Wright and Toomey launch inaugural Elevated: Art Via Chicago sale on Feb. 23

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CHICAGO — Wright and Toomey & Co. will launch the inaugural Elevated: Art Via Chicago sale on Friday, February 23. It features 20th-century art from important Chicago collections with an emphasis on artists and movements that have shaped the Chicago art world during the last 100 years, such as the Chicago Imagists, Hairy Who?, Monster Roster, and Chicago Modernists. The catalog is now open for bidding at LiveAuctioneers.

The auction lineup is led by Chicago Bohemian surrealist Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977), who is represented by three originals. The 1954 oil-on-Masonite Sunset offers classic themes found in all her works: dark, foreboding and barren landscape; a female figure (usually the artist); and some occult-like inclusion — in this case, an owl. The painting is estimated at $70,000-$90,000.

Ed Paschke (1939-2004) lived most of his life in Chicago, and enjoyed a remarkably varied and successful career, even creating racy cartoons for Playboy Magazine. The sale includes four of his works, with Origin clocking in at $20,000-$30,000. Featuring Paschke’s trademark precision-rendered illustrations, the 1995 oil on linen was purchased directly from the artist by the consignor.

Born in Chicago to Swedish immigrant parents, Gladys Nilsson (b. 1940-) was a member of the Hairy Who? group of Chicago Imagists that gained prominence in the late 1960s. Wright has four of her works in the Elevated sale. A. Artyst is a 1987 watercolor on paper with a collection of quirky characters surrounding the central figure. It’s estimated at $15,000-$20,000.

Margo Hoff (1910-2008) created Dream of Flying early in her art career, in 1950. The eerie, floating body over the landscape is an oil on Masonite and measures 39.375 by 19.375in. It is estimated at $7,000-$9,000.
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Gertrude Abercrombie, ‘Sunset,’ estimated at $70,000-$90,000 at Wright.
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Ed Paschke, ‘Origin,’ estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Wright.
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Gladys Nilsson, ‘A. Artyst,’ estimated at $15,000-$20,000 at Wright.
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Margo Hoff, ‘Dream of Flying,’ estimated at $7,000-$9,000 at Wright.
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Hebru Brantley, ‘BLK LVS MATR,’ estimated at $20,000-$30,000 at Wright.
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Hindman serves tasty Thiebaud and Oldenberg Pop Art originals Sept. 28

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CHICAGO – Avocado Salad and Blueberry Pie are on the menu at Hindman’s Thursday, September 28 auction of Post War & Contemporary Art. The 116-lot sale includes these two classic Pop Art works by Wayne Thiebaud and Claes Oldenberg that have been consigned from the estate of Kansas City collectors Morton and Estelle Sosland. Bidding is available via LiveAuctioneers.

Morton Sosland (1925-2019) had a long and successful career in foodstuffs, so it’s fitting the sale includes two depictions of American culinary favorites.

Wayne Thiebaud’s still life of an avocado salad from 1962 was acquired by the Soslands from the Allan Stone Galleries in New York in or around 1968. Typical of the artist’s colorful output that focused on the commonplace objects found in America’s diners and cafeterias, it is estimated at $1.2 million-$1.8 million.

Estelle Sosland was the Nelson-Atkins Museum’s first woman trustee. The couple donated one of the nation’s finest private collections of American Indian art to the museum and in 1994 commissioned  Shuttlecocks, the sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen that graces the Nelson-Atkins’s lawn and became its logo.

The husband-and-wife artists were the creators of a much smaller cast aluminum and painted acrylic sculpture titled Blueberry Pie a la Mode, Flying, Scale B. Number 3 from a 1998 edition of 3, it was bought from the Grant Selwyn Fine Art gallery in New York the following year, and it is estimated at $150,000-$250,000.

Hindman is gaining fame for selling the works of local artist Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1977), and there are two in the sale.

Estimated at $100,000-$150,000 is the 1941 oil on canvas titled John Carradine remembered from Man Hunt.

An unusual subject in Abercrombie’s oeuvre – but typical of her mature style – the picture displays the artist’s admiration for the actor John Carradine and a 1941 film which took an overt anti-Nazi position prior to the United States’ involvement in the Second World War. The painting was a gift from the artist and came to the present owner in 1974.

Dubbed “the Queen of the Bohemians” in a Chicago social circle that included the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Abercrombie was at her most prolific and productive in the 1940s and the early ’50s before alcoholism and arthritis took hold.

A later work from 1960 is the oil-on-Masonite Lady with Black Braid. It, too, comes to auction for the first time, having been bought by the owner’s family from the Devorah Sherman Gallery in Chicago in 1961. It is estimated at $60,000-$80,000.
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Wayne Thiebaud’s 1962 still life ‘Avocado Salad,’ from the collection of Morton and Estelle Sosland, estimated at $1.2 million-$1.8 million at Hindman.
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‘Blueberry Pie a la Mode, Flying, Scale B’ by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, estimated at $150,000-$250,000 at Hindman.
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‘John Carradine remembered from Man Hunt’ by Gertrude Abercrombie, estimated at $100,000-$150,000 at Hindman.
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‘Lady with Black Braid’ by Gertrude Abercrombie, estimated at $60,000-$80,000 at Hindman.
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Bewitching Gertrude Abercrombie work appears at Affiliated Auction, Aug. 23

Oil on Masonite by Gertrude Abercrombie, dated 1946 and estimated at $10,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A prime-period work by Gertrude Abercrombie headlines the merchandise at Affiliated Auction on Wednesday, August 23. The textbook Surrealist oil on Masonite is consigned from a Philadelphia collection with an estimate of $10,000-$30,000. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Dubbed ‘the Queen of the Bohemians’ in a Chicago social circle that included the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins and Charlie Parker, Abercrombie (1909-1977) was at her most prolific and productive in the 1940s and the early 50s, before alcoholism and arthritis took hold.

This 12-by-9in image of a lone woman in a flowing gown and standing near a lifeless tree is dated ‘[19]46]’ and depicts one of the artist’s core themes.

Largely self-taught, she said of her work: “I am not interested in complicated things nor in the commonplace. I like and like to paint simple things that are a little strange. My work comes directly from my inner consciousness, and it must come easily. It is a process of selection and reduction.”

The picture has old labels to the back for The Gallery on 55th Street, Chicago, and another with the price of $95.00. It is consigned from the same private collection as another Abercrombie oil of a similar size and subject, Let It Go, also dated 1946, which the auction house sold in September 2022. It hammered at $32,000.

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Oil on Masonite by Gertrude Abercrombie, dated 1946 and estimated at $10,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
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Oil on Masonite by Gertrude Abercrombie, dated 1946 and estimated at $10,000-$30,000. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
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Late 19th-century 14-piece vampire killing set including an Ottoman flintlock pistol, estimated at $4,000-$7,000. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
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Civil War Confederate States of America two-piece brass belt buckle, estimated at $1,000-$2,000. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
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Michael Aram aluminum Skeleton chair, estimated at $400-$600. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
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Victorian-era woven hair wreath, estimated at $300-$500. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
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Steel and antler grip Bowie knife and scabbard by I.H. Schintz of San Francisco, estimated at $1,000-$1,500. Image courtesy of Affiliated Auctions and LiveAuctioneers.
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Hindman’s ‘Never Too Much’ auction earns $1.1M with works by Powell and Abercrombie

Stephen Rolfe Powell, ‘Mendacious Guppy Johnson,’ from the Teasers series, $20,160. Image courtesy of Hindman
Stephen Rolfe Powell, ‘Mendacious Guppy Johnson,’ from the Teasers series, $20,160. Image courtesy of Hindman
Stephen Rolfe Powell, ‘Mendacious Guppy Johnson,’ from the Teasers series, $20,160. Image courtesy of Hindman

CHICAGO – Hindman’s Summer Jukebox-themed fine art and modern design auction achieved $1.1 million, a new house record for the annual sale. This year’s sale, held on July 27, was titled Never Too Much after Luther Vandross’s debut single, which proved to be prophetic as several lots vaulted well past their estimates on the way to auction records. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hindman’s Never Too Much sale has just enough art and design, July 27

Mario Minale red and blue LEGO chair, estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Mario Minale red and blue LEGO chair, estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Mario Minale red and blue LEGO chair, estimated at $6,000-$8,000. Courtesy Hindman

CHICAGO – On Thursday, July 27, Hindman will present Never Too Much, the spirited fourth installment of the firm’s fine art and design summer auction series inspired by a pop hit. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Hindman American and European Art sales deliver combined $2.5M total

Detail of Gertrude Abercrombie’s ‘Giraffe and Moon,’ $182,700, from the May 19 American Art sale. Image courtesy of Hindman
Left, Gustave Loiseau, ‘Le quai du Pothuis a Pontoise,’ $201,600, from the May 18 European Art sale; Right, Gertrude Abercrombie, ‘Giraffe and Moon,’ $182,700, from the May 19 American Art sale. Images courtesy of Hindman
Left, Gustave Loiseau, ‘Le quai du Pothuis a Pontoise,’ $201,600, from the May 18 European Art sale; Right, Gertrude Abercrombie, ‘Giraffe and Moon,’ $182,700, from the May 19 American Art sale. Images courtesy of Hindman

CHICAGO – Hindman held back-to-back art auctions in May, one a European art sale on May 18 and the other an American art sale on May 19, which together totaled $2.5 million.

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Fern Coppedge winter scenes likely hot sellers at Hindman, May 19

Fern Coppedge, ‘The Lock Keepers Lodge,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Fern Coppedge, ‘The Lock Keepers Lodge,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Fern Coppedge, ‘The Lock Keepers Lodge,’ estimated at $30,000-$50,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

CHICAGO – A pair of Fern Coppedge winter scenes will anchor a strong group of American landscapes in Hindman’s Friday, May 19 American Art auction. The sale will provide a look at how a range of celebrated artists approached the genre. Spanning Impressionist to more abstract styles, paintings by Milton Avery, Maurice Prendergast and Wolf Kahn are also highlights. In addition to works by Fern Coppedge, paintings and sculptures by other accomplished historic and contemporary American women artists such as Gertrude Abercrombie, Miyoko Ito and Harriet Whitney Frishmuth will also be offered. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

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Traylor, Abercrombie, Scherman lead stellar art lineup at King’s May 20 auction

Bill Traylor (African American, 1853-1949), ‘Rabbit Hunt,’ tempera on board, 17in x 14in (framed), artist-signed lower right. Provenance: Beverly Hills private collection. Estimate $200,000-$250,000. Opening bid: $100,000. Image courtesy of King’s Auctions
Two oil-on-canvas paintings by David Park (American, 1911-1960): (Left) ‘Female Nude,’ 29in x 17in. Estimate $350,000-$400,000. Opening bid: $175,000. (Right) ‘Two Faces,’ 24in x 20in. Both paintings are artist-signed and dated 1960. Estimate $300,000-$350,000. Opening bid: $150,000. Provenance: Each is from a Beverly Hills private collection. Image courtesy of King’s Auctions
Two oil-on-canvas paintings by David Park (American, 1911-1960): (Left) ‘Female Nude,’ 29in x 17in. Estimate $350,000-$400,000. Opening bid: $175,000. (Right) ‘Two Faces,’ 24in x 20in. Both paintings are artist-signed and dated 1960. Estimate $300,000-$350,000. Opening bid: $150,000. Provenance: Each is from a Beverly Hills private collection. Images courtesy of King’s Auctions

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. – A spectacular selection of original art from the collection of Musee d’Art Moderne in Beverly Hills will be auctioned at the gallery’s Los Angeles-area grand opening on May 20, with absentee and Internet live bidding available worldwide through LiveAuctioneers. The expertly curated offering, which will be presented by nationally renowned King’s Auctions Inc., includes premier paintings by some of today’s most sought-after artists, including Tony Scherman, Gertrude Abercrombie, Bill Traylor, and David Park. Additionally, the grouping includes extremely hard-to-find works by noted street artists King Robbo, Invader, and “the Russian Banksy,” Pavel Pukhov.

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Gertrude Abercrombie and Bridget Riley triumphed in back-to-back Hindman sales

Left, Gertrude Abercrombie, ‘Four Trees and Three Owls,’ $352,800; Right, Bridget Riley, ‘Green Dominance, Blue Dominance, Red Dominance,’ $88,200. Images courtesy of Hindman
Left, Gertrude Abercrombie, ‘Four Trees and Three Owls,’ $352,800; Right, Bridget Riley, ‘Green Dominance, Blue Dominance, Red Dominance,’ $88,200. Images courtesy of Hindman

CHICAGO – Bridget Riley, Gertrude Abercrombie, and Howardena Pindell led Hindman’s Post War & Contemporary Art and Prints & Multiples auctions in April. With several new records set across both sales, there was particularly strong bidding activity for works by post-war women artists. Abstract, minimalist and pop art by masters such as Robert Indiana, Ellsworth Kelly and Roy Lichtenstein also saw passionate bidding.

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Artworks by prominent women artists in spotlight at Hindman, April 19

Howardina Pindell, ‘Untitled #83,’ estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Howardina Pindell, ‘Untitled #83,’ estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Image courtesy of Hindman
Howardina Pindell, ‘Untitled #83,’ estimated at $40,000-$60,000. Image courtesy of Hindman

CHICAGO – A pair of works by Howardena Pindell will highlight Hindman’s Wednesday, April 19 Post War & Contemporary Art auction. The remarkable dot collages anchor a group of artworks by prominent women artists, including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Miyoko Ito, Gertrude Abercrombie and Alice Baber. Powerful works by Kerry James Marshall, Leon Polk Smith, Jack Bush and Winfred Rembert will also be featured. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.Continue reading