NEW YORK—Swann Galleries’ sale of Contemporary Art on June 10 will feature impressive works from blue-chip artists working across the different schools of the last several decades. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale is led by Photorealist pioneer John Salt with his 1969 work Riviera 2—a hyper-realistic oil-on-canvas of a car interior, a common motif in his works. Riviera 2 carries an estimate of $30,000-$50,000. During Salt’s time teaching at the Maryland Institute College of Art, his style evolved into the photorealist manner seen in Riviera 2 through discovering the work of photographers such as Garry Winogrand and Lee Friedlander. Other artists represented in the sale who practice photorealism include Vija Celmins with Comet, a linoleum cut from 1992, estimated at $12,000-$18,000; Richard Estes with Qualicraft Shoes, a color screenprint from 1974, estimated at $3,000-$5,000; and Howard Kanocitz with Andre Champagne, a 1972 color screenprint, and Street Scene, also a color screenprint from 1972, offered together with an estimate of $1,000-$1,500.
Feminist artworks from the collection of Harriet Lyons will be on offer. Lyons was a founding editor for the famed Ms. Magazine, covering art and general assignments, and was a member of a feminist consciousness raising group which included Pat Steir, Joan Snyder, Elke Solomon, and Nancy Azara. Highlights from the collection include a color crayon, watercolor, gouache and pencil portrait of Lyons by Alice Neel, estimated at $20,000-$30,000; Judy Chicago’s Red Flag, a 1971 photolithograph estimated at $1,000-$1,500; Mary Beth Edelson’s Some Living American Women Artists / Last Supper, a 1972 offset lithograph estimated at $1,000-$1,500; as well as works by Pat Steir, Miriam Schapiro, and Linda Stein.
Following the recent success of Elaine de Kooning’s Bacchus, which earned $57,000 in Swann’s May 20 sale of Modern & Post-War Art, works by the abstract expressionist are on offer in different mediums: a circa 1980-85 oil-on-silk work in hues of pink, orange and yellow, estimated at $20,000-$30,000; a circa-1980 watercolor estimated at $4,000-$6,000, and a circa-1985 bronze relief sculpture, Untitled (Cave), cast circa 1992–95 and estimated at $25,000-$35,000. Joan Mitchell is represented by Brush, a 1981 color lithograph estimated at $20,000-$30,000, and Sides of a Ricer III, another 1981 color lithograph, estimated at $15,000-$20,000. The section of AbEx also includes works by Helen Frankenthaler, Louis Nevelson, Dorothy Dehner, Willem de Kooning, and Robert Motherwell.
Among the Andy Warhol works on offer are portraits Mick Jagger, a 1975 color screenprint estimated at $30,000-$50,000, and Blackglama (Judy Garland), a 1985 color screenprint estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Also of note is a 1964 color offset lithograph, Flowers, estimated at $25,000-$35,000; and Electric Chair, a 1971 color screenprint in turquoise and yellow, estimated at $12,000-$18,000. Warhol’s contemporaries are also featured, with prints by Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, and Keith Haring.
Art of the last two decades will feature Juliao Sarmento with A Body to Touch, a 2006 mixed-media on canvas estimated at $15,000-$20,000. Sarmento’s works are often rendered in androgynous and simplified forms, and reflect on desire and intimacy as well as the possessive aspect of the male gaze. Kara Walker works include The Emancipation Approximation (Scene #9), a 2000 color screenprint estimated at $8,000-$12,000, and Pack-Mules in the Mountains, a 2005 screenprint, estimated at $8,000-$12,000. Julie Mehretu’s Untitled (Pulse), a 2013 color lithograph, carries an estimate of $5,000-$8,000. Concluding the sale are works by Christopher Wool, Jeff Koons, Peter Doig, and Takashi Murakami.
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