IGA GALLERY AT SOTHEBY’S AUCTION IN LONDON, 9 JUNE
For the first time Latvian contemporary artists Līga Purmale’s and Ritums Ivanovs’ works will be offered at the international auction house Sotheby’sexhibition-sale in London, 9 June.
The unprecedented idea to show a representative collection of Latvian
art to an international audience occurred to Joanna Vickery, Head of
Eastern European and Russian Art Department. A year and a half ago, she
was surprised by our artists’ excellent achievements at the
International Art Fair Art Moscow, and anticipated that this idea might
be realised. She commissioned Dr. Alla Rosenfeld, a noted expert of
Russian and Baltic non-conformist and conceptual art, Vice President
Senior Specialist in Russian Paintings at Sotheby’s New York
Department, curator at Norton and Nancy Dodge collection (permanent
exposition at Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University,
New Jersey / USA), author of catalogues and books as well as specialist
in Latvian art, to visit Riga Gallery last December. She also agreed
that Latvian artists’ works deserve the highest valuation.
Taking part in Sotheby’s is a serious indication of Latvian art
market’s international development. As is well known, Sotheby’s is the
main player at the world art market and such celebrated artists as
Damien Hirst, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko etc. have earned their world
fame as a result of these auctions.
Sotheby’s auctions are in the focus of attention of world art
collectors, businessmen and researchers. This event is extensively
reported in mass media all over the world, and prices set at these
sales by professionals and accepted by collectors are equivalent to
Sotheby’s auction catalogues are received by international art collectors and researchers.
Līga Purmale’s and Ritums Ivanovs’
works from the Riga Gallery collection will be included in the June
edition of Sotheby’s London catalogue.
On-line catalogue from 11 May at www.sothebys.com – contemporary Russian on-line catalogue.
Financial crisis forced to change the Sotheby’s plans, and two works
will be offered instead of a separate section of Latvian art:
Līga Purmale “Saturday Night Movie” (2005 – 2009, 120x160 cm, canvas/oil)
Ritums Ivanovs “Frame 05” (2002, 150x185 cm, canvas/oil)
Reserve prices of these works are 8000 – 12000 GBP.
Exhibition on view from 5 to 9 June, 2009.
Sale – 9 June, 2009, 11:00
34-35 New Bond Street, London W1A 2AA, UK
Riga Gallery project supported by:
European Regional Development Fund / European Union (Nr.L-ĀTA-09-0013)
Liga Purmale. Saturday Night Movie