Skinner to host two powerful art auctions online, Sept. 30

Lill Tschudi, ‘Sailor’s Holiday,’ est. $3,000-$5,000

Lill Tschudi, ‘Sailor’s Holiday,’ est. $3,000-$5,000

MARLBOROUGH, Mass. – The September online auction of Prints, Photographs and Multiples at Skinner is shaping up to be a blockbuster. Bidding runs through September 30, with lots beginning to close at 7 p.m. View the fully illustrated catalogs on LiveAuctioneers.

Additionally, on Thursday, September 30 at 10 am Eastern time, Skinner will host a live auction in Marlborough of American Works of Art, including painting, sculpture and works on paper. Early 19th century painters through early Modernists are represented, including works by Arthur Dove, Percival Rosseau, Granville Redmond, Elizabeth Nourse, Marguerite Zorach and the under-documented Hudson River School painter Louisa Davis Minot. The auction also includes a group of works by Frederick Carl Frieseke, descended within the artist’s family. Other highlights include works by a selection of contemporary southwestern artists and Cape Ann painters.

Frederick Carl Frieseke, ‘Dress of 1860,’ est. $20,000-$30,000

Frederick Carl Frieseke, ‘Dress of 1860,’ est. $20,000-$30,000

In the Prints, Photographs and Multiples sale, Grosvenor School print-maker Lill Tschudi anticipates the energy and dynamism of the 20th century in her linocut Sailor’s Holiday of 1932. Her Cubist sailors are caught mid-punch in a barroom brawl; their arms swinging and several figures are slightly off-balance, as drunken fighters tend to be. The work comes from a Rhode Island collection.

The sale also features several 20th-century portraits including Milton Avery’s Self Portrait, a drypoint from 1937, and David Hockney’s intimate lithographic portrait Henry, rendered in 1973. Hockney’s sitter is Henry Geldzahler, who was a curator at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and who Hockney had met at Andy Warhol’s Factory in the early 1960s. The two became close friends and Hockney created a number of portraits of both Henry and his partner Christopher.

Two works from two different private New England collections by Jasper Johns are also included: Figure 4 from the series Black Numeral of 1968 and Ventriloquist from 1985. Other Modern and Contemporary prints include several plates from Jim Dine’ series New French Tools of 1983-84; a plate from Robert Motherwell’s Dutch Linen Suite of 1974; the Untitled set of four related woodcuts of 1989 by Robert Mangold; and Robert Rauschenberg’s Ace from the Ruminations series of 1999.

Abelardo Morell, ‘Book Stacks in a Very Big Space #1,’ est. $12,500-$15,000

Abelardo Morell, ‘Book Stacks in a Very Big Space #1,’ est. $12,500-$15,000

Photographs include seven works by Abelardo Morell, including a monumental printing of Book Stacks in a Very Large Space #1 from 2001 and also his Camera Obscura Image of Boston’s Old Custom House in Hotel Room, dating to 1999. Six of these are from a private Massachusetts collection. Works by Ernst Haas and a complete The PRC Portfolio from 2008 are also included.

 

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