This wonderful painting by David Hockney is scheduled to be sold at auction in New York on Thursday night and it is predicted that it will become the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction by a living artist. Hockney is 81 years old.
The estimate of the winning bid is not public, but privately the prediction is that it will sell for between $50 Million and $100 Million. This begs the question: what makes a work of art so valuable. If anyone cares to read a long post, here are a few thoughts. (1) When you own a work of art you not only own the specific item, you own a piece of everything that is known about that artist, so the more famous the artist, the more that has been studied and written about him and your owned work has all that history connected to it. (2) Art is a commodity that has a market like any other market, and is subject to the factors of supply and demand. In this case, there is the history of everything that has sold previously by this artist and there is the fact that this is the exceedingly rare case where this particular painting is almost universally accepted as the artist’s greatest work, or at least his most iconic work. (3) Great increases of private wealth have resulted in sharp increases in the value of works of art.
The current record price at auction for a living artist is a sculpture by Jeff Koons that sold in 2013 for $58.4 Million.
The subject is a portrait of his former student, Peter Schlesinger, with whom he had been lovers for five years before the painting was made and the painting was part of the process of healing from the breakup. It was made after extensive studies and hundreds of photographs of a swimmer in water. It was completed by working 18 hours a day for two weeks before an exhibition. .
Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures), 1972, acrylic on canvas, 84 x 120 inches.
#davidhockney - Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) represents a culminating apex of two of the artist’s most celebrated motifs—the pool and the double portrait. An immediately recognizable and iconic image in David Hockney’s diverse oeuvre, Portrait of an Artist has graced the cover of numerous artist monographs, starred in various retrospectives—as well as Jack Hazan's 1973 cult Hockney film, A Bigger Splash—and firmly stands its ground among the best museum examples, including A Bigger Splash, 1967 (Tate, London), Mr. and Mrs. Clark and Percy, 1971 (Tate, London) and American Collectors (Fred and Marcia Weisman), 1968 (Art Institute of Chicago).
Et si ce soir nous partions à la rencontre de David Hockney. David, le peintre anglais vivant le plus influant et le plus connu du XXème siècle. 🍃
David entre deux continents. D'un côté Londres et Bradford, berceau de son enfance et de l’autre, L.A, la drogue, le sexe facile, les VIP et N.Y, ses galeries et ses expos. 🍃
David qui peint la vie. Sa vie.
Laura sa mère, tellement fière et Ken son père qui « s’habillait avec élégance sans dépenser un sou, qui collait sur ses cols ou ses cravates du papier qu’il ornait de pois et de raies de couleurs vives. »
Car David Hockney est né dans une famille pauvre de Bradford. Il a dû se battre pour devenir artiste. 🍃
David qui peint des piscines bleues, des paysages verts.
David qui peint surtout ses jeunes amants. Peter son premier amour resté au stade platonique, Bob « tellement bête », rencontré dans un bar de Venice en Californie, « qui voulait seulement se droguer et baiser », Ossie Clark, couturier londonien très en vogue, l’autre Peter, son double, sa moitié, l’absolu, le seul qui ait vraiment compté ? Et tant d’autres aux hanches étroites, aux corps graciles, musclés, aux lèvres sensuelles.
David qui peint aussi ses amis artistes, Henry, Christopher Isherwood romancier et scénariste, Don son compagnon.
Il ne peint pas leurs portraits mais son rêve à lui. Rêve de vie. D’affranchissement. De liberté absolue. 🍃
On se pique au jeu d’aller admirer ses toiles au fur à mesure de l’avancée du récit. Et c’est d’un riche enseignement. On y retrouve le corps et l’âme de David. Sa vie rêvée. 🍃
On sait à présent que David a uniquement peint « ce qui comptait pour lui » et qu’il a toujours peint ce qu’il voulait, quand il voulait où il voulait. Mais en définitive, à l’aube de sa vie, Hockney, l’héritier de Hopper a t-il vraiment accompli son rêve américain ?
La vraie beauté, la puissance de ses toiles provient sans doute de son audace absolue.
Just because I’m cheeky, doesn’t mean I’m not serious, se plaisait-il à dire.
En tout cas, nous, on vous dit merci Monsieur Hockney pour votre joyeuse effronterie, votre insolence bienfaisante. 📗📗📗
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This week, a painting by the British artist David Hockney is set to displace Jeff Koons’s “Balloon Dog” as the most expensive work by a living artist to be sold at auction. ”Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” will be sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale on Nov. 15 for an estimated $80 million, overtaking Koons’ 2013 record of $58.4 million. Read more on qz.com/quartzy. 🎨 #art#davidhockney#poolpaintings#artoftheday
David Hockney is an English painter born in 1937 that moved to LA in 1964. He loves life and he want to live it in colors. You can see that in this painting. Current exhibitions are in New York and Chicago, you may want to check them out if you are there. ________________________________________________________#davidhockney#artist#quotes#digitalart#colors#life#painting#art
If I had $80 million laying around, I’d spend it on this #hockney too. #davidhockney “Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)” is about to smash the record for work by a living artist sold at auction. And I think it’s well-deserved. #art#artsaves#LOOK
Paper Pools! In late summer 1978, David Hockney created a series of large format works in which dyed paper pulp was pressed into prepared colored sheets, imitating the iridescent effects of light on the surface of water. This 1980 limited edition features an original color lithograph signed by the artist. Lot 25.
Bidding is about to begin in our auction of Rare Books, Autographs & Maps. Catalogue at Doyle.com
If you miss the coveted David Hockney’s iconic “Portrait of an Artist (Pool With Two Figures)” this Thursday, maybe you could invest in this last edition 14/15 by the Belgian photographer @francoisharray.photographer .
About the auction in NewYork
Christie’s will aim to sell Thursday 15 November 2018 for around $80 million “One of the most iconic images in the artist’s oeuvre, David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) is a story of two compositions. The first, started in 1971, was inspired by the serendipitous juxtaposition of two photographs on the artist’s studio floor. ‘One was of a figure swimming underwater and therefore quite distorted… the other was a boy gazing at something on the ground,’ Hockney would later recall. ‘The idea of painting two figures in different styles appealed so much that I began the painting immediately.’ @christiesinc #francoisharray#afterhockney#davidhockney#hockney#artcurator#artmarket#artcollector#photocollector#thehouseoftheartists#thota#thotaclub#lastedition#thotalondon