Capsule Auctions readies array of modern, postwar & contemporary art, May 25

Marisol, ‘Untitled,’ estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Image courtesy of Capsule Auctions

Marisol, ‘Untitled,’ estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Image courtesy of Capsule Auctions

NEW YORK – Capsule Auctions‘s marquee event of the season, titled Bigger, Brighter: Modern, Postwar, and Contemporary, takes place on Thursday, May 25, beginning at 11 am Eastern time. The auction offers strong examples of hallmark modern and contemporary movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Pop Art and Cubism. Highlights from the sale include paintings by Morris Graves, Agustin Fernandez, Milton Resnick and Paul Staiger as well as photography by Annie Leibowitz. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Richard Hunt, the first African American sculptor to have had a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art and the recipient of numerous accolades, is ranked by some among the most important sculptors in American history. The sale features Winged Hybrid, a dynamic welded steel work by Hunt, estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

Richard Hunt, ‘Winged Hybrid,’ estimated at $15,000-$20,000. Image courtesy of Capsule Auctions

Richard Hunt, ‘Winged Hybrid,’ estimated at $15,000-$20,000. Image courtesy of Capsule Auctions

Spiked Chalice by American painter Morris Graves is a work with a compelling exhibition history, having made the rounds at West Coast museums such as the Legion of Honor and San Francisco Museum of Art (now known as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). The chalice was a recurring motif for Graves, who was known for his muted, mystical style. The piece carries an estimate of $10,000-$15,000.

Morris Graves, ‘Spiked Chalice,’ estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy of Capsule Auctions

Morris Graves, ‘Spiked Chalice,’ estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Image courtesy of Capsule Auctions

Satan and Eve by Agustin Fernandez is a viscerally captivating work and is expected to be one of the top lots of the sale. Its estimate is $12,000-$18,000. The Cuban-born artist has exhibited extensively, and his work resides in numerous collections including that of the Museum of Modern Art.

Agustin Fernandez, ‘Satan and Eve,’ estimated at $12,000-$18,000. Image courtesy of Capsule Auctions

Agustin Fernandez, ‘Satan and Eve,’ estimated at $12,000-$18,000. Image courtesy of Capsule Auctions

The sale includes a captivating drawing by the famous Venezuelan-American artist Marisol Escobar, better known as Marisol, from the Graciela Kartofel collection. On offer is one of Marisol’s untitled works on paper, which has an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.

Jan and Joel Martel, ‘Locomotive,’ estimated at $150,000-$200,000. Image courtesy of Capsule Auctions

Jan and Joel Martel, ‘Locomotive,’ estimated at $150,000-$200,000. Courtesy Capsule Auctions

French sculptors Jan and Joel Martel were twin brothers born in 1896 and were among the founding members of the Union des Artistes Modernes. Sharing the same workshop, they jointly created works that they co-signed as ‘Martel’ or ‘J.J. Martel.’ The French national railways system commissioned the brothers to create a series of modernist aluminum locomotive sculptures for the Colonial Exhibition of 1931. Among them was the example that appears in the May 25 sale with an estimate of $150,000-$200,000, which was acquired by Geoffrey Beene in 1982. Proceeds from this very special item are to benefit the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering.

 

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