NEW YORK, NY.-
On Thursday, June 14 Swann Galleries
will conduct a two-part sale of American Art and Contemporary Art that features drawings, paintings, sculpture and prints by notable American artists and artists working in the late 20th century through the present day.
Among the big names in the Contemporary Art portion of the auction are several works by Andy Warhol, including a pen and ink drawing of Charles Lisanby with Heart, circa 1956 (estimate: $15,000 to $20,000); and an Untitled pen and ink drawing of a reclining male figures pants ($8,000 to $12,000). Other unique pieces by Warhol are a double-sided color screenprint of Flowers, 1970 ($8,000 to $12,000); Grapes (Special Edition), screenprint with diamond dust, 1979 ($25,000 to $35,000); and Mimosas, color screenprint and acrylic paper collage on canvas, circa 1976 ($30,000 to $50,000). Rounding out the Warhol highlights are Electric Chair, color screenprint, 1971 ($10,000 to $15,000); Viewpoint, color lithograph on Arches, 1984 ($10,000 to $15,000); and The Souper Dress, a paper and cotton sleeveless sheath, with the artists iconic Campbells soup cans printed on it, circa 1966-67 ($2,000 to $3,000).
Other featured pop art works are Roy Lichtensteins Brushstrokes, color screenprint, 1967, and Yellow Brushstroke, color etching on Rives, 1985 ($12,000 to $18,000 each); Red Groomss Street Scene, gouache, watercolor and ink, 1975 ($20,000 to $30,000); Keith Harings Three Lithographs (Jealousy), 1985 ($5,000 to $8,000); Robert Indianas portfolio The American Dream, with 30 color screenprints, 1997 ($7,000 to $10,000); Tom Wesselmans Still Life with Blonde, color screenprint, 1999 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Alex Katzs Cow, enamel screenprinted aluminum multiple, 2006 ($15,000 to $20,000).
Also from the 21st century are Anthony Goicoleas Recital, chromogenic printed on Plexiglas mount, 2001 ($12,000 to $18,000); Jenny Holzers Truth Before Power, portfolio with four digital pigment prints, 2004 ($4,000 to $6,000); Harland Millers larger than life oil on canvas versions of Penguin classics book jackets, Too Cool to Die, 2004, and Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore, 2007 ($30,000 to $50,000 and $40,000 to $60,000 respectively); and Damien Hirsts The Hours Spin Skull, unique multiple with household gloss on plastic skull with metallic watch faces, 2009 ($7,000 to $10,000).
Other unique works of note include Fritz Winters Composition, gouache and oil on board, 1954 ($8,000 to $12,000); Alfred Leslies Untitled, oil, gouache, ink and paper collage on board, 1958 ($10,000 to $15,000); Robert Motherwells Lyric Suite #11, watercolor on Japan paper, 1965 ($30,000 to $50,000); and Robert Rauschenbergs Samarkand Stitches III, screenprint and collage on fabric, 1988 ($7,000 to $10,000).
Desirable portfolios are Ten Works + Ten Artists, with prints by Indiana, Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly and others, 1964 ($12,000 to $18,000); 1989 Portfolio, with 11 prints by Chuck Close, Nan Goldin, Cindy Sherman and more, 1989 ($8,000 to $12,000); and a working proof set of The Geldzahler Portfolio, with six (of 10) prints by artists including Jasper Johns and Dennis Hopper, 1998 ($8,000 to $12,000).
The American Art section of the sale features drawings, paintings and sculpture by many celebrated American artists. There is a circa 1915 oil on canvas by Blanche Lazzell of Street Scene, Provincetown ($15,000 to $20,000); two Milton Avery gouaches, Seated Man and Sun Worshipper, circa 1932, ($15,000 to $20,000 each); an Abstract Taliesin by Frank Lloyd Wright, mixed media on stationery paper, circa 1946 that dedicated to his friend and Guggenheim curator Hilla Rebay ($8,000 to $12,000); Hugh J. Wards Break-In, oil on canvas ($10,000 to $15,000); Boris Israelevich Anisfelds Rabbi Inscribing a Torah, oil on board, circa 1965 ($10,000 to $15,000); Mavis Puseys Carome, oil on canvas, circa 1970 ($15,000 to $20,000); and Francisco Toledos Saltamontes, gouache and sand on paper, circa 1978 ($20,000 to $30,000).
Prints and drawings include José Clemente Orozcos Study for Sleeping (The Family), pencil and wash on paper, circa 1930 ($15,000 to $20,000); Lazzells My Studio Garden, color monotype, 1940 ($7,000 to $12,000); Marsden Hartleys Maine Landscape, lithograph crayon on paper, circa 1938 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Seated Male Nude (NM 258) by Paul Cadmus, chalks on paper, 1983 ($8,000 to $12,000).
A run of works by Jared French includes drawings and plaster and bronze sculptures. There are also sculptures by Leonard Baskin, Chaim Gross, Dorothy Dehner, as well as two bronze pieces by Francisco Zuniga, Madre con nino, 1969, with the portfolio Zuniga, which also includes a watercolor ($30,000 to $50,000), the other Mujere sentada, 1982 ($20,000 to $30,000).
The morning session of the auction, American Art, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 14. The afternoon session of Contemporary Art follows, after a lunch break, at 1:30 p.m.