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    For Immediate ReleasePress Release New York

    New York | +1 212 606 7176 | Lauren Gioia | [email protected] |

    Dan Abernethy | Dan.Ab[email protected]| Darrell Rocha I [email protected]

    ABSTRACTION-FIGURATION:A PRIVATE COLLECTION-- Highlights To Be Offered In Contemporary and

    Impressionist & Modern At Auctions This November --

    Left to Right: Abstraktes Bild (769-2) from 1992; Abstraktes Bild (679-1) from 1988; Gudrun (633) from 1987;Abstraktes Bild (720-3) from 1990 and Mhre (558-2) from 1984. Estimates listed below.

    NEW YORK, 7 October 2011: This fall Sothebys will present Abstraction-Figuration: A Private Collection, a

    remarkable offering of paintings that thrive in the fertile space between abstraction and figuration. The

    collection is led by one of the most important groups of works by Gerhard Richter ever to appear at auction,

    which will be among the highlights of the Contemporary Art Evening Sale on 9 November 2011 (pictured

    above). That sale will also include works from the collection by Francis Bacon, Sigmar Polke, and Lee Krasner.

    The Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Auction on 2 November will feature a group of eight paintings by

    Max Ernst including The Endless Night from 1940, an acute meditation on Europe in the early years ofWorld War II (est. $2.8/4 million).* Overall the collection is estimated to bring $40/56 million with works to

    be offered in five different sales.

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    In more than two decades in the art world I have only encountered a small number of collections that rise to the

    level of Abstraction-Figuration, commented Tobias Meyer, Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art at

    Sothebys. The paintings in this group have been assembled with a singular, brilliantly executed, vision and are of

    a caliber that rarely appears on the market.

    Gerhard Richter is celebrated as a premier theorist in the debate over the misconception of a separation

    between the genres of abstraction and figuration. The group of eight works from the collection spanning from

    1984 to 1997 encompass the full breadth of the complexity and skill of his triumphant abstractions. The epic

    cycle of paintings envelops the viewer with broad chromatic expanses and, while non-representational, the

    paintings create a shimmering fluidity that evokes at times landscapes and waterscapes, while simultaneously

    challenging the traditional belief that art can capture an illusion of reality. Conceived through an extensive,

    time-consuming and labor intensive process, Richters introduction of chance into his creative processproduces a calculated and magnificent chaos of color and structure.

    The Richter paintings in the collection are led by

    Abstraktes Bild (849-3) from 1997 (est. $9/12 million,left). The other works are: Abstraktes Bild (769-2) from1992 (est. $5.5/7.5 million), Gudrun (633) from 1987(est. $5.5/7.5 million), Abstraktes Bild (679-1) from1988 (est. $1.8/2.5 million), Abstraktes Bild (720-3)from 1990 (est. $1.8/2.5 million), Mhre (558-2) from1984 (est. $2.5/3.5 million), Rain (676-2) from 1988

    (est. $700/900,000), and an Untitled work on paper from 1985 (est. $200/300,000).

    The collection also features two works by Francis Bacon. Interior of aRoom is the defining work of the Irish-born artists pre-war career (est. onrequest, right). The pictorial and thematic layering coupled with the artistic

    and ideological complexity demonstrates the unrestrained ambition of the

    young Bacon. Like the rest of the collection Interior of a Room achievesthe almost inconceivable balancing act between abstraction and figuration.

    Corner of the Studio is one of the earliest surviving Bacon works, and

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    solidifies his connection with Pablo Picasso (est. $150/200,000) that is also one of the strongest features ofInterior of a Room.

    In Forest,Lee Krasner used a collage of medium to mix fragments of previous oilpaintings with shreds of paper to emulate abundant vegetation and an abstracttangle of trees (est. $800,000/1 million, left). The work was included in a 1955

    solo exhibition that was critically acclaimed as showing a bolder, more confident

    style than her previous paintings. An Untitled 1999 work-on-paper by SigmarPolke is also included in the Contemporary Art Evening sale (est.


    Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale

    The November auction will include a remarkable

    group of eight works by Max Ernst that span the

    Dada and Surrealist artists prolific career. TheEndless Night from 1940 is an acute meditation on Europe in the earlyyears of World War II, painted during his creative peak post-separation from

    Andr Breton and the Surrealists (est. $2.8/4 million); Convolvulus!Convolvulus! from 1941 is a brilliant example from a small group ofdecalcomania masterworks that Ernst created after fleeing Europe for theUnited States (est. $1.5/2 million); and Les princes dorment mal from1957 was painted after the artists return to France, a prime example of his

    works done with the grattage technique that he invented (est. $1.2/1.8 million).

    20th Century Chinese Art

    The collection also includes two works by Zao Wou-Ki that

    will feature in the 20th

    Century Chinese Art sale in HongKong next spring. The paintings come from the 1990s, a

    period when the artist was gaining increasing recognition in

    the international art world. The 1991 work, 10.1.91 depicts aChinese poetic landscape that expresses the powerful

    vastness of nature (HK$8/14,000,000, US$1,026,000/1,796,000, above). In 28.12.99, Zao inherits

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    and personalizes the aesthetics of the Chinese painting masters Huang Gongwang and Ni Zan from the Yuan

    Dynasty to depict depth and perspective (est. HK$ 6/8,000,000, US$ 770,000/1,026,000).

    Other SalesA Queen Anne Scarlet And Gold Japanned Bureau Cabinet, Circa 1710 will be offered in the sale ofImportant Furniture at Sotheby's London on December 6, 2011 (est. 100/150,000).

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    *Estimates do not include buyers premium