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Contemporary Sculptures

At the start of the 20th century, artists such as Auguste Rodin began to redefine sculpture as an artistic medium. By the mid-20th century, popular art movements such as Abstract Expressionism blurred the lines between painting and sculpture, paving the way for today's artists to explore sculpture in innovative ways.

Contemporary sculpture is increasingly used as a means of expression in response to current issues and has become more experimental, pushing the limits of what defines three-dimensional art and frequently incorporating other art forms such as assemblage and installation. Richard Serra, for example, is an artist whose large sheet metal sculptures have redefined the viewer's interaction with art in public spaces. Jeff Koons has merged popular culture and art in a way unseen since Andy Warhol's prints.


Quick Facts

  • Many contemporary sculptures make use of the surrounding environment and is intentionally created for a specific space
  • Land art is a contemporary movement that forms sculpture from surrounding land or earth, such as rocks, soil, leaves, and branches
  • Another growing subset of contemporary sculpture is light sculpture, which was brought to the forefront by artists such as Bruce Nauman and Dan Flavin

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Daniel Arsham (American 1980-), 'Telephone', Future Relic 05, 2016
Dec 07, 4:00 PM GMT
Daniel Arsham (American 1980-), 'Telephone', Future Relic 05, 2016
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Est: £800- £1,200
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Günther Uecker – „Le trou du Coeur“ (“Le trou du Coeur”)
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Günther Uecker – „Le trou du Coeur“ (“Le trou du Coeur”)
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Cruz-Diez, Carlos (1923 Caracas - Paris 2019)
Dec 10, 10:00 AM CET
Cruz-Diez, Carlos (1923 Caracas - Paris 2019)
by Dannenberg
Est: €300- €360
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SABE x Montana Colors 'Sabe Tag' Collectible Spray Can
Dec 02, 12:00 PM PST
SABE x Montana Colors 'Sabe Tag' Collectible Spray Can
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Günther Uecker und Y. Fongi, Uecker-Schuh, 1972
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CET
Günther Uecker und Y. Fongi, Uecker-Schuh, 1972
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €5,000- €7,000
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Nick De Angelis (US 20th C) Industrial Paper Mache Cardbord High Heel Sculpture
Dec 04, 10:00 AM PST
Nick De Angelis (US 20th C) Industrial Paper Mache Cardbord High Heel Sculpture
by Taylor & Harris
Est: $600- $800
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Ernst Barlach – Die Kupplerin II (The procuress II)
Dec 08, 6:00 PM CET
Ernst Barlach – Die Kupplerin II (The procuress II)
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Est: €50,000- €70,000
€40,0000 Bids
Gerz, Fred (*1944) - "Max", 2002, Bronze, braun pa…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Gerz, Fred (*1944) - "Max", 2002, Bronze, braun pa…
by Auktionshaus Blank
Est: €1,800- €5,400
€1,8000 Bids
Gerz, Fred (*1944) - "Lauscher und Flötenspieler",…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Gerz, Fred (*1944) - "Lauscher und Flötenspieler",…
by Auktionshaus Blank
Est: €500- €1,500
€5000 Bids
Wunderlich, Paul (Eberswalde 1927-2010 Saint Pierr…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Wunderlich, Paul (Eberswalde 1927-2010 Saint Pierr…
by Auktionshaus Blank
Est: €650- €1,950
€6500 Bids
Stephan Balkenhol – Köpfe (W) (Heads (W))
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Stephan Balkenhol – Köpfe (W) (Heads (W))
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Est: €4,000- €5,000
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Benedict Hipp, Prunus Lux, 2009
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CET
Benedict Hipp, Prunus Lux, 2009
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €2,000- €3,000
€1,5000 Bids
Michael Croissant – Kopf (Head)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Michael Croissant – Kopf (Head)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €5,000- €7,000
€4,0000 Bids
Michael Croissant, Figur, 1996
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CET
Michael Croissant, Figur, 1996
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €6,000- €8,000
€4,3000 Bids
Herbert Peters – Torso I (Torso I)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Herbert Peters – Torso I (Torso I)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €1,000- €1,500
€8000 Bids
Rebecca Horn – Thermometre d'amour (Thermometre d'amour)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Rebecca Horn – Thermometre d'amour (Thermometre d'amour)
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Est: €3,000- €4,000
€2,4000 Bids
Karl Fred Dahmen – „Chiemgau-Legende MARTER“ („Chiemgau-Legende MARTER“)
Dec 08, 2:30 PM CET
Karl Fred Dahmen – „Chiemgau-Legende MARTER“ („Chiemgau-Legende MARTER“)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €8,000- €10,000
€8,0000 Bids
Günther Förg – Ohne Titel (Großes Bronzerelief) (Untitled (Large bronze relief))
Dec 08, 6:45 PM CET
Günther Förg – Ohne Titel (Großes Bronzerelief) (Untitled (Large bronze relief))
by Karl & Faber
Est: €50,000- €70,000
€40,0000 Bids
Gustav Seitz – Danae (Danae)
Dec 07, 2:30 PM CET
Gustav Seitz – Danae (Danae)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €2,800- €3,400
€2,4000 Bids
Dieter Teusch
Dec 02, 10:00 AM CET
Dieter Teusch
by Kunstauktionshaus Schloss Ahlden
Est: €3,600- €7,200
€3,6000 Bids
Beuys, Joseph (1921 Krefeld - 1986 Düsseldorf) - "…
Dec 03, 10:00 AM CET
Beuys, Joseph (1921 Krefeld - 1986 Düsseldorf) - "…
by Auktionshaus Blank
Est: €480- €1,440
€4800 Bids
Bernard Schultze, Der Pflanzen-Kerl, 1992
Dec 03, 11:00 AM CET
Bernard Schultze, Der Pflanzen-Kerl, 1992
by Kunsthaus Lempertz KG
Est: €4,000- €5,000
€3,0000 Bids
Heiko Herrmann – Centaur (Centaur)
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Heiko Herrmann – Centaur (Centaur)
by Karl & Faber
Est: €800- €1,000
€6500 Bids

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