Bonhams: Prints and Multiples – Our Highlights

In March, Bonhams brings us another three exciting sales on the 24th and 25th: ‘Prints and Multiples’, ‘Post-War & Contemporary Art’ and ‘Picassomania’, respectively. These will happen in Bonham’s Los Angeles, but the bids will only take place online. So, if you are interested, make sure you follow the auction here


We are particularly interested in the ‘Prints and Multiples’ as they are the most accessible form of art for most current art enthusiasts. Also, prints are, in general, more affordable and, some can demonstrate to be very valuable in the long run, depending on their rarity. Here is our selection:

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By carefully analysing the works on offer for this sale, we noticed many Joan Miro prints available. The Spanish Modernist painter, sculptor, and ceramist created his visual vocabulary by borrowing on Dadaism and Surrealism influences. Miro is famous for breaking away the traditional beauty rules in painting by exploring new forms of organic and geometric invention. His bold colours and abstract narratives are a poetic and a great pop of colour to any wall. 

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David Hockney had to be our next highlight. There are a vast number of works from this artist in this sale too. Hockney is the admired British- American painter famous for his colourful and bold sceneries that reference the visual advertising language and Pop Art. The thing that distinguished his artworks from any other artist is his obsession with the perception of depth. Primarily influenced by cubism, he creates a lack-vast tension of depth by juxtaposing levels of a scenery into a single layer,much like a collage! He is also interested in portraying the every day and the domestic, something that we can note in Bonhams’ sale selection. 

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To close this off, we selected a crowd favourite: Banksy! “Girl with Balloon” (2004) is one of Banksy's most famous works and the most expensive print on this sale. The simplicity of the narrative is so captivating that it is almost impossible not to love it. Banksy’s genius conceptualisation of narratives is very clear in this artwork. The dual meanings, hope versus loss, creates tension in the viewer. Still, at the same time, it also allows space for multiple interpretations. This freedom of understanding is vital to making sure that the artwork corresponds to a personal story, making it easy to enjoy and relate to. 

 

Are you putting your hands on this Banksy, or perhaps one of Hockney’s lots? 




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