December 30, 2010 10:00 pm

Sale of the week: Go Gaga for Gagosian

Sale: Gagosian Pop-Up

Location: Gagosian Gallery 17-19 Davies Street London W1, Tel: +44 (0)207 493 3020

Date: Monday (January 3)-January 29. Items can be viewed on line at www.gagosian.com

Need to know: The pop-up concept lends itself well to the retailing of fun, funky artworks at relatively affordable prices. The international Gagosian Gallery – which boasts an impressive 10 gallery spaces between New York and Europe – opened its first full-time shop on Madison Avenue a couple of years ago to offer items such as art books, limited edition prints and other “artists’ products” from ceramics to fridge magnets. Early this month, Gagosian’s gallery on Davies Street (one of its two London locations) was converted into a pop-up shop in anticipation of the pre-Christmas gift-buying boom. It has proved a success and will re-open on Monday for the rest of January.

Highlights: Among the most expensive offerings is a portfolio of etchings by the often controversial American artist John Currin. The portfolio, called “Milestones”, comprises seven etchings coloured with aquatint on Japanese paper. All based on original paintings, the portfolio is one from an edition of 45 created in 2006 and is priced at $50,000. Not so exclusive is a Jeff Koons “Puppy” vase – one of 3,000 produced – which is signed, numbered and ready for your sideboard in exchange for a cool £11,000. Fans of far-out Austrian artist Franz West can purchase one of his more practical creations in the form of his “Uncle” chairs that have steel frames with seats, backs and arms made from interwoven lengths of industrial strapping ($8,000 and $10,000). Further investment potential is offered by a collection of photographs documenting the life and work of Jean-Michel Basquiat by Lee Jaffe, photographer, filmmaker and former manager of Bob Marley’s Wailers.

The collection of 15 prints is numbered 57 from an edition of 70 and is available for $8,500. Among more unexpected items are a series of £59 skateboard decks decorated with images by Andy Warhol and a selection of flower cushions designed by Takashi Murakami ranging from £10 to £260 apiece. One side shows a smiling flower face, the other a sleeping one.

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