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    • Abstract: 7 October 20011Contact: Capucine Milliot [email protected] tel +1 212 641 5078CHRISTIE’S TO OFFER WORKS FROM THE PIONEERINGANTON & ANNICK HERBERT COLLECTIONMINIMAL ART ~ CONCEPTUAL ART ~ ARTE POVERA

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7 October 20011
Contact: Capucine Milliot [email protected] tel +1 212 641 5078
CHRISTIE’S TO OFFER WORKS FROM THE PIONEERING
ANTON & ANNICK HERBERT COLLECTION
MINIMAL ART ~ CONCEPTUAL ART ~ ARTE POVERA
CARL ANDRE (B. 1935)
Steel Lead Alloy Square
steel and lead, in one hundred parts
Executed in 1969
Estimate: $1,500,000-2,000,000
“We have not collected works of art, but a new way of thinking.”
Anton Herbert
Post War and Contemporary Art
November 9, 2011
New York – Christie‘s is honored to announce the auction on November 9, 2011, of selected
works from the celebrated Anton and Annick Herbert Collection of Minimal Art, Conceptual
Art and Arte Povera. Formed in Ghent, Belgium, by the Herberts, beginning in the 1960s, the
collection is considered to be one of the most important in the world and has been exhibited
publicly all over Europe. The collection is notable for its high quality, its critical engagement
with key issues of the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and its origins in the personal relationships enjoyed
by the Herberts with the visionary artists they supported. A total of 35 exceptional pieces from
the collection will be offered at auction in New York on 9th November 2011 and are expected to
fetch $5 million to $7 million in support of establishing the Herbert Art Center.
The Anton and Annick Herbert Collection is a unique assembly of works, collected over the
course of three decades and encompassing the pivotal years 1968 to 1989. These dates, so
significant in the course of history, include the counter-revolutionary youth movements that
moved across Europe, and the fall of the Berlin Wall that dramatically radicalized the social
and cultural sphere in the West. The artists that Annick and Anton Herbert have championed
and continue to support have all played a critical part in the evolutions of this era. Uniting
names such as Carl Andre, Giovanni Anselmo, Robert Barry, Hanne Darboven, Douglas
Huebler, Joseph Kosuth, Sol LeWitt, Richard Long, Mario Merz, Bruce Nauman, Mike
Kelley, Franz West, Lawrence Wiener and Martin Kippenberger, the collection includes
some of the greatest adherents of Minimalism, Art Povera and Conceptual Art, as well as those
ciphers acting in the spaces between. Together, the works in the collection form an open
dialogue, capturing the essence of contemporary debate during this pivotal moment in art
history. The auction of this section of the collection provides an extraordinary opportunity for
others to participate in a spirit of adventure best expressed by Anton Herbert himself when he
said, ‗We have not collected works of art, but a new way of thinking.
Francis Outred, International Director, Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Europe,
stated: ―It is an absolute privilege for Christies to be able to handle selected works from the collection of
Annick and Anton Herbert, quite simply one of the most important and defining collections of post-war
art. Encompassing all of the elements which have driven their refined taste over forty years of collecting,
the auction encompasses key works from the Minimalist, Conceptual and Arte Povera movements as
well as their artistic inheritors in the 1980s. Each work represents a journey for the Herberts. Extremely
analytical about the nature of their collecting, they have thought carefully about each choice they have
made and each artistic relationship they have developed. They were central to the development of a small,
close knit community of artists, collectors and dealers who supported these movements at their birth
when there was much scepticism. However that support has borne fruit as an inspiration to thousands of
artists working today and these ideas have in turn inspired many of the tendencies of art in the 21st
century. As a result, a trip to the Herbert's collection has been likened to a pilgrimage to other artistic
meccas like Marfa and Dia. The decision to sell has been a very difficult one for the Herberts, since they
have always determined not to sell works from their collection. However the chance to create a lasting
legacy in the Herbert Art Center in Ghent which will archive this historic artistic journey makes this
more than worthwhile. The auction will create a once in a lifetime chance to acquire works from this
historic collection.”
With the proceeds of the forthcoming auction, the Anton and Annick Herbert Foundation look
forward to creating a unique public institution primarily dedicated to Minimal Art, Arte
Povera and Conceptual Art to be located in the heart of Ghent, Belgium. The Herbert Art
Centre is conceived as a permanent exhibition space and archive for the pivotal works
assembled by the Herbert Collection. The Centre will also provide a calendar of public and
educational events designed to broaden the understanding and awareness of this key moment
in twentieth century art history and to preserve the artists‘ legacy for present and future
generations.
To mark the unique occasion of having this collection, Christie‘s will exhibit the works on the
20th floor of 1230 Avenue of the Americas, at Rockefeller Center as Christie‘s did in 2006 for
the Works of Donald Judd, from the Judd Foundation. The pieces will be shown in a space that
will be specially designed to highlight the important connection between art and its spatial
context. The viewing will open on October 25th and will be accessible to the public throughout
the three weeks leading up to the sale on November 9th.
Highlights of the sale include:
MINIMAL ART
CARL ANDRE (B. 1935)
Steel Lead Alloy Square
steel and lead, in one hundred parts
Executed in 1969
Estimate: $1,500,000-2,000,000
Carl Andre's floor pieces—flat, modular and made of
ordinary materials—challenge all traditional conceptions
of sculptures as three-dimensional objects executed in
marble or bronze. Their flatness, however, does not
diminish their physical presence. As the artist has stated, "I don't think of them as being flat at
all. I think, in a sense, that each piece supports a column of air that extends to the top of the
atmosphere.‖
SOL LEWITT (1928-2007)
Untitled (Modular Cube)
baked enamel on steel
Executed in 1967-68
Estimate: $380,000-450,000
A consistent theme of Sol LeWitt's sculpture has been to
explore the relationship of modular cubes to the two-
dimensional grid. The three-dimensional element becomes
an extension of two-dimensional pictorial space, while at
the same time contrasting with it. Comprising a simple,
almost skeletal, structure, Untitled (Modular Cube) invites the eye to pierce the previously
impenetrable exterior of art and explore the space inside.
CONCEPTUAL ART
BRUCE NAUMAN (B. 1941)
White Breathing
iron blocks, in fourteen parts
Executed in 1976
Estimate: $1,600,000-2,000,000
Executed in 1976, White Breathing is one of an important
and rare group of room-sized floor installations by Bruce
Nauman. Two different kinds of cast iron blocks are
spread across the floor. Both types have slanted sides, and
the opposing sides are always parallel to each other. But it
appears that there are more than two types—a visual illusion that Nauman creates by carefully
choosing the shape combinations.
JOSEPH KOSUTH (B. 1945)
One and Three Coats
coat, photograph and ink on paper
Executed in 1965
Estimate: $140,000-180,000
Created in 1965, One and Three Coats is a landmark
installation in Conceptual Art, comprised of a coat, a
photograph of the coat, and an enlarged dictionary
definition of the word "coat." The work changes each time it is installed, since the coat may be
hung differently from room to room, and the photograph must show the coat precisely as it is
installed; so the one invariable ―coat‖ is the written definition. For Kosuth, then, art is a
fundamentally linguistic concept rather than a visual or material category.
LAWRENCE WEINER (B. 1940)
Bent to a Straight and Narrow at a Point of Passage #422
vinyl lettering affixed to a wall
Executed in 1978
Estimate: $80,000-120,000
Since the 1970s, Lawrence Weiner, one of the central figures of
Conceptual art, has created wall installations consisting solely of
words painted in nondescript letters. The lettering need not be
done by Weiner himself, as long as the sign painter complies with
the instructions dictated by the artist. Among the first works
acquired by the Herberts was one of Weiner‘s sentences, which the
couple bought because they found it so shockingly provocative.
ARTE POVERA
MARIO MERZ (1925-2003)
6765
eighty three stacks of newspapers, glass plates and
neon tubes
Executed in 1976
Estimate: $750,000-950,000
An extraordinarily lyrical fusion of light, energy
and material, seeming to form a condensed
movement across the gallery floor, 6765 is a major
work by Mario Merz that expresses a profound
sense of both the material build-up of information
and ideas over time and of the continuous progression (and even ethereal flow) of events
through history.
GIOVANNI ANSELMO (B. 1934)
Verso l'infinito
iron, incision, transparent varnish
Executed in 1969
Estimate: $120,000-180,000
Verso l’infinito (Toward Infinity) is one of an important series of iron
works that Giovanni Anselmo made at the height of his involvement
with Arte Povera in the late 1960s. Consisting only of a solid block of
iron onto which the small incision of an arrow pointing toward the
mathematical sign for infinity has been engraved, the work at first
looks like a Minimalist statement of the kind then being made in
America. As with all of Anselmo‘s work, however, this piece is a
pointer toward the invisible and eternal forces of physics and of
nature at work within the world - forces that shape all human concepts of space, form and
time.
LUCIANO FABRO (b. 1936)
Corona di Piombo (Crown of Lead)
lead
Executed in 1971
Estimate : $100,000-150,000
A fascinating, iconic and instantly recognizable image,
Corona di Piombo (Crown of Lead) is vast and
extraordinary play of form, symbolism, material and
texture that derives from the height of Luciano Fabro‘s
involvement with ‗arte povera‘ in the late 1960s and early ‗70s.
Immediately recognizable as an enormous crown of laurels rendered and materialized in large
leaf-like sheets of lead, the laurel wreath form of Corona di Piombo is also powerfully
evocative of Italy and its glorious, historic and classical past. Fabro‘s intention with all these
works was to a liberating one. The aim was to induce in the viewer a new awareness of space
and reality as a vital and enriched arena of potential existing beyond the confines of
convention.
MIKE KELLEY (b. 1954)
Heart and Flower
felt on felt
Executed in 1988
Estimate : $200,000-300,000
Mike Kelley‘s Heart and Flower was created in
1988 and is a vast example of his celebrated felt
banners. This work, which stretches over three
meters across, features hearts individually
applied to the border of the pale surface,
romantic or religious visions surrounding the
so-called ‗flower‘ of the title. As is so often the
case in Kelley‘s subversive world, the ‗flower‘ appears problematic: it is more like a huge pool
of spattered blood, yet has in fact been painstakingly applied to the surface, like the hearts,
and comprises various elements made of orange-red felt individually arranged and laid down,
the result of preparation and concentration rather than the scattered impression it deliberately
conveys.
EXCEPTIONAL THREE WEEKS EXHIBITION OF WORKS FROM THE HERBERT COLLECTION
Rockefeller Center, 20th Floor on 1230 Avenue of the Americas
October 25th – November 8th, 2011
Viewing in London: October 9th – 14th
Viewing in New York: October 25th - November 8th
Sale at Christie’s New York: November 9th, 2011, 1:30pm
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