Erotic Joan Collins painting to be auctioned by Christie’s (With Image)

by Oct 6, 2012

New Delhi, Oct 6 (IANS) An exclusive contemporary American art collection of leading American television producer Douglas S. Cramer, including an erotic painting of Hollywood sex symbol Joan Collins, will go under the hammer Nov 14 at Christie's in New York, the auction house said.

The collection of Cramer is estimated at around $25 million, it said.

The painting, "Gezellig", is an important work of contemporary American artist John Currin's series inspired by pornographic imagery in the 1970s when the US was opening up to the idea of sexual revolution.

The sultry brunette in the painting is modelled on a cover image from an adult magazine of 1970s showing soap super-star Joan Collins in a scanty black lace lingerie.

Currin undressed the actress even further here, exposing her erogenous zones while placing a book in her hand and toning down her make-up to partially diffuse the aggressive sexuality of the actress in the original photograph.

Collector Cramer, one of the most successful television producers, is known for producing popular shows like "Love Boat", "Wonder Woman" and "Dynasty" - and for developing "Batman", "Peyton Palace" and the "Odd Couple".

He was also one of the founders of the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

Cramer's collection that will be auctioned in two tranches under the post-war and contemporary categories, will be led by mid-20th century American pioneers expressionist realism like Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Ed Ruscha, Cy Towmbly, Richard Prince, John Currin, Elizabeth Peyton, Cecily Brown, Fred Tomaselli and Mark Grotjahn, the auction house said.

Brett Gorvy, international head, chairman for Christie's post-war and contemporary art, said: "It was a personal honour to work with a collector and taste-maker as revered as Douglas Cramer".

"During his amazing career as one of television's leading producers, Cramer influenced generations of viewers around the world. This sale will be the first time that his collection is presented publicly in such a comprehensive way, and it is wonderful to share Douglas' journey as a collector and patron," Gorvy said.

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