sometimes i like to imagine that Valentino create collections just for me. i picture the entire creative team sitting in their studio in Milan, saying – “you know, Diana hasn’t done a colour comparison in a while – things are looking a bit bleak over there. should we give her some inspiration? let’s throw everything we have at her! floral prints, landscapes, Ndebele, the GALAXY… she’s gonna LOVE this.” yep.
let me explain to you how this usually goes. i start browsing through my trusted roll of street style blogs, opening my favourite looks in new tabs, then i usually have a gander at bukowski’s to see what new art they have on their books (the internet isn’t fun if you don’t multi-task) which leads to a couple of mmmm moments. mmm this is an interesting theme. mmm these look good together. and then blammo! mashup magic happens.
yes, that’s how it usually goes.
one of my favourite auction houses Bukowski’s has a new auction coming up called Abstract Possible, the catalogue of which is a delight to browse. i particularly love the work of Mika Tajima and Claire Barclay whose styles are wholly different but whose art i would snap up in a second (if i were a collector with loads of dinero)
when i was browsing through the latest spring modern sale at bukowskis (they really bring me endless amounts of joy, that auction house) i was quite taken by all the beautiful flower still life pieces. i thought back to how some of my favourite collections from the autumn 2011 shows were so bright and colourful, and knew it would make for a nice comparison – especially since i am noticing that the northerners are really enjoying the coming spring and we, conversely, are really loving the coming of autumn. the other day i stood in the sun and actually relished the warmth as opposed to cursing it. this really is the best time of year.
i think i am more addicted to scoping out auction catalogues at Bukowskis than i am online window shopping. which is a good thing, because i can’t actually afford anything at bukowskis and therefore my bank balance is not at risk.
these are from their most recent auction entitled Eclectic – featuring plenty of erotica, including 19th century japanese ceramic dildos and photographs of nude fights. here are some of my favourite blog-safe pieces.
Marilyn Monroe in Vogue, 1962 by Bert Stern (sold for € 1 850)
Portrait of two girls by unknown artist
i got so excited when i saw bukowski’s is having a new auction soon. let’s pretend i’m the kind of person who’d attend an auction and that i had a billion rand. i would buy these, then i’d frame them & put them on my walls.
(the prices should include frames though, let’s be serious)
Eduard Wiiralt – “La petite Gisèle” – est. R10,000-12,000 ($1,500 -1,700)
“Rosersberg” Balloon ascension at Rosersbers Castle – est R8,000-10,000 ($1,200-$1,400)
Eduard Wiiralt – “Reclining tiger” – est. R20,000-25,000 ($2,800-3,500)
Anshelm Schultzberg – “Midwinter evening by a forest road” – est. R40,000-50,000 ($5,700-7,000)
Helene Schjerfbeck – “Study in brown” – est. R1,4-1,6m ($200,000-230,000)
Vilhelm Hammershöi – “A writing table and a young woman in an interior” – est. R3-3,5m ($430,000-500,000)