Kapoor and Koons, Hume and Hirst – these are just some of the heavyweight names in contemporary art that can be picked up at the click of a mouse courtesy of new e-gallery Weng Contemporary. Specialising in original prints and fine-art editions, the site launched in May as the online arm of Weng Fine Art, a German-based dealer with over 20 years of experience.
Weng Fine Art is listed on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and rather than selling to individual collectors, it counts auction houses, dealers and galleries among its principal customers. Such a client roster puts top 20th- and 21st-century artists at its fingertips, many of whom now feature on the website. Each artist’s work is displayed alongside the numbers in the edition, such as Damien Hirst’s Lepidoptera-themed Fate ($3,500, edition of 45), Kindness ($12,000, edition of 50, first picture) and Butterfly ($38,000 for a portfolio of 12, edition of 45), or his skull-motif, diamond-dusted For the Love of God ($2,500, edition of 1,000)and vibrant “The Hours” Spin Skull sculpture ($7,500, 210 unique works) with watch-dial eyes. Elsewhere, the striking and richly textured Ifrit, Aladin and Bagdad II colour prints ($6,000 each, all in editions of 500) are signature Richter, while lithographs (from $5,000) by art darlings Zhang Xiaogang and Yue Minjun round out works by Chinese contemporary stars.
Those looking to give their collections a serious boost will be drawn to Marc Quinn’s lively Winter Garden Portfolio floral prints ($15,000 for a portfolio of eight), or Anish Kapoor’s minimalist and arresting Shadow III prints ($45,000 for a portfolio of nine, second picture). And just added is Alex Katz’s colour-blocked Black Dress portfolio of nine life-size silkscreens ($150,000), which comes in a special aluminium box alongside a booklet with text by fashion designer Calvin Klein.
But the site does not only sell prints. There are stunning low tables by master colourist Yves Klein, including one in his trademark blue ($25,000, third picture), as well as Jeff Koons’s playful porcelain Split Rocker Vase ($4,800), Donald Sultan’s bold aluminium sculpture Red Lantern Flowers, April 16, 2014 ($60,000) and Warhol’s unusual and collectable Silver Marilyn carpet ($15,000) and wool Flowers tapestry ($25,000) – both handmade.
Weng Contemporary currently stocks more than 140 works, all of which are authenticated by the online gallery, but the site also features an innovative “sell” platform where it lists works it is interested in acquiring, alongside a current offer – putting this among the most dynamic new art websites around. One to watch.
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