5 Key Auctions to Watch in June 2017

See what's hitting the auction block this month from Chicago to Beijing

Joan Miró, Femme et Oiseaux (1940). Image courtesy of Sotheby's London.
Joan Miró, Femme et Oiseaux (1940). Image courtesy of Sotheby's London.

From Chicago to London to Beijing, a wide range of artwork, including Pop art, Chinese calligraphy paintings and iconic work by Joan Miro, is hitting the auction block this month.

In anticipation of the June auctions, and with the help of the artnet Price Database, artnet News has compiled a list of five of the most important sales taking place across the globe.

June 12, 2017

Isaac Israel, Café dansant, Moulin de la Galette, Paris (c.1905–1906). Image courtesy of Christies.

Isaac Israel, Café dansant, Moulin de la Galette, Paris (c.1905–1906). Image courtesy of Christies.

The Former Kamerbeek Collection at Christie’s Amsterdam

A leading private collection of late 19th- and early 20th-century Dutch art will go to the block. The Kamerbeeks were passionate collectors who originally sought to create a collection of works that represented a total overview of 150 years of Realist art. The top lot of the same is Isaac Israel’s Moulin de la Galette, a Parisian dancehall that has been frequented by Vincent van Gogh and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.

June 16, 2017

Left: Pablo Picasso’s La Suite Vollard (c. 1930–1937); Right: Paul Klee’s Kleiner Blauteufel – Blauteufelskopf (1933). Images courtesy of Galerie Kornfeld.

Auction 268: Modern Art at Galerie Kornfeld Bern

This Swiss auction house’s two-part sale boasts one of the highest total estimated values for the month of June. Artists such as Sam Francis, Max Ernst, Paul Gauguin, and Augusto Giacometti are featured among other masters of the 20th century.

 

June 19, 2017

Li Keran, INspired by Mao Tse Tuns's Poem (1964). Image courtesy of China Guardian Auctions Co., Ltd.

Li Keran, Inspired by Mao Tse Tuns’s Poem (1964). Image courtesy of China Guardian Auctions Co., Ltd.

Grand View: Chinese Painting Highlight – Modern at China Guardian Auctions

This sale features 104 lots of important 19th- and 20th-century Chinese paintings and calligraphies. Led by Li Keran‘s Inspired by Mao Tse-Tung’s Poem, 1964, the sale also features painting of Qi Baishi, Zhang Daqian, Pan Tianshou and Wu Guanzhong, among other masters.

 

June 21, 2017

Wassily Kandinsky, Murnau–Landschaft mit grunem haus (Murnau–Landscape with Green House) (1909). Image courtesy of Sotheby's, London.

Wassily Kandinsky, Murnau–Landschaft mit grunem haus (Murnau–Landscape with Green House) (1909). Image courtesy of Sotheby’s, London.

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale at Sotheby’s London

Leading this auction is Joan Miró‘s Femme et oiseaux from 1940, belonging to his fabled “Constellations” series—this is the first example of a Constellation work to appear at auction in over 15 years. Other highlights include two remarkably early paintings by Wassily KandinskyMurnau—Landschaft mit grunem Haus, 1909, and Bild mit weissen Linein, from 1913.

 

June 22, 2017

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans in front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars (1983/2015). ©Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Jean-Michel Basquiat, Hollywood Africans in front of the Chinese Theater with Footprints of Movie Stars (1983/2015). ©Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat.

Prints & Multiples at Wright, Chicago.

This sale features a range of works by some of the most important artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Iconic images from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jean Michel Basquiat are among the works featured.


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