Dave’s Faves for Lawson-Menzies on 9 May

The art market is picking up, with auction clearance rates over 70% and more good works achieving stronger prices, as the ABC reported yesterday. Check out David’s comments on the art auction market on TV at ABC The Business.

More facettes of this fascinating world are shown in Affairs of the Art – Love, Loss and Power in the Art World. The new book by Katrina Strickland, deputy editor of the Australian Financial Review Magazine, reveals what goes on behind the scenes to maintain and increase an artist’s legacy… a must-read for anyone interested in Australian art and the Australian art market.

And last but not least, David has just picked his favourites from the 271 lot strong Lawson-Menzies auction next week. It is a wide offering from the traditional to the very contemporary with estimates from just $2,000 – good art is on the move.

Dave’s Faves are:

Lot 10 – Ray Crooke, Mission Women (study), c.1965, est. $2,500-3,500. Early gem of a painting

Lot 16 – John Coburn, Tribal Ground 1981, est. $8,000-10,000. Claim me and re-frame me

Lot 19 – James Alfred Turner, Swaggies at Rest 1903, est. $4,000-6,000. Pretty as a picture

Lot 32 – Adam Cullen, Portrait 2005, est. $8,000-10,000. Don’t be a drip!

Lot 33 – Euan MacLeod, Fingers 1995, est. $10,000-15,000. Fingers crossed you get it!

Lot 38 – Jeffrey Smart, Feeding the Seagulls 1995, est. $36,000-44,000. Early Smarts all too rare and all too cheap

Lot 40 – Ben Quilty, Insignia No. 1, 2007, est. $35,000-45,000. A rare Rorschach that actually works well

Lot 42 – Ben Quilty, Amsterdam Skull with fag 2005, est. $32,000-40,000. After van Gogh’s ‘Skull of a skeleton with burning cigarette 1885″

Lot 43 – David Boyd, A plumed wombat watching Europa cleaning her wings, 1996, est. $20,000-30,000. A bargain at the low estimate

Lot 48 – Arthur Streeton, Cowes Regatta, Portsmouth, from the Isle of Wight, 1905, est. $15,000-20,000. Sail on, Mr Streeton

Lot 51 – Brett Whiteley, The Gull, 1978, est. $12,000-16,000. I am completely gullible for this one

Lot 72 – Fred Williams, Portrait of a Jockey c1955, est. $1,500-2,500. More Joyous at that estimate

Lot 91 – Pro Hart, At the Races, est. $2,000-3,000. Hart for Half the Price

Lot 94 – Conrad Martens, Greenoaks Darling Point, est. $6,000-9,000. Turner meets Constable – sublime

Lot 104 – Bill Henson, Untitled, 1983/84, est. $4,000-6,000. Grit

Lot 113 – Fred Williams, Landscape panel number 8, est. $1,500-2,000. The Prince of Prints

Lot 138 – Emily Kngwarreye, Body Paint Design, 1995, est. $3,500-5,500. Make those lines mine

Lot 156 – Guy Boyd, Swimmer Entertaining, est. $2,800-3,800. Entertain me

Lot 181 – Sidney Nolan, Kelly and Horse, est. $2,500-3,500. Has anyone here seen Kelly?

Lot 197 – Max Dupain, Shopfront, 1930s, est. $2,000-3,000. Australian icon

Let us know if you are interested in any of these or other works on offer. We can assist you with thoughts and advice, due diligence and bidding on the night of the auction on 9 May.

The art is on view at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington – from now on until 9 May, 10 am to 5.30 pm, or you can view at www.lawsonmenzies.com.au.

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David Hulme is an approved valuer for the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts program and a member of the Art Consulting Association of Australia. David Hulme is also managing director at Banziger Hulme Fine Art Consultants, which is a highly respected art consultancy in Australia and has been in operation for over ten years. David also regularly comments on the Australian and international art market on national radio and in numerous local and national newspapers.

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