Life at № 42 by E.M. Coutinho
“This October, Christie’s presents Giacometti’s colossal Grande femme II alongside Basquiat’s masterpiece, Jim Crow. Drawn from two exceptional French collections, the two works lead our series of auctions dedicated to the great pioneers of modern and contemporary art.
Other sale standouts include paintings by Polke, Fontana and Klein from the Jean-François and Marie-Aline Prat Collection. The Paris Avant-Garde and Art Moderne auctions offer key works by Dubuffet, Delaunay, Leger, Picasso and Miró. 20th Century at Christie’s Paris is an unmissable opportunity for both the emerging and established collectors to acquire art at every price point. Viewings open from 14 October at Christie’s and at The Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild.”
The sale begins today. Isn’t that Giacometti sublime? I hope it ends up in a museum. There are four of these grand femme. The estimate has not been made public! That’s so very, very, incredibly rare. It means record breaking numbers are probably in sight. They’re letting the collectors make private bids (before the event) and then the auction will begin with the highest of those bids. It’s incredibly exciting to watch.
In the same auction there’s a stunning 1965 Zao Wou Ki with an estimate of 700,000 to 1,000,000 €.
If you like the abstracts of the period, but you’re on a smaller budget, Manabu Mabe, Fukuda or Ohtake (Asian-Brazilian mid century artists) are just as interesting, although much less well known. That means you can get lucky and find pieces starting at fairly reasonable prices (considering their quality.) Mabe is, in the opinion of many, one of the great abstract masters of the 20th century. Here’s an example of his work: