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Paddle8 February Contemporary Recommendations

Paddle8 is a wonderful place to build your art collection, especially if you’re at the beginning stages.

By Chadwick Ciocci

Paddle8's February Contemporary auction has several options any seasoned collector would covet, and here are our recommendations for your collection:

Untitled (Spin), 2009

Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst is a living legend and his works perform exceptionally well at auction. His crystal skulls are as iconic as his butterfly works and his The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (think shark in a tank of formaldehyde) is as disturbing as his works made ofpost-mortem flies. As often as Hirst’s work is uncomfortable to be with it can also enjoyable to look at.

Such is the case with this piece. Resembling an eye and harkening to the surrealism of previous artists such as Salvador Dali, this is a highly covetable piece to own by Hirst and one which, at 48 x 36 in., can easily be displayed in a NYC apartment or country mansion.

Bidding is currently at $46,000.

Untitled, 1978

Jean-Michel Basquiat

Basquiat is best known for his eccentric, colorful and nativist works. Considering that, this is certainly not the best representation of his best work. But that being said, that is also part of its attraction.  Utilizing only black ink on white paper and depicting glasses, a mustache and what appears to be a mouth made from hands, one feels the influence of Andy Warhol, surrealism and a political and economic commentary lurking somewhere.

This is not iconic Basquiat work, but it is certainly a conversation piece.

Considering the work is unsigned, we do not recommend going much above its current bid of $21,000.

Candy Box, 1981

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is one of the most well known artists of the 20th century, and for good reason. His oeuvre has incredible breadth as well as depth from painting to photography, from celebrities (think Marilyn Monroe) to nudes. Here we have a polaroid of a heart shaped box of chocolates.

This is not a work for your own collection. It is, however, the perfect gift for someone you love.

With a current bid of $2,000 and an estimate of $3,000-4,000, we would feel comfortable going as high as $5,500.

Portrait of the Artist with a Glass of Water, 2012

Marina Abramovic

Abramovic is best known for her performance art and her focus on the human body and its limits and possibilities. Her most interesting creations tend to be when audiences are forced to interact with her. In that vane, the owner and their guests will always be able to interact with the artist through this piece.

Do try to acquire this piece on the low-end of the estimate of $6,000-8,000.

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