Art of the ’80s auction Oct. 3 projects exuberant backlash

‘It’s a Beautiful Day’ by Michael Clark, 1985 signed mixed media, paper size is 22.5in x 30in. Estimate: $5,300-$6,100. Jasper52 image

NEW YORK – Art of the ’80s, bursting with defiant, upbeat imagery, is presented in a collection of works that will be sold in a Jasper52 online auction on Wednesday, Oct. 3. Driven by a force that was amiable and edgy, fun and liberating, artists working in this decade produced light artworks that were well-received by the public then and to this day. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

A fine example is a mixed media artwork by Michael Clark (British, b. April 1, 1954) titled It’s a Beautiful Day (above). The unique artwork featuring Mr. Peanut is from an edition size of one. It was published in 1985 on Arches paper and was signed by the artist on the verso. It is expected to sell for $5,300-$6,100.

American artist Roy Lichtenstein created Jobs Not Cheese! Moffett for Senator in support of Connecticut politician and Democrat Anthony John “Toby” Moffett’s 1982 campaign against Republican Connecticut U.S. Sen. Lowell Weicker. The offset lithograph in the Jasper52 auction is from an edition size of 300 and is not framed. The signed and numbered poster (below) responds to President Ronald Reagan’s statement, “Let them eat cheese,” referring to his position on welfare recipients. The lithograph is in excellent condition, however, “Mottett for Senator” was trimmed off.

‘Jobs Not Cheese! Moffett for Senator’ after Roy Lichtenstein, 1982 signed offset lithograph, paper size 27.5in x 23.75in. Estimate: $9,400-$11,300. Jasper52 image

Three different Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990) Lucky Strike unsigned lithographs published by Albin Uldry in Switzerland are offered in the Jasper52 auction. Each print measures 39½ by 27½ inches and has a $1,275-$1,775 estimate.

‘Lucky Strike’ after Keith Haring, 1987, unsigned offset lithograph, paper size is 39.5in x 27.5in. Estimate: $1,275-$1,775. Jasper52 image

A 1980s art auction would not be complete without a Warhol. The Jasper52 auction contains 15 of Andy Warhol’s iconic images including Cow Pink on Yellow, an unsigned offset lithograph after his 1989 work. The large print is from an unknown edition size and carries a $625-$900 estimate.

‘Cow Pink on Yellow,’ after Andy Warhol, 1989, unsigned offset lithograph, paper size is 51in x 31.75in, printed in 1990 by Te neues Publishing in Germany. Estimate: $625-$900. Jasper52 image

An original exhibition poster for the Paris Review 25th Anniversary in 1981 features Flower Study and is signed by the artist, David Hockney. The Paris Review publishes writings and poetry. Hockney was commissioned to create this image to mark the publication’s 25th anniversary.

‘Paris Review 25th Anniversary,’ David Hockney, 1980, signed offset lithograph, paper size is 35in x 26in. Estimate: $6,800-$7,900. Jasper52 image

A collage by Robert Rauschenberg, one of an edition of 75, is signed, numbered and dated 1984. The work is composed of hand-cut paper and exhibits various printing methods. It has one of the auction’s highest estimates at $6,900-$8,300.

Untitled collage by Robert Rauschenberg, 1984 signed mixed media, paper size is 32in x 26.25in. Apart from the edition of 75, there were also 15 artist’s proofs. Estimate: $6,900-$8,300. Jasper52 image

These are just a taste of the 157 lots that spring from the oasis of 1980s art.

The auction will be conducted Wednesday, Oct. 3, beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Time.