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ounded in 1994 by Gilles Dyan, member of the European Chamber of Fine Art Experts (C.E.C.O.A.), Opera Gallery Group is a network of international art galleries with 10 galleries located on 4 continents: North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Since its creation, Opera Gallery Group has striven to offer its prestigious international clients a unique access to a large variety of artists, including works by the Masters of Modern Art such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Bernard Buffet, Henri Matisse, Alexander Calder and Andy Warhol – to name just a few – as well as the works of highly sought-after contemporary artists like Marc Quinn, Yayoi Kusama, Yue Minjun, David Mach, Gérard Rancinan, Lita Cabellut and Joe Black, amongst others.
Opera Gallery Group is a leader in the development and promotion of young contemporary artists, mainly with the support of prestigious partners: luxury brands such as Fabergé, Matthew Williamson, JEANRICHARD and Ferrari, luxury hotels like the Ritz-Carlton, Mandarin Oriental and Rocco Forte and internationally reputed charitable organizations such as Unicef, MTV RE:Define, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Mission Enfance. Simultaneously, Opera Gallery Group is dedicated to guaranteeing and protecting the legacy of established and reputed modern and contemporary artists via partnerships with major international museums and art centers such as the Heydar Aliyev Center in Bakou, Azerbaijan and the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea.
Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976) Black Butterfly, 1969 Gouache and ink on paper 75.2 x 109.2 cm – 29.6 x 43 in. US$ 275,000 Born in Philadelphia in 1898, Alexander Calder is a legendary figure in American art and one of the greatest formal innovators of the post-war period. The artist is best known for his ‘mobiles’, kinetic sculptures made with a variety of carefully balanced components. Rejecting the abstract expressionist style that dominated the art scene in the 1950s and 1960s, Calder favoured the mechanical and the pre-planned. His works explores what the artist referred to as the
“physical bond between the varying events in life”. Calder’s work is among the most celebrated of the twentieth century, and forms part of innumerable collections, both public and private. Painted in 1969, a crucial period in Calder’s career, Black Butterfly is a particularly beautiful example of the artist’s work. Deploying his trademark palette, the butterfly is surrounded by blocks of colour, which lend the work compositional balance and dynamism.
Good Shot, 1974 Gouache and ink on paper 109.5 x 74.9 cm – 43.1 x 29.5 in. US$ 270,000
The present work depicts a black spiral that seems to rays of red light. Calder would return to this motif throughout his career, since it captured the movement and dynamism so important to his practice.
(1898 - 1976)
Campbell’s Soup Box: Chicken Noodle, 1986 Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas 35.5 x 35.5 cm – 14 x 14 in.
Nancy Scribble, 1983 Oil on canvas 152.4 x 101.6 cm – 60 x 40 in.
Born in Pittsburgh in 1928, Andy Warhol was perhaps the most important artist of the late twentiethcentury. Warhol moved to New York in 1949 where he worked as a commercial artist, making drawings for advertisements during the post-War consumer boom. In 1952 he held his first solo exhibition at the Hugo Gallery, which was met with a mixture of acclaim and derision. Interested by popular culture and the massproduced language of advertising, Warhol integrated these elements into his work from the 1960s onwards.
It was then that he produced his iconic Campbell ‘s Soup cans. In 1962 Warhol participated in the New Realists exhibition in New York, which was the first important survey of Pop Art. His works form part of all major museum collections, and are among the most recognisable in the history of art. The present work deploys one of Warhol’s most celebrated icons: Campbell’s Soup. The work explores the relation between art and mass-production. Its celebration of the banal is characteristic of Warhol’s artistic practice.
Born in 1931 in Ohio, Tom Wesselmann was one of the most important figures of his generation and one of the founders of American Pop Art in the 1960s. Wesselmann studied cartoon drawing at Cooper Union in New York between 1956 and 1959. In his final year at college, he drew inspiration from the works of Willem de Kooning and decided to become an artist. His first solo exhibition was held at the Tanager Gallery in New York in 1961. One year later he took part in the group exhibition “New Realists” at the Sidney Janis Gallery. From this point on
his international career blossomed. Working across a diverse range of media including painting, sculpture and print-making, Wesselmann’s use of banal motifs and stereotypes, as well his brightly coloured palette, has led to the creation of some of the most iconic works of the post-war period. In Nancy Scribble Wesselmann has produced a striking portrait with an economy of means that is typical of the artist. A highly talented portraitist, Wesselmann is able to convey much of the figure’s personality in just a few expertly rendered strokes.
(1958 - 1990)
Untitled, 1989 Sumi ink and acrylic on rag paper 62.9 x 73.7 cm – 24.8 x 29 in.
Untitled, 2006 Watercolor on paper 124 x 137.5 cm – 48.8 x 54.1 in.
One of the major figures in New York’s East Village art scene in the 1970s and 1980s, the American artist Keith Haring obtained fame and notoriety through his work in the city’s subways and streets. Immersed in downtown culture, Haring befriended other iconic figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf. Soon his artworks were exhibited in galleries and were met with widespread critical acclaim. Haring’s style and personal visual vocabulary are immediately recognisable, consisting of bold icons
drawn in strong graphic lines. His works are often shown alongside those of Andy Warhol, Jean-Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Rauschenberg and Jenny Holzer, and have been exhibited in museums and biennials around the world. Painted in Haring’s trademark style, the present work depicts a two-headed snake with a television for a body swallowing a human figure. The presence of dollar signs and televisions is suggestive of the omnipresence of money and mass-culture.
Born in 1962, Yue Minjun graduated from the Hebei Normal University in 1989, a year that has become synonymous with the police crackdown in Tiananmen Square. The artist is best known for his self-portraits, in which he depicts himself as a pink-skinned caricature, his eyes tightly shut, his white teeth bared in a cynical grin. Combining pop aesthetics and Chinese Socialist Realism, his self-portraits offer parodic responses to social, economic and political developments in modern-day China. The New York Times has described
these smiling faces as “perhaps the most recognizable image in Chinese painting”. Minjun’s work has been exhibited widely and forms part of several public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco and the Guang Dong Art Museum in China. The present watercolor depicts one of the Minjun’s pink grinning faces, which, unusually, has been painted in the upper part of the work. The birds that fly beneath it resemble war planes, lending the work a degree of anxiety.
Marc Quinn (1964-) Musk Xen in the Seine Valley, 2009 Oil on canvas 169 x 237 cm – 66.5 x 93.3 in. US$ 290,000 Born in 1964, the British artist Marc Quinn came to prominence in the early 1990s with artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. Together they formed a notorious group of artists that came to be known as the Young British Artists or YBA. Throughout his career, Quinn has used an astonishing variety of media, ranging from traditional materials like copper and bronze to unorthodox materials such as blood and ice. Quinn’s central preoccupation is the fraught relation between beauty, death and desire. His works, both
profoundly spiritual and disturbing, have been exhibited in countless solo and group shows internationally, making him one of the most important and popular artists working today. Musk Xen in the Seine Valley explores one of Quinn’s favoured motifs: flowers, in particular orchids. Here a cornucopia of beautiful flowers has been painted in a hyper-realist style, which borders on the photographic. As is typical of Quinn’s work, there seems to be an unresolved conflict between the stillness of the image and its visual abundance.
Marcello Lo Giudice
Red/Rosso, 2013 Pigment and oil on canvas 140 x 140 cm – 55.1 x 55.1 in.
Interrelated Space #2 Lenticular 3D, edition of 3 110 x 110 cm – 43.3 x 43.3 in.
Marcello Lo Giudice was born in Sicily in 1957. He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Venice and graduated in 1989. Using different media such as painting, sculpture and installation, Lo Giudice’s practice raises questions concerning substance, matter and geology. His work aims to explore the relationship between the human subject and the environment, in the hope of renewing the bonds between man, nature and the cosmos. The internationally renowned art critic Pierre Restany, who founded the Nouveau
Réalisme movement and wrote extensively about Yves Klein’s monochromes, defined Lo Giudice as an extraordinary “telluric” painter. The artist has been exhibited alongside other pivotal figures such as Anish Kapoor and Yayoi Kusama, and forms part of important collections across the world. Red/Rosso is a powerful example of Lo Giudice’s work. The surface of the canvas has been covered in layers of red pigment, which produces the illusion of different terrains and strata, while also evoking a spiritual dimension.
Born in Paris in 1958, Ron Agam began his artistic practice by photographing his father’s work, the Israeli artist Yaacov Agam, known as the founder of kinetic art. For much of his career Agam has been known as a photographer. Among his most important projects include celebrated photographs of the Ultra-Orthodox conclave of Meah Shearim in Jerusalem, as well as a series of photographs taken on September 11th 2003, when Agam was in New York. These works were donated in order to raise money for the victims of 9/11 and their families.
In 2011, Agam began a career as a painter, drawing upon the works of Josef Albers and the Russian Constructivists. His most recent paintings integrate technology in a mode that he terms ‘‘Neo-Kineticism’’. Agam has been awarded the highest decoration in France, the Legion of Honour, and his works are exhibited widely. Interrelated Space #2 is composed of sixteen multi-coloured squares set against a blue backdrop. The work’s bold use of colour is evocative of Albers’ famous Hommage to the Square (1965), though here the work has been made using lenticular printing, which produces an illusion of depth.
Gérard Rancinan (1953-) Look A Like - The Marilyns Argentic print mounted on plexiglass, edition of 6 180 x 270 cm – 70.9 x 106.3 in. US$ 87,500 Born in 1952 in Talence, France, Gérard Rancinan is a photographer who has received widespread critical acclaim for his work. Rancinan began his career in photojournalism and portrait photography, taking shots of historical figures such as Fidel Castro and Tiger Woods. His more recent aesthetic projects explore questions around consumer culture and the belief systems that characterise modern society, looking in particular at the relationship between art and mass production. He is the recipient of numerous prizes
and his works, widely exhibited, have also appeared in publications such as Sports Illustrated, Time, Life Magazine, Paris Match and Sunday Times Magazine. In Look A Like - The Marilyns, a wide variety of ‘Marilyns’ adopt various theatrical poses. Like Andy Warhol, an artist who famously took up the subject of Marilyn in a famous series of paintings, Rancinan photographs works to undermine our modern idols through playful repetition.
André Brasilier (1929-) Souvenir d’Izu, 1989 Oil on canvas 88.7 x 130 cm – 34.9 x 51.2 in. US$ 105,000 André Brasilier was born on the 29th of October 1929 in Saumur, France. Among the foremost painters of his generation, Brasilier was influenced at an early age by developments in abstraction, expressionism and symbolism (his father was a symbolist painter who was heavily involved in the Rosicrucian movement), combining these styles to highly original effect. In 1953, when he was only 23, Brasilier won the Premier Grand Prix de Rome for painting. He held his first retrospective at the Château de Chenonceau in 1980 and an exhibition at the Musée Picasso-
Château Grimaldi in Antibes in 1988. He also held a retrospective at the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. Brasilier’s works form part of important collections around the world, both public and private. In Souvenir d’Izu, Brasilier returns to his favourite motifs: horses and nature. Several riders gallop from right to left, their swiftness emulated by the angles of the trees. The work, in which the artist draws upon his memories of Japan, is an excellent example of Brasilier’s joyful vision of the world.
Courses à Cagnes-sur-Mer, 2010 Oil on canvas 65 x 92 cm – 25.6 x 36.2 in. US$ 65,500
Painted in bright blues, purples and oranges, Courses à Cagnes-sur-Mer depicts a series of horses pulling chariots on a racetrack. The work is testament to Brasilier’s brilliant use of colour and compositional skills.
Lita Cabellut (1961-) Marlene Dietrich 05 Mixed media on canvas 200 x 180 cm – 78.7 x 70.9 in. US$ 62,500 Lita Cabellut was born in Barcelona in 1961. At the age of 13 she visited the Prado Museum, where she was inspired by the works of Goya, Velázquez, Ribera and Rembrandt. It was then that Cabellut decided to become an artist. Soon her work was exhibited at the Town Hall of Masnou in Barcelona. At the age of 19 Cabellut left Spain to settle in Amsterdam, where she studied painting at the Rietveld Academy. Since then she has developed a unique and captivating pictorial language, deploying her own idiosyncratic
variation on the fresco technique and a colour scheme that has come to be known as the ‘Cabellutpalette’. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and in Europe, and has received widespread critical acclaim. Marlene Dietrich was a German-American singer and actress who became one of the greatest female stars of all time. Cabellut’s powerful portrait is painted in her trademark style, combining glamour, beauty and the macabre.
Chaplin special 04 Mixed media on canvas 200 x 180 cm – 78.7 x 70.9 in. US$ 62,500
Cabellut’s painting of Charlie Chaplin is an excellent example of her experiments with portraiture. The figure, known for his staccato and comic movements, is here given psychological depth. Chaplin is rendered in such a way as to become a more ponderous and mournful figure than the one we are accustomed to.
Iconic Wonder Woman, 2013 Stencil and spray paint on canvas 220 x 110 cm – 86.6 x 43.3 in.
O Viajante Viajado! 2005 Acrylic and spray paint on canvas 177.8 x 137.2 cm – 70 x 54 in.
Richard Mirando (aka SEEN) is one of the most important figures in the graffiti art scene working today. His earliest works were painted clandestinely on the New York subway in the 1970s. At the time he also created several stunning murals and painted whole train cars, many of which have become iconic images. In the early 1980s, SEEN was one of the first street artists to work on canvas, making paintings for gallery shows and exhibiting alongside other legendary figures such as Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Iconic Wonder Woman forms part of SEEN’s recent superheroes series, which he painted in his Los Angeles studio. The series was inspired by his childhood in the Bronx and his fascination with pop culture. SEEN was drawn to icons with a popular appeal. They fitted the graffiti aesthetic because of their immediate recognizability.
Born in Sao Paolo in 1974, Os Gemeos (the Portuguese for ‘the twins) are identical twins who are among the most celebrated graffiti artists of their generation. The brothers began their career in the late 1980s using spray-paint to graffiti urban areas. Their reputation grew and they soon became highly respected in the urban art scene in Brazil. Their style combines the hip-hop style first developed in the United States and an aesthetic drawn from Brazilian culture. Os Gemeos are known for their yellow characters, which grace
the walls of cities across the world. The artists have recently been commissioned to paint public murals, which mix social criticism with an almost dream-like aesthetic. Their most recent work was a large-scale painting commissioned by Art Basel (2013), as well as a large piece for the front wall of the Tate Modern (2008). The present work depicts a yellow figure dressed in tartan. He seems to float on the pictorial plane, as though the two little birds were pulling him up into the sky by his sleeves.
Liu Dao Big Fine LED display, one-way glass, teakwood frame 42 x 42 x 8 cm – 16.5 x 16.5 x 3.1 in. US$ 9,000 Based in Shanghai, Liu Dao (a Pinyin phrase meaning “island number 6”) is an art collective that makes works that engage with electronic and interactive media. The collective is known for its active commitment to politics and to culture, never shying away from tackling the issues and concerns of the contemporary moment. Liu Dao consistently challenges social conventions. Its work attempts to tap into the unknown potential that underlies the meeting of art, technology and science.
The collective’s highly original approach has earned its members a growing reputation in the art world. Liu Dao’s work has appeared in art fairs around the world, including Art Paris, the Hong Kong Art Fair and the Los Angeles Art Show. In Big Fine two women are lit up on an LED. Dressed in military attire, the figures seem to subvert gender stereotypes, as well as the figures of authority that prevail in China.
Domestic Phantasm RGB LED display, acrylic painting, paper collage, teakwood frame 103.5 x 103.5 x 5 cm – 40.7 x 40.7 x 2 in. US$ 34,200
In Domestic Phantasm the collective plays with and undermines the traditional iconography of China. A disproportionately sized Ming vase is being cleaned by a maid clad in bright pink, suggestive perhaps of an imbalance of power.
Pierre Matter (1964-) Horse Family Bronze, edition of 8 40 x 49 x 17 cm – 15.7 x 19.3 x 6.7 in. US$ 21,250 Born in 1964, Pierre Matter is a French artist best known for his large scale sculptures. From an early age Matter developed an interest in logic and mathematics, while at the same time evolving his interest in artistic creation. This eventually led him to produce sculptures that combined materials in a highly original and idiosyncratic manner, creating strange, mystical figures that sit somewhere between the realms of myth and reality. As Matter has put it, ‘We live in a period of change that produces and will produce hybrid and monstrous
beings resembling those of classical mythology.’ The artist’s work has been met with widespread acclaim. He is the recipient of numerous prizes and has been exhibited across the world, from New York to Dubai. Horse Family is a bronze sculpture that invokes the myths and legends of antiquity. This interest in anachronism is typical of Matter’s work, which often seems to suggest that the potential of the past lies buried in the present, waiting to be uncovered.