6 x Gerhard Richter for benefit of “fiftyfifty” on Contemporary Art Auction

 Gerhard Richter

Gerhard Richter Cage f.ff. | 2015 | Colour offset on Aludibond under Plexiglas | 90 x 90cm Estimate: 70,000 – 100,000 Euro

In the course of the past sales well-known names such as Joseph Beuys, Yves Klein, Heinz Mack, Gabriele Münter und Hermann Max Pechstein have become regulars at Van Ham auctioneers and once again feature with outstanding works this autumn. Genuine eye-catchers of the coming sale are six special editions by Gerhard Richter that will go from his studio directly to our auction hall for the benefit of the street newspaper “fiftyfifty”.

Contemporary Art

The Gerhard Richter works on offer in spring met very enthusiastic responses and were all accepted. This autumn will in no way lag behind having another thrilling Richter-offer in store. A complete set including six separately offered works from Richter‘s edition "CAGE f.ff", dated 2015 and coming straight from the artist’s studio, will be called to auction (Estimate each: 70,000 – 100,000 Euro). The proceeds from the edition will be donated to the Düsseldorf street newspaper “fiftyfifty”. In the course of 20 years, “fiftyfifty” has provided 5,000 homeless with homes. This sale’s proceeds will be invested in further new homes for the homeless. Van Ham meets the large demand for works by Richter with a selection of various other unique pieces and editions.

No less than two extraordinary works by Heinz Mack round off the Zero-offer. His “Dynamische Struktur weiß auf grau“ (Dynamic Structure white on grey) dated 1958 appears to be a rejection of all principles valid until then when measured against the traditional criteria of painting (Estimate: 200,000 – 300,000 Euro). His light relief from 1964 illustrates Mack’s use of line, surface and space. “[They] need light instead of colour to come to life”, as he himself writes about his work.

Yves Klein’s typically blue “Victoire de Somathrace” (Victory of Samothrace) is part of a series of sculptural figurines – souvenir figurines from the Louvre – which Klein sprayed with IKB thus adding them to the long line of his blue revolution (Estimate: 80,000 – 100,000 Euro).

A rarity on the auction market is Joseph Beuys‘s “Hasenstein” as there exist only seven exemplars of this multiple. Beuys’s strong identification with the hare and his recurring use of gold as a colour are key elements of this1.70 metre long spray painted basalt (Estimate: 40,000 – 60,000 Euro).

From the estate of the artist Horst Egon Kalinowski comes Antoni Tàpies’s "Ochre with Six Collages" dated 1973 (Estimate: 100,000 – 150,000). The wooden panel measures impressive 1.30 x 1.95m and shows a rough and earthy surface typical of Tàpies’s Informel works.

Gotthard Graubner‘s cushion picture “Yello” dated 1998/99 is meditative – but by no means devoid of content. He focuses on what is essential: colour, and has it vibrate thanks to his supple way of application (Estimate: 80,000 – 100,000 Euro).

Quite a contrast is the square nested within square painting "Homage to the Square: Glowing Center" by Josef Albers dated 1957, which was on display as a permanent loan in the Josef Albers Museum Quadrat in Bottrop until recently. The surfaces in various hues of orange have a three-dimensional quality and seem to alternately protrude or recede (Estimate: 120,000 – 180,000 Euro).

Modern Art

A fully documented chain of provenance is what makes Hermann Max Pechstein’s work “Junges Mädchen am Meer“ (Young Girl by the Sea) dated 1923 stand out (Estimate: 300,000 – 500,000 Euro).

From the estate of the artist it went through various galleries to a Berlin private collection. In the catalogue raisonné by Aya Soika it is listed under number 1923/24. It was in the Bavarian alpine upland near Murnau where Gabriele Münter until 1914 experienced her most creative period, marked by an intense exchange with fellow artists from the "Neue Künstlervereinigung München" (Munich New Artists’ Association) and of "Der Blaue Reiter". 1914 was also the year when she created her work "Bauernhaus bei Regen" (Farmhouse in the Rain): With fast and spontaneous brush strokes and reduced means of expression did she capture the motif on untreated artist’s board (Estimate: 250,000 – 300,000 Euro).

Fritz Klimsch, one of Van Ham’s regulars, is represented in the autumn catalogue with eleven works. The bronzes include among others the popular and expressive motifs of the “Mänade“ (Maenad), “Jugend“ (Youth) and “Olympia“ (Estimate: from 3,500 Euro up).

As usual there are also numerous works by Karl Hofer to be found in Van Ham’s autumn catalogue. Especially impressive is his “Stilleben mit Laute” (Still life with Lute) dated 1929/31 (Estimate: 200,000 – 300,000 Euro) in which Hofer does without a detailed spatial representation thus focusing on the instrument. This work is a representation of inner peace and abstraction from the present and may be understood as an expression of Hofer‘s contemplation. The other seven Hofer-works on offer, among them the paintings “Mädchen mit Begonie“ (Girl with Begonia) and “Blumen in Vase“ (Flowers in a Vase) will certainly delight Hofer-enthusiasts.

Only late in his carrier did Lovis Corinth dedicate himself to the subject of flower still lives – until they finally became his favourite subject. One of his colourful flower paintings is the oil painting “Roses and Lilac“ dated 1918, the restitution of which was initiated by Van Ham.

The painting “Die Zeit des Falterflugs“ (Flight Period of the Moth) by Franz Radziwill dated 1944 combines all elements typical of so called Magic Realism (Estimate: 80,000 – 120,000 Euro).

Prof. Dr. Dr. Gerd Presler illustrates this in a vivid manner: “There are walls and dams built from Bockhorn clinker cutting through the plain surface, enforcing a ‘in front of’ or ‘behind’. Frozen into a marble figurine a signal from the other side of reality towers over everything that is dividing. Houses from different eras are gathering as witnesses, as refuge: Humankind has always been looking for safety, a centre of one’s life from which all ways leave and lead back to.“


“Contemporary Art” on November 25th + 26th, 2015

“Modern Art” on November 25th + 26th, 2015

Viewing: November 19th – 23rd, 2015



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