NEW YORK — Swann Galleries will present a selection of 111 works by artists expanding the boundaries of abstraction, in a variety of mediums, throughout the mid-century and post-war period in a Thursday, December 2 sale of Modern & Post-War Art. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Abstract Expressionism is featured prominently in the sale, with a 1966 tempera-and-ink mixed media work by Robert Motherwell estimated at $25,000-$35,000, and abstract landscapes by Hans Hofmann, Jehudith Sobel and Judith Rothschild. Cubism and geometric abstraction is available with works by Jose de Creeft, Karl Knaths, James Daugherty, Rolph Scarlett, John von Wicht and Louis Schanker.
Color field artists include Sam Gilliam, with a run of 1970s watercolors reminiscent of his larger drape paintings, each estimated at $10,000-$15,000. Jack Roth is available with three mid-1970s acrylic-on-canvases: Benchmark, 1967, estimated at $5,000-$7,000; Burrow’s World, 1975, estimated at $5,000-$7,000; and an untitled work from 1976, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Also included is Cleve Gray with Horus, (Perne Series), a 1979 acrylic-on-canvas that carries an estimate of $8,000-$12,000.
A strong showing of avante-garde sculpture from mid-century artists will be led by Alexander Archipenko’s 1967 bronze Walking, which is estimated at $20,000-$30,000. Additional highlights among the bronze sculptures in the sale are Henry Moore’s Mother with Child on Knee, 1982, estimated at $15,000-$20,000; Sir Jacob Epstein’s Romilly John, conceived in 1907 and estimated at $15,000-$20,000; and Louise Bourgeois’s Give or Take III, (How Do You Feel This Morning?), 1990, estimated at $15,000-$20,000. Work by Dorothy Dehner, David Hayer and Albert Wein also feature.
Intimate takes on interior scenes, portraits and moody landscapes are featured throughout the auction. Chief among them is Max Lieberman’s Interior, a gouache and watercolor estimated at $6,000-$8,000; Benny Andrews’s 1968 oil on canvas, Seamstress, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; Wolf Kahn’s Tree, a 1968 pastel on paper estimated at $2,500-$3,500, and Trees, another pastel on paper from the same year, estimated at $3,000-$5,000; and Edmund Lewandowski’s photorealistic 1991 gouache and watercolor Life Boat Station #4, estimated at $4,000-$6,000. Also of note are portraits by Joseph Stella, Helen Stein, EE Cummings and Bea Kadar.
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