DALLAS – In the art world, October is Print Month, which makes this the perfect moment to present a lavish selection of pieces by artists whose mastery of printmaking and working in multiples distinguished their careers. As seasoned collectors continue to invest in the prints of their favorite artists — who often made some of their most innovative and distinctive work in editioned form — and new collectors find the liveliness and accessibility of prints irresistible, Heritage offers its October 26 Prints & Multiples Signature® Auction, featuring significant works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Helen Frankenthaler, Pablo Picasso and Keith Haring. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Two American artists best-known for their prints are the arguable Kings of Pop: Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and this auction boasts nine examples of Warhol’s output, including a classic Marilyn Monroe silkscreen from his original late-1960s run featuring her image. It carries an estimate of $60,000-$80,000.
Lichtenstein makes a strong showing with seven works, topped by a five-paneled screenprint titled Wallpaper with Blue Floor Interior from 1992, estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Lichtenstein’s interiors are among the most desirable themes from his oeuvre, and this incredibly charming image demonstrates Lichtenstein’s mastery of material and subject.
Helen Frankenthaler’s career-long dedication to exploring and mastering printmaking started early and accounts for some of her most coveted work. There are five Frankenthaler pieces in this auction, including a three-panel etching-and-aquatint titled Gateway from 1988, estimated at $60,000-$80,000. It features Frankenthaler’s hand-stenciling on TGL handmade paper; muted blues, reds and browns dance against an earthy ochre wash in her expressive hand.
Pablo Picasso made multiples, too, in many forms, but he was especially fond of the meditative experience of sinking his hands into clay. Picasso’s earthenware and ceramic works have retained every bit of their charisma. The October 26 sale contains a selection of his dishes and pitchers, including a glazed earthenware dish depicting one of his famous centaurs engaged in a bullfight, which has an estimate of $15,000-$25,000.
Picasso influenced generations of artists, and that of course includes David Hockney. Heritage will offer five works on paper by Hockney, a solid mix of intimate portraits and interiors he made in the 1980s and 1990s. A highlight from this selection is a pensive portrait titled Red Celia, from his 1984 body of work, Moving Focus. Celia is imbued with a Picasso-inspired profile — a single eye, a sharp nose — as she leans back in her chair and gazes at something just beyond the frame. The lithograph is estimated at $20,000-$40,000.
A perennial collector favorite, Keith Haring, created some of the most iconic motifs of the last century, and his barking dog, estimated at $10,000-$15,000, tops that category. An untitled silkscreen of a single barking dog against a red background (you cannot get a more significant Haring Icon than this) is among the nine captivating Haring works in this auction.
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