CHICAGO – Collectors looking for color this spring will be drawn in by Hindman’s Thursday, April 20 Prints & Multiples auction and its dynamic offering of 20th-century prints. Anchored by artworks spanning from 1950 to the present, the sale features creators renowned for their bold color palettes. With more than 200 lots, the sale will be highlighted by renowned Pop artists such as Robert Indiana and Wayne Thiebaud to Op Art artists and Minimalists such as Bridget Riley and Frank Stella. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
A significant selection of prints by Pop Art masters center around seminal artworks by Robert Indiana and Wayne Thiebaud. Indiana’s Numbers – the complete portfolio of 10 from 1968, estimated at $20,000-$30,000 – is part of his larger body of work examining the power and meaning of words and numbers in American culture. The Numbers portfolio remains an important example of Indiana’s contributions to the Pop Art movement and his ongoing investigation of the relationship between art, language and culture.
Wayne Thiebaud’s iconic 1983 Dark Cake, estimated at $20,000-$30,000, is another highlight of the Pop Art session. Known for his depictions of everyday items and food such as pies, pastries and ice cream, this work is a quintessential example of his distinctive style, and displays the way in which art can capture the beauty and complexity of the world around us.
A quintessential Bridget Riley triptych is another top lot. Her 1977 Green Dominance, Blue Dominance, Red Dominance, which carries an estimate of $25,000-$35,000, features a series of vertical stripes arranged in a repeating pattern, with each row shifted slightly from the one above it. The effect is both rhythmic and dynamic, as the shifting pattern creates a sense of movement and depth.
“Like many of her paintings, this triptych creates an optical illusion that challenges the viewer’s sense of space and perspective,” said Hindman Vice President of Prints & Multiples Monica Brown. “Its technical precision and attention to detail, with each stripe carefully aligned and printed with vibrant, complimentary colors, presents us with a powerful example of Riley’s contributions to the Op Art movement as well as her ongoing exploration of the ways in which art can shape our understanding of the world around us.”
The triptych is being sold to benefit the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Inc. The prints were discovered by Habitat for Humanity employees when going through a large donation of art from a commercial building renovation in the Wisconsin city.
The sale will also spotlight celebrated artists such as Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella. Kelly’s simple yet effective Colored Paper Image XIII, estimated at $15,000-$25,000, exemplifies his commitment to creating art that is both visually striking yet intellectually rigorous. Additional highlights that exhibit his skillful use of color include his 1964-65 Yellow (Jaune), from his Suite of Twenty-Seven Lithographs, estimated at $4,000-$6,000, and his 1971 Green/White, with an estimate of $4,000-$6,000.
Frank Stella’s Sinjerli Variation III, from 1977’s Sinerjli Variations, estimated at $5,000-$7,000, is another exceptional minimalist print on offer that represents a strong display of Stella’s graphic artworks.
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