Sunday, February 7, 2016

David Hockney at Auction

Sotheby’s New York 17 November 2016 Contemporary Art

Measuring 72 by 144 inches, Woldgate Woods, 24, 25, and 26 October 2006 is a monumental work by a pillar of post-war British art, David Hockney. Making use of six canvases,  Woldgate Woods beautifully captures the light and color of the Yorkshire landscape.  Exhibited at the Royal Academy in the 2012 blockbuster exhibition, David Hockney: A Bigger Picture , the sale of this large-scale painting comes ten years after Sotheby’s redefined the market for the artist with  

The Splash .

 With an estimate of $9/12 million, Sotheby’s is once again set to establish a new record for Hockney at auction.

Christie's 2016

Also leading the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction are three works by David Hockney, including his vivid celebration of light and colour  

Beach Umbrella (1971, estimate: £1,000,000 – 1,500,000, pictured above).

Created during a highly productive period following the devastating end of the artist’s relationship with Peter Schlesinger, the work is also a powerful testament to the therapeutic power of paint. Its vibrant colours and rich, tactile surfaces demonstrate the solace Hockney found in the medium. Beach Umbrella was a highlight of Hockney’s landmark 1988 retrospective, which was shown to great acclaim at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Tate Modern in London.

Also offered for auction alongside Beach Umbrella are

Hockney’s Parade Curtain After Picasso (1980, estimate: £600,000 – 800,000), a jubilant tribute to his greatest artistic hero,

Parade, the curtain, tempera by Picasso. (the original)

and The Sea at Malibu (1988, estimate: £600,000 – 800,000, pictured above),

an example of his triumphant return to painting that year, and his continued reverence for Southern California where he had a studio in Malibu.

Sotheby's 2015

Sotheby’s May auctions of Contemporary Art will feature two works by David Hockney, both collected by Samuel Goldwyn Jr.

In Fruit in a Chinese Bowl (estimate $800,000/1.2 million), the still life – one of the most traditional genres of painting – becomes the arena for Hockney to reinterpret the lessons of Art History, from Pointillism to Cubism, within his own instantly-recognizable stylistic vernacular.

The landscape Malibu House (estimate $600/800,000) embodies the playfulness and charm that distinguishes Hockney’s work, while also demonstrating his engagement with art history and the impact of Los Angeles on his development. This picture dates to 1988: the year of his triumphant return to painting and his retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

David Hockney
Estimate 1,500,0002,000,000
LOT SOLD. 3,397,000 GBP

Estimate 1,200,0001,800,000 GBP
LOT SOLD. 2,165,000 GBP

Estimate 800,0001,200,000 GBP

Estimate 350,000450,000 USD
LOT SOLD. 700,000 USD

Christie's 2015

Gregory in the Pool (Paper Pool 4)

Steps with Shadow

Christie's 2014

With Conversation
(2007 -  PRICE REALIZED £602,400)

Ravel's Garden 3

Christie's 2013

Great Pyramid at Giza with Broken Head from Thebes


Green Pool with Diving Board and Shadow
Christie's 2010

Hedgerow Near Kilham, October 2005

Christie's 2009

Beverly Hills Housewife

White Building and Clouds

Christie's 2008

A Table

Big Landscape (Medium)

Sotheby's 2014

Estimate 100,000150,000 GBP
LOT SOLD. 386,500 GBP
Sotheby's 2013


David Hockney  
Double East Yorkshire (1998) had been estimated to sell for $3.1 million to $4.6 million and went to another telephone bidder for $5.3 million.

Sotheby's 2012

David Hockney's ''Swimming Pool,'' painted in 1965, went for £2.5 million at Sotheby's in London, up from its 2007 price of £1.19 million.

Sotheby's 2011

David Hockney, Hotel L’Arbois, Sainte-Maxime, 1968 (est. £1-1.5 million),