CHICAGO – Timed to coincide with the 60th anniversary of the publication of Josef Albers’ seminal The Interaction of Color, Hindman will present Color Theory, an auction focused on artists who investigated the transformative power of color. With nearly 100 lots, the auction, set for Friday, July 28, is a celebration of color in modern and contemporary printmaking, including works by Albers, Gene Davis, Ellsworth Kelly, Victor Vasarely, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Anish Kapoor and Damien Hirst. A group of Patrick Heron prints sold to benefit the Acquisition Fund of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields will also be offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The current art landscape without Albers’ foundational theory of color is difficult to imagine. Albers spent his career committed to examining the idea that the most significant element in painting is color, and his research inspired Minimalists, Color Field painters, Abstract Expressionists and Op art artists.
Prints by artists who used color as the focal point of their works include Ellsworth Kelly’s Four Panels from 1971, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; Cedar Hill, a 1983 piece by Helen Frankenthaler, estimated at $8,000-$2,000; and Frank Stella’s Del Mar, from his 1972 Race Track series, which has an estimate of $7,000-$9,000.
Other standouts include Carnegie Hall 1891-1991, a 1990 work by Robert Rauschenberg, estimated at $7,000-$9,000; Robert Motherwell’s Put Out All Flags, dating to 1980 and bearing an identical estimate; and Tom Wesselmann’s Hedy (Sandpaper), which is estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
British artist Patrick Heron (1920-1999) is renowned for his significant contributions to abstract art and his experimentation with color, the primary driving force of his work. Heron was particularly interested in the ways color could elicit an emotional response, how the juxtaposition of colors affected the colors’ optical impact, and how these colors could likewise suggest both spatial relationships and form. A total of 16 lots by Heron will be presented in the auction.
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