SARAH LUCAS, “Cigarette gnome”, “Denim” and “Jesus and Cigarette”, 2009 [ set of 3 mugs]

“Cigarette gnome”, “Denim” and “Jesus and Cigarette”, 2009
9.3 x 11 x 8 cm
ceramic, set of 3 mugs
extremely rare
published by Other Criteria. London, UK
€ 620,- plus € 18,- Track & Trace registered EU mail
inv.SLuc 364-pr


The titles “Cigarette gnome”, “Denim” and “Jesus and Cigarette” come from Other Criteria’s order site in 2009.

Other Criteria, an arts-based publishing company founded by Damien Hirst, opened its first retail location at 458 Broome Street, New York on May 6th 2014. The shop in London closed down in 2016.

DAMIEN HIRST, Virtue, 2008 [mug]

DAMIEN HIRST, Virtue, 2008
10 x 12 x 8,5 cm
mug, transfer print on ceramic
dated in glaze
published by Damien Hirst and Science Ltd, London, UK
€ 220,- plus € 18,- Track & Trace registered EU mail
inv.DHir 04-24-pr

History of price:
ArtSpace, New York, USA September 2023 € 321,-

JOHN M ARMLEDER, Beach Pouch Gra, 2022 [linen beach pouch]

JOHN M ARMLEDER, Beach Pouch Gra, 2022
ca 17 x 24 cm
linen pouch with zipper, plastic protection bag with Vilebrequin print, 4 tags
published by JPR Editions / produced by Vilebrequin, Geneva, Switzerland
For purchase see:
John M Armleder Unisex linen Beach pouch Gra – Vilebrequin x John M Armleder
inv.JMA 000-pr

“After 15 years of dynamic editorial activities as a commercial publishing company, JRP|Ringier became JRP|Editions on January 1, 2019. Placed under the responsibility of FSEA / Fondation Suisse pour l’Édition d’Art, a nonprofit entity presided over by Swiss artist John M Armleder, this new imprint is committed to pursuing the distribution of titles published since 2004, as well as to publishing new books.”
Website JPR editions.

JOHN M ARMLEDER, Splash, 2023 [print on umbrella]

JOHN M ARMLEDER, Umbrella Splash, 2023
88 x 98 x 98 cm
print on umbrella, transparant plastic sleeve
published by We Do Not Work Alone, Paris, France
For purchase at publisher’s house: John M Armleder Umbrella Splash
inv.JMA 000-pr

Right from the sixties and seventies John M Armleder has made use of found objects integrated in his art. From his Furniture Sculptures to cat beds bought at a supermarket and hung as estranged fur objects on the wall of a gallery. Lately, he pushed the boundaries by making designs for Wallpapers by Artists, Puma bags, Vilebrequin’s swimwear like shorts and bowling shirts. Here an umbrella for We Do Not Work Alone has been provided with a stylised splash design. KvG

AERNOUT MIK, Voorwerp, achter te laten in treinen, 1992 [cassette, photograph]

AERNOUT MIK, Voorwerp, achter te laten in treinen, 1992
7 x 11 x 1,5 cm
sound tape, cassette, photograph
signed, dated
series of 10 unique works
published by the artist
Collection K. van Gelder, Amsterdam
inv.AMik 000-pr

…That same intensity of being addressed I felt when I saw the cassette tape of Aernout Mik in 1992. Especially the accompanying title “Object to leave behind in trains” lifted me an inch off the ground. A wonderful purifying plan: get rid of objects by letting others find them.”
Kees van Gelder, in catalogue ‘When artists form ideas’, 2021, Parts Project, The Hague, Netherlands.

‘The idea is that the owner of “Object to leave behind in trains” leaves this item in a train’. Talk with Arnout Mik in Bunnik (NL) on 22 March 2024.

“Miks beelden zijn vaak nogal hermetisch waardoor ze iets zelfingenomens krijgen, maar bij dit werk is dat minder het geval. Op en onder een tafel staan een groot aantal voorwerpen: een enorm blik tonijn, een glazen potje met afgeknipte nagels, een papieren zak met een blikje Budweiser-bier. De titel maakt dat je het beeld gemakkelijk voor je ziet: het nagelpotje staande op het koffieplankje naast het raam – wie zou dat hebben achtergelaten en waarom? De groene legertas vol flessen azijn tegenover je op de lege bank in de trein naar Schiphol.” Hans den Hartog Jager, ‘De Utrechtse School’, NRC Handelsblad, 14 februari 1997.

DAVID HORVITZ, Untitled (la Grande Salinette), 2023 [postcard with glued sand]

DAVID HORVITZ, Untitled (la Grande Salinette), 2023
10,5 x 15,8 cm
postcard, sand, mat glue
signed, dated, numbered
edition 30
published by More Publishers, Quenast, Belgium
For purchase contact
inv.DHor 000

Plage la Grande Salinette is a popular seaside resort with a view on the bay of Saint-Briac-sur-Mer in France. The owners of publishing house More Publishers invited David Horvitz to make a postcard for a next edition. He came up with the idea to glue beach sand of that resort on a card. Hence the above postcard “Untitled (la Grande Salinette)” that was produced on the spot.

The back of the card mentions ‘From a distance…” that refers to a series of postcards that the publishers Tim Ryckaert and Amélie Laplanche have started to issue in 2023. Every time when they stay in Saint-Briac-sur-Mer they may launch a new edition produced ad hoc. Hence the name of this series that alludes with the fact that a plan has to be made and carried out ‘From a distance…’ while the publishing house is located in Belgium.

MARIJKE VAN WARMERDAM, Op naar een nieuwe wereld!, 2004

MARIJKE VAN WARMERDAM, Op naar een nieuwe wereld! / On to a new world!, 2004
31 x 23 cm
mat colour photo on aluminum plate, comes with catalogue, clamshell box
signed, dated, numbered
edition 42
published by Buchhandlung Walther Koenig, Cologne, Germany
€ 450,- plus € 24,- Track & Trace registered EU mail
inv.MvW 000

The tendency to balance between reality and abstraction is characteristic of the work of Marijke van Warmerdam. This ‘flattening’ of reality may seem to make the work less accessible, but her titles always offer guidance and redemption. They function as a catalyst for the image as a whole, in other words: the image that may be viewed together with the title – as an angle to look from.

The edition ‘On to a new world!’ shows a landscape of an unknown planet. It appears to have been photographed from a high-altitude satellite. A shooting star (at the sight of it, a part of humanity makes a wish, it is said) is supposed to emphasize that. In reality, the landscape is a close-up of a badly plastered wall.
Marijke van Warmerdam likes to take a positive approach to anticipating what will possibly take place in the future. By means of the imperative ‘On to a new world!’ she wants to face the future with an optimistic view.
KvG, June 2023

PIERO MANZONI, Merda d’artista 1961, 2013 [artist’s shit, edition]

PIERO MANZONI, Merda d’artista 1961, 2013
ca 22 x 8 x 8 cm
tin can number 36, offset wrap, cellophane bag,
seal with finger print in print
edition 100, i.e. complete edition 9000
published by Fondazione Piero Manzoni, Milan, Italy
inv.PMan 000-pr

The Fondazione Piero Manzoni presents this item as a re-edition. If so, it would be right to point out some particularities that comes with this so called re-issue of canned excrements of Piero Manzoni:
– the label mentions 30 grams netto, in fact this object weighs 250 grams bruto
– it is not likely that the can contains excrements of Piero Manzoni
– the tin comes in a cellophane bag
– the cellophane bag has a seal with the image of a reproduced finger print of the artist

This concerns tin number 36 of which 100 have been produced. The complete edition consists of 90 tins numbered from 1 – 90. The Fondazione Piero Manzoni has made a re-produced edition of 100 of each number. Hence the total edition of 9000 copies.

White chickens
The German Zero artists took the view that Manzoni’s Merda d’artista, canned excrement, was too conceptual; it was ‘an idea’ rather than an attractive, aesthetic work of art. They would prefer to see the can be excluded from the ‘nul’ exhibition, whereupon Manzoni threatened to release white chickens in their room during the opening. After all, chickens are also white and ‘kinetic’, Manzoni argued; they are monochrome and are moving, like many works of the German colleagues.

Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam, 2022

History of prices:
Finarte, Milan, Italy 27 September 2023 € 150 (hammer price)
Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Boetto, Italy 25 August 2023 € 450 (hammer price), Netherlands 18 July 2023 € 125 (hammer price)
Casa d’Aste Capitolium, Brescia, Italy 29 June 2023 € 227
Studio d”Arte Borromeo, Senago MI, Italy 28 August 2023 € 80 (hammer price)
Studio d”Arte Borromeo, Senago MI, Italy 1 April 2023 € 175
Studio d”Arte Borromeo, Senago MI, Italy 5 April 2022 € 90 (hammer price)
LiveAuctioneers, Upper Chichester PA, USA 8 February 2022 € 256 (hammer price)