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Howardina Pindell, ‘Untitled #83,’ estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

Artworks by prominent women artists in spotlight at Hindman, April 19

Howardina Pindell, ‘Untitled #83,’ estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Howardina Pindell, ‘Untitled #83,’ estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

CHICAGO – A pair of works by Howardena Pindell will highlight Hindman’s Wednesday, April 19 Post War & Contemporary Art auction. The remarkable dot collages anchor a group of artworks by prominent women artists, including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Miyoko Ito, Gertrude Abercrombie and Alice Baber. Powerful works by Kerry James Marshall, Leon Polk Smith, Jack Bush and Winfred Rembert will also be featured. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

“Beyond being dazzling objects, the dot constructions have compounded depth to them, both in the layers of material beauty and the levels of experiential meaning,” said Hindman Vice President of Post War & Contemporary Art Zack Wirsum. “The colorful chads, so particularly stacked, are like the many hats and scars Pindell wears. All of this informs her compelling and complex production.”

With an oeuvre that confronts social and structural issues from racism to feminism, Pindell has become renowned for her abstract, mixed media and video artworks. In her roles as an artist, educator and curator, social justice is a key thread throughout Pindell’s career.

Howardina Pindell, ‘Kensington Series #3,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Howardina Pindell, ‘Kensington Series #3,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

Hindman will present two archetypical examples of Pindell’s dot collages, her 1977 Untitled #83, estimated at $40,000-$60,000, and her 1974 Kensington Series #3, estimated at $30,000-$50,000. While her colorful dot collages reflect her fascination with the concept of regeneration, they also stem from her own early experiences with racism. The circles first stood out to Pindell when she was at a root beer stand with her father as a child and noticed red dots stuck to the bottom of their mugs, which were markers of which glassware was appropriate for use by nonwhites in Jim Crow’s America.

Gertrude Abercrombie, ‘Birds Eggs and Dominoes with Pyramid,’ estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

Gertrude Abercrombie, ‘Birds Eggs and Dominoes with Pyramid,’ estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

Hindman is no stranger to offering works by the woman dubbed “the Queen of the Bohemians,” Gertrude Abercrombie. Following its presentation of the most significant collection of works by the artist last September and a new world auction record in December, Hindman will offer six exquisitely composed Abercrombie works. The highlight of the group, Birds Eggs and Dominoes with Pyramid from 1963, estimated at $50,000-$70,000, is a strong display of the evolution of the artist. The austere landscape, which we see frequently in her paintings, is made more unique with the depiction of a pyramid, which only appears in a handful of her works.

Magdalena Abakanowicz, ‘NANA (Red with Black),’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Magdalena Abakanowicz, ‘NANA (Red with Black),’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

Known for her experimental and experiential sculptures, Magdalena Abakanowicz created massive, womb-like three-dimensional fiber works called Abakans. NANA (Red with Black), estimated at $30,000-$50,000, is a behemoth, a true Abakan, rough-hewn and laboriously stitched, and an excellent example of the type of experience the artist wished to create for viewers.

Miyoko Ito, ‘E.E. 179 (the ken),’ estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Miyoko Ito, ‘E.E. 179 (the ken),’ estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Courtesy Hindman

Full of expressive colors and remarkable precision, Miyoko Ito’s paintings have garnered significant attention in recent years. The Chicago artist’s work often conveys scenes of interiors, landscapes and the human body. E.E. 179 (the ken), estimated at $50,000-$70,000, initially presents as beguiling abstraction, but it also reveals structural references to architecture and landscape and a combination of interior and exterior space. It also serves as a window into Ito’s intensely personal dream world in dusk and dawn tones. As the world auction record holder for Ito, Hindman expects this work to be closely watched ahead of the sale.

Alice Baber, ‘Dance of the Wind Cave,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Alice Baber, ‘Dance of the Wind Cave,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

Another revered abstractionist, Alice Baber, had an obsession with color that informed all her work. Her 1973 Dance of the Wind Cave, estimated at $30,000-$50,000, is a beautifully fluid watercolor that perfectly captures her tendency to satisfy what she termed “color hunger,” with its shifting forms of color that have a kaleidoscope-like quality.

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