Broad survey of Modern and Post-War Art movements seen in Swann’s May 26 auction
NEW YORK — Swann Galleries’ Thursday, May 26 sale of Modern & Post-War Art will offer a broad scope of artistic movements including modernist selections from the collection of gallerist Gary Snyder, and introducing a dedicated portion of Latinx art to the sale’s collecting categories. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Selections from the Gary Snyder collection form the cornerstone of the modernist lots on offer with works by American Abstract Artists group members, Museum of Non-Objective Painting exhibitors and Indian Space painters. Highlights include a run of drawings and watercolors by Joseph Stella; two tempera paintings by Ethel Magafan: Near Monarch, estimated at $3,000-$5,000, and Trout Stream, estimated at $2,500-$3,500; as well as works by Wolf Kahn and Louis K. Stone.
Latinx art is represented by Jaime Vazquez, Oscar Satio Oiwa, Nitza Tufino, Carlos Osorio and Lina Puerta. Highlights include Vasquez’s The Survivor, a 2022 acrylic on canvas estimated at $25,000-$35,000; Satio Oiwa’s 1997 triptych Light Birds, estimated at $12,000-$18,000; an Osorio 1969 abstract work in pencil and watercolor, estimated at $1,500-$2,500; two 2019 mixed-media assemblage sculptures from Puerta’s Botanico series, each estimated at $1,000-$1,500; and a study by Tufino for subway murals commissioned the New York City Transit Authority, estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Complimenting the Latinx art offering is a selection of works by Latin-American and Caribbean artists, including Tilsa Tsuchiya and Manuel Mendive. Of note is Tsuchiya’s mythical 1979 oil-on-canvas painting which calls to mind a pre-Columbian goddess, as well as Western images of Venus and lounging female nudes, estimated at $150,000-$250,000; and Fantasy II, a 1971 ink and watercolor evoking the same imagery. Mendive is on offer with Ofrendas del Mar, a 2002 acrylic on canvas estimated at $8,000-$12,000, and la Ofrenda de Yemaya, a 2004 acrylic rendered on a royal palm trunk, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Also featured are Mathias Goeritz, Francisco Zuniga and Miguel Florido.
American abstraction choices include Judith Rothschild with her 1968 oil-on-canvas Nauset Heights, estimated at $8,000-$12,000; a 1970 oil-on-canvas work in bursts of citrus by John Opper, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; and a 1985 oil-and-collage geometric abstraction by Robert Lee Neal, estimated at $7,000-$9,000. The auction will also feature sculptures by Shinkichi Tajiri, Dorothy Dehner and David Hayes.
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