NEW YORK – Two works by street artist Mr. Brainwash and a 1951 Bernard Buffet limited edition lithograph will fight for top lot status in Jasper52’s Fine Art, Prints and Multiples auction, which will be conducted on Wednesday, June 8, beginning at 3 pm Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale consists of just 48 lots but it is nonetheless packed with sterling names such as Marc Chagall, Edgar Degas, Georges Braque, Andre Derain, Maurice de Vlaminck, Gustave Courbet, George Baldwin, Wendy Chazin, Alain Bonnefoit, Jean Eugene Bersier, Allan D’Arcangelo, Yaacov Agam, Bill Dale, Pearl Bates, Marc Daffis, Frank Armington, Merv Corning, Paul Calle, Karl Fred Dahmen, Charles Calvert, John Blake, Edward Arden, Martin Barooshian and Philippe Alfieri.
Two of the June 8 sale’s main highlights come courtesy of Mr. Brainwash, one of the world’s leading street artists. Born in France in 1966 with the name Thierry Guetta, he took up his career in the 2000s after his cousin, a street artist who is known as Invader, introduced him to the form. Mr. Brainwash has since decamped to Los Angeles and has worked with Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Michael Jackson, Mercedes-Benz and the Coachella Festival.
The first of the two Mr. Brainwash works of note is Follow Your Dream (Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X), a two-color screenprint on BFK Rives paper, hand finished with spray paint. It dates to 2008 and is number 28 from an edition of 50, which is signed and numbered in pencil. It depicts the two Black Civil Rights leaders smiling and shaking hands, and it is estimated at $5,500-$7,000.
The second Mr. Brainwash work carries an identical estimate and is also part of a limited edition. Love Splash, created in 2010, is number 62 of an edition of 300. It is signed, numbered and dated with the year, and the lot notes state it also features a thumb print, presumably from the artist himself.
The late French artist Bernard Buffet provides the third and final highlight. Titled Rooster, the 1951 lithograph on Arches paper is number 82 of an edition of 300. It is signed and dated on the plate and also numbered in pencil. It is estimated at $2,000-$2,500.
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