Modern masters pack Capsule Gallery Auctions’ spring sale May 10


Yang Yanping (b. 1934), ‘Autumn Morning,’ 1999, colored inks on rice paper, chop marks lower right, sight: 28¼ x 45 in., framed. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Capsule Gallery Auctions

NEW YORK – In Capsule Gallery Auctions’ diverse spring sale May 10, one can trace the arc of modern and contemporary art through 50 carefully selected works by some of the greatest artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

For classic modern art enthusiasts, there is a lovely 1929 Charles Burchfield watercolor (lot 24), an intimate and lyrical abstract painting by French artist Georges Mathieu (lot 9 from the Schulhof Collection), as well as two charming Picasso ceramics, each from private collections (lots 15 and 22).


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), ‘Vase Au Decor Pastel Ramie 190,’ 1953, terra-cotta vase, ‘Madoura’ stamped bottom, numbered 133 / 200, 12½ in. tall. Estimate: $5,000-$8,000. Capsule Gallery Auctions

Geometric abstractionist sculptures by Julio Le Parc (lot 28 also from the Schulfhof Collection), and Jesús Rafael Soto (lots 29 and 32) balance the abstract expressionist works of Robert Motherwell (lots 30 and 33 from the Levy and Schulhof collections respectively) and Natvar Bhavsar (lot 12).


Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), ‘Cabaret #4,’ 1974, collage with German sheet music, torn paper, pencil and acrylic, initialed ‘RM’ and dated ’74 lower right, sheet: 22 x 10½ in., framed. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Capsule Gallery Auctions

José Guerrero’s 1987 Azural is the great highlight of the sale (below).


José Guerrero (1914-1991), ‘Azural,’ 1987, oil on canvas, signed verso, 72 x 55 in., unframed. Estimate: $100,000-$150,000. Capsule Gallery Auctions

Three works by Andy Warhol are offered in the auction including two lithographs of cats from the collection of the artist’s literary agent, Rosalind Paige Cole.


Andy Warhol (1928-1987), ‘Purple Sam – from 25 Cats Named Sam and One Blue Pussy,’ 1954, lithograph with hand-coloring on Ticonderoga paper, from the edition of 190, signed lower left, 8 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches, unframed. Estimate: $3,000-$5,000. Capsule Gallery Auctions

Artwork from the collection of esteemed art critic, author, poet, and illustrator Anthony Haden-Guest make for an impressive presentation of contemporary art, including works by Carolee Schneemann (lots 4 and 31), Richard Hambleton (lots 27, 45, and 46), Damien Hirst (38), and Peter Beard (lots 39 to 42).

There is much more to discover in Capsule’s May 10 sale, which begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time.