Auctions Specialist Henri Neuendorf Shares His Favorite Works From Artnet’s ‘Contemporary Finds’ Sale
Artnet Auctions' latest sale features original contemporary artworks—each listed under $10,000. Here, we look at some of the highlights.
When it comes to collecting art, narrowing down your options can be a tricky process—which is precisely why we value the opinions of the experts so much. Enter Henri Neuendorf, Artnet Auctions specialist in contemporary art. Henri began his career in Berlin, working at the contemporary art galleries Galerie Nordenhake and Michael Werner Gallery. His name might also be familiar to you from Artnet News — he first joined the company as a journalist and was an art market reporter for four-and-a-half years before joining Auctions, where he has played an important role in developing exciting new online sales like Contemporary Finds.
Now through April 28, Contemporary Finds offers collectors the opportunity to acquire original pieces by iconic artists like Wayne Thiebaud, Jim Dine, Wifredo Lam, Jean Dubuffet, Elaine de Kooning, Amy Feldman, Tony Oursler, and many more—all for less than $10,000.
With so many great options, where to begin? Below find out Henri’s insights into some of his favorite works from the sale — and be sure to explore the full range on Artnet Auctions here.
“Known for her dynamic figurative paintings of friends, contemporaries, and even President John F. Kennedy, the painter expanded the definition of what Abstract Expressionism could be by providing a crucial figurative and representational balance. She developed a tendency to zero in on her subjects’ key recognizable features to aid recognition, allowing her to create figurative paintings in the abstract expressionist style that dominated the era. The present landscape painting embodies that unique style, blending figuration and abstraction into a unique composition.”
“Described as one of the few contemporary proponents of minimalism, Diiorio creates sparse and monochromatic paintings that push the genre’s legacy into the 21st century. His paintings are focussed on innovative ways to redefine the use of canvas, using methods such as shaping, stitching, or—as in this case—folding raw canvas.”
“The French ZERO group artist is best known for his textured monochrome red paintings, like this one. Aubertin created the first monochrome works around 1958 and used innovative materials including nails, bolts, and screws to give his canvasses his trademark textured surfaces. He joined the ZERO group in the early 1960s to explore his desire to align himself with a new art movement based around expressionless and detached paintings. He lived long enough to see his work included in the Guggenheim Museum’s survey of the ZERO movement in 2014 and died a year after — finally have enjoyed the acclaim he deserved. Given his stature, he remains one of the most influential yet undervalued French artists.”
“Consistently working in just shades of grey, Amy Feldman developed an abstract body of work that alludes to systems of communication. The viewer may be reminded of the monochrome of newsprint and calligraphy or the greyscale of early TV images. With her reduced palette, she also aims to strip away associations and limitations that the use of color would introduce to her paintings. Similarly, the bulbous, sketchy, and organic forms that she paints are just familiar enough to be evocative, yet, as with her color palette, elusive enough to escape exact recognition.”
“Subverting one of the oldest genres in art history, the still life, Marc Quinn’s paintings of flowers explore the human desire to control nature. After all, many of the arrangements in the most beautiful bouquets highly are unlikely to be found alongside each other in the natural world. To accentuate the unnatural human impulse, Quinn presents these hyperrealistic works in large-scale and highly saturated oil paints. The present work is a print from his well-known series, embellished with diamond dust to accentuate the surface of the work.”
Find these and other highlights in Contemporary Finds now through April 28.
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