DALLAS — Headlined by some of the most famous and popular artists of all time, Heritage Auctions‘ April 19 Prints & Multiples Signature® Auction presents a who’s who of the Modern and Contemporary art landscape. Featuring a museum’s worth of highlights, the event includes works by the likes of Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Joan Mitchell and Kehinde Wiley. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Among the featured works are nine pieces by Picasso, including 1962’s Grande Tete de Femme, estimated at $60,000-$80,000, and Tete de Femme, estimated at $50,000-$70,000. Inspired by Jacqueline Roque, Picasso’s last wife and muse, the striking Cubist linocuts depict an abstracted woman’s face seen from several perspectives, allowing the viewer a variety of experiences in one image.
A multitalented artist, Picasso worked in ceramics as well, and four of his ceramic pieces are also available in this auction.
Kehinde Wiley’s After Sir Anthony Van Dyck’s Triple Portrait of Charles I from 2009, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, is another standout in the event. One of today’s most sought-after artists, Wiley was commissioned in 2017 to paint a portrait of former President Barack Obama for the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Like many of his pieces, the work featured in this auction pays tribute to an Old Master painting by re-creating a classical Renaissance pose with a contemporary subject.
In addition to showcasing the art world’s top talents, this auction also aims for accessibility, a goal shared by many of its featured artists.
Influential pop artist Keith Haring, known for his colorful, cartoon-like images, wanted his art to be for the masses, an endeavor echoed by the leaders of Heritage’s Prints & Multiples category.
“Haring is representative of what we’re trying to do with Prints & Multiples,” says Heritage Auctions Consignment Director Rebecca Van Norman. “He didn’t want his art to be just for the wealthy, because you can’t challenge an idea if only one percent of the public is going to see it. Much like Haring, we want our Prints & Multiples department to be a little bit of everything for everybody.”
Among the featured Haring lots in this auction are Pop Shop Quad V (A-D), estimated at $25,000-$35,000, a portfolio of four 1989 screenprints from his New York City Pop Shop, plus two individual works: Untitled 4, from Fertility, 1983, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, and Lucky Strike from 1987, estimated at $10,000-$15,000.
Another big name on display is Jean-Michel Basquiat, one of the top-selling artists on the art market. Basquiat’s auction record stands at an eye-popping $110 million for a single painting, but here his works are within reach, including 1982’s Posterior View, from Anatomy, estimated at $8,000-$12,000, and a group of four pristine screenprints from 1982-83 still in their original box: Wolf Sausage, King Brand, Dog Leg Study and Undiscovered Genius, estimated at $30,000-$40,000.
“Again, it’s about accessibility,” Van Norman says.
Other noteworthy lots include the 1986 Jasper Johns work Ventriloquist, estimated at $20,000-$30,000; Bedford II, a 1981 piece by Joan Mitchell, estimated at $10,000-$15,000; and Marc Chagall’s Le Chevalet aux Fleurs from 1976, estimated at $8,000-$12,000.
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