‘art+design’: An Online Auction for Contemporary Audiences
- 18 July 2022
Gavel&Block, the subsidiary of the country’s premier auction house Salcedo Auctions, is pleased to announce the upcoming July edition of ‘art+design.’ The online auction for contemporary audiences brings together today’s epoch-making artists in a sensational line-up that discerning collectors will surely appreciate.
Every quarter, Gavel&Block focuses attention on pieces with an eye for movement and potential – an exceptional opportunity for emerging collectors to find the perfect pieces to start their collections, and for established connoisseurs to add depth to their treasured troves. ‘art+design’ features a diverse line-up of nearly 500 lots of modern and contemporary art, décor, fashion, fine prints, crystal, porcelain, silver, rare maps and books. Highlights include works by renowned modern and contemporary Filipino artists such as National Artists Ang Kiukok, Arturo Luz, Vicente Manansala, together with iconic pieces by Mauro Malang Santos, Ramon Orlina, Romulo Olazo, Fernando Zóbel, Norma Belleza, Onib Olmedo, Nunelucio Alvarado, Charlie Co, Juvenal Sansó, and Kristoffer Ardeña (featured in cover photo) among other established artists.
The auction boasts a sizable oil on wood by Norma Belleza, who is known for her detailed work in the folk genre. Belleza’s vibrant depiction of a market scene is filled with an inimitable rustic charm through its thick application of oils. The imposing presence of the various elements in this composition is eye-catching, especially with its lively palette.
Other highlights of the sale include an oil on canvas depiction of the head of Christ by National Artist Ang Kiukok and two delightful minimalist depictions of the human figure by National Artist Arturo Luz. Kiukok pays homage to the classic image of Christ during the Crucifixion through the recognizable prominence of the crown of thorns. The narrow vertical composition is marked by a reduction of form to elongated shapes and sharpened corners that are iconic. Through the use of his iconic use of blacks, reds, and yellows, ‘Woman in Black’ and ‘Nude in Red’ are quintessential Luz. The proportions of their limbs are exaggerated, yet not so much that they are so dissimilar from the human form. The fine, precise lines he is most known for are a testament to Luz’s pursuit of perfection.
Gracing the auction is a collection that ranges from classic to contemporary design-centered collectibles for the home, including crystal by Baccarat, Swarovski, Waterford, Lalique, Tiffany & Co., and Ralph Lauren as well as porcelain figurines from the Spanish house of Lladró. Also worth noting in this sale is the inclusion of a fashion category, featuring leather bags by Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Cartier. Alongside these accessories are a rich assemblage of emerald, pearl, diamond, and gold jewelry, adding further character to the sale.
The works of both Filipino and International titans of the art world make their way into this ‘art+design’ auction through fine print editions. Over the years, the art of printmaking has transformed from guild-based craftsmanship to adventurous and experimental art medium. These are works created either directly or indirectly by an artist or his/her estate, or by an institution that has secured the artist or estate’s permission to produce these works. Their limited production number lends to the high collectibility of these pieces. This July’s collection includes pieces by the the likes of National Artists Carlos ‘Botong’ Francisco, H.R. Ocampo, and BenCab as well as works by Anita Magsaysay-Ho, and Lao Lianben.
Gavel&Block is committed to bringing only the best art and design pieces to its clients online, both here and around the globe, nurturing the growing appetite and passions for collecting objects of beauty, history, and enduring value.