SOURCE: Ketterer Kunst GmbH & Co.KG

Ketterer Kunst GmbH & Co.KG

October 07, 2014 03:00 ET

Shiraga From 1961 in German Auction

Grand Finale of Anniversary Year

MUNICH, GERMANY--(Marketwired - Oct 7, 2014) - The best has been saved for last -- that counts for the auction in Munich on 5 and 6 December, as this is where the great Japanese master Kazuo Shiraga will set a mark of a special kind with one of his famous foot paintings at the end of the anniversary year of the renowned German art auction house Ketterer Kunst.

Kazuo Shiraga's large-size foot paintings from the early 1960s are especially sought-after on the international auction market. One of them is his oil painting 'Chijikusei Gotenrai,' which was shown at an exhibition in Berlin in 1992. Now it will be called up with an estimate of EUR 400,000-600,000.

In context of an exhibition of the Gutai group in Tokyo in 1955 he created a wax relief by means of his body's pressure and motion, before he eventually had his first foot painting performance at an Osaka gallery in 1957. In doing so the artist hangs on to a rope fastened to the ceiling and disperses oil paint over a piece of paper on the ground. Impressed by the positive feedback, he began to apply this technique on canvas as of 1959, thus laying the basis for his international breakthrough.

Next to Kazuo Shiraga's masterpiece, the array of fine Post War art also comprises several works by Gerhard Richter, who is represented with, for instance, one of his popular abstract creations from the late 1980s (estimate: EUR 80,000-12,000), as well as works by e.g. Karl Otto Götz, Anselm Reyle, Victor Vasarely and a selection of works by Andy Warhol -- mostly photographs and drawings from the early 1950s presented in an extra catalog (see press release on:

The section of Modern Classics is led by August Macke's gouache 'Unter den Lauben von Thun (Ein Spaziergängermotiv)' which carries an estimate of EUR 600,000-800,000. Macke had already used the theme of promenading people under the arcaded sidewalks of Thun in earlier works. However, the mere focus on the colors' values and their importance for the optical effect was new and had decisive impact on the expression's density. The work originates from his best period of creation, it was made in 1913, the year the artist and his family moved to Hilterfingen on Lake Thun, where he found new orientation and was free from all constraints. He succeeded in rendering this new feeling on paper so much that artistic documents of his time in Thun are among the best of his entire oeuvre.

Other impressive works are Alexej von Jawlensky's 'Variation: Frühling' (estimate: EUR 120,000-160,000) and Georg Tappert's 'Kauernder weiblicher Akt' (estimate: EUR 80,000-100,000) as well as Dorothea Maetzel-Johannsen's oil painting 'Akte', which will enter the race with an estimate of EUR 70,000-90,000. It is one of her extremely rare figure compositions originating from her expressionistic period of creation. The range of offerings in this section is completed by works from big names such as Ernst Barlach, Albert Birkle, Otto Dix, Dodo (that is Dörte Clara Wolff), Max Ernst, Conrad Felixmüller, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Paul Klee, Paul Kleinschmidt, Oskar Kokoschka, Georg Kolbe and Emil Nolde. Pablo Picasso is represented with both original graphic works as well as select ceramics.

The range of offerings in the section of Contemporary Art, which had its debut with an own catalog last autumn and also realized great results in this year's spring auction, has meanwhile been expanded. Alongside Anselm Reyle's mixed media work for Otto Freundlich (estimate: EUR 40,000-60,000) and Machiko Edmondson's perfectly executed close-up 'Cascade' (estimate:EUR 10,000-15,000), which is an examination of fashion photography, as well as Fiona Rae's 'Evil dead' (estimate: EUR 12,000-15,000), it is especially works by artists such as Andrea Bender, Norbert Bisky, Martin Eder, Thoralf Knobloch, Ati Maier, David Nash, Johanna Oenicke, Cornelia Schleime, Jorinde Voigt and Matthias Weischer that are particularly captivating.

04/05 November   Ketterer Kunst   Holstenwall 5   20355 Hamburg*
08/09 November   Galerie B. von Stechow   Feldbergstr. 28   60323 Frankfurt*
14-17 November   Ketterer Kunst   Malkastenstr. 11   40211 Düsseldorf*
21-28 November   Ketterer Kunst   Fasanenstr. 70   10719 Berlin*
30 Nov- 04 Dec.   Ketterer Kunst   Joseph-Wild-Str. 18   81829 Munich**
Auction in Munich      * selected works   ** all works
5 December   Modern Classics        
6 December   Post War and Contemporary Art with
extra Andy Warhol catalog (see separate press release)    

Since it was founded in 1954, Ketterer Kunst has been firmly established in the front ranks of auction houses dealing in fine art and rare books, with its headquarters in Munich and a branch in Hamburg. Gallery rooms in Berlin as well as representatives in Heidelberg, Düsseldorf and Modena (Italy) contribute substantially to the company's success. In addition, exhibitions, special theme and charity auctions as well as permanent online auctions on are regular events at Ketterer Kunst. Robert Ketterer is auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst.

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