On 26th October 2022, Artcurial will be presenting a completely new auction, entitled Generation 21 by Artcurial focusing on the 21st century. It will encompass the current contemporary art scene and its various niches, such as urban art and contemporary African art, which Artcurial has been successfully developing over the past few years.
Artcurial has always sought an innovative and original approach to contemporary art through its auctions, which are organised as thematic projects. This was the case with the C.R.E.A.M. sale in 2018, which featured the Supreme brand and its collaborations with artists, and the Outsider(s) sale the following year, which brought to the fore artists on the fringes of the institutional system and the market.
Its 20th anniversary and the first edition of Paris + were the perfect time to reflect on the development of contemporary art and its market. Generation 21 by Artcurial will reflect the dynamism of this scene and the enthusiasm of collectors for young emerging artists and leading contemporary artists.
A dialogue between the diverse worlds of emerging artists
Numerous artists, who have been on the rise in recent years, will be presented, such as the Ivorian artist Aboudia and the young Catalan painter Edgar Plans. Thus, a very fine Plans ensemble of three artworks on paper, including the impressive French Cuisine, estimated at €200,000 - 300,000, and its symbols of French culture, will be in dialogue with a splendid canvas by Marlène Mocquet, estimated at €8,000 - 12,000, whose world populated by strange creatures are evocative of the odours of the marshes of her childhood.
A striking work by Japanese artist Chiharu Shiota, in which three masks are caught in an entanglement of black threads, estimated at €50,000 - 70,000, will also echo the African figures in Aboudia's canvases or the strange, masked face of a beautiful artwork by Simphiwe Ndzube estimated at €22,000 - 28,000. These three artists, who are in exponential demand on the market, have fetched significant prices at auction.
This sale will also be an opportunity to highlight, within a broader context, the works of artists from urban cultures whose approaches are fully in line with our contemporaneity.
Invader, the conceptual invader of urban space, will be exhibiting a comprehensive series of 9 books brought together for the first time in the same auction, estimated at €600,000 – 800,000. KAWS and Barry McGee, whose 3-part installation is estimated at €20,000 - 30,000, both of whom were discovered during the Beautiful Losers project in the United States, will present their uncompromising views of society alongside a major work by Cleon Peterson, estimated at €18,000 - 25,000, whose violent scenes can only make us reflect on our times, and a 3D cardboard work by DRAN on the world of childhood, estimated at €20,000 - 30,000.
The work of designer and artist Vincent Dubourg will also be presented for the first time at Artcurial through an unstructured aluminium console, halfway between furniture and sculpture and the result of his research into materials, estimated at €30,000 - 40,000. This console will be in dialogue with a beautiful work reflecting light on charcoal by Korean artist Lee Bae, estimated at €100,000 – 150,000.