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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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Roxy Paine Poppy Leaf Cast Plaster Multiple 1998
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André Thomkins – Schrittweis / Eingebläut
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André Thomkins – Schrittweis / Eingebläut
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May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Günther Uecker – Do it yourself
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Raphael Hefti (b.1978) Replaying the Mistake of a Broken Hammer
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Raphael Hefti (b.1978) Replaying the Mistake of a Broken Hammer
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Est: £400- £600
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Michel Sauer – Eingang
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Michel Sauer – Eingang
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Est: €0- €300
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A blown glass sculpture "Ichibana", Gordon Webster (born 1978)
May 14, 10:00 AM CEST
A blown glass sculpture "Ichibana", Gordon Webster (born 1978)
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Est: €0- €0
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Heinz-Albert Heindrichs – Ohne Titel
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Heinz-Albert Heindrichs – Ohne Titel
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Est: €0- €800
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Heinz-Albert Heindrichs – Ohne Titel
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Heinz-Albert Heindrichs – Ohne Titel
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Est: €0- €800
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E.M. Zax- 1/1 unique Spraycan
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Mr. Brainwash- SPRAY CAN "LOVE IS THE ANSWER, 2020"
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Wandgesang
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Wandgesang
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Est: €4,000- €6,000
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Hannah Wilke, Untitled
Apr 24, 10:00 AM PDT
Hannah Wilke, Untitled
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Est: $4,000- $6,000
$3,0000 Bids
Jonathan Horowitz, Coke and/or Pepsi
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Jonathan Horowitz, Coke and/or Pepsi
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Est: $1,000- $1,500
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Ai Weiwei (b.1957) Pequi Tree
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£5000 Bids
§ GEOFFREY CLARKE R.A. (BRITISH 1924-2014) (S290c, S291c)
Apr 26, 10:00 AM BST
§ GEOFFREY CLARKE R.A. (BRITISH 1924-2014) (S290c, S291c)
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Est: £1,000- £1,500
£8000 Bids
Victor Vasarely – TABOR II
May 11, 2:00 PM CEST
Victor Vasarely – TABOR II
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Est: €0- €15,000
€14,0000 Bids
Songhak Ky (1950 Kandal - Berlin 2000)
May 03, 6:00 PM CEST
Songhak Ky (1950 Kandal - Berlin 2000)
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Est: €5,000- €7,000
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KEITH SONNIER (AMERICAN 1941-2020)
Apr 26, 10:00 AM BST
KEITH SONNIER (AMERICAN 1941-2020)
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£6500 Bids
MARIO CEROLI - Elmreyiè, 1992
Apr 27, 1:00 PM CEST
MARIO CEROLI - Elmreyiè, 1992
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MARIANI Umberto, Untitled, 2008, vinyl and sand on lead sheet, cm 53,5x80
May 06, 4:00 PM CEST
MARIANI Umberto, Untitled, 2008, vinyl and sand on lead sheet, cm 53,5x80
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