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Vallot Auctioneers Brings Work From the “Godfather of Korean Monochrome Art” While the European art market focused on Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, and Mark Rothko, South Korean visual artist Kim Whan-ki was building a fresh interpretation of Modernism. Inspired by the Color Field painters, Kim forged a strong connection with the geography and culture of his own country. He eventually set the stage for a new wave of Korean abstraction in the latter half of the 20th century. Vallot Auctioneers’ upcoming Art/ Design From Estates and Collections sale, held on December 22nd, 2020, will feature an untitled painting by Kim. Bidding will start at 2:00 PM EST. Before the sale begins, get to know Kim Whan-ki and his role in Korean Modern art. Kim Whan-ki in 1957. Image from The Wall Street Journal/ The Whan-ki Museum. By the early 20th century, Korean art began to feel the cultural influence of both Japan and Europe. Realism was on the rise, as was interest in the new art movements that embraced self-expression in all its forms. Kim Whan-ki, the child of wealthy landowners, came of age during this time of transition. He received his artistic education at Nihon University in Japan. There, he encountered the work of Henri Matisse and Picasso. Fascinated with their use of color and abstraction, Kim returned to Seoul with a solid background in painting and a strong love for his country. Kim’s entrance into Modern art was put on hold by the outbreak of the Korean War in 1950. He spent years living in a Busan refugee camp before moving to Paris. In many ways, the artist’s Paris period continued what he had already started in Seoul. Kim collaborated with other Korean expatriates and honed his skills. A distinctly Korean style arose from his palette even while he lived beyond his native borders. “Do the lines I draw go beyond the limit of the sky?” he wrote while developing his mature style. “Do the dots shine as brightly as the stars? When I close my eyes, I see the rivers and mountains of my country more clearly…
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As the lead designer for the Herman Miller furniture company, George Nelson prompted the creation of many Modernist pieces. One Nelson-designed desk will be available in the upcoming Art / Design from Estates and Collections sale, offered by Vallot Auctioneers. A founder and champion of American Modernist design, Nelson’s work is recognizable throughout the Herman Miller catalog, both past and present. Other furniture lots in this auction include a lounge chair by Pierre Paulin, several antique carpets, a selection of lighting and ceramics, and more. Beyond design and furnishings, several works of fine art will be available. One of the featured lots is a study of Lenora Robbins by Ashcan artist and teacher Robert Henri. The study was likely a portrait used as a demonstration piece used primarily in the classroom and later re-stretched as a display piece in its own right. The painting appears at auction from the estate of the sitter, Ms. Robbins, who was Henri’s student and class manager. Other fine art in the sale includes an abstract landscape by Howard Rackliffe, an abstract depiction of a studio interior by Timothy Welsh, and more. To view any of these lots and register to bid, visit Bidsquare.
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“I used language because I wanted to offer content that people - not necessarily art people - could understand,” said Jenny Holzer, explaining her use of text-based art. Holzer is an American Neo-Conceptual artist noted for her public art. She rose to prominence shortly after her Truisms series of the late 1970s. Among her popular works is a quote that reads, “Abuse of power comes as no surprise.” This particular piece is available as a poster and matching artist’s book in the upcoming Art / Design + Rare Ephemera event, offered by Vallot Auctioneers. The line has appeared on billboards, posters, LED screens, and light projects across the United States. Other key lots in the sale include a gouache on paper piece titled Male Figure. This work is from Eric Fischl, an American painter, sculptor, printmaker, draughtsman, and educator. Recognized for his figurative paintings, Fischl mainly depicts themes of suburban adolescent sexuality and voyeurism. Additional highlights include works from Betty Woodman, Arnold Blanch, and Alexis Rockman. For more information, visit Bidsquare.
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A key lot of the upcoming Fine Art Auction, presented by Vallot Auctioneers, is a lithograph by Elizabeth Murray. An American Abstract painter, Murray was best known for her large-scale, shaped canvas works and cartoonish drawing style. The available 1987-1988 piece, titled Up Dog, was executed on fourteen sheets of torn and pasted paper. One of Arnold Blanch’s oil paintings is also highlighted in this sale. Primarily known for his portraits, landscapes, and studio scenes, Blanch also painted several murals under federal art projects. Between 1939 and 1942, Blanch spent summers teaching at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and took day trips to paint landscapes. Executed in shades of brown, gray, and green, the available work depicts a storm above the Colorado Mountains. Also offered is a lithograph from Ronald Davis titled Twin Wave. Since the late 1960s, Davis has been an important figure in the world of Abstract art. Employing new technologies of the time, Davis’ works are composed of flat planes of bold color in two- and three-dimensional space. Visit Bidsquare to browse the full catalog and to register to bid.