The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Saturday, April 4, 2020


David Hockney to lead Hong Kong Contemporary Art Evening Sale
David Hockney, 30 Sunflowers, 1996, oil on canvas, 182.9 x 182.9 cm. Courtesy Sotheby’s.


HONG KONG.- Sotheby’s presents David Hockney’s 30 Sunflowers from 1996, one of the most extraordinary and significant masterpieces from the artist’s visionary oeuvre, at the Hong Kong Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 6 April 2020. Created at a pivotal moment in both the personal life and professional career of the artist, 30 Sunflowers is a magnificent update of the classic still life for contemporary times, bearing strong reminiscence to Vincent van Gogh’s iconic Sunflowers while articulating an unabashedly radical yet intimately personal approach. Unseen in the market for almost a decade, the radiant, exuberant, and deeply poignant 30 Sunflowers is the supreme quintessence of Hockney’s mature artistic output that powerfully establishes him as one of the greatest figurative painters of the twentieth century.

30 Sunflowers will be unveiled at Sotheby’s London on 7 – 11 February. The work will then tour from Los Angeles to Jakarta, Hong Kong, and Taipei prior to leading the Hong Kong Contemporary Art auction series this Spring.

Yuki Terase, Head of Contemporary Art, Asia of Sotheby’s, comments: “We are deeply honoured to present 30 Sunflowers, a singularly important masterpiece by one of the most established artists of our time, as the first major Hockney painting to appear at auction in Asia. Following our recordbreaking sales in October, especially our success with Western Contemporary art, bringing 30 Sunflowers to Asia attests to Hong Kong’s status as a truly global platform for the Contemporary genre. Having witnessed substantial interest in Hockney amongst Asian collectors in our international sale locations, this was a natural move for us. The flower still life is furthermore a popular motif for Asian audiences, and we are thrilled to present this masterpiece in our upcoming Spring auctions.”

Visionary masterpiece suffused with tradition and transformation
Executed in 1996, on the brink of Hockney's sixtieth year, 30 Sunflowers marks the epitome of the artist’s return to figurative painting after a decade primarily immersed in photography. The year prior, Hockney had attended exhibitions of paintings by Monet and Vermeer in Chicago and The Hague respectively. Emerging revitalised, he commenced a series of around twenty-five flower still-life paintings with renewed intensity, applying unprecedented attention to creating nuanced, modulated tonalities, masterfully choreographing light and pigment, and adeptly commanding techniques of space, perspective, and illusion.

An intimate masterpiece in epic proportions
Featured on the cover of the catalogue for Hockney’s memorable “Flowers, Faces and Spaces” exhibition in 1997, 30 Sunflowers stands out as a masterpiece of imposing scale, arresting and intricate composition with the greatest number of sunflowers, as well as sheer incredible richness of colour and texture. It is categorically the most superior painting not just within the series but within Hockney’s entire mature artistic output. A glowing exaltation of light, space, colour and form refracted through the lens of art history and suffused with personal meaning and transformation, 30 Sunflowers is a definitive masterpiece from Hockney's body of work that powerfully encapsulates both splendour and brutality, celebrating ravishing beauty as well as the delicacy and transience of life.










Today's News

February 6, 2020

Exhibition presents works made in Mexico between the 17th and 18th centuries

Rehs Galleries opens an exhibition of Parisian street scenes by Antoine Blanchard

Beverly Pepper, sculptor of monumental lightness, dies at 97

David Hockney to lead Hong Kong Contemporary Art Evening Sale

Antony Gormley's giant drawing in space unveiled in New York's Brooklyn Bridge Park

American photographers shine among classic & contemporary photographs at Swann

Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt presents Richard Jackson's "Rooms"

Nigel Cooke presents ten new large-scale paintings presents at Pace Gallery

Solo exhibition by Not Vital on view at Hauser & Wirth Somerset

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts announces new acquisitions

Green Art Gallery opens a group exhibition in collaboration with Jhaveri Contemporary

Lisson Gallery announces the representation of New York based abstract painter Joanna Pousette-Dart

Glasgow Museums secures iconic John Michael Wright portrait of Lord Mungo Murray for the city

Heritage Auctions reports 2019 sales of $824.7 million

Trees provide inspiration for exhibition at the Palo Alto Art Center

Outsider art master artists fill Intuit's galleries

Presidential memorabilia featuring White House China collection of Raleigh DeGeer Amyx up for auction

SOFTlab unveils Grotta Aeris in Raleigh, North Carolina

South African bead art is focus of new Funk Center exhibition

Mazzoleni London opens a solo exhibition of paintings by Gianfranco Zappettini

The Julia Stoschek Collection opens an exhibition of works from its collection

Gropius Bau opens an exhibition showcasing works by Akinbode Akinbiyi

Major exhibition of work by artist Summer Wheat opens at Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art

Study of rediscovered masterpiece offered at Art & Design Sale

Morphy Auctions appoints James Kochan as specialist in Americana, Early Arms and Militaria

Amazing Facts about Puerto Rico:




Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful