On October 28th Heritage will lauch their break into the New York Modern and Contemporary Art scene with a sale enticingly titled Part I: New York, featuring important works by Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Tom Wesselman.

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) Untitled (Ochre with Black Line), 1972-73/1974 Image via Heritage Auctions Robert Motherwell (1915-1991)
Untitled (Ochre with Black Line), 1972-73/1974
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The undisputed star, however, is likely to be Ai Weiwei's 2010 work Surveillance Camera, a solid marble replica of the surveillance cameras positioned by police outside the artist's home. It captures some of the major themes of Weiwei's recent art, including political activism and his own suffering at the hands of the Chinese authorities, as well as his unique approach to medium and material. The sculpture, which has never been offered at auction before, is one of 14 original sculptures produced in 2010; another one of the set is currently featured in Weiwei's major retrospective at the Royal Academy, London.

Ai Weiwei (b. 1957) Surveillance Camera, 2010 Image via Heritage Auctions Ai Weiwei (b. 1957)
Surveillance Camera, 2010
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Another important work to feature in Part I: New York will be Robert Motherwell's Untitled (Ochre with Black Line) (above), 1972-73/1974. A fine example from the celebrated Open series, the work comes from an important private collection which acquired the work the same year it was painted and has not been to market since.

Arshile Gorky (1904-1948) Untitled (X on Brown Paper), circa 1933-34 Image via Heritage Auctions Arshile Gorky (1904-1948)
Untitled (X on Brown Paper), circa 1933-34
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Leon Benrimon, who joined Heritage in New York as Director of Modern and Contemporary Art earlier this year, said: "Heritage Auctions is increasingly attracting important Modern and Contemporary artworks, and the time has come to bring these auctions to the New York stage."

"We have a carefully curated selection of works to perfectly capitalize on our recent New York and international expansions and capture collector's attention in a very real way."

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) $ (Quadrant), 1982 Image via Heritage Auctions Andy Warhol (1928-1987)
$ (Quadrant), 1982
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Check out the preview catalogue for Part I: New York here.

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