20, "Little Electric Chair, by Andy Warhol, acrylic and silkscreen ink
on canvas, 22 by 28 inches, 1965
20 is a yellow acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas by Andy Warhol
(1928-1987) etitled "Little Electric Chair." It measures 22
by 28 inches and was created in 1965 as part of the artist's famous
"Death and Disaster Seroes." The catalogue netry notes that
"The Electric chair was a particularly sinister image that revealed the
dark side of America" and "as such it was a fitting embodiment for
Warhol's first exhibition at the Sonnabend Gallery in Parisin
1964. It has an estimate of $7,500,000 to $9,500,000.
It sold for
"Untitled," by David Hammons, bamboo, phonograph record fragments,
colored string and hair, 29 by 49 by 11 inches, 1978
most attractive work in the auction is Lot 12,"Untitled," by David
Hammons (b. 1942), a sculpture of bamboo, photograph record fragments,
colored string and hair. It measures 29 by 49 by 11 inches
and was created in 1978. The catalogue entry notes that "in the manner
of African warrior spears and the elaborate headdresses or helmets and
face masks 'danced' in African tribal spritiual rituals Untitled contronts
the viewer with shards of contemporary life - broken vinyl
records, a visual pun that might refer to the ongoing 'record' of
racial violenece in a America - and framents of his own hair mounted on
'colored,' string - again a pun on the derogatory term 'colored' used
by prejudiced whites in America to isolate Africa Americans in recent
"Nurse of Greenweadow," by Richard Prince, inkjet print and acrylic on
canvas, 78 by 58 1/4 inches, 2002
To other eyes, however, it might look like a spectacular and very
beautiful American Indian headdress of eagle feathers.
It has an estimate of $3,000,000 to
sold for $3,525,000.
11 is "Nurse of Greenmeadow," by Richard Prince (b. 1949), an inkjet
print and acrylic on canvas that measures 78 by 58 1/4 inches.
It was painted in 2002 and was illustrated on the front cover
of a 2003 catalogue at the Barbara Gladstone Gallery in New York.
It has an estimate of $7,000,000 to $9,000,000. It sold for $8,565,000.
30, "Untitled (In and Out of the Darkness Face 43.01)," by Mark
Grotjahn, oil on cardboard mounted on linen, 88 1/4 by 48 1/4 inches,
30 is a large work by Mark Grotjahn (b. 1968) entitled "Untitled (In
and Out of the Darkness Face 43.01)." An oil on cardboard
mounted on linen, it measures 88 1/4 by 48 1/4 inches and was created
in 2011. It has an estimate of $3,500,000 to $4,500,000. It sold for $6,045,000.
"Untitled (Gorobe Geister Nr. 6)," by Thomas Schutte, bronze, 116
inches high, 1996
The most arresting and
impressive work in the auction is Lot
26 is a large bronze sculpture by Thomas Schutte (b. 1954) entitled
"Untitled (Grobe Geister Nr. 6). It is 116 inches high and
in 1996. It is the sixth of 17 characters in the artist's
"Big Spirits" series executed between 1995 and 2004.
"Articulated through expressive folds, furls and contortions,
the figyre is simultaneously lyrical and monstrous, verging on
the comedic and yet faintly tinged with horrow," according to the
catalogue entry. It has an estimate of $3,500,000 to $4,500,000.
It sold for
"Untitled," by Martin Kippenberger, oil on canvas, 79 7/8 by 95 1/4
Lot 13 is a very large
untitled oil on canvas by Martin Kippenberger (1953-1997). It
measures 79 7/8 by 95 1/4 inches and was painted in 1988. It
was once in the Saatchi Collection and was exhibited in the
Kippenberger retrospective in 2008-9 at the Museum of Modern Art in New
York. It is one of a series of five paintings the artist
based on a photograph of Picasso and one of his dogs in 1962.
It has an estimate of $9,000,000 to $12,000,000. It sold for $18,645,000.
29, "The World is Flat," by Mark Bradford, billboard paper,
photomechanical reproductions, acrylic gel, twine, wrapping paper,
carbor paper, silver coated paper and acrylic on ccanvas, 101 1/4 by
142 1/2 inches, 2007
29 is a large work by Mark Bradford (b. 1961) entitled "The World is
Flat." It is made out of billboard paper, photomechanical
reproductions, acrylic gel, twine, wrapping paper, carbon paper, silver
coated paper and acrylic on canvas. It was created in 2007 and
measures 101 1/4 by 142 1/2 inches. It was exhibited in a
retrospective on the artist in 2007 at the Whitney Museum of American
It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to $2,500,000. It sold for $2,405,000.
16, "Untitled (Fire, Red/Black U)," by Wade Guyton, Epson UltraChrome
inkjet on linen, 56 by 36 inches, 2005
16, "Untitled (Fire, Red/Black U)," is an Epson UltraChrome inkjket on
linen, 56 by 36 inches by Wade Guyton (b. 1972), who had a show in 2012
at the Whitney Museum of American Art. It was created in
2005. It has an estimate of $2,500000 to $3,500,000. It sold for $3,525,000.
In a May 13, 2014 article in The
New York Times, Carol Vogel wrote that "for weeks the art
world grumbled about the sale's high estimate," adding that "the New
York artist Wade Guyton, who produced his paintings on inkjet printers,
was so disgusted by the enormous price expected for one of his 2005
flame paintings..., that he went on the offensive over the weekend,
printing multiple copies of the image from his original disk and
posting them on the photo-sharing site Instagram."
She noted that the auction was organized by Loic Gouzer and that 13 of
the 35 works were "guaranteed, meaning either Christie's or a third
party had promised the sellers and undisclosed sum in advance, whatever
the auction's outcome."