop Art to Italian Poor Art.
Lucio Fontana, Alberto Burri and Enrico Castellani will be the protagonists.
Here three top lots:


1° – ‘Concetto Spaziale – Attese’, 1966,  Lucio Fontana, with the text “Accidenti mi sono dimenticato di prendere la medicina” (Damnit, I forgot to take the pill) on the back.
This artworks mirrors the artist’s maturity and stands out for its unique elegance and gracefulness.is indeed a celebration of the light, by going beyond the canvas unveils a new dimension, a new reality. It is also a celebration of the act of cutting itself, an act which is meditated, profoundly intimate and linked with complex conceptual implications.
Estimate 700.000-900.000 €


2° – ‘Concetto Spaziale – Attesa’, 1962, Lucio Fontana.
‘Concetto Spaziale, Attesa’ is framed within the early stages of Lucio Fontan’s first experimentations with colours. Once the white-flat background is set aside, in the early Sixties Lucio Fontana began to study the interaction between water-paint and his cuts. Here the blue colour, homogeneously painted over the canvas, becomes a metaphor for a nocturnal sky: the cut is therefore enhanced as it unveils a new dimension.
 Estimate 650.000-750.000 €


3° – ‘Combustione plastica’, 1967, Alberto Burri.
Elegant yet dramatic, this work perfectly embodies Burri’s aesthetic. It embodies all of this: framed into a rhomboidal shape, the work is defined by a strong compositional balance. The holes and the gashes seem to adorn the artwork rather than martyrizing it. The burnings, which soil the canvas, seem to be painted rather than inflicted.
Estimate 500.000-700.000 €
To be noted, two incredible Poor Art tapestries realized by Aligiero Boetti in 1988: lot. 14”Untitled” and lot. 16 “Venticinque per venticinque seicentoventicinque lettere dai cento colori…”, both estimated 250.000-350.000 €.


Sotheby’s  – Arte Moderna e Contemporanea
Palazzo Serbelloni
Via Serbelloni 16, Milano
 4 – 5 May, 2017


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