Sale: 534 / Contemporary Art Day Sale, Dec. 09. 2022 in Munich Lot 169

 

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Stephan Balkenhol
Mann mit weißem Hemd und schwarzer Hose, 2011.
Wooden sculpture made of Wawa wood, partly with...
Estimate:
€ 40,000 - 60,000

 
$ 39,600 - 59,400

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Mann mit weißem Hemd und schwarzer Hose. 2011.
Wooden sculpture made of Wawa wood, partly with colors.
223 x 56 x 39 cm (87.7 x 22 x 15.3 in).

• No other contemporary sculptor has created so unmistakable plastic works.
• Unique object of high recognition value.
• The Lehmbruck Museum in Duisburg showed a comprehensive Balkenhol exhibition from October 22, 2020 to February 28, 2021
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PROVENANCE: Galerie Leu, Munich (2013).
Private collection Baden-Württemberg.

"I believe [.] that every depiction of a human figure is of existential nature, as it poses the questions 'who am I', 'what am I doing here on Earth', 'how do I see, think and feel."
Stephan Balkenhol in an interview with Heinz-Norbert Jocks, Kunstforum, vol. 144, 1999, Gespräche mit Künstlern, p. 272.

Called up: December 9, 2022 - ca. 15.02 h +/- 20 min.

In his works, Balkenhol strives to detach figurative sculpture from its political, religious, and allegorical appropriations and to reinvent it. The quest for new ways of formulating and giving meaning to everyday material that many German artists pursued since the 1980s, also becomes manifested in Balkenhol's work, who was trained in sculpting in the class of the strictly minimalist artist Ulrich Rückriem in Hamburg. Since about 1982, the human figures and heads he directly cut out of the block of wood, often larger than life, have dominated his work. Balkenhol uses traditional tools to work the wood, which he sees as a living substance. The sculptor's signature and physical labor remain visible in the work. The impression of apparent unfinishedness remains intrinsic to it and is precisely calculated. The archetype of the man in black pants and white shirt made Balkenhol well known abroad. He makes up for the apparent ordinariness of his figures with their unusual dimensions: Sometimes the figures are larger than life and huge, sometimes scaled down on pedestals four times as high, so that they remain at eye level with the viewer. Here, the young man casually presents himself in the typical Balkenhol uniform, shirt and black pants. A present day figure, very much alive and up-to-date. He stands above the viewer, his pedestal is a stool. An uncommon form, as his pedestals usually show remains of the wooden trunks they were carved from. It is precisely through their simplicity and objectivity that Stephan Balkenhol's figures fascinate us so much. They are strange and familiar at the same time. Mostly his figures just stand there, not doing anythimg. They rarely have objects attached to them or throw themselves into a pose. Their main task is to be present, casual and natural. But they also seem strangely enraptured, one cannot catch their gaze, an aura of the untouchable surrounds them. Stephan Balkenhol himself says: "My sculptures do not tell stories. Something mysterious is hidden in them. It is not my task to reveal it, but the its the viewer's to discover it." [EH]



169
Stephan Balkenhol
Mann mit weißem Hemd und schwarzer Hose, 2011.
Wooden sculpture made of Wawa wood, partly with...
Estimate:
€ 40,000 - 60,000

 
$ 39,600 - 59,400

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Buyer's premium, taxation and resale right compensation for Stephan Balkenhol "Mann mit weißem Hemd und schwarzer Hose"
This lot can be purchased subject to differential or regular taxation, artist‘s resale right compensation is due.

Differential taxation:
Hammer price up to 500,000 €: herefrom 32 % premium.
The share of the hammer price exceeding 500,000 € is subject to a premium of 27 % and is added to the premium of the share of the hammer price up to 500,000 €.
The share of the hammer price exceeding 2,500,000 € is subject to a premium of 22 % and is added to the premium of the share of the hammer price up to 2,500,000 €.
The buyer's premium contains VAT, however, it is not shown.

Regular taxation:
Hammer price up to 500,000 €: herefrom 25 % premium.
The share of the hammer price exceeding 500,000 € is subject to a premium of 20% and is added to the premium of the share of the hammer price up to 500,000 €.
The share of the hammer price exceeding 2,500,000 € is subject to a premium of 15% and is added to the premium of the share of the hammer price up to 2,500,000 €.
The statutory VAT of currently 19 % is levied to the sum of hammer price and premium. As an exception, the reduced VAT of 7 % is added for printed books.

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Calculation of artist‘s resale right compensation:
For works by living artists, or by artists who died less than 70 years ago, a artist‘s resale right compensation is levied in accordance with Section 26 UrhG:
4 % of hammer price from 400.00 euros up to 50,000 euros,
another 3 % of the hammer price from 50,000.01 to 200,000 euros,
another 1 % for the part of the sales proceeds from 200,000.01 to 350,000 euros,
another 0.5 % for the part of the sale proceeds from 350,000.01 to 500,000 euros and
another 0.25 % of the hammer price over 500,000 euros.
The maximum total of the resale right fee is EUR 12,500.

The artist‘s resale right compensation is VAT-exempt.