Paul Klee portrait with spectacular provenance appears at Caza Sikes, Sept. 14

Paul Klee, ‘Erwantender (Expectant Man),’ or ‘Dans L’attente (While Waiting),’ estimated at $600,000-$1 million at Casa Sikes.

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CINCINNATI – On Thursday, September 14, Caza Sikes will present the Friedlander Collection, an 86-lot sale of avant-garde 20th-century art and sculpture bought by two generations of an Ohio family. These include a 1934 portrait by Paul Klee, a large still life by Tom Wesselmann, a polished bronze by Barbara Hepworth, and a Rene Magritte color lithograph. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

The collection was assembled in two phases spanning half of a century. Alfred Friedlander (1902-66) and his wife Jane (1909-99) bought from a group of respected and celebrated dealers in the 1950s and 60s while Susan and William Friedlander collected as recently as the 2000s. 

Alfred and Jane Friedlander’s key purchase was a 1934 oil, watercolor, paste and ink portrait by Paul Klee (1879-1940). The provenance of this work is particularly rich. After it failed to sell in a Klee exhibition held at Kunsthalle Basel in 1935 priced at 700 Swiss francs, Erwantender (Expectant Man) or Dans L’attente (While Waiting) remained with Klee’s widow, Lily, until she died in 1946. Subsequent owners included the playwright Clifford Odets (1906-63) and G. David Thompson (1899-1965), the Pittsburgh collector who amassed a large collection of Klee’s work. Thompson is photographed in one of the galleries in his home with Erwartender in the background.

According to the original receipt included with the lot, it entered the Friedlander collection on April 22, 1956, bought from the influential dealer Theodore Schempp (1904-1988) at a cost of $2800. It is now estimated at $600,000-$1 million.

Other standouts in the sale lineup include a small 1962 polished bronze by Barbara Hepworth, Holed Hemisphere, which the Friedlanders purchased in 1964 from the Gimpel Fils gallery in London. The work, which is offered with the original letter of purchase, the check for $647, and a gallery statement signed and stamped by Peter Gimpel, has an estimate of $20,000-$30,000.

Later acquisitions by Susan and William Friedlander included Still Life with Lillies, Fruit & Photo, a signed 1986 Tom Wesselmann purchased from the Carl Solway Gallery the following year. It is now offered with an estimate of $150,000-$250,000.

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Paul Klee, ‘Erwantender (Expectant Man),’ or ‘Dans L’attente (While Waiting),’ estimated at $600,000-$1 million at Casa Sikes.
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The Friedlanders’ April 22, 1956 receipt for the Paul Klee painting, now estimated at $600,000-$1 million at Casa Sikes.
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Tom Wesselmann, ‘Still Life with Lillies, Fruit and Photo,’ estimated at $150,000-$250,000 at Casa Sikes.
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Rene Magritte, ‘Salon De-Mai,’ estimated at $8,000-$12,000 at Casa Sikes.
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Barbara Hepworth, ‘Holed Hemisphere,’ estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Casa Sikes.

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Original letter of purchase, the check, and a gallery statement signed and stamped by Gimpel for Barbara Hepworth’s ‘Holed Hemisphere,’ estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Casa Sikes.
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Tate St Ives exhibition celebrates art and life of Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth, ‘Curved Form (Trevalgan),’ 1956 © Bowness. Courtesy of the British Council Collection. Photo © The British Council

 

Barbara Hepworth, ‘Curved Form (Trevalgan),’ 1956 © Bowness. Courtesy of the British Council Collection. Photo © The British Council
Barbara Hepworth, ‘Curved Form (Trevalgan),’ 1956 © Bowness. Courtesy of the British Council Collection. Photo © The British Council

ST. IVES, England – Tate St Ives is currently presenting a landmark retrospective on the iconic British artist Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975). Encompassing almost 50 sculptures as well as rarely seen drawings, paintings and archival materials, Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life celebrates one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century and the special significance of St Ives within her work. The show continues through May 1, 2023.

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Barbara Hepworth sculptures grace Rijksmuseum Gardens until October

Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), ‘Squares with Two Circles,’ 1963. Collection Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterlo

 

Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), ‘Squares with Two Circles,’ 1963. Collection Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterlo
Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975), ‘Squares with Two Circles,’ 1963. Collection Kroller-Muller Museum, Otterlo

AMSTERDAM – This summer, the sculptures of the major British artist Barbara Hepworth (1903–1975) will grace the open gardens of the Rijksmuseum. It is her first solo exhibition in Amsterdam. The nine works show the artist at the peak of her powers. Most of the sculptures come from English public gardens and parks, and are rarely moved from their permanent location. Hepworth’s geometric Construction (Crucifixion) from the cloister garden of Salisbury Cathedral references the visual idiom of Hepworth’s friend Piet Mondrian, and thereby also her special relationship with the Netherlands. The exhibition will continue until October 23.

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Sculptures by Hepworth, Botero top June 5 lineup at 1STBID

Barbara Hepworth marble abstract form, est. $90,000-$100,000
Barbara Hepworth marble abstract form, est. $90,000-$100,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. – 1STBID’s next auction will take place Sunday, June 5, starting at 2 pm Eastern time. It will feature more than 222 antique and vintage items ranging from 18th-century paintings to contemporary sculpture and tribal rugs handwoven by Qashqai nomads. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Barbara Hepworth bronze dominates Freeman’s May 11 auction

Barbara Hepworth, ‘Torso II (Torcello),’ which sold for $642,600
Barbara Hepworth, ‘Torso II (Torcello),’ which sold for $642,600
Barbara Hepworth, ‘Torso II (Torcello),’ which sold for $642,600

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.— Freeman’s is pleased to announce the results of its May 11 Modern and Contemporary Art auction, which clearly demonstrates Freeman’s strength in the sale of Modern and Contemporary works by significant artists across multiple media. The 54-lot auction achieved more than $1.8 million, selling all but one lot and eliciting competitive bidding from phone and online buyers.

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