Dior Homme artistic director Kim Jones has teamed up with Sotheby’s for its upcoming auction of “Contemporary Curated” on March 6. Jones used his distinctive eye to select over 250 works for the sale, some of which are signed by artists he collaborated with for Dior.
Among them are art market darling KAWS, whose current auction record of US$14.8 million (S$20.7 million) was set last April during Sotheby’s “Nigoldeneye Vol. 1” sale in Hong Kong. The English fashion designer has now selected the graffiti artist’s “Promise” (estimated between S$280,000 and S$420,000) and “Within Reason” (estimated between S$170,000 and S$250,000) for the house’s “Contemporary Curated” auction.
Jones also picked Raymond Pettibon’s “Untitled [Eleven Works]” (estimated between S$170,000 and S$250,000) for the upcoming auction, noting in a statement to Sotheby’s that “[he’] always loved his work.” The Dior Homme director notably incorporated sketches by the American artist in the brand’s Fall 2019 collection, referencing the South Californian punk-rock scene in which Pettibon was immersed in the early 1980s.
“I always look at culture when it comes to fashion and art. Both are within culture, and I draw inspiration from each of them. It’s an organic relationship for me,” said Jones.
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We are thrilled to announce that Kim Jones (@MrKimJones), Artistic Director of @Dior men’s collections, will lend his celebrated eye to our Contemporary Curated sale on 6 March in #NYC. One of the preeminent voices in fashion, Jones has collaborated with artists such as KAWS, Raymond Pettibon and Daniel Arsham among others, and his picks from the sale illustrate his unique taste and distinct vision. Featuring outstanding works by Cindy Sherman, David Hockney, Ed Ruscha, Kerry James Marshall, Nick Cave, Richard Prince and more, Kim’s selects go on view in our York Avenue galleries beginning this Friday, alongside all of the works from our Contemporary Curated sale. Stop by this weekend through 5 March to see them up close in our pre-sale exhibition and click the link in our bio to browse the sale. – 📷 Portrait of Kim Jones by Nikolai von Bismarck (@nikolaivonbismarck) 🎨 #WayneThiebaud, ‘Civic Center,’ 1986 🎨#DavidHockney, ‘Lake House, Como, Rain,’ 2003 – #SothebysContemporary #KimJones #Dior #DiorMen #contemporaryart #fashion
“Contemporary Curated” will also feature masterpieces by Andy Warhol, Jeff Koons, Wayne Thiebaud, Joan Mitchell, Simone Leigh, Yoshitomo Nara, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Willem de Kooning and Jean Dubuffet.
Coveted works include Lee Bontecou’s “Untitled” (estimated between S$1.3 million and S$1.7 million); Joan Mitchell’s “Untitled” (estimated between S$2.5 million and S$3.5 million); as well as Wayne Thiebaud’s “Civic Center” (the top lot, with an estimated price of between S$3.5 million and S$4.9 million).
Jones’ favourite pieces will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New York galleries from tomorrow till March 5. More details here.