Lars Theuerkauff, ‘Adidas 12’, 2012, Watermill Center Summer Benefit Auction 2014

Estimate: $4,500.
A painter, screenwriter, and director, Berlin artist Lars Theuerkauff paints intimate figurative compositions that often capture psychological tensions and play with ideas of voyeurism. He employs a technique in which he layers color washes onto his surface before sponging and smudging them to create a hazy, granular effect.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Kit Schulte Contemporary Art