On 10 and 11 December, the much awaited appointment by Italian and foreign collectors with the Modern and Contemporary Art sale is back in the halls of Palazzo Crivelli.
The early 20th century is well represented by works of internationally established artists such as Alberto Savinio, Maurice Utrillo, Carlo Carrà, Massimo Campigli and Mario Sironi, alongside refined and rare works, such as a historic oil painting of 1918 by Mario Cavaglieri of post-impressionist flavor and with expressionist references (estimate € 35,000 - 50,000), a symbolist work by Giacomo Balla (estimate € 10,000 - 15,000) and the sketch of one of the most significant and representative works by Carlo Erba (estimate € 15,000 - 20,000).
Works on paper by Italian and foreign artists from the first decades of the 20th century to the contemporary era, transversally enrich the catalogue: a fine mixed media and collage on cardboard from 1930 by Salvador Dalì is offered at € 25,000 - 30,000, the iconic Oiseau by Joan Mirò at € 15,000 - 20,000 and the basic Tête de femme by Henri Matisse from 1946 at € 50,000 - 70,000. Three collages by Max Ernst, from the historic private collection of the Marinotti heirs in Milan with very attractive estimates, stand alongside a Still Life by Giorgio Morandi from 1953.
Among the international masters we find Le Corbusier, Dubuffet, Tobey, Jorn, Manzoni, Klossowski,with a large pastel starting at € 25,000, a tempera by Giuseppe Capogrossi dated 1952 hailing from "Il Cavallino" of Venice (estimate € 10,000 - 15,000) and a nucleus of works on paper by Alighiero Boetti from an important private collection: Rosso Gilera, a balanced summaof all the artist's works (estimate € 20,000 - 30,000), San Bernardino (estimate € 12,000 - 18,000), Potenza di due(estimate € 8,000 - 12,000). In the catalogue there are also two Concetti spaziali by the master of spatialism Lucio Fontana: a cut on aluminum foil from 1959 (€ 10,000 - 15,000) and tears, holes and graffiti on photographic paper from 1964-65 (€ 35,000 - 50,000) which, with the reverberation of light, contain a fundamental characteristics of the artist's poetics.
Fontana's study on light also returns in his ceramic works: a reflexive and iridescent ceramic Concetto Spaziale deted 1958-60, is offered at € 40,000 - 60,000; the material and elaborate Crocifisso of 1950-55, (estimate € 80,000 - 120,000) and the Madonna con Bambino (estimate 80,000 - 120,000), a tile made in 1954 that reminds us of the Pietà exhibited at the Museo Diocesano in Milan and created the same year.
Among the ceramics the delicate works by Fausto Melotti are also present, such as the elegant 50,5 cm Vaso from 1955 estimated at € 12,000 – 18,000.
In the nucleus dedicated to sculpture, we find Melotti's levity. Rhytm and melody expressed through bronze are exemplary in Undici, an oscillating work of 1971 offered at € 70,000 - 100,000.
Lynn Chadwick's Girl Sitting on Bench, an important bronze of 1988 (estimate € 80,000 - 100,000);
Mu by Kenjiro Azuma, synthesizes the Tao, a 196 cm high bronze sculpture, impressive yet light (starting at € 20,000); by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama two iconic works Phallus Bottle and Phallus Belt (both estimated at € 15,000 - 20,000). Space is also analyzed by Max Bill with Unendliche Fläche in Form einer Säule (Continuous space in form of a column) of 1953 (starting at € 15,000).
To be highlighted are, a majestic oil on canvas by Giuseppe Santomaso made in 1955 with a rich exhibition history and significant in the Venetian artist's creative journey (estimate € 50,000 - 70,000), and a reticolo of 1962 by Piero Dorazio Mirino verde coming from the Galleria Marlborough in Rome (estimate € 35,000 - 50,000). Coming next is a collection of works by the Gruppo Zero and Arte Concettuale: a papier mâché byJan Schoonoven (estimate € 15,000 - 20,000), Intersuperficie curva by Paolo Scheggi (estimate € 50,000 - 80,000), a large extroflexed canvas by Agostino Bonalumi (estimate € 30,000 - 40,000) and a felt by Vincenzo Agnetti, Ritratto di viandante (estimate € 70,000 - 90,000).
The presence of international masterpiecesis also considerable: two reliefs on wood from 1960 by Ben Nicholson from important private collections (March 60 (cub) and Aug 1960 (Milan), (both at € 25,000 - 35,000), a historic oil on canvas by Hans Hartung, a masterpiece of 1955 with a noteworthy exhibition curriculum (estimate € 150,000 - 200,000), a powerful oil by Victor Vasarely from 1968 from the Galerie Denise René in Paris (estimate € 30,000 - 50,000), a rare oil by Vieira da Silva, La Plaine - Bords de la Tamise of 1954 with an international pedigree (estimate € 30,000 - 40,000), and by the eclectic Man Ray, a work of 1958 Marchand des couleurs (estimate € 8,000 - 12,000). Also present are Joseph Beuys with his ironic Valore economico (estimate € 6,000 - 8,000), Irma Blank, Noir et Blanc of 1958 by Karel Appel (estimate € 40,000 - 60,000), two works by Asger Jorn, the American hyper-realist Richard Estes with the gouache 10 Doors of 1971, from the Allan Stone Gallery of New York (estimate € 35,000 - 50,000), and the outstanding canvas by the Chinese artist Ding Yi (estimate € 60,000 – 80,000).