Dec 12, 2016

Auction Review: Which Contemporary Artists Performed Well at Phillips’ New Now in London?

We take an in depth look at Phillips' New Now auction results on 8 December to find out which artists are trending with art collectors
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Phillips Auction on December 8 saw a number of contemporary artists performing well against their guide price. Notable mentions include Joe Reihsen, Stik, Ego Zigura and George Pusenkoff, who all saw works sold for more than triple their guide prices. We take a look though at the 5 who outperformed everyone.

1. Jose Bedia (b. 1959)

Cuban artist Jose Bedia Valdes was a pioneer of the radical transformation of Cuban Art. His works are in many public collections including MoMa, Whitney Museum of American Art and Tate Modern.

His work ‘Finalmente in Dialogo’ (b. 2000), a large piece at 172.7 x 284.5cm sold for £18,750 vs. an estimate of £2,000 - 3,000.

2. Ivan Chuikov (b. 1935)

Born in Moscow, Ivan graduated from the Moscow State Art Institute and has works in major private and museum collections including The Pompidou Center in Paris and the Russian Museum in St. Petersburg.

‘Fragment no4’ a large alkyd enamel on masonite piece (180 x 260cm) executed in 1982 sold for £25,000 vs. an estimate of £3,000 - £5,000.

3. Ruth Root (b. 1967)

A New York based artist, Ruth is well known for painting on thin, irregularly shaped aluminium. Her works are owned by a number of museums including MoMa and the LA County Museum of Art.

Her untitled piece from 2004 (122.2 x 172cm) sold for £16,250 against an estimate of £2,000 - £3,000.

4. Philippe Pasqua (b. 1965)

Voted French artist of the year in 2012, Philippe is a painter, drawer and sculptor. His sculpture ‘Vanite aux papillons (Vanity of Butterflies), made from butterflies and acrylic on resin (186 x 42 x 52cm) sold for £19,375 against an estimate of £3,000 - £5,000.

5. Li Shan (b. 1942)

Best known for his provocative portraits of Mao Zedong, Chinese artist Li Shan has been featured in art exhibitions including the Venice Biennale, the Brooklyn Museum in New York and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Shanghai.

A number of works from Li Shan were sold at New Now at high prices against their estimate, including Mao 2 (1995), which sold for £31,250 against an estimate of £6,000 - £8,000.