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Our top 15 picks from Il Ponte Modern & Contemporary Art Sale in Milan (May. 28, 2024)


 

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SONIA DELAUNAY (1885-1979)

PROJET POUR L'ALBUM N.1 1916

WAX CRAYONS ON PAPER

24 X 24 CM.


“For me there is no gap between my painting and my so-called ‘decorative’ work,” she once observed. “I never considered the ‘minor arts’ to be artistically frustrating; on the contrary, it was an extension of my art.”

Sonia Delaunay


Sonia Delaunay was a Ukrainian-born French artist and designer known for her bold use of colorful geometric patterns. – Artnet


ESTIMATE: 15,000 - 25,000


 


GIACOMO BALLA (1871- 1958)

GATTI FUTURISTI; CANARINGATTI; FUTURTREGATESCO 1922-1924

OIL ON CANVAS (ON PAPER)

66 X 194 CM.


Italian painter, sculptor, and designer Giacomo Balla was an originator of Futurism and best known for his work from this period, when he began to sign his name “Futur Balla.” Born in Turin, Balla was self-taught, his early depictions of landscapes and portraits influenced by the Italian Divisionists. After moving to Rome in 1895, Balla traveled to Paris where he was introduced to the industrialism of the modern metropolis that would later influence his paintings; his depiction of moving objects and artificial light was inspired by the velocity and motion of Paris’s light-flooded boulevards. Soon after signing the Technical Manifesto of Futuristic Painting in 1910, Balla became an active and influential member of the group and, later, an early practitioner of abstract sculpture. By 1930 he began his ultimate return to the traditional, impressionistic-figurative style of his youth. – Artsy


ESTIMATE: 250,000 - 300,0000


 




HANS HARTUNG (1904 - 1989)

P1971-A44 1971

OIL PASTELS ON BARYTÉ CARDBOARD

74.8 X 104.8 CM.


Hans Hartung was a French-German artist known for his lyrical abstractions and involvement in the Art Informel movement. Hartung’s idiosyncratic paintings and lithographs were created with distinctive swirls, scribbles, and hatch marks, he made by scratching, erasing, and reapplying pigment. “The first and most important thing is to remain free, free in each line you undertake, in your ideas and in your political action, in your moral conduct.” – Artnet


ESTIMATE: 25,000 - 35,000


 



ALIGHIERO BOETTI (1940 - 1994)

AEREI 1983

BALLPOINT ON PAPER LAID DOWN ON CANVAS IN THREE ELEMENTS

H. 36.5 X 82.5 CM. (TOTAL); 36.5 X 27.5 CM. (EACH ELEMENT)



One day, maybe I was five or six years old, lying on these carpets, my father showed me one of his works, the 'Planes'. He held it with his hands suspended above my head, to place it in the sky. I found it sublime. I think about it every time I see one of these works. I no longer needed to look at the sky to dream, now my dream was hanging in front of my bed. His planes were all white, in all shapes and sizes. Because of this abundance of planes, I could not tell if the perspective was respected! "The planes will collide! There will be so many accidents and so many deaths!" I told him frightened. "It is an ideal sky, dreamed and imagined. One day it will be possible. Planes will no longer be flown by men but by robots and everything will be calculated. In a few years, my work will be a photograph of the real situation in the sky!' he said to reassure me. [...] If for me, the multitude of planes made by Alighiero represented a delightful and lucid concentration of an ideal sky, for my father this accumulation had to be developed to the extreme and reach exactitude, precision and knowledge." - Agata Boetti - Il Ponte Lot Essay



ESTIMATE: 80,000 - 120,000


 



LYNN CHADWICK (1914 - 2003)

WINGED FIGURES II 1975

PARTIALLY POLISHED BRONZE

47 X 43 X 38 CM.


Lynn Chadwick never formally trained as a sculptor, but he became one of the 20th century’s best-known and recognisable artists, developing his own unique construction techniques.The Royal Academy of Arts


ESTIMATE: 30,000 - 35,000


 




ALIGHIERO BOETTI (1940 - 1994)

INSICURO NONCURANTE 1975-1976

COMPLETE PORTFOLIO OF 81 SHEETS

EACH 55 X 45 CM, IN ORIGINAL RED CANVAS CONTAINER 56 X 48.5 X 3.2 CM.


Alighiero Boetti was an Italian Conceptual artist and member of the Arte Povera movement. Born in Turin, Italy on December 16, 1940, he dropped out of business school to study art independently and formed close relationships with the artists Luciano Fabro and Michelangelo Pistoletto. Boetti used a wide variety of materials for his work—including ball point pens and postal stamps—to make a series of maps and graphical charts of the world. “I went to a supplier of building materials. It was thrilling to see the wonderful things that were there!” the artist observed. “Some of the best moments in Arte Povera were hardware shop moments.” – Artnet


ESTIMATE: 35,000 - 50,000


 




TANO FESTA (1938 -  1987)

LISCA NERA 1961

INDUSTRIAL ENAMEL AND WOOD COLLAGE ON CANVAS

90.5 X 130 CM.


Tano Festa (Rome, 1938 - 1988), an artist, painter and photographer with an intense life, was one of the Italian artists closest to Pop Art. In his youth he became friends with a number of Roman artists who came together in the Scuola di Piazza del Popolo group, including Mario Schifano and Jannis Kounellis. He soon achieved a fair degree of fame that led him to participate in important exhibitions and collaborate with leading galleries in Rome. – Finestre sull'Arte


ESTIMATE: 50,000 - 70,000



 




CARLA ACCARDI (1924 - 2014)

MARRONE 1972

ENAMEL ON SICOFOIL

92.5 X 104.5 CM.


Carla Accardi was an Italian painter known for her calligraphic abstractions. Accardi used both traditional canvas supports as well as a material called Sicofoil (a transparent plastic) to produce her paintings. “I was following two approaches: one focused on a scientific biological perspective, with growing and shrinking amoebas. The other approach was more geometric, with work that was sharper, even though there were some curved shapes.” – Artnet


ESTIMATE: 45,000 - 60,000


 



FAUSTO MELOTTI (1901 - 1986)

KORE 1954

GLAZED CERAMIC

H 102 CM.


Fausto Melotti was a mid-century Italian Modernist sculptor and installation artist. – Artnet


"In the ancient myth, Kore 'the maiden', another name for Persephone, daughter of Demeter, is abducted one day by Hades, the king of the underworld, while picking flowers in a meadow, and is taken to the depths of the underworld. The earth, which had dried up, begins to grow flowers and fruit again, at the behest of her mother Demeter, the harvest goddess, who during the disappearance of Kore had sent a terrible year upon the earth, which did not sow any seeds. The work, with its threadlike structure in ceramic glazed by Fausto Melotti, is inspired by the statues of the ancient Greek goddess Persephone." - Il Ponte Lot Essay




ESTIMATE: 40,000 - 60,000


 



PABLO ATCHUGARRY (B.  1954)

FRONDE 1991

MARBLE

56 X 60 X 23 CM.


Pablo Atchugarry is internationally renowned for his monumental public sculptures. After experimenting with a variety of materials early in his career, Atchugarry turned to marble as his primary medium. Simultaneously abstract and numinous, massive and delicately carved, his sculptures are reflections on the intervention of the spiritual in everyday life, intended to channel spiritual energies into the spaces they occupy and invite contemplation of the divine. Atchugarry is influenced by the seminal work of Constantin Brancusi and Henry Moore, and often likened to Michelangelo in his similar devotion to working with his own hands (as opposed to the workshop practices of several of his contemporaries. – Artsy


ESTIMATE: 15,000 - 20,000


 



GÉRARD SCHNEIDER (1896 - 1986)

OPUS 10N 1970

OIL ON CANVAS

73 X 92 CM.


Gérard Schneider, a Swiss-born, Paris-based artist, was recognized as a trailblazer of lyrical abstraction, a post-war movement aligned with Abstract Expressionism. Schneider’s approach was defined by his vigorous brushwork, which created a dynamic language of line, and his masterful manipulation of color, oscillating between intense saturation and nuanced pastels. He discovered the expressive potential of gestural painting, creating a distinctive style of abstract compositions imbued with raw emotion. Schneider’s work caught the eye of renowned gallerist Denise René, leading to exhibitions alongside prominent contemporaries like Serge Poliakoff and Victor Vasarely. His art found global recognition and has been exhibited at institutions worldwide. – Artsy



ESTIMATE: 6,000 - 8,000




 
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