Swann Galleries Autumn Auction Contemporary art will be held on Thursday November 14and features examples of abstract expressionism, minimalism, color theory, pop art, collages and mobiles.
An exceptional selection of works by Andy Warhol includes a unique color screen print on canvas, GA-43 Robot, from his 1983 “Toy Paintings” series commissioned by his European dealer for an exhibition at the Zurich gallery where the work was hung at children’s eye level (estimate: $70,000 to $100,000).
Among Warhol’s works on paper are the extremely rare Flowers—Leo Castelli Gallery Exhibition Poster, 1964 ($20,000-$30,000); an alternate color serigraph of Flowers, published by Factory Additions, 1970 ($15,000-$20,000); another Castelli print, this one an ad for Warhol’s 1963-81 retrospective print featuring his iconic Marilyn, color screenprint, 1981 ($10,000-$15,000) and the ever-popular After the Party, color screenprint on Arches, 1979 ($10,000 to $15,000).
Other Pop Art prints include Jasper Johns’s Fool’s House, color lithograph, 1972 ($10,000-$15,000); Still Life with Pitcher and Flowers by Roy Lichtenstein, color lithograph and serigraph, 1974 ($10,000 to $15,000); Jim Dine’s Tulips, etching and drypoint with hand coloring in watercolor, 1978 ($4,000-$6,000); Hill Street by Wayne Thiebaud, color woodcut, 1987 ($12,000 to $18,000); The American Dream portfolio by Robert Indiana, 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-$9,000).
Among Francis Bacon’s prints is a superb print of the rare Figure at a Washbasin, color aquatint and etching on Arches, 1977-78 ($20,000-$30,000).
A series of works by David Hockney includes an artist’s proof of Celia Observing, etching and aquatint, 1976 ($7,000-$10,000).
Highlights of Abstract Expressionism include Love to Wakoko by Willem de Kooning, lithograph, 1970-71 ($8,000-$12,000); Clubs by Richard Diebenkorn, Blue Ground, color aquatint with etching and drypoint, 1982 ($8,000-$12,000); Robert Motherwell’s Three Forms, color aquatint and etching, 1988 ($5,000 to $8,000); and a collection of collages, sketchbooks and ephemera related to New York artist Judith Rothschild ($3,000-$5,000).
Another unique highlight is Sol Lewitt’s oil on canvas, Figures in a Landscape, 1960, which reflects his interest in the photographs of Eadweard Muybridge and is quite distinct from his mature geometric style ($30,000-50,000 $).
Color theory and minimalism are explored in Josef Albers’ Interaction of Color portfolio, with 80 color serigraphs, 1963 ($3,000-$5,000); Frank Stella’s Polar Coordinates III, color offset lithograph and serigraph with hand coloring in gouache, 1980 ($6,000-$9,000) and Ellsworth Kelly’s Dark Blue, color lithograph, 2001 ($5,000-8,000 $).
Important examples of collage include Village of Yo by Romare Bearden, collage of various papers with ink on board, 1977 ($80,000-$120,000); and an untitled photographic collage of a female subject by Robert Mapplethorpe, with acrylics and spray paint, from 1971, which was a gift to a Pratt Institute classmate ($8,000-$12,000 ).
Three-dimensional highlights are a Nana in plaster with acrylic and gouache by French sculptor, painter and filmmaker Niki de Sainte Phalle, 1968 ($10,000-$15,000); Violin by Pierre Arman, cast bronze on a marble base ($3,000 to $5,000); Louise Nevelson’s Brandeis Multiple, bronze, 1968 ($2,000-$3,000); MOCA Torso by Robert Graham, cast bronze, 1992-95 ($3,000 to $5,000) and Puppy by Jeff Koons, glazed white ceramic vase, 1998 ($5,000 to $8,000).
The auctionwill begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 14. The work 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 at [email protected]