Spotlight on Contemporary & Post-War Sculpture | 11 August 2021

Spotlight on Contemporary & Post-War Sculpture | 11 August 2021

with Head of Contemporary & Post-War Art, Charlotte Riordan

Head of Contemporary & Post-War Art, Charlotte Riordan, shares her thoughts on the consumption of sculpture and a few of her personal highlights featuring in our forthcoming Contemporary & Post-War Art | Prints & Multiples auction. 

I love sculpture. Sculptures have presence. They become focal points in a room and make a statement as few other artforms can. Tactile, decorative, striking: as collector’s items, they have it all. Yet, perhaps because our typical consumption of sculpture tends to be in an institutional setting, complete with roping off and a ‘Do Not Touch’ sign, many art collections I have encountered during my career are thin in this particular area.

Which is why in our August auction, I wanted to push for something of a focus on this often overlooked artistic genre. From table-top proportions to the monumental; from big names to newer talent; and mediums from marble to resin, hopefully there is something here to appeal to everyone. Here, I take a look at a few personal highlights featuring in our 11 August auction...


 

IAN HAMILTON FINLAY

 

IAN HAMILTON FINLAY (SCOTTISH 1925-2006) '1794 - THE FALL OF CROTON', 1994
LOT 139 | § IAN HAMILTON FINLAY (SCOTTISH 1925-2006) | '1794 - THE FALL OF CROTON', 1994
From a series of six fragments created in 1994 with Annet Stirling, Purbeck limestone | Approx. 56cm x 111.8cm | £8,000 - £12,000 + fees

 

The revered Scottish poet / land artist worked frequently in high quality stone. A quintessential, museum-quality (and scarce to market) work by the artist; here we see his signature crisp lettering adorning a monumental slab. It’s rough edges and classical script give the impression of an ancient Roman artifact, recovered from the site of a ruined civilisation.

 

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EDUARDO PAOLOZZI

 

EDUARDO PAOLOZZI K.B.E., R.A., H.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1924-2005) HEAD, 1993
LOT 70 | § EDUARDO PAOLOZZI K.B.E., R.A., H.R.S.A. (SCOTTISH 1924-2005) | HEAD, 1993
Unique, signed and dated 1993, plaster | 45cm x 37cm x 23cm (17.75in x 14.5in x 9in) | £4,000 - £6,000 + fees

 

Though he worked across many disciplines and media, Paolozzi is probably best known for his sculptural works. From his high-profile commissions like ‘Newton After Blake’, positioned strikingly outside the National Library in London, to his playful studio maquettes, like this one. The mechanised head is a classic Paolozzi motif, as is the collaged / assembled approach to his medium. This is a substantial example and, unusually, is signed.

 

 

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WILL MACLEAN

 

WILL MACLEAN M.B.E., R.S.A., R.S.W. (SCOTTISH 1941-) RITUAL OBJECT / DIDACTIVE SHOWCASE, 1983

LOT 146 | § WILL MACLEAN M.B.E., R.S.A., R.S.W. (SCOTTISH 1941-) | RITUAL OBJECT / DIDACTIVE SHOWCASE, 1983
Signed and dated '83 within base of box, signed and inscribed with title and dated verso, mixed media boxed construction | 117cm x 40 x 19cm (42in x 16in x 11.5in) | £2,000 - £3,000 + fees

 

Critically regarded, with an impressive exhibition history to his name, Maclean’s work has been gaining greater recognition recently, with prices at auction rising to reflect this. He is known for his ‘boxed assemblages’, which have a quiet, evocative poetry to them. They read as set pieces that allude to stories of the sea and life on the fringes of the Scottish coast. 

 

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See also examples from the sublime to the (intentionally) ridiculous: from beautiful works in marble by talented local sculptor Simon Burns-Cox, to a classic embodiment of the irreverent COBRA group style in the form of Corneille’s polyresin cat, ‘Erwan’. Finally, fancy a work by a Turner-prize winning artist adorning your home? It’s not as unobtainable as you’d think; we have a playful, table-top sized piece by Martin Boyce that could be yours!

 

SIMON BURNS-COX (BRITISH 1962-) FRANCE, 1914

LOT 67 | SIMON BURNS-COX (BRITISH 1962-) | FRANCE, 1914
2014, black and gold Portoro Marble with metal base | 184cm x 64cm x 17cm (72.5in x 25.25in x 6.75in), with a base of 1 metre square, weighing 300kg | £2,000 - £3,000 + fees

 

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Auction Information

 

Contemporary & Post-War Art | Prints & Multiples

Lot: 1 to 194 - Wed, 11th Aug 2021 10:00

Lot: 195 to 345 - Wed, 11th Aug 2021 14:30

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Viewing by appointment in Edinburgh 6th-10th August (closed Sat 7th).

 


 

Contemporary & Post-War Art

 

Characterised by competitive bidding, strong results and a high selling rate, our Contemporary & Post-War Art sales are among our most popular auctions. Held three times a year in our Scottish saleroom, highlights are also regularly exhibited in our London gallery. Our strong private client base and excellent international marketing reach has seen these sales grow into flagships of our company.

 

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