By Carter B. Horsley
The large day auctions of Contemporary
Art at Phillips de Pury May 12, 2006 are highlighted by a beautiful
photograph of Vesuvius by Piotr Uklanski, an intriguing "floor
plan" by Guillermo Kuitca, a very nice sculpture by Juan
Munoz,, a delightful "pick-up sticks" arrangement by
Tom Friedman, and a great digitally manipulated photograph by
Lot 180 is a simple but charming,
untitled bronze, wood and steel sculpture by Juan Munoz (1953-2001).
It measures 44 by 15 by 12 inches and was executed in 1986. It
has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000. It sold for $74,400
including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this
article. The sale was quite successful with
about three-quarters of the offered lots selling for a total of
Lot 182 is a strong acrylic
and ink on linen by Guillermo Kuitca (b. 1961) that is "Untitled
(Marble Flooring Plan of the Church of the Four Nations, Paris)."
It measures 76 3/4 by 62 3/4 inches and was executed in 2000.
It has an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000. It sold for $102,000.
Lot 137 is a very impressive and lyrical abstraction
by Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992) entitled "By The Sea."
An oil on canvas, it measures 53 by 117 1/4 inches and was painted
in 1957. It has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. It failed
Lot 156 is a very strong and very painterly
oil on canvas by Karel Appel (b. 1921). Entitled "Wounded
Horse," it measures 72 by 96 inches and was executed in 1983.
It has an estimate of $120,000 to $180,000. It failed to sell.
One of themost beautiful works inthe auction
is Lot 362, a color photograph of Vesuvius at twilight by Piotr
Uklanski (b. 1969). It was shot in 2000 and measures 67 by 96
inches and is from an edition of five. It has an estimate of $30,000
to $40,000. It sold for $66,000.
Lot 193 is a fine untitled work by Tom Friedman
(b. 1965) that consists of two piles of colored "pick-up"
sticks, one strewn randomly and the other laid laid carefully
to duplicate the first pile. The 1990 work has an estimate of
$60,000 to $80,000. It sold for $66,000.
Lot 353 is a striking digitally manipulated
photograph by Cui Xiuwen (b. 1970). Entitled "Sanjie,"
it measures 19 3/4 by 119 3/8 inches. It was executed in 2003
and has a modest estimate of $15,000 to $20,000. It sold for
Lot 181, "Signatures in Parallel,"
is a stunning oil on canvas by Juan Usle (b. 1954). It measures
44 by 78 inches and was painted in 2002. It has an estimate of
$40,000 to $60,000. It sold for $66,000.
Lot 190, "Aerei," is a very beautiful
work by Alighiero E Boetti (1940-1994). Executed in 1979, it depicts
scores of different airplanes and jets and is ballpoint pen on
paper laid down on three attached canvases, 27 by 58 inches overall.
It has an estimate of $70,000 to $90,000. It sold for $72,000.
Lot 274, "Huge/Wego," is an intriguing
and impressive work by William Wegman (b. 1943) that consists
of oil paint and found postcards on wood panel. It measures 24
1/2 by 48 1/2 inches. It has a modest estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.
It sold for $15,600.