NEW YORK, NY.- Christies
announced its spring Prints & Multiples sale in New York, taking place April 24-25. The sale encompasses a breadth of superlative examples from 1910 through the 2000s, with estimates that range from $1,000-250,000, presenting collectors with every taste and price point the opportunity to add to their collections. Highlighting the 390 lots is a particularly strong representation of contemporary prints as well as an excellent selection of linocuts by Pablo Picasso.
The sales cover lot is Andy Warhols Liz, 1964 (estimate: $100,000 - 150,000). This extremely rare version of Andy Warhol's Liz is one of only 4 or 5 impressions known in this color combination. In contrast to the editioned work, the pure white background here recalls Warhol's first explorations of Liz for an exhibition in 1963 at the Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles. Working on a pre-prepared canvas sprayed with silver paint, Warhol produced 10 Silver Liz paintings which were shown together at the gallery, alongside other subjects from the silver screen such as Elvis and Jackie Kennedy. This Liz proof on white paper, one of only a handful given by Leo Castelli to close friends and collaborators in 1964, offers a rare opportunity to acquire one of the artist's most emblematic images.
Other highlights include a robust selection of prints by Barnett Newman led by Untitled Etching 2, 1969 (estimate: $70,000 - 100,000), and three excellent works by Brice Marden, including Winter Muse, 2003 (estimate: $20,000 - 30,000). Also being featured is Agnes Martins Untitled, 1998 (estimate $30,000 - 50,000), which comprises four lithographs that are indicative of the softer and serene works we see later in the artists life - a delicate shift from the more stark and severe minimalism that launched he