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The Loaded Brush
A Curated Exhibition & Private Sale

Hong Kong, 24 – 28 November 2016


For an artist, the loaded brush represents a world of possibilities and the beginning of a creative journey. For Picasso, the loaded brush was a co-conspirator in his rebellious act of breaking down the human figure. For Willem de Kooning, it allowed him to generate the gestural marks that abandoned the traditions of abstraction and figuration, resulting in sumptuous and impasto laden canvases that merged figure and landscape. For Andy Warhol and Richard Prince, the traditional supremacy of the loaded brush needed to be challenged as he sought to question the authenticity of gestural painting by appropriating the medium of popular culture and printed mass communication. Gerhard Richter swapped his loaded brush for a loaded squeegee as he looked to deconstruct the entire nature of the painted surface in response to his investigations into philosophical nature of painting. The influence of the loaded brush also cast its effect over the medium of sculpture too, as artists embraced the inherent nature of their materials.

This exhibition seeks to celebrate the creative process and the artists who championed it, often changing the nature of painting and sculpture as they worked. The exhibition is comprised of a curated selection of key masterpieces for sale, as well as major loans from collectors in Asia including works by Rothko, Picasso, Van Gogh, and Doig.


Highlights

  • Willem de Kooning (1904-1997)

    Pastorale
    signed 'de Kooning' (lower left)
    oil on canvas
    70 x 80 in. (177.8 x 203.2 cm.)
    Painted in 1963.
    © 2016 The Willem de Kooning Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)

    Concetto Spaziale, Attese
    signed, titled and inscribed 'l. fontana Concetto Spaziale ATTESE Sono tornato ieri da Venezia, ho visto il film di Antonioni!!!' (on the reverse)
    waterpaint on canvas
    25 3/4 x 78 3/4 in. (65.4 x 200 cm.)
    Painted in 1965.
    © 2016 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / SIAE, Rome

  • Mark Rothko (1903-1970)

    No. 36 (Black Stripe)
    signed, titled and dated 'MARK ROTHKO #36 - 1958' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    61 7/8 x 67 in. (157.1 x 170.1 cm.)
    Painted in 1958.
    © 1998 Kate Rothko Prizel & Christopher Rothko / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

    Nature morte, vase aux marguerites
    et coquelicots

    oil on canvas
    26 x 20 1/8 in. (66 x 51 cm.)
    Painted in 1890.

  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919)

    Les deux soeurs
    signed 'renoir.' (upper left)
    oil on canvas
    21¾ x 18¼ in. (55.2 x 46.2 cm.)
    Painted circa 1890-1895

  • Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988)

    Red Rabbit
    signed, titled and dated '"RED RABBIT" Jean-Michel Basquiat 1982' (on the reverse)
    oil, oilstick and acrylic on canvas
    64 x 69 in. (162.6 x 175.3 cm.)
    Painted in 1982.
    © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat / ADAGP, Paris / ARS, New York 2016


Exhibition information

The Loaded Brush
A Curated Exhibition & Private Sale

  • LOCATION

    Grand Hall, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre

  • EXHIBITION TIMES

    24-26 November, 10:30am – 6pm
    27-28 November, 10:30am – 6:30pm

  • CONTACT

    Koji Inoue
    Head of Exhibition
    kinoue@christies.com
    +1 347 415 0665