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Anish Kapoor, "Reverse Perverse", from Door Cycle, 2006
Photo: Phillips
Anish Kapoor, "Reverse Perverse", from Door Cycle, 2006

Buying Democratic Art

The auction house Phillips in London will auction part of the archive of Schellmann Art on 6 June 2019.
by Anna Moldenhauer | 6/4/2019

Under the title "Fifty Are Better Than One" a total of 180 works from the personal collection of the German artist, gallery owner and designer Jörg Schellmann will be auctioned at the London auction house Phillips. The broad selection of works shows a cross-section of contemporary art and offers both iconic individual pieces and limited editions, including works by Andy Wahrhol, Keith Haring, Donald Judd and Joseph Beuys. Part of the auction are the two work groups "The Door Cycles" and "Wall Works". For "The Door Cycles", Jörg Schellmann asked artist friends to redesign a door as an object - inspiration came from the project of the same name by the Dutch painter Willem de Kooning, who created a series of female figures on wooden doors between 1964 and 1965 and thus declared a metaphorically charged everyday object a painting ground. The works created for Schellmann Art, formerly Edition Schellmann, were applied to hollow-core doors and range in their diversity from painting to silkscreen to sculpture. "The Wall Works", on the other hand, show site-specific wall paintings and installations that the artists have each designed with reference to the spatial concept that the work needs in order to have an optimal effect. For each work, the artist gives a specific description of the necessary dimensions of the surface as well as for the mounting of the respective wall object.

The commerciality and price range of the works offered reaches into both extremes - a decision with which the auction house underscores Schellmann's concern to democratize art by means of broad diversification and affordability. All proceeds from the public auction will go to the "Ars Publicata Project", a global online index with which Jörg Schellmann wants to offer easy access to authentic and up-to-date documentation on artist editions and their publishers.

"Fifty Are Better Than One"
Works from the Archives of Edition Schellmann

Phillips
30 Berkeley Square
Mayfair, London W1J 6EN

6. June 2019, from 16 o'clock
Free admission

Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Payphone, 1988
Photo: Phillips
Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Payphone, 1988
Keith Haring, Totem (Wood), 1988
Photo: Phillips
Keith Haring, Totem (Wood), 1988
Elmgreen & Dragset, "Belly Door", from Door Cycle, 2006
Elmgreen & Dragset, "Belly Door", from Door Cycle, 2006
Liam Gillick, "A short text on the possibility of creating an economy of equivalence", from Door Cycle, 2006
Photo: Phillips
Liam Gillick, "A short text on the possibility of creating an economy of equivalence", from Door Cycle, 2006
Dan Flavin, "Untitled (to Mary Elizabeth)", 1992
Photo: Phillips
Dan Flavin, "Untitled (to Mary Elizabeth)", 1992