Like all organisations in these complicated and troubled times, auction houses are having to be nimble on their feet, reorganising, postponing or relocating auctions that are already arranged. Sotheby’s moved its April Hong Kong sale to New York, albeit that now looks risky, where it is auctioning three works, by Chu The-Chun, Pang Jiun and Sophie Chang, where a proportion of the sales will support organisations tacking coronavirus and its impact in China.
With the way that the crisis has developed, it is fortunate that one of this week’s main auctions at Sotheby’s in London focuses on Britain, and many bidders will of course do so by the internet or by phone. With the overarching theme of ‘Made in Britain’, the auction includes not only art by a wide range of British artists including Brigit Riley, Eduardo Paolozzi, Howard Hodgkin, Peter Collingwood, David Nash, Tracy Emin, Albert Irvin, and Grayson Perry, but also ceramics by artists such as James Tower, Lucie Rie and furniture by Edward Barnsley, along with Mark Stoddart’s ‘Childhood Coffee Table’ and Mark Brazier-Jones unique chair incorporating mopheads – an unusual upholstery material!
Photography is well represented including Terry O’Neil and, going back in time Bert Hardy’s ‘Gorbal Boys’ from 1948. Although I was born in Glasgow a few years later than this, the images still look familiar!
Lastly, perhaps a commentary on the current coronavirus crisis where we will all we spending much more time at home is the artwork ‘You are Not Alone – You have this Artwork for Company’ by The Connor Brothers. Bid for it now!