Huma Bhabha
at Salon 94

New York, 11 May 2021
Huma Bhabha, Receiver (2019). Bronze. 250.8 x 45.7 x 63.5 cm.⁠ © Huma Bhabha⁠⁠. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York.
Huma Bhabha, Receiver (2019) (detail). Bronze. 250.8 x 45.7 x 63.5 cm.⁠ © Huma Bhabha⁠⁠. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York.
Huma Bhabha, Receiver (2019) (detail). Bronze. 250.8 x 45.7 x 63.5 cm.⁠ © Huma Bhabha⁠⁠. Courtesy the artist and Salon 94, New York.

At eight feet tall, Receiver by Huma Bhabha is an imposing and fabulously evocative sculpture, perfectly embodying the artist's reinterpretation of relics and monuments of the ancient world. ⁠⁠

Her sublime sculptures look to reimagine the power historically attributed to monuments, placing works such as Receiver in the realm of what we understand as counter-monuments. ⁠⁠

Facing Giants, Huma Bhabha's solo show at Salon 94's 89th Street space in New York runs until 26 June. ⁠⁠


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Advisory Picks: Christie's 21st Century Evening Sale
New York, 11 May 2021
Alex Da Corte, Night Vision (2018). Neon, house paint, vinyl siding, laminate, plywood, epoxy clay, and hardware. 182.9 x 182.9 x 15.2 cm. © Christie’s Images Limited 2021⁠⁠.
Mickalene Thomas, Racquel Reclining Wearing Purple Jumpsuit (2016). Oil, acrylic, silkscreen, rhinestones, faux pearls, glitter, graphite and flock on wood panel, in two parts. 243.8 x 365.8 cm. © Christie’s Images Limited 2021⁠⁠.
Sigmar Polke, Ohne Titel (Bunnies) (2000). Acrylic on paper. 200 x 150 cm. © Christie’s Images Limited 2021⁠⁠.

Ocula Advisory select their favourites from Christie's 21st Century Evening Sale in New York on 11 May.⁠⁠

Alex Da Corte, Night Vision (2018). Neon, house paint, vinyl siding, laminate, plywood, epoxy clay, and hardware. 182.9 x 182.9 x 15.2 cm. Estimate USD 60,000 - USD 80,000⁠⁠.

Mickalene Thomas, Racquel Reclining Wearing Purple Jumpsuit (2016). Oil, acrylic, silkscreen, rhinestones, faux pearls, glitter, graphite and flock on wood panel, in two parts. 243.8 x 365.8 cm. Estimate USD 400,000 - USD 600,000⁠⁠.

Sigmar Polke, Ohne Titel (Bunnies) (2000). Acrylic on paper. 200 x 150 cm. Estimate USD 1,000,000 - USD 1,500,000⁠⁠.

Advisory Picks: Sotheby's Contemporary Auction
New York, 08 May 2021
Cy Twombly, Untitled (Rome) (1970). Oil-based house paint and wax crayon on canvas. 154.9 x 194.9 cm. Courtesy Sotheby's.
Keith Haring, Untitled (1986). Acrylic on canvas. 152.4 x 152.4 cm. Courtesy Sotheby's.
Robert Colescott, George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook (1975). Acrylic on canvas. 199.4 x 294.6 cm. Courtesy Sotheby's.

In anticipation of next week's Sotheby's Contemporary Art Evening sale on 12 May, we take a look at some of the top works up for auction:

Cy Twombly, Untitled (Rome) (1970). Oil-based house paint and wax crayon on canvas. 154.9 x 194.9 cm. Estimate USD 35,000,000 - 45,000,000⁠⁠.

Keith Haring, Untitled (1986). Acrylic on canvas. 152.4 x 152.4 cm. Estimate USD 4,000,000 - 6,000,000.⁠⁠

Robert Colescott, George Washington Carver Crossing the Delaware: Page from an American History Textbook (1975). Acrylic on canvas. 199.4 x 294.6 cm. Estimate USD 9,000,000 - 12,000,000.⁠⁠

Advisory Picks
at Sotheby's

New York, 07 May 2021
Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park No.40 (1971). Courtesy Sotheby's.
Clyfford Still, PH-125 (1948-No.1) (1948). Courtesy Sotheby's.
Franz Kline, Mister (1959). Courtesy Sotheby's.

Sotheby's presents a brilliant selection of post-war abstract paintings at their upcoming New York auction, American Visionary: The Collection of Mrs. John L. Marion on 12 May.⁠⁠

Here are a number of our top picks:⁠⁠

Richard Diebenkorn, Ocean Park No.40 (1971). Oil on canvas. 236.2 x 205.1 cm. Estimate $20,000,000 - 30,000,000 USD⁠⁠.

Clyfford Still, PH-125 (1948-No.1) (1948). Oil on canvas. 187.3 x 172.7 cm. Estimate 25,000,000 - 35,000,000 USD⁠⁠.

Franz Kline, Mister (1959). Oil on canvas. 242.6 x 200.7 cm. 15,000,000 - 20,000,000 USD⁠⁠.

Basquiat at Christie's
21st Century Evening Sale

New York, 06 May 2021
Jean-Michel Basquiat, In This Case (1983). Acrylic and oilstick on canvas. 195.58 x 185.42 cm. ⁠Courtesy CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD.

Jean-Michel Basquiat's In This Case is the groundbreaking work fronting Christie's 21st Century Evening Sale in New York on 11 May.

In This Case, along with Untitled (1981) and Untitled (1982) are understood as the 'holy trinity' of Basquiat's 'head' paintings, with the latter having gained particular notoriety for being the highest price ever fetched by an American artist after being sold at Sotheby's in 2017 for a little over $110 million. ⁠

In this Case has been exhibited in major surveys at Triennale Milano in 2006, Gagosian in 2013, and more recently, Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2018. ⁠

Frank Bowling at
Hauser & Wirth

New York, 05 May 2021
Frank Bowling, Polish Rebecca (1971). Acrylic paint and spray paint on canvas. 277 x 359 cm. © Frank Bowling. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. ⁠⁠
Frank Bowling, Polish Rebecca (1971) (detail). Acrylic paint and spray paint on canvas. 277 x 359 cm. © Frank Bowling. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. ⁠⁠

Hidden for 42 years in an attic outside of London, Frank Bowling's uncovered 1971 work Polish Rebecca is on show as part of his inaugural exhibition at Hauser & Wirth, which opened on 5 May in New York and will open on 21 May in London. ⁠⁠

Featuring a large-scale stencilled map of South America and Africa, Polish Rebecca is a gleaming example of Bowling's 'Map Paintings' (1967–1971), an iconic series of works which marked his transition into pure abstraction, through the staining and pouring of acrylic paint onto silk screened images. ⁠⁠

Featuring works from 1967 to the present day, Frank Bowling – London / New York is a wonderful display of Frank Bowling's extraordinary engagement with the materiality of paint, which has guided his search for abstraction throughout his 50-year career. ⁠⁠

Joan Miró at
Newlands House Gallery

Petworth, 01 May 2021
Joan Miró, Femme nue (1931). Copyright Successió Miró ADAGP, Paris and DACS London, 2021. Courtesy Galerie Lelong & Co. Paris.⁠

A survey of works by modernist master Joan Miró spanning the 1930s to the 1980s is now open at Simon de Pury's Newlands House Gallery in Petworth, U.K. ⁠

Comprising 39 sculptures, works on paper, prints, and a painting, the exhibition contains a selection of lesser-known works, with iconic pieces including Paris Mât (1971) and Torse (1969). ⁠

Miró's works throughout his eight-decade career are equally sought after and his 1969 bronze sculpture, Femme (Femme debout) is one to look out for the upcoming Christie's New York 20th Century Evening Sale on 13 May. ⁠

Ugo Rondinone at Sadie Coles HQ
London, 29 April 2021
Ugo Rondinone, zweiundzwanzigsterdezemberzweitausendundzwanzig (2020). Oil on canvas, Perspex plaque. 453.1 x 258.1 x 5.1 cm. © Ugo Rondinone. Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ, London. Photo: Eva Herzog⁠⁠.
Exhibition view: Ugo Rondinone, a sky . a sea . distant mountains . horses . spring ., Sadie Coles HQ, 1 Davies Street W1, London (12 April–22 May 2021). Courtesy Sadie Coles HQ.

Ugo Rondinone's brilliantly garish pigmented rock stack sculpture series, 'Mountain', takes on a new two-dimensional form in his current solo exhibition at Sadie Coles HQ's Davies Street location.

With galleries open, you can now experience the true scale and wonderful painterly surface of these monumental works.⁠⁠ The exhibition is on view until 22 May 2021.

Yuli Yamagata at
Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel

São Paulo, 27 April 2021
Yuli Yamagata, Cyborg nascendo (2021). Shibori on cotton, elastane, felt, satin, silicone fibre, sewing thread. 180 x 150 x 3 cm. Courtesy Fortes D’Aloia & Gabriel, São Paulo/Rio de Janeiro.⁠ Photo: Eduardo Ortega.

Containing eye-popping sculptures and paintings weaving themes of consumption, the grotesque, and the search for transcendence, the exhibition Insomnia is Yuli Yamagata's first solo show at Fortes D'Aloia & Gabriel's São Paulo space opening on 15 May. ⁠

'The pieces in Insomnia point towards a sort of transition—a deceleration of image consumption. My wish is for the work to be absorbed at a slower pace, to linger in viewers' minds'—Yuli Yamagata in conversation with Rory Mitchell for Advisory Perspectives.

Thomas Houseago⁠
at Fine Arts Belgium

Brussels, 24 April 2021
Thomas Houseago⁠, Vision Painting I (II) Soul Journey - Arizona (2021). Acrylic on canvas. 274.3 × 182.9 cm.⁠ Courtesy the Artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels. Photo: Paul Salveson.

'I have never had a hang-up about art history; I see it as my artistic family, as oxygen. My generation emerged at a time of endings—death of painting, death of the author—and since I come from a place with no sense of culture at all, I had no desire to create a false tabula rasa.'—Thomas Houseago⁠

Thomas Houseago⁠'s show of neoclassical and contemporary works opened on 22 April at Fine Arts Belgium and will be running until the beginning of August. ⁠

Frank Walter
at David Zwirner

London, 21 April 2021

Containing verdant landscapes gleaned from the colour palettes of Romantic painters, Frank Walter's prolific autobiographical works are the subject of David Zwirner's first exhibition of the artist's work in London, running until 22 May 2021.

As Ocula Magazine Editor-in-Chief Stephanie Bailey wrote, Frank Walter's paintings reflect 'a journey in search of worlds capable of accommodating the depth and breadth of far-reaching hopes and visions. He was at once a product of his time and light years ahead of it; an artist who left universes to explore in his wake.'

Read more about Frank Walter's life and work exploring his lived postcolonial experience here. ⁠

Main image: Frank Walter, Untitled (Airplanes over boats in harbor) (n.d.). © Courtesy Kenneth M. Milton Fine Arts. Courtesy Kenneth M. Milton Fine Arts and David Zwirner⁠.
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