Fall auction at the Galeries Swann Contemporary art will be held on Thursday November 14, and presents examples of abstract expressionism, minimalism, color theory, pop art, collages and mobiles.
An exceptional selection of Andy Warhol’s works includes a unique color silkscreen on canvas, GA-43 Robot, from his 1983 “Toy Paintings” series commissioned by his European dealer for an exhibition at the Zurich gallery in which he The work was hung at children’s eye level (estimate: $ 70,000 to $ 100,000).
Among Warhol’s works on paper are the very rare Flowers — Leo Castelli Gallery Exhibition Poster, 1964 ($ 20,000 to $ 30,000); an alternative color silkscreen print by Flowers, published by Factory Additions, 1970 ($ 15,000 to $ 20,000); another print of Castelli, this one an ad for Warhol’s 1963-81 print retrospective featuring his iconic Marilyn, color screen print, 1981 ($ 10,000 to $ 15,000) and the ever popular After the Party, color screen print on Arches, 1979 ($ 10,000 to $ 15,000).
Other Pop Art prints include Jasper Johns’s Fool’s House, color lithograph, 1972 ($ 10,000 to $ 15,000); Still Life with Pitcher and Flowers by Roy Lichtenstein, color lithograph and silkscreen, 1974 ($ 10,000 to $ 15,000); Tulips by Jim Dine, etching and drypoint with hand coloring in watercolor, 1978 ($ 4000 to $ 6000); Hill Street by Wayne Thiebaud, color woodcut, 1987 ($ 12,000 to $ 18,000); Robert Indiana’s The American Dream portfolio, with 30 color serigraphs, 1997 ($ 5,000 to $ 8,000); as well as Richard Hamilton’s Richard Sign, enamel on steel plate, 1975 ($ 6,000 to $ 9,000).
Among Francis Bacon’s prints is a superb print of the rare Figure à une lavabo, color aquatint and etching on Arches, 1977-78 ($ 20,000 to $ 30,000).
A series of works by David Hockney includes an artist proof of Celia Observing, etching and aquatint, 1976 ($ 7,000 to $ 10,000).
Some of the abstract expressionist highlights include Love to Wakoko by Willem de Kooning, lithograph, 1970-71 ($ 8,000 to $ 12,000); Clubs, Blue Ground by Richard Diebenkorn, color aquatint with etching and drypoint, 1982 ($ 8,000 to $ 12,000); Three Forms by Robert Motherwell, color aquatint and raised ground etching, 1988 ($ 5,000 to $ 8,000); and a collection of collages, sketchbooks and ephemera related to New York artist Judith Rothschild ($ 3,000 to $ 5,000).
Another unique highlight is an oil on canvas by Sol Lewitt, Figures in a Landscape, 1960, which reflects his interest in Eadweard Muybridge’s photographs, and is quite distinct from his mature geometric style ($ 30,000 to $ 50,000 ).
Color theory and minimalism are explored in Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color portfolio, with 80 color serigraphs, 1963 ($ 3,000 to $ 5,000); Polar Coordinates III by Frank Stella, color offset lithograph and silkscreen with hand coloring in gouache, 1980 ($ 6,000 to $ 9,000) and Dark Blue by Ellsworth Kelly, color lithograph, 2001 ($ 5,000 to 8,000 $).
Important examples of collage include Romare Bearden’s Village of Yo, collage of various papers with ink on board, 1977 ($ 80,000 to $ 120,000); and an untitled photographic collage of a female subject by Robert Mapplethorpe, with acrylic and spray paint, from 1971, which was a gift to a classmate at the Pratt Institute ($ 8,000 to $ 12,000 ).
The three-dimensional highlights are a Nana plaster in acrylic and gouache by French sculptor, painter and filmmaker Niki de Sainte Phalle, 1968 ($ 10,000 to $ 15,000); Violin by Pierre Arman, cast bronze on a marble plinth ($ 3,000 to $ 5,000); Brandeis Multiple by Louise Nevelson, bronze, 1968 ($ 2,000 to $ 3,000); MOCA Torso by Robert Graham, cast bronze, 1992-95 ($ 3,000 to $ 5,000) and Puppy by Jeff Koons, white enamelled ceramic vase, 1998 ($ 5,000 to $ 8,000).
the auction, will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 14. The works will take place on public exhibition Saturday November 9 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. From Monday November 11 to Wednesday November 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursday, November 14, from 10 a.m. to noon.
An illustrated catalog is available for $ 35 from Swann Galleries, 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, and can be viewed online at www.swanngalleries.com.
For more information and to make advance arrangements to bid by phone during the auction, please contact Todd Weyman at (212) 254-4710, ext. 32, or by email to [email protected]