Heritage Auctions to feature urban art March 24

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Shepard Fairey (b. 1970), ‘May Day Flag Red (Version 2),’ 2010, stencil and mixed media collage on canvas, 32 x 50in, signed and dated lower right. Heritage Auctions image

DALLAS – Original works by leading urban artists such as KAWS and Shepard Fairey are among top highlights of Heritage Auctions’ Urban Art Auction on Tuesday, March 24. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

A mixed media painting, May Day Flag Red (Version 2), 2010 by Shepard Fairey from the artist’s seminal May Day series is also part of the March 24 auction. The May Day series highlighted the dual meaning of the phrase as both a celebration of International Worker’s Day and the distress signal used in times of emergency.

A KAWS screenprint from the artists’ “Man’s Best Friend” series playfully depicts Charles Schulz’s iconic Peanuts characters Snoopy and Charlie Brown. This untitled work is a classic example of the artist’s ability to appropriate pop culture icons to display his unique perspective on contemporary culture.

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KAWS (b. 1974), ‘Untitled (MBFF3),’ 2014 acrylic on canvas. 58 x 48in, signed and dated on the reverse. Heritage Auctions image

Heritage will also offer No Reply, 2015, a complete set of 10 prints by KAWS that are being offered at Heritage for the first time. The set is a classic example of the artist’s use of color and composition as well as his ability to straddle various media to illustrate his inimitable voice. Other top KAWS lots include his well-known 4FT Dissected Companion (Black), early 21st century, a KAWS X Supreme, 2001 skate deck, and several examples of the artist’s collaboration with Dior.

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KAWS (b. 1974), ‘No Reply,’ 2015, 10 screenprints in colors on wove paper, in a lipped clamshell portfolio box 34 7/8 x 227/8in (sheet, each) A.P. 10/20 (aside from an edition of 100), each signed, numbered and dated in pencil along lower edge. Heritage Auctions image

Other highlights include Slot Monopoly, 2014, a classic theme work by Alec Monopoly, a monumental Retna painting and a pair of Apple sneakers created exclusively for the company in the early 1990s. Other top artists include Mr. Brainwash, Ai Weiwei, Yashitomo Nara, OSGEMEOS, Invader and Futura 2000.