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  • Important paIntIngs and Contemporary artCatalogue 357 13 August 2013

  • Webb catalogue DPS 1.1 cp.indd 1 23/07/13 8:30 AM

  • Webb catalogue DPS 1.1 cp.indd 1 23/07/13 8:30 AM

  • Who to Talk to at Webbs

    Upcoming Auctions & Market Commentary

    Catalogue 357

    6 - 7 Local Art World

    8 - 9 The World of Art

    10 - 11 Lecture - A Different Perspective, Savita Apte

    12 - 17 The Dark Art of Bill Hammond

    18 - 19 Fine Jewellery and Watches Forthcoming Sale

    20 - 21 Upcoming A Pair of Chinese Carved Rhinoceros Horns

    26 - 27 Early Modernism This Sale in Review

    28 - 31 Important Paintings & Contemporary Art This Sale in Review

    Foreword

    The Catalogue32 - 149 Important Paintings & Contemporary Art

    150 - 167 Upcoming Auctions & Market Commentary

    Terms & Conditions & Index of Artists

    168- 172 Webbs Departments & People

    174 The Last Word - Josh Williams - Profile

    173 Webbs Terms & Conditions for Buying

    176 Index of Artists

    Webbs Auction House. 18 Manukau Road, Newmarket, Auckland 1149, New Zealand

    Ph: 09 524 6804 E:auctions@webbs.co.nzwww.webbs.co.nz

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    Contemporary art sale 357

    tuesday 13 august 2013, 6:30pm

    Buyers premiumA buyer's premium of 15% will be charged on all items in this sale.

    GST (15%) is payable on the buyer's premium only.

    Viewing

    Evening Viewing

    Lecture - Savita Apte

    Fri 2 Aug ................................................................................................... 9:00am - 5:30pm

    Sat 3 Aug ................................................................................................ 11:00am 3:00pm

    Sun 4 Aug .............................................................................................. 11:00am 3:00pm

    Mon 5 Aug ............................................................................................... 9:00am 5:30pm

    Tues 6 Aug ............................................................................................... 9:00am 7:30pm

    Wed 7 Aug .............................................................................................. 9:00am 5:30pm

    Thurs 8 Aug .............................................................................................. 9:00am 7:30pm

    Fri 9 Aug ................................................................................................... 9:00am 5:30pm

    Sat 10 Aug .............................................................................................. 11:00am 3:00pm

    Sun 11 Aug ............................................................................................ 11:00am 3:00pm

    Mon 12 Aug ............................................................................................. 9:00am 5:30pm

    Tues 13 Aug ........................................................................................ 9:00am 12:00noon

    Tue 6 Aug................................................................................................... 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Thurs 8 Aug............................................................................................... 5:30pm - 7:30pm

    Sun 11 Aug................................................................................................................. 3:00pm

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  • the new zealand market. Over the last 12 months, the secondary market has continued to benefit from the buying patterns that first emerged in the post-2008 market place and have now gained a definitive footing. Collectors are now paying more attention than ever before to factors such as a works condition, provenance, relevant market context and, above all, academic significance. Accordingly, while the uptake of works that do withstand careful scrutiny has not necessarily accelerated, the widespread refinement of the markets collective buying methodology has resulted in an enthusiastic following for rare, high-quality works and this demand has been a strong driver of growth. Consequently, in the first half months of 2013 alone, the secondary art market in New Zealand as a whole turned over an impressive estimated total of $7 million.

    As Webbs is the largest service provider on the New Zealand market (Webbs total turnover for the last financial year was double that of our closest competitor), a careful analysis of our results provides valuable insight into the workings and motivations of the market. The 2013 financial year saw us achieve a very healthy 34% increase in turnover (based on a year-on-year comparison), and the average value of a painting sold at Webbs now rests at $13,845 against the industry average of $9,000. This data reflects a collector base with an appetite for quality and an eye for the long-term investment potential of rarefied cultural commodities.

    There are three notable sectors of the market that have been the core of this growth: the market for Maori subjects by Charles F. Goldie, the market for good examples of modernist New Zealand painting from 1960 to 1980 and the market for key, major works by contemporary practitioners such as Bill Hammond. Coupled with the strong results from the first sale cycle of 2013, the fact that the buying public has continued to focus its attention towards key areas that engage strongly with New Zealands national history indicates that the market is willing to pay a premium for significant paintings.

    California Design This month, Auckland Art Gallery launched its exhibition California Design, 19301965: Living in a Modern Way. The exhibition includes furniture by Charles and Ray Eames, fashions from Levi Strauss & Co. and graphics by Saul Bass as well as a number of landmark industrial designs, ceramics, jewellery and architectural drawings.

    Auckland Art Gallery has also organised a comprehensive accompanying public programme that includes talks by our friends at Mr. Bigglesworthy, Dan and Emma Eagle, and fashion designers Kate Sylvester and Benny Castles.

    sophie Coupland Director Fine Art Department

    California Design1930-1965: living in a MoDern Way

    when 6 July - 29 Sept 2013, 10am - 5pm daily where Auckland Art GalleryCost Free entry

    shane Cotton the hanging sky Currently on show at City Gallery Wellington is Shane Cottons mid-career survey exhibition The Hanging Sky, which will run until 6 October. The exhibition was curated by Christchurch Art Gallery senior curator Justin Paton and was organised in conjunction with Brisbanes Institute of Modern Art, where it was first exhibited. The show also toured to Sydneys Campbelltown Arts Centre.

    In the 1990s, Shane Cotton distinguished himself as an important new talent with his ochre-toned paintings which dissected New Zealands still-developing cultural history and national identity. In the mid-2000s, however, the artist made a number of significant changes to the mode of working that first brought him acclaim most notably, while his previous works tended to focus on the land (both literally and conceptually), his new works turned their attention towards the sky. The Hanging Sky encapsulates this energetic latter period in the artists career.

    A new monograph of the same title, published by Craig Potton Publishing (Nelson), has been released to accompany the exhibition. The book includes 72 full-colour, large-scale plates and features essay contributions from Justin Paton, Robert Leonard, Eliot Weinberger and Geraldine Kirrihi Barlow.

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  • Organised in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum (Pittsburgh), Te Papas much-anticipated survey Warhol: Immortal will run until 25 August. The exhibition features over 150 works from throughout the artists career including drawings, paintings, polaroids and the artists highly celebrated experimental films.

    A number of Warhols important 1980s portraits depicting figures such as Queen Elizabeth II, Chairman Mao, Jane Fonda and Prince are exhibited, in addition to a major self-portrait loaned from the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

    Another notable inclusion is a re-creation of Warhols well-known installation Silver Clouds, which debuted at New Yorks Leo Castelli Gallery in 1966. The installation consists of many helium-filled balloons made from a reflective silver plastic. In Warhols own words: Silver was the future, it was spacy silver was also the past the silver screen... And maybe more than anything, silver was narcissism mirrors.

    auCklanD art fairThis year sees the biennial Auckland Art Fair return for its fourth instalment; it will run for four days from 7 to 11 August and, once again, will move to a new venue: The Cloud on Aucklands Queens Wharf. Including 36 galleries from throughout Australia and New Zealand, the fair will provide a concise snapshot of current Australasian art practice. In addition to this line-up of commercially focused galleries, the fair will also showcase a number of sculptural projects by contemporary practitioners such as Rohan Wealleans, Alex Monteith, Seung Yul Oh,

    Israel Birch and Niki Hastings-McFall.

    Each year, the fair also hosts a comprehensive public programme featuring panel discussions by local experts and a keynote address by an international art-world figure. This year, the keynote address will be delivered by the senior curator of photography at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sandra Phillips, and will be held on Friday 9 August, 6:30 - 8:00pm.

    Warhol at te PaPa

    Local Market Trends.

    shane Cotton the hanging sky

    when 15 Jun - 6 Oct 2013 where City Gallery, Wellington. Ground Floor.Cost Free entry

    Warhol iMMortalAndy Warhol (192887) was a founder of pop art and one of the 20th centurys most defining artists. He changed the way we look at ourselves and each other.

    when 1 Jun 25 Aug 2013where Te Papa, Visa Platinum Gallery, Level 4Cost Admission charges apply

    Shane Cotton: The Hanging Sky is a journey through this distinctive airborne world, as Cotton has enlarged, explored and complicated it across six years of energetic art-making. This exhibition is a chance for New Zealand audiences to experience this period of change and transformation in the work of one of our countrys most esteemed painters.

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    The Cloud, Queens Wharf, Waterfront Auckland, New Zealand

    NZs premier artevent opens with thegala Vernissage onWednesday 7 August

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    Charles ninow Fine Art Department Specialist

    Overall turnover of the NZ secondary market per year

    Average price of artworks in the NZ secondary market traded per year

    Webbs total turnover per year

    Average price achieved for medium format works by Goldie

    Refer www.aasd.com.au

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  • Results from a slew of auctions of postwar and contemporary art held over the past two months in New York, Paris and London mirror the recent dynamics of the New Zealand market and prove that the market for cultural commodities made from the 1960s onward remains strong due to significant demand for rare and outstanding examples.

    The recent season was kicked off by a series of blockbuster sales held in New York by all three of the major auction houses. The first of the sales was held by Sothebys on 14 May and achieved $293,587,000*. The Christies sale, held on 15 May, achieved a total of $495,021,500* and the Phillips sale,

    held on 16 May, achieved $78,618,000*. Christies achieved the highest price of the week for an outstanding 1948 Jackson Pollock entitled Number 19, which sold for $58,363, 750*.

    In June, Christies and Sothebys each offered a comparatively modest sale in Paris. Christies sale, held over two sessions, achieved a

    total of $32,500,00*. Sothebys sale, also held across two sessions, achieved a total of $34,000,000*. The highest price of the week was achieved for Crown Hotel (Mona Lisa Background) by Jean Michel Basquiat, which was sold by Sothebys for $6,500,000*. This sale continues a recent streak of strong results for Basquiats practice.

    In late June, both Sothebys and Phillips held London-based sales of Postwar and Contemporary art. Sothebys offering realised $115,898,000* and Phillips offering realised $18,804,500*. Of the two sales, the highest price was achieved at Sothebys for a sought-after triptych by Francis Bacon which depicted his lover Isabel Rawsthorne. The work achieved $17,240,962*.

    *All prices include buyers premium and are reported in US dollars.

    the world of art.

    siMon Denny in MassilliaMos the enCyCloPeDiC PalaCe

    franCis uPritCharD at anton kern gallery, neW york

    New Zealand participation in the Venice Biennale has not been limited to our pavilion. Simon Denny was included in the major exhibition The Encyclopedic Palace which was curated by the Biennales director Massimiliano Gioni. The exhibition is a sprawling selection of works from an international roster of over 150 artists. In the words of its director, the show is a reflection on the ways in which images have been used to organise knowledge and shape our experience of the world. Dennys installation takes its lead from a work consisting of antiquated broadcasting equipment exhibited last year at Londons Institute of Contemporary Arts.

    In addition to Massimilianos exhibition, in recent months Denny has also staged two notable solo exhibitions on the international stage: The Personal Effects of Kim Dotcom at Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna and All you need is data: the DLD 2012 Conference REDUX rerun at Petzel Gallery, New York.

    the international ConteMPorary Market: a snaPshot

    Jackson pollock Number 19 oil and enamel on paper mounted on canvas, 1948signed Jackson Pollock and dated 48 upper left784mm x 574mmAchieved $58,363,750*

    Last month saw the opening of Francis Upritchards solo exhibition, War Dance, at Anton Kern Gallery, New York. This show marks her debut outing with the gallery. While Upritchard has previously exhibited in New York dealer galleries such as Andrea Rosen Gallery and Salon 94 (Webbs auctioned a series of major works from this exhibition in August 2011), this prominent new exhibition marks a s...