Contemporary, Modern Art and Old Masters
Auction 173 - 18 May 2019
Raoul De Keyser
Sluier (Veil) (1985)471 € 20 000 - 30 000Oil on canvas - Sig. on the reverse 1985 - 60 x 50 cm - Exhibition label on the reverse KH Bern (group exhibition 1986)Exhibition "Raoul De Keyser" Vereniging voor het Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Ghent 1987 Literature "Raoul De Keyser. Paintings 1980-1999" Steven Jacobs, Cera Holding & Ludion Press, Ghent 2000, cat. nr. 494 reprod.
Included in the archives Raoul De Keyser
Papaver (Poppy) (model) (1985)479 € 15 000 - 20 000Sculpture - Metal and cellophane - Painted red - With signed label "Panamarenko 85" - 40 x diam. 25 cm
Two women with parrots484 € 33 000 - 44 000Acrylic on rice paper - Signature stamp - 180 x 96,5 cmProvenance Lens Fine Art, Antwerp
Listen (Listening Inside my Own Head & Hand to listen (Right & Left hand)) (1992)526 € 36 000 - 50 000Installation - 3 sculptures - Wax, hair, glass, ballpoint ink - Sig. "3 Jan Fabre" (on 'Listening Inside my Own Head', one of three unique copies). - 40 x 20 x 25 cm & 15 x 15 x 15 cm (2 x)Exhibition Documenta IX, Kassel 1992
"The Problem" Solo-show Jan Fabre AD Gallery, Athens 2004 Literature "Documenta als Motor - Kommentare von Jan Hoet" Kunstforum #119, 1992, cf. p. 274
"Jan Fabre. Der Leimrutenmann" Gal. der Stadt Stuttgart, Cantz Verlag 1995, cf. nr. 4 reprod. p. 11 en 183
"Darouma's Taô" R.H. Marijnissen 2005, cf. p. 5 reprod.
"Homo Faber" Bart De Baere e.a., Mercatorfonds, Antwerp 2006, cf. p. 257 reprod.
"Jan Fabre. Hortus/Corpus" Stefan Hertmans & Evert van Straeten, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo 2011, cf. p. 129 reprod.
Jan Fabre Listen
A lifelike Jan Fabre skittishly searches around. Adorned with two drinking glasses, as if they were feelers of an insect or antennae? Or horns? he scans his environment for emerging rumors. The title "Listening inside my own head" suggests that the artist is trying to discern his own thoughts. Two hands appear from the wall next to his head. The "Hand to listen" holds a glass and invites the viewer to listen to what is going on at the other side of the wall. The artist communicates with his audience in an absurdly realistic way, as protagonist of his own static theater.
The installation is a game of hearing and being heard, of listening to what has been forgotten or ignored, to what is happening outside the walls, to the reality surrounding us. The questioning of fundamental and universal human qualities, which can also be found in the animal world, is a constant in Fabres oeuvre. For example, listening as a theme also returns in another work in this auction (lot 538), Flemish Warrior (Warrior of Despair). In this case the warrior is a Flemish giant, the rabbit breed par excellence from our region. With his ears as a weapon, he can flee possible enemies in time. It is the nature of people, and by extension of artists, to be alert to evil tongues. Culture hounds are always lurking
Jan Fabre was invited by Jan Hoet in 1992 to participate in Documenta IX in Kassel. The installation "Listen" was exhibited at three different locations simultaneously, consisting each of one copy of "Listening inside my own head" and seven copies of "Hand to listen". The various hands were scattered along the inside of the outer walls over the three locations on Documenta. It is a story of hearing and listening. Jan's mother listened with such a glass to what her son was doing in his nursery. It is also a call, a symbol: listen to what is happening outside, outside the art world" writes Ralf Danke ("Ein Foto-Rundgang durch die Documenta IX. Documenta as a Motor - Kommentare von Jan Hoet", published in Kunstforum # 119, 1992, p.274)
Shock Value (1992)528 € 22 000 - 30 000Acrylic and collage of paper on canvas - Sig. on the reverse 1992 with title - 196 x 120 cm
Zelfportret als joker in de Ommeganckstraat (Self-portrait as Joker in the Ommeganck Street) (1997)549 € 65 000 - 85 000Installation - Beetles on metal structure - On 2 wooden stands - 146 x 160 x 75 cmExhibition "L'Ange de la métamorphose" Musée du Louvre, Paris 2008, p. 97, 192-193 & 218 reprod.
"Jan Fabre en Félicien Rops. Facing time" Musée Félicien Rops, Namen 2015, p. 150 reprod. Provenance Guy Pieters Gal., Knokke
No title (2006)577 € 50 000 - 70 000Diptych - feathers, coffee, grain, egg yolk, Indian powders, chalk and pencil on canvas - 160 x 400 cm (total) - Unframed
Pretzel #1 (2006)580 € 90 000 - 120 000Sculpture - Bronze - Black patina - Sig. 2006 - Ex. nr. 1/3 - With stamp Kunstgiesserei Pfeifer, Stadtallendorf (D) - 64,3 x 105 x 105 cmProvenance Guy Pieters Gal., Knokke, acquired by the present owner in 2011
Delvoyes pathetic pretzel
"Instead of fighting popular culture, we should accept it and chew it."
As in many Flemish households, mother Delvoye also adorned hers with a crucifix. The artist modeled projects such as Pretzel after this simple and unpretentious object. He hauls the recognizable religious iconography of the Christ figure through a computer-controlled mangle to achieve a visually astonishing effect. The twisted and elongated bodies refer to a Gothic aesthetic, where images were also mannered to serve an architectural or decorative visual language.
Stretched out, twisted and distorted: the manipulation emphasizes the suffering of Christ. The loop of bodies forms a crown of thorns, symbol of pathos. Or one could see an ordinary ball of barbed wire. Or even the knot shaped pastry called pretzel. Through this grotesque transformation of a recognizable formal language, the artist provokes a shift from the domain of the sacred to that of the profane, and beyond, to that of the trivial.
He plays with the visible contradiction between the old and the contemporary, the beautiful and the repulsive. This also reminds of his Saw blade (lot 515), the saw painted with Delft motifs. Delvoye's creations are quirky and bizarre, but delightfully beautiful and fascinatingly poetic.
Ongereimt (2014)581 € 28 000 - 38 000Oil on canvas - Monogram 2014 - 80 x 100 cm - Unframed - Label on the reverse Gal. Xavier Hufkens, Brussels
Shitting doves of peace and flying rats (2008)588 € 55 000 - 70 000Sculpture - Murano glass and ballpoint ink - On a marble base - In plexi box - 30 x 220 x 25 cmLiterature "Jan Fabre au Louvre. L'ange de la métamorphose" Marie-Laure Bernadac e.a., Gallimard/Musée du Louvre Éd., Paris 2008, cf. p. 162-169 reprod. Provenance Berengo Studio, Murano
Gouttes d'eau (2011)596 € 60 000 - 80 000Acrylic and oil paint on canvas - Sig. on overlap "PB 011003 2011 T. Kim" - 73 x 116 cm - Label on the reverseProvenance Gal. Baudoin Lebon, Paris
Josephine Baker (2011)599 € 8 000 - 12 000Photography - Diasec - Sig. on artist's label - Ex. nr. 1/9 - 200 x 150 cm
Mann mit weissem Hemd und schwarzer Hose (2018)603 € 20 000 - 26 000Sculpture - Bronze - Painted - On a wooden base - Sig. 2018 - Ex. nr. 18/28 - 61 x 29 x 29 cmExhibition "Stephan Balkenhol" Deweer Gal. & MDZ Art Gal., Knokke 2018