Phillips Day & Evening Contemporary Art Sales takes place in New York next week, with over 200 lots of paintings, prints, photographs and sculptures. The sales include works by emerging artists such as Lucien Smith and Parker Ito, but features numerous heavy hitters such as Mark Rothko, Martin Kippenberger and Willem de Kooning.

Mark Rothko is one of the most renowned names in contemporary art, primarily known for his multiform paintings. These pieces depict floating shapes of different sizes and color that emulate a multitude of emotions such drama, passion, fear, bliss, or heartbreak. Untitled is an oil on paper and considerably smaller in size than his canvas pieces is as emotional and intimate as his larger pieces are.

MARK ROTHKO. Untitled, 1959. Estimate $3,000,000 - $5,000,000. Photo via Phillips MARK ROTHKO. Untitled, 1959. Estimate $3,000,000 - $5,000,000. Photo via Phillips

 

The auction includes several works by Richard Prince, both photography and paintings. Prince is known for appropriating and reworking existing artwork and images, taking an existing piece and making it his own. This appropriation shifts the original focus or meaning to that of the new artist. The Day sale includes this piece from his series of joke paintings, which started as handwritten jokes on paper and evolved into larger, silk-screened canvases.

His photograph Untitled (Cowboy), included in the Evening sale, demonstrates how he has taken a well-known figure from the advertising world, the Marlboro Man, and turned him into his own subject.

RICHARD PRINCE What Can You Do?, 2001. Estimate $450,000 - $550,000. Photo via Phillips RICHARD PRINCE. What Can You Do?, 2001. Estimate $450,000 - $550,000. Photo via Phillips

 

Ai Weiwei is known as both an artist and an activist. His sculptures, architecture, paintings and photographs mirror his social and political criticisms. Weiwei is currently under house-arrest in his home country China, his passport was confiscated by the Chinese authorities in 2011 and has yet to be returned. However, his physical restrictions have not prohibited him from his work, he continues to create new pieces and participates in cultural events around the world by online communication and video messages.

For Coca Cola Vase Weiwei has taken an antique Chinese vase and printed the famous Coca Cola logo across from it, combining two worlds in one social commentary.

AI WEIWEI. Coca Cola Vase, 2011. Estimate $400,000 - $600,000. Photo via Phillips AI WEIWEI. Coca Cola Vase, 2011. Estimate $400,000 - $600,000. Photo via Phillips

 

 

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