There are eight Joan Miró works in the evening sales this week in New York. The highest estimate is for a bronze sculpture. There’s also this compelling example of a 1918 work that pre-figures Miró’s famous La Ferme. None of the works is expected to set a record like the extraordinary rise from $16.6m to $37m in 4 1/2 years that Peinture (Etoile Bleue) experienced in June of 2012. Nor is it likely what we’ll see another $26.7m sale like the one that took place that February for 1925’s Painting-Poem.
Nonetheless, Miró continues to gain greater stature as a bankable artist. This trend was first discussed in September of 2011 in this panel conversation between Nicholas Acquavella, Guy Bennett, Nicholas Maclean and Helly Nahmad. This is an excerpt from the panel discussion. The rest will be posted later this month.