NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Universal Live will continue selling museum exhibit posters and prints from the collection of a New York art gallery on Sept. 1 beginning at 2 p.m. Central. LiveAuctioneers will provide Internet live bidding during the 419-lot online auction.
The collection has been consigned by Bernard Rougerie, manager and curator of Rare Posters, Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Some of the posters originated with Leo Castelli, who’s considered to be the father of pop art,” said Martin Shape, auctioneer and co-owner of Universal Live.
Castelli’s famous New York art gallery showcased contemporary art by the likes of Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Ed Ruscha.
“When Castelli’s gallery would have an exhibition he would have posters made to display locally and folded in four to mail to customers,” said Rougerie.
The auction will also feature out of print posters by photographers Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber and Guenther Blum. Ritts, whose fashion photography credits include Calvin Klein, Chanel, Donna Karan and the Gap, died in 2002 at the age of 50.
“His images of the late ’80s and early ’90s were mass-marketed and expensive. They still have a strong following,” said Shape. The dozen lots of Ritts’ offset lithograph posters have estimates of $150-$250.
Another important segment of the auction are more than 60 lots of art books, catalogues raisonnés of various contemporary artists.
“They’re great historical reference books reflecting the art scene of the time,” said Shape.
The auction will also include six special edition posters of Christo’s proposed Over the River Project for the Arkansas River in Colorado. Printed on heavy quilted paper, the posters depict sheets of fabric suspended above the river and include a map of the area. The posters carry estimates of $75-$225.
For details on any lots in the auction call Universal Live at 847-412-1802.
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