News-Antique.com - Sep 22,2008 - London - On 20 October, Christie's will present the 7th edition of The Italian Sale in its
historical salerooms in London. This annual auction will offer an exceptional selection of
twentieth century Italian Art by the most renowned and internationally sought-after artists
including Alberto Burri, Giorgio de Chirico, Lucio Fontana, Mario Merz and Pino Pascali. The
sale is part of a series of exhibitions, events and auctions dedicated to Post-War and
Contemporary art and 20th century Italian art which will take place at Christie’s London from
15 to 21 October 2008 during a week when the international art world will gather in London
for a showcase of contemporary art exhibitions and events including The Frieze Art Fair.
Mariolina Bassetti, head of the Modern & Contemporary Art department at Christie's Italy
and co-head of the sale: “20th Century Italian Art has tremendous appeal in the international marketplace.
In recent years interest in this category has grown enormously and artists such as Fontana, Manzoni and Burri
are more and more appreciated by important collectors worldwide. The catalogue for our forthcoming Italian Sale
includes a number of works created by some of the best Italian artists from last century including “Ponte”, one
of the most iconic works by Pino Pascali which we expect to set a new auction record for the artist.”
Christie’s Italian Sale will be lead by one of the most relevant art movements in post-war Italy,
the Arte Povera. A major highlight is Ponte, an extraordinary installation created by Pino
Pascali in 1968 using braided steel wool (estimate: £1,500,000-2,000,000.) Part of a series
of works through which the artist meant to explore the primitive world, Ponte comes directly
from the collection of Fabio Sargentini. Founder of L’Attico gallery in Rome, Sargentini
launched the careers of many artists whose work can be seen in the most important museums
around the world today.
The sale will also offer Untitled by Jannis Kounellis from 1960 (estimate:
£400,000-600,000) and Fibonacci, an installation created in 1972 in New York
by Mario Merz (estimate: £100,000-150,000.) Works by Giuseppe Penone,
Gilberto Zorio and Giovanni Anselmo, whose estimates range between
£30,000 and £150,000 will also be offered for sale.
Dated from the same period, though radically different in
genre and concept, Partizione centrale (right) is a large canvas
painted with oil colors and sand by Domenico Gnoli in 1969
(estimate £250,000-350,000). Also of particular interest is
Superficie bianca created in 1968 by Enrico Castellani (estimate:
£200,000-300,000), which comes from the renowned Galleria
dell’Ariete in Milan, and Untitled by Agostino Bonalumi from
1966, the only example in the artist’s oeuvre to reunite all the
themes he explored in 1960s.
Executed by Lucio Fontana in 1965-66, Concetto Spaziale, Attesa
will be offered with an estimate of £500,000-700,000 (above left.)
Created a few years earlier are two more works by Fontana both
titled Concetto spaziale: one is dated 1962 and was created using
brass (estimate: £350,000-550,000), the second is a black and
yellow painting on canvas from 1957 (estimate £250,000-350,000.)