Adrian Ghenie and Simon Hantaï at Auction in Romania

Adrian Ghenie and Simon Hantaï at Auction in Romania

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By Lavacow Editorial

Lavacow, the first online-only auction house from Eastern Europe, features for the first time a work by Adrian Ghenie, the Romanian artist who has caused a sensation on the international art market. His painting ”The Fake Rothko” was sold for almost 2 million euros at a Sotheby’s London auction in June 2014. Another highlight of the Lavacow Spring Auction, which will take place Monday, March 30, at 9 PM EEST, is a painting by Simon Hantaï, one of the most important promoters of abstract art in the late twentieth century. Art lovers will also have the pleasure to encounter graphic art by other established European artists, among whom Salvador Dali, Dan Perjovschi, Jules Perahim, Joan Miró, Joseph Beuys and Antoni Tàpies can be mentioned.

Adrian Ghenie marks his presence at the Lavacow Auction with “Self-portrait with Laurels”, an oil painting that was created between 2000 and 2001. The self-portrait theme was often approached by the artist, yet in this particular case, the work has a mythological allure that reminds one of both Classical art and Tintoretto’s chromatic intensity. However, what sets Ghenie apart is the dynamic brushwork, akin to that of Francis Bacon, anticipating the forcefulness of his present creations. At a very attractive pre-sale estimate (EUR 6,000-8,000), this work is a rare opportunity and constitutes a perfect choice for an investor or collector with a global vision.

Ghenie’s works are held in major art collections: Centre Pompidou (Paris), SFMOMA (San Francisco), Hammer Museum, MOCA (Los Angeles), S.M.A.K Museum (Ghent). Furthermore, his art has been featured in exhibitions at Palazzo Grassi, The François Pinault Foundation (Venice), Tate Liverpool, Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi (Florence), Pace Gallery (New York). In 2015, Adrian Ghenie will represent Romania at the 56th edition of the International Art Exhibition at the Biennale di Venezia, with the project entitled “Darwin’s Room”.

A member of the Surrealist circle led by André Breton in the early 1950s, Simon Hantaï became one of the first artists in Europe to respond to the work of Jackson Pollock. The current work "Scraping on Buick", ink, gouache, oil and scraping on silkscreen background, created c. 1951, pre-sale estimate EUR 6,500 – 7,500, is an early example of Hantaï's fascination with the formal possibilities of visual art, as explained by the artist himself: “There is no escape from matter. There is no escape from the physical nor is there any escape from the mind. The two are in a constant collision course. You might say that my work is like an artistic disaster. It is a quiet catastrophe of mind and matter.”

The lots can be viewed at, where you can place offers in advance and participate live at the online auction on Monday, March 30, at 9 PM EEST.

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