Christie’s raised some eyebrows by including a Shiraga painting, BB56, in its evening sale with a $3-5m estimate. The painting had been bought in 2008 at Sotheby’s Paris for just a little less than €200,000 or about $300,000 on the day. Christie’s responds by confiding that their estimate is based upon private sales information.
Conveniently, news comes today that Mnuchin Gallery will be holding a show of Shiraga’s work in the late Winter of 2015. No doubt Robert Mnuchin is as curious to see what Christie’s Painting goes for as the consignor is:
Mnuchin Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of major paintings by Kazuo Shiraga (1924 – 2008). Tracing the evolution of Shiraga’s signature “foot painting” method over his entire career, it will feature 15 examples spanning more than four decades from 1958 to 2000. It will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue authored by noted Gutai scholar Dr. Ming Tiampo. The exhibition will be on view March 2 – April 18, 2015.