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Back to the 90s With The Artworks For Sale!

  • Francesco Clemente - Untitled Self Portrait
November 16, 2018
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

The 1990s were a decade of numerous social and political upheavals and is marked by the rise of multiculturalism, neoliberalism and digital media. Those circumstances which naturally reflected upon the art world which collapsed in the first few years, so the paradigm of what artwork is or should be largely changed.

A great number of artists produced extraordinary works in a variety of media and often they reflect the atmosphere of that period. The art of the 1990s was best characterized by the syntagm Relational art or Relational aesthetics introduced by a French art critic Nicolas Bourriaud to describe artistic practices which take as their theoretical and practical point of departure the whole of human relations and their social context, rather than an independent and private space.

In order to bring you closer different sensibilities, approaches and practices we decided to select nine outstanding artworks made during the 1990s which you can add to your collection!

Featured image: Francesco Clemente – Untitled Self Portrait, 1993. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

  • Jeff Koons - Ballon Dog Red 1

Jeff Koons – Balloon Dog Red

A celebrated contemporary artist, Jeff Koons is considered a pioneer of the neo-pop art movement. His artworks operate on the various level and are in general exploring the notion of mundane, ephemeral and popular.

The Balloon Dog Red I from 1995 is made of cast porcelain coated with a reflective finish. It belongs to the Celebration series that the artist started producing in the early 1990s. It evokes the flamboyance and restlessness of toys and childhood memories, as well as the sophistication of a luxury object.

See more info about the work here.

  • Richard Caldicott -Untitled 1105

Richard Caldicott – Untitled 1105

British contemporary artist Richard Caldicott gained global recognition in the 1990s for his abstract portraits of Tupperware products. Throughout the years, the artist has developed a recognizable geometric and purified aesthetic reminiscent of Russian Constructivism, as well as Color Field painting and Minimal Art.

Untitled 1105 reflects Caldicott’s fascination with reduction of form, repetition, and modules. Several round objects are set against the black surface like planets in universe; the piece mostly reminds us of some works by one of the leading avant-garde interwar figures, Laszlo Moholy Nagy.

See more info about the work here.

  • Razzia - Bagatelle 1993

Razzia - Bagatelle 1993

Artist Gérard Courbouleix–Dénériaz is representing himself as Razzia and is a well know French graphic artist. Interestingly so, he is devoted to poster art regardless of the technological shift, and for more than three decades he has been keeping an impeccable style on point while producing clever and colorful works.

The work Bagatelle 1993 embodies his fascination with Art Deco, although it looks like an attractive cover art from the 1980s.

See more info about the work here.

  • Klaus Kampert - 110.03.98, More Typographic Creations series

Klaus Kampert - 110.03.98, More Typographic Creations series

A German photographer, Klaus Kampert is best known for sophisticated and dazzling nudes. As a matter of fact, he is self-taught, and since 1981 he devotedly portraits the human body. Kampert worked for leading advertising agencies and companies and along produced artistic photography. His outstanding images were printed in various international publications and are very popular among collectors.

This particular work is an archival pigment print produced in 1998 and it features a male figure in the antique pose.

See more info about the work here.

  • Jasper Johns - Summer Blue

Jasper Johns – Summer Blue

Next up is one of the most important artists of the early post-war American art, Jasper Johns, who is associated mostly with Neo-Dada, and Pop art. He is best known for the iconic American Flag series which were critical experiments aimed to question the notions of national identity and sovereignty, as well as to deconstruct the idea of authenticity.

The work Summer (Blue) from 1991 summarizes Johns’s interest in exploring imagery associated with the seasons and his appropriation of  art historical references and the frequent motif of the American flag. The graphic composition seems as if drained in a blue liquid< , so it evokes a mix of opposite feelings. See more info about the work here.

  • Robert Combas - La Danse

The legendary French artist Robert Combas is best known as one of the leading figures of the figuration libre movement established in Paris around 1980 as a reaction to minimalism and conceptual art in particular. The roots of it can be traced back to Fauvism and Expressionism which is evident in Combas’ own work centered on representations of the human figures in wild, violent or orgiastic compositions.

La Danse from 1995 very well illustrates the stated. It is an acrylic on canvas which depicts a couple dancing and apparently expressing mutual attraction.

See more info about the work here.

  • Sam Francis - Untitled SF 344

Sam Francis – Untitled SF 344

The following artist on our list is Sam Francis who was an American painter and printmaker much influenced by the work of abstract expressionists and Art Informel while staying in Paris around the early 1950s. Along with Helen Frankenthaler and Joan Mitchell, Francis is considered as a representative of the second generation of abstract expressionists which was interested in the expressive use of color.

The work Untitled SF 344 belongs to his mature phase which ended tragically with the artist’s death in 1994.

See more info about the work here.

  • Alex Katz - Green Jacket

Alex Katz – Green Jacket

Alex Katz is an American figurative artist who expresses himself through paintings, sculptures, and prints by employing the genres of portraiture and landscape. The flatness of color and form, the economy of line, and cool but seductive emotional detachment are some of the main features of his practice.

This color screenprint in colors on arches from 1990 of a simple title Green Jacket represents the artist himself in a casual, yet smart attire with eyes looking directly in the viewer.

See more info about the work here.

  • Francesco Clemente - Untitled Self Portrait

Francesco Clemente – Untitled Self Portrait

The last on our list is an Italian contemporary artist Francesco Clemente, one of the leading proponents of Italian Transavanguardia movement in the 1980s. He is influenced by the traditional art and culture of India. Clemente works in different artistic media including drawing, fresco, graphics, mosaic, oils, and sculpture.

His self-portrait from 1990 is an actual color digital inkjet print on handmade paper. It shows a figure of undetermined gender tied with red ropes.

See more info about the work here.