Global Emerging Artists Shine at Phillips’ ‘New Now’ Sale in London

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Works by young emerging artists were well received at Phillips’ “New Now” sale in London Thursday night, with several pieces achieving prices more than double their presale estimates.

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The most expensive lot of the sale was Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Henri, Duc d’Orléans, The 2014 painting by American artist Kehinde Wiley fetched £289,800 (US$362,917), more than double its presale estimate of between £80,000 and £120,000. The 45-year-old Brooklyn-based artist is best known for his photorealistic portraits of black figures adopting poses that echo the subjects in classical European portraiture.

Kehinde Wiley’s Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Henri, Duc d’Orleans

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In Ferdinand-Philippe-Louis-Henri, Duc d’Orléans, the sitter has one hand on his hip, with his shoulders pulled back and head inclined to one side, resembling Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres’ portraits of Ferdinand-Philippe, Duc d’Orléans.

The second highest price was achieved by Rafa Macarrón’s
Viaje al Espacio, 2020, selling for £239,400. It had been valued between £100,000 and £150,000.

Macarrón, born in 1981 in Spain, is one of the most notable emerging artists known for his vivid dreamscapes, drawing inspiration from comic strips and the amorphous structures of French painter-and-sculptor Jean Dubuffet to the immersive works of Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta.

Doron Langberg’s Nissan and Idan in the Studio

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Another surprise came with Doron Langberg’s painting Nisan and Idan in the studio, depicting two figures, Nissan and Idan, in the foreground, against layers of orange, navy, brown, and black. The painting sold for £138,000, against a presale estimate between £30,000 and £50,000.

Born in 1985 in Israel and based in Brooklyn, Langberg is known for his figurative paintings often depicting himself, his family, and close friends.The artist just made his auction debut with Phillips in March.

Szabolcs Bozó, born in Hungary in 1991, achieved a price record at auction with his N Hill Ave – LA.01, which sold for £78,120, more than five times its low estimate of £15,000. The artist is known for painting cartoon-ish animal figures with a sense of mischief and joy. His previous record price was US$3,500, set in 2021, according to Phillips.

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