The international trend of curated fine art auctions has made finally made its way to Australia with Bonhams set to hold Australia’s first-ever curated fine art auction in Sydney on June 16. The sale is curated by leading Australian art consultant John Cruthers who is best known as the specialist behind the Grundy Collection, one of the most significant collections of Australian art of the last 30 years.
The sale brings together 61 works from five vendors with whom Cruthers has been working for many years to build their private art collections. It includes works spanning the 1920s to the present day and includes paintings by Sidney Nolan, Fred Williams, and Grace Cossington-Smith as well as contemporary artists such as Adam Cullen, Howard Arkley, Rosalie Gascoigne, and Peter Booth.
Bonhams chairman Mark Fraser said the exciting new approach to the secondary market offered buyers the chance to purchase works with outstanding provenance. “These paintings not only have the imprimatur of a leading international auction house, but they have also been personally selected by the art specialist behind the renowned Grundy Collection of art,” said Mr Fraser.
Mr Cruthers said curated auctions had been held overseas but had not been tried before in Australia. “This sale offers something different – a group of works carefully chosen to reflect the best works by individual contemporary artists as well as paintings by major art historical figures that are still relatively affordable,” he said.
— Nicholas Forrest