CHICAGO – Hindman will offer a compelling selection of contemporary American art in its Wednesday, September 28 Post-War & Contemporary Art auction, highlighted by distinguished names who have recently taken the art world by storm. Among the offerings in this sale will be works by Ernie Barnes, Fred Eversley and Nathaniel Mary Quinn. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Ernie Barnes’ Untitled (The Stare), estimated at $80,000-$120,000, is a quintessential example of the artist’s work and a glimpse at why Barnes has done so well at auction this year. While only recently skyrocketing to international recognition, Barnes’ reputation as a multi-talented artist who drew inspiration from numerous areas of life – sports, performing arts and church to name just a few – has always set him apart. From the dance floor to the pew, or in this case, the ballfield, Barnes’ compelling snapshots of everyday life never fail to win new fans.
Nathaniel Mary Quinn has grabbed the attention of the art world with his multifaceted contorted portraiture that often draws inspiration from his personal experience growing up in Chicago, blurring the edges of the beautiful and the unsettling. An untitled early portrait from the year 2000 by Quinn of his mother, who is also the source of his middle name, has an estimate of $60,000-$80,000. Raised in the Robert Taylor Homes housing projects on Chicago’s South Side, Quinn’s desolate upbringing around drugs, poverty and crime was tempered by the strength exhibited by his mother, a figure who has influenced much of his oeuvre. Harnessing the power of memory and loss, this painting captures a foundational moment in Quinn’s life through his unique brand of figuration.
Celebrated sculptor Fred Eversley’s groundbreaking works are situated at the intersection of art and technology. Untitled (parabolic lens), created in 1976 and estimated at $150,000-$250,000, offers viewers an otherworldly experience. The work showcases a triumph of artistic and scientific achievement through the shrinking of a solar system.
Eversley is known as a keen advocate when it comes to the energy crisis, and this work is a prime example of his engagement with the issue. Eversley’s unique application of scientific principles to produce a humanistic connection make his sculptures stand out.
Large-scale abstract paintings will also be among the sale highlights. Notable works to be presented are Friedel Dzubas’ Aglaura, estimated at $50,000-$70,000, and Gene Davis’ Crazy Horse from 1979, estimated at $30,000-$50,000. An incredibly innovative artist, Davis described his approach to his painted compositions as “playing by eye.” Through a staccato-like application of his signature vertical bands of color, the acrylic on canvas seemingly dances to the beat of its own drum. Suzan Frecon’s Dark and Light (with homage to Manet), estimated at $60,000-$80,000, and Paul Jenkins’ Phenomena Self Portrait Veil, estimated at $30,000-$50,000, are additional noteworthy paintings in the lineup.
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