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June Auctions: From Modern to Contemporary Art
Hurricanes of the Possible
Günther Uecker
Woge, Japan
Nails, black paint on canvas and on wood, 1995
49.2 x 47.2 inches
Estimate: € 600.000-800.000
Munich, 12 April 2018 (kk) - To Günther Uecker the primal force of a wave is an allegory of the creative process, a "Hurricane of the Possible". His work "Woge, Japan" is a boisterously stirred masterpiece in which the artist unleashes his creative powers like a storm. The work will be called up in the auctions from 7-9 June at Ketterer Kunst in Munich:

1) Post War / Contemporary Art
2) Modern Art

on 1) Post War / Contemporary Art

Günther Uecker made the work in 1995 exclusively for a collector. It is absolutely new on the market and a fascinating reinterpretation of the nail picture "Sturz (Kamakura)", which was created under the impressions of Uecker's journey through Japan. Subtle allusions to an icon of Japanese woodcut art reflect the transboundary dimension in the artist's creation and emphasize his special affinity to Asian culture and philosophy. Only the auction day will show whether the estimate price of € 600,000-800,000 for this highly associative masterpiece from the sought-after work group of the "Nagelfelder" (Nail Fields) will also make for a "Hurricane of the Possible". That day will also tell if the estimate of € 140,000-180,000 for Uecker's slightly smaller work "Feld (For Ezra Pound)" from 1999 will be confirmed or even surpassed.

Color or Non-color? That is the question that Enrico Castellani posed. The bright white work "Superficie Bianca" from 1980 comes from his most important work group of the "Superficie Trapunte", which is considered as the art-historically most significant contribution to Italian Post War Art. The magnificent work in landscape format will enter the race with an estimate of € 250,000-350,000.

The same price has been tagged to Robert Rauschenberg's "County Sweep". The monumental mixed media work is particularly impressive, however, not exclusively, for its tremendous length of more than three meters (120 inches).

With a height of 2.65 meters and a width of 2.3 meters (104.3 x 57 x 90.5 inches), Tony Cragg's massive bronze "Point of View" also has a respectable appearance. With its estimate price of € 300,000-400,000 it is the leading work in the section of sculptures. Other works that can be found here are Adolf Luther's "Spiegelobjekt" (estimate: € 80,000-100,000) and Heinz Mack's "Relief" (estimate: € 70,000-90,000) from around 1970, as well as the bronze "Google Head" by Elisabeth Frink (estimate: € 80,000-120,000), Norbert Kricke's "Raumplastik (Kleine Reux)" (estimate: € 50,000-70,000) and Fritz Koenig's bronze "Camarque XIV" (estimate: € 40,000-60,000).

Imi Knoebel will be represented with more than a dozen of his colorful and energetic works. Next to the collage "Pure Freude 10(1-3)" and the mixed media work "Rot/Gelb/Weiss/Blau", the acrylic- and aluminum work "Alle Vier" from 1998, carrying an estimate of € 40,000-60,000, is a particularly big temptation for every art lover.

Other important works in the department are Ernst Wilhelm Nay's "Purpurmelodie", (estimate: € 200,000-300,000) and Gerhard Richter's "9.12.96" (estimate: € 150,000-250,000), Günther Förg's "Fenster I" (estimate: € 100,000-150,000) as well as works by Dadamaino, Rainer Fetting, Günther Fruhtrunk, Katharina Grosse, Roberto Matta, A.R. Penck, Sigmar Polke, Fred Thieler, Victor Vasarely and, of course, Andy Warhol.

Nolde Emil Nolde
Watercolor, 1930/1935
47,5 x 35,7 cm
Estimate: € 150 000 - 250 000
on 2) Modern Art
This section is led by Alexej von Jawlensky's oil painting "Gelbe Häuser" which the artist made in 1909 during his time in Murnau. The color-intense masterpiece will enter the race with an estimate of € 250,000-350,000. Jawlensky‘s oil painting "Grosses Stilleben: Helles Bouquet" from 27 years later can possibly be acquired for € 120,000-150,000.

Next to August Macke's idyllic scene "Kinder am Brunnen II", Alfons Walde will take the observer to a trip to snowy Austria. Walde stages the magnificent Alpine landscape like no one else, so that one immediately falls for the love and passion he has for his homeland. His oil painting "Aurach bei Kitzbühel" 1926/1928 displays a perfect winter's day. Both works have been estimated at € 200,000-300,000 each.

Emil Nolde's portrait "Ada" has been estimated at € 150,000-250,000. The bright blue and red watercolor, a portrait of his wife from around 1930/1935, delivers the same proof of the artist's virtuosity as his flower watercolors (with estimate prices up to € 120,000) that were made around the same time and come from a renowned German private collection. The two expressive watercolors "Marschlandschaft" and "Mädchen mit blauem Haar" (estimate prices up to € 150,000) have a likewise notable provenance as they come from the Canadian collection of Hugo and Madeleine Simons.

Hermann Max Pechstein is also represented with several works, the range of offerings is led by the oil painting "Am Genfer See". Made during unburdened days in Montreaux in 1925, the work has been on permanent loan at the Kunsthalle Emden since 2006 and will now be called up with an estimate of € 140,000-180,000.

Further notable works in the section of Modern Art are Conrad Felixmüller's oil painting "Klöckner-Hochofen-Werk, Haspe vom Wohnzimmerfenster Familie Wulf gemalt, mit Sohn Ludwig" which shows the unusual motif of blast furnaces seen from a living-room window (estimate: € 90,000-120,000), Karl Hofer's melancholic soulscape "Im grünen Kleid" and Koloman Moser's "Landschaft bei Semmering" (estimate: € 80,000-120,000 each), as well as works by acclaimed artists such as Ernst Barlach, Otto Dix, Lyonel Feininger, Gustav Klimt, Max Liebermann, Gabriele Münter, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele and Max Slevogt.

May 3/5           Ketterer Kunst Holstenwall 5,  20355 Hamburg*
May 8-10         Galerie von Vertes Bahnhofstrasse 16,  8001 Zuerich, CH*
May 15/16       Galerie Schwind Fahrgasse 8 ,  60311 Frankfurt*
May 18-21       Ketterer Kunst Malkastenstr. 11,  40211 Düsseldorf*
May 25-31        Ketterer Kunst Fasanenstr. 70,  10719 Berlin*
June 2-8           Ketterer Kunst Joseph-Wild-Str. 18,  81829 Munich**
* selected works ** all works

Theme Nights
May 23, 7-8 p. m. Ketterer Kunst Berlin "Fred Thieler: Malen als Antwort auf die Welt"
Introduction by Sigrid Melchior M.A., art historian and author of Fred Thieler's catalog raisonné

June 4, 6 – 7 p. m. Ketterer Kunst Munich "Gerhard Richters Unikate in Serie"
Introduction by Hubertus Butin, author, curator and Gerhard Richter‘s former assistant, as well as publisher of the new catalog raisonné of Gerhard Richter‘s editions

Auctions in Munich
June 7-9       Modern Art / Post War Art /Contemporary Art

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