Never Released Work By Picasso and Banksy Goes On Sale For the First Time at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury n extremely rare Banksy screenprint never released publicly and not seen on the market before will be offered as part of a Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions sale of Modern and Contemporary Prints. The s
largest the artist ever produced. Completed in December that year, the works reflect the artist's fascination of the interplay between the two-dimensionality of the drawn image, and the three-dimensional effect created by
the application of variably sized ben-day dots. In ‘Two Nudes’ the effect is particularly successful, giving a genuine sense of depth in the image. In an interview in 1997 with David Sylvester Lichtenstein said: " It's a little bit the way chiaroscuro isn't just shadows but a way of combining the figure and the background, or whatever is near it in a dark area… You're not confined to the object pattern, but the subject matter excuse for this is that it's a shadow, and that's interesting to me." The screenprint is estimated at £100,000-150,000 [Lot 250]
A rare collection of work by Richard Hamilton and Dieter Roth which have for the most part never appeared at auction, will be included in the December 11th sale. The artists spent three weeks in July 1976 working closely together at Hamilton’s home and studio in Cadaqués on the Costa Brava, the same town that Salvador Dalí stated influenced much of his work. The resulting works, both collaborative and independent, are some of the most highly regarded yet little seen works in both Hamilton and Roth’s oeuvre. These works form the core of a magnificently rare collection of works by both artists.
Over the course of his career, Hamilton always carried a small Polaroid camera and on meeting other artists, he would ask them to take a photograph of him with it. The resulting images were largely unseen during his lifetime. In 2009 Hamilton decided to digitally re-work them, presenting them as a single body of work, with each image sold individually. With only two impressions of each image in existence (one was reserved exclusively for the artist's archive), these are some of the rarest of Hamilton's printmaking, and this is the first occasion that any of them have appeared at auction.
Perhaps the rarest of is a magnificent hand coloured self-portrait Polaroid by Hamilton. Originally intended as an edition of 50, it is known that less than a tenth were actually made. Also included is a collection of 12 of the re-worked digital Polaroid portraits of Hamilton, produced specially for his show at the Serpentine Gallery in 2010. They are estimated at £8,000-10,000 and £50,000-70,000 respectively. [Lots 179 and 181]
The sale is on view at Bloomsbury House, Maddox Street, from Saturday to Wednesday, 7 – 10 December. The catalogue will be available online in the week commencing 18th November and online bidding with no additional premium will be available via www.bloomsburyauctions.com.
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