Originally scheduled at the Eiffel Tower, this street art auction will take place at the Hôtel Drouot due to health measures.
Maye (b. 1990), Vers un monde meilleur (Towards a Better World), 2020, acrylic on canvas, 146 x 97 cm.
In a year like no other, this sale under the aegis of "District 13 Art Fair" at Drouot will not be closing the art fair that typically brings together international galleries. This year 90 artworks are up for auction—three times fewer than in 2018 and 2019—but the artists are more famous. Many, like Tristan Eaton, born in 1978 in Hollywood, CA, are participating for the first time. Defining himself as a "skateboarding punk", the toy designer, graphic artist and illustrator brightens up cityscapes with teeming, vividly coloured, graphically detailed frescoes. His sources of inspiration include comic strips, Audrey Hepburn and John F. Kennedy. During the 2014 Nuit Blanche (White Night) in Paris, he painted The Revolution Will Be Trivialized, a work combining Bugs Bunny, pin-up girls’ legs and Bonaparte crossing the Grand-Saint-Bernard Pass on horseback (appropriated from the famous equestrian portrait by Jacques-Louis David of 1801), on a building on rue du Chevaleret (13th arrondissement). A replica is being offered at this sale (€20,000/25,000). The young Tunisian duo ST4 (Sadk Kaffel and Yassin Bouzid) is also participating for the first time. In the summer of 2019, the duo painted calligraphy nurtured by Arab culture at 10, place Pinel (75013). The acrylic painting based on this mural, estimated at €800/1,200, is also in the auction. And for the first time, there is a delicate bestiary with contrasting tones (see photo) by Portuguese artist Pantonio and a work by Maye, a young artist from Sète, France, whose imagination is inhabited by graceful, moving characters (€7,000/9,000). Surfing on his latest successes, Kaws’ figurines could exceed their estimates (€400 to 5,000). So might the French artist Invader’s first ceramic tile kit (edition of 350 copies, in its original sleeve, 2002) estimated at €15,000/20,000. Last but not least, Shepard Fairey’s Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité, 2018 (€4,000/6,000) and Make Art Not War, 2019 (€20,000/25,000) convey their classic but never outdated messages in red and black.