Baer & Bosch Anniversary Auction Offers the Intravenous Art Fixes We’ve All Been Longing For
Over the course of the Covid-19 crisis, most of us have been mercilessly starved of our beloved culture hits and big-city art fixes. So, I ask you, where can we get the chance to see works from the likes of Cleon Peterson, Gilbert & George, or Matt Gondek when the whole world has ground to a halt, and we’re all stuck under lock-down in our pajamas?
Alongside highlighting the need to value our loved ones and the joys of the every-day, the pandemic has also taught keen observers that it pays to have the things we adore at home. Happily, art prints from the three aforementioned super-fix artists are all up for grabs in the up-and-coming anniversary sale from auction house Baer & Bosch. Not only can we soothe our inner art addict with a virtual visit to a single dealer, but we can also bring our art heroes home in time for the next global who-knows-what.
Make Yourself Happy With a Matt Gondek Print
As normal life has been turned increasingly upside down lately, the art of Matt Gondek has come to feel more poignant than ever. This Los Angeles-based visionary has a talent for fracturing the realities of society’s most recognized cartoon characters and deconstructing the most relatable of pop-icons. The resulting images are simultaneously comforting for their norm-conforming aesthetic and energetically rebellious thanks to their evident attitude.
For their anniversary celebration, Baer & Bosch have dug out not one but two limited edition prints of Matt Gondek’s Pink Panther-themed masterpiece, The Best Revenge. These feasts for the eyes feature Mr. Panther himself on a decadent throne, seemingly suffering a little melting around the edges. With the print up for offer in Gondek’s Pink and Black variants, it would seem that two lucky treasure hunters are soon going to be able to take off with the loot.
Take Home a Little Hedonism with a Gilbert & George Print
If society has ever been ready to truly cut loose, we suspect that the time is now. And in that particular area, there are no greater experts than controversial art duo Gilbert & George. The British-born George and the Italian-born Gilberto take great delight in pushing people’s buttons, and are known for saying deliciously divisive things, like: “We want our Art to bring out the Bigot from inside the Liberal and conversely bring out the Liberal from inside the Bigot.” Incidentally, this very quote can be discovered in one of Baer & Bosch’s available treats; a signed poster that is no doubt near impossible to find.
Accompanying the Liberal and Bigot-baiting is a fantastic and signed selection of Gilbert & George’s Scapegoat Pictures art prints. This unique and provocative series features the artists themselves in a variety of guises and all sorts of eye-enticing additions, such as so-called “whippets,” which serve as the delivery canisters for popular inhaled party drugs poppers. Among Baer & Bosch’s adrenal anniversary offering are the Body, Clad, Zeal, and Glee titles from this iconic collection.
Recharge Your Sense of Justice With a Cleon Peterson Print
The modern world is filled with injustices, and artist Cleon Peterson is adept at playing his part in bringing contemporary issues into the collective consciousness. Through his art, Peterson deftly takes on the power struggles that touch human lives and the architectural oppression that we could all do with standing against. In the process, he delivers a gorgeously saturated and sensory aesthetic that art collectors simply can’t get enough of.
Exhilaratingly, in the name of their anniversary, Baer & Bosch have thrown together a veritable buffet of Cleon Peterson art prints. While there are too many to delve into individually here, some of the rock-star-status prints on offer include the artist’s Freedom / Prosperity At Any Price in it’s Red, White, or Black variants, and his entirely iconic Useless Idiot and The Spider and The Fly prints, for those who share an artist-aligned perspective on American politics.
If you’re a Cleon Peterson fan, we’re confident that you won’t have trouble sniffing out the rest of his masterpieces within this all together intoxicating catalog of auction listings. The world might be a little nuts right now, but the Baer & Bosch anniversary offering reminds us that the planet keeps turning anyway—and we have the power to choose the art that saturates our experience of it, in normality or otherwise. So, don’t snooze through this opportunity for a grade-A art score. You won’t even need to ditch your pajamas!