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Six Artworks Worth Investing in This August

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Six Artworks Worth Investing in This August

ALEX KATZ
KYM (2011)
$11,000

Alex Katz's portraits of women are among the most iconic images in contemporary art, combining his gift for capturing a subject's personality in a few lyrical strokes with the Pop-inflected flatness of his graphic style. This fine multiple-stage print of Kym, one of the artist's recurring sitters, offers a change to collect an immediately recognizable, truly signature work by Katz at a time when his virtuoso printmaking is gaining increasing attention—and routinely exceeding estimates when examples appear at auction. 

CHRISTO
WRAPPED BOTTLE AND CANS (PROJECT) (1958-2004)
$4,000 Christo's Wrapped Bottle and Cans

Today Christo is famed around the world for his extraordinarily ambitious projects swaddling everything from the Reichstag to Central Park in voluminous swaths of cloth, but the Bulgarian-born artist began his career on a much more intimate scale, creating groundbreaking sculptures by wrapping bottles and cans in fabric. This lovely print, evoking the work of such modernist masters as Giorgio Morandi, stems from that seminal series and is a fine example of Christo's works on paper—one of which, from 2002, recently tripled its high estimate at Christie's to sell for $361,667.

OLIVER PAYNE & NICK RELPH 
CHEF'S REGRET (2005)
$125 
Oliver Payne and Nick Relph's Chef's Regret

Winners of the Golden Lion for best young artist at the 2003 Venice Biennale, the artist duo Nick Relph and Oliver Payne created videos and other works that alternately celebrated and satirized their beloved native England—a puckish approach that had them pegged as the next YBAs, and inspired Tate Modern to collect their work. Encapsulating their unique esteem for their homeland, this humorous and affordable print reconstructs an impossible cityscape of buildings that were proposed for London around the turn of the 20th century but never erected, with fanciful spermatozoa flying into the sky.

 PETER DOIG
UNTITLED (2009)
$750 
Peter Doig's Untitled

It's astonishing to think that it has taken this long for Peter Doig to receive a major survey in his native country of Scotland, but this month that oversight has been rectified with an exhibition of his recent work at the Scottish National Gallery—making for a dramatic homecoming for an artist who is widely considered one of the greatest painters of his generation. This lush, exceptional print is an unmissable opportunity to bring his work into your own home: affordably priced, it features one of his emblematic boats, one of which soared to a world-record $11.2 million at Sotheby's in 2007, making him briefly the most expensive artist alive. (Another work by Doig recently challenged that price, falling just short at a little over $11 million.)

ANRI SALA
UNTITLED (CACTUS 2) (2011)
$500
Anri Sala's Untitled Cactus

As the artist representing France at this year's Venice Biennale, Anri Sala has been widely lauded for his trio of classical-music-inspired videos embodying both his challenging conceptual approach and his impeccably refined French sensibility. Indisputably a rising star, Sala—who is represented by powerhouse galleries Marian Goodman and Hauser & Wirth—has a growing résumé of museum shows, which this year included a special screening at Palazzo Grassi, the private museum of French megacollector and reliable market-maker François Pinault.

HAIM STEINBACH
UNTITLED (FEMALE MANNEQUIN RIGHT HANDS) (1991) 
$5,000
Haim Steinbach's Hands 

Revered by younger artists for his sui-generis style, Haim Steinbach is famous for sculptures that place found and created objects on shelving units in a wry commentary on modes of display. This signature piece, created together with the New Museum, presents a chance to collect his work at a time when the artist is about to receive a rush of institutional visibility—in addition to a solo show now at Bard CCS, he has upcoming exhibitions planned at White Cube in London, Houston's Menil Collection, and the Kunsthalle Zürich. Demand for his sculptures is rising accordingly: a recent piece offered at Sotheby's New York this May sold for double its high estimate.

 

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