Bonhams Launches Coast to Coast Sales on September 25

New York/Los Angeles – Bonhams announces the launch of coast to coast auctions both to be held on September 25 with the inaugural sale of Contemporary: Art, Editions & Design at Bonhams New York 10am EST and Made in California: Contemporary Art at Bonhams Los Angeles 10am PST. In addition, Bonhams New York will exhibit the art collection of Q-Tip, from the hip-hop collective A Tribe Called Quest. On public display for the very first time, the non-selling exhibition will take place September 20 to October 4 and will showcase works by Fab 5 Freddy and hard-hitting director Harmony Korine alongside artists such as Richard Prince Jeff Elrod, and Nina Chanel Abney. A separate press release will be available soon.

Muys Snijders, Head of Post War & Contemporary, Americas, said: "At Bonhams we aim to unite two very important art hubs in the United States by hosting contemporary auctions on the same day in both New York and Los Angeles, widening the spectrum and geographical reach of artists and collectors alike. This combined with our new program of exhibitions, celebrating the eye and passion of our collectors, will certainly be an inspiration for many and aims to create an interesting dialog on collecting art in the current market."

Contemporary: Art, Editions & Design - Bonhams New York, 10am EST
Bonhams New York introduces Contemporary: Art, Editions & Design, a new cross-category sale featuring 136 paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, sculpture and design furniture. This auction features a number of special collections and curated categories at accessible price points presented in an approachable and livable manner. "This series of works truly captures the depth of the post war & contemporary art market. We aim to showcase how collectors could live with the artwork and are excited for prospective buyers to explore different styles, mediums and objects in this new sale," comments Andrew Huber, Head of Sale. Highlights include Cygnus, an impressive silver sculptural centerpiece by Kevin Gray (estimate: $30,000-50,000); Julie Mehretu's Untitled, 2006 (estimate: $70,000-100,000); and James Brown's Untitled, 1983, considered the best year of his career (estimate: $20,000-30,000). Additional highlights include works by top female artists such as Katherine Bernhardt, Petra Cortright, Marina Abramovic, Jennifer Steinkamp, Yayoi Kusama, Lolo Soldevilla, Rosalyn Drexler, Betty Parsons, Nancy Graves, and Kara Walker.

Made in California: Contemporary Art - Bonhams Los Angeles, 10am PST
The sale of Made in California: Contemporary Art includes 90 lots showcasing the exceptional creativity of the state's leading artists. Since the auction's inception in 2007, the biannual sales focuses on modernist masterworks of the post-war era to the genre-defying artists creating in California today. This auction encompasses a wide variety of works ranging from sculptures, paintings, and a historical and contemporary ceramic group from Viola Frey to Ron Nagle. Highlights in the sale include Ruth Asawa's Untitled S. 165 (Hanging, Two Open Forms), circa 1960 (estimate: $200,000-300,000); Cloud-Photograph Triptych, 1969-70 by Joe Goode (estimate: $100,000-150,000); and Cube 12, 2006, coated glass by Larry Bell (estimate: $70,000-100,000).


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Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewelry. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, Paris, San Francisco and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, please visit bonhams.com.

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