On July 7 the first-ever sale of Aboriginal Art at Artcurial | Briest – Poulain – F. Tajan. It will be the most important ensemble ever to come to auction outside Australia.
Some sixty works from the personal collection of Peter Los will be offered, with an overall estimate of €600,000. The collection, amassed over a 20-year period through ties of friendship and common experiences shared with Aboriginal communities in the Outback, constitutes a unique, pioneering look at Aboriginal art.
Each painting was acquired directly from individual artists known personally by Los. All possess the finest possible certificate of authenticity : the verbally transmitted story behind the work, worth far more than its mere iconographical interpretation. And seen though the eyes of friendship.
Peter Los was a trusted interlocutor of the first Aboriginal artistic communities to paint in acrylic back in the 1970s, and swiftly chose to devote himself to the study of their special type of painting. He has shared his passion with a host of collectors around the globe by staging exhibitions in Australia, Canada, London and Geneva, and is now recognized as one of the leading specialists in the field by both artists and institutions.
His collection evokes the stories and images of the Western Desert, from the Papunya Tula Art Centre to the Panunya Warumpi Art Centre via the Yuendumu and Utopia communities, and also includes the work of independent artists such as Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Eunice Napangardi and Gabriella Possum Nungarrayi, to name but a few.
Auction info www.artcurial.com/en/