Phillips’ upcoming evening auction of modern and contemporary art in New York will feature a painting of a California house by David Hockney, valued at $ 12 million to $ 18 million. It will be among the top lots in the auction set to take place on June 23 at the auction house’s new headquarters on Park Avenue.
A well-tended lawn, Created in 1967 as part of Hockney’s “California Dreaming”, shows a manicured green lawn in front of a concrete residential building in which a sprinkler system sprinkles water on the grass.
“A well-tended lawn is one of the prime examples of Hockney’s ‘California Dreaming’ paintings, long considered one of his greatest achievements, ”said Robert Manley, vice chairman and co-director of 20th Century Art and Phillips Contemporary Art. The work was last sold at Christie’s in 2006 for $ 3.6 million, a record price for the artist at the time.
Since then, Hockney’s auction prices have skyrocketed. Portrait of an artist (pool with two figures), 1972, sold at Christie’s New York in November 2019 for $ 90.3 million, making him one of the most expensive living artists at auction. West Coast art collector and real estate developer Richard Hedreen sold another California scene, Nichols Canyon (1980), on Phillips for $ 41 million during the House’s evening sale for the 20th Century and Contemporary Art in New York in December 2020.
The Hockney will be launched at Phillips alongside Wayne Thiebaud’s painting Winding river (2002), which is estimated to be worth $ 6 million, and Matthew Wong’s Landscape Field in a dream (2014-17), which is expected to raise $ 1.5 million.