Among Robert Pattinson’s many talents, the actor possesses quite the artist’s eye, making him the perfect partner for Sotheby’s latest contemporary curated auction, which will take place at Sotheby’s New York on September 30th, with an exhibition on view from September 23rd through September 29th.
Pattinson lent his curatorial eye to the auction and chose a selection of his favorite works by artists such as Willem de Kooning, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Richard Serra and Julie Mehretu. All six of Pattinson’s selections, which include media such as sculpture, painting and collage, personally resonate with him and speak to his tastes in art. The resulting selections highlight a mix of established names such as Richard Serra and Willem de Kooning with rising stars such as Genieve Figgis and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
"What I look for is when a piece has its own language,” said Pattinson of his curatorial process and personal tastes in art in a Sotheby’s press release. “It doesn't necessarily feel like it just exists for its own sake and has a presence that hums with a bit of life. It has the ability to communicate with you on a kind of primordial level. I sort of sway between things that feel very profound and cosmic and alien. Then even on the other side, I like subversive, naughty, slightly dangerous stuff as well…”
Highlights from Pattinson’s selects include Willem de Kooning’s Untitled from 1964, which coincides with de Kooning’s transformative and rejuvenating relocation from NYC out East and is estimated to auction for between $1.8 million and $2.5 million. “De Kooning can capture so much energy, and this work feels incredibly fresh, present, and exciting,” said Pattinson via press release. Pattinson also chose Richard Serra’s Rotation #9, sharing, “I love sculptors' sketches,” via press release. “There's an energy to this work, a kind of dynamism and Serra is just great at capturing movement. Up close, it's just a completely different thing with an enormous level of detail to it. I love the shape of it, and it feels so much more dense and intricate, but still holds a lot of energy.”