Heritage announces first New York contemporary art auction

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2015-09-24 09:53:07

Heritage Auctions is set to host its first-ever contemporary art auction in New York.

The sale will feature a carefully-curated selection of works from artists such as Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Motherwell, Tom Wesselman, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Graham, Arshile Gorky, Franz Kline and Bob Thompson.

"Heritage Auctions is increasingly attracting important Modern and Contemporary artworks and the time has come to bring it these auctions to the New York stage," said Leon Benrimon, Director of Modern and Contemporary Art in New York.

"We have a carefully curated selection of works to perfectly capitalize on our recent New York and international expansions and capture collector's attention in a very real way."

Leading the sale will be a rare sculpture by Ai Weiwei, the Chinese contemporary artist described as "the defining voice of modern activism and dissent" whose work has regularly criticised the Chinese government.

Entitled 'Surveillance Camera', the piece is a solid marble replica of the surveillance cameras placed outside Ai Weiwei's home in China. Having been placed briefly under house arrest in 2010, Ai Weiwei was charged with tax evasion and spent three months in jail in 2011, before having his passport confiscated. 

'Surveillance Camera' is one of ten unique sculptures on the theme, and will be offered at auction for the first time with an estimate of $400,000-$600,000.

Further notable lots will include Robert Motherwell's Untitled (Ochre with Black Line), 1972-73/1974, offered from an important private collection for the first time in over 40 years with an estimate of $800,000-$1,200,000; and A Sinister Figure Lurks in the Shadows, a recently re-discovered work by the celebrated pin-up artist Mel Ramos, estimated at $80,000-$120,000.

Heritage Auctions' inaugural Modern and Contemporary Art Auction, Part I: New York takes place at The Fletcher-Sinclair Mansion on October 28, and will be followed by the Modern and Contemporary Art Auction, Part II: Dallas on November 14.

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