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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: Multiples

October 10, 2015

From Peter Loughrey, Director of Modern Design & Fine Art:

All creative individuals–be they writers, dancers, musicians, or movie stars–hope to have their work appreciated by a large and diverse audience. Visual artists face a dilemma in this regard. Their abilities are assessed, their critical reputations are established, and the market for their work is based on individual creations such as paintings and sculptures. These are exhibited for a short while in an art gallery, then (with luck) disappear into a private collection, and may eventually–in the cases of artists with exceptional talent (and, perhaps, even more luck)–end up on permanent public display in museums.

Lot 3 Pablo Picasso Aztec Vase with Four Faces (R.401) 1957

Lot 3, Pablo Picasso, Aztec Vase with Four Faces (R.401), 1957
October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

For many artists, the solution to gaining wider exposure at no loss to stature is multiples–artworks produced in limited editions. Multiples benefit everyone. Artists ensure that their work will be seen by a broader range of collectors, and–since serial production prompts new aesthetic and technical challenges–collectors know that multiples often reflect some of an artist’s most original and innovative thinking. As the lots on offer in LAMA’s October 11th auction demonstrate, multiples come in a wide array of media.

Lot 8 Pablo Picasso Bearded Man's Wife (R.193) 1953

Lot 8, Pablo Picasso, Bearded Man’s Wife (R.193), 1953
October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

Picasso’s art can be found at an affordable price point because the artist happily embraced multiples. Later in life during the summers he spent in the south of France, Picasso worked nearly every day at the Madoura pottery in Vallauris, and approved limited edition series of his ceramics. Our sale contains a group of such pieces that are among his most iconic. Similar examples are currently on view at the landmark retrospective of Picasso’s sculptures at MoMA.

Lot 308 Roy Lichtenstein Modern Head #1 (from Modern Head Series) 1970

Lot 308, Roy Lichtenstein, Modern Head #1 (from Modern Head Series), 1970
October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 310 Roy Lichtenstein Modern Head #2 (from Modern Head Series) 1970

Lot 310, Roy Lichtenstein, Modern Head #2 (from Modern Head Series), 1970
October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 312 Roy Lichtenstein Modern Head #3 (from Modern Head Series) 1970

Lot 312, Roy Lichtenstein, Modern Head #3 (from Modern Head Series), 1970
October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 311 Roy Lichtenstein Modern Head #4 (from Modern Head Series) 1970

Lot 311, Roy Lichtenstein, Modern Head #4 (from Modern Head Series), 1970
October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 309 Roy Lichtenstein Modern Head #5 (from Modern Head Series) 1970

Lot 309, Roy Lichtenstein, Modern Head #5 (from Modern Head Series), 1970
October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

From lithography and etchings to woodcuts and silkscreens, a range of methods have been developed by which artists can produce individual works in print series and maintain their exacting standards. In our sale, Roy Lichtenstein’s Modern Heads Series is a remarkable example of precision and variety, in which five distinct, painstaking techniques were employed for each work in the group.

Lot 42 Annie Leibovitz Philip Johnson, Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut 2000

Lot 42, Annie Leibovitz, Philip Johnson, Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, 2000
October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

Photographers very carefully husband editions of their work–particularly so in the digital age. The auction features Annie Leibovitz’s moving late-life portrait of architect Philip Johnson in his famed Glass House in Connecticut. It is one of an edition of 25.
This auction contains a selection of small-run books of prints and texts by artists, as well as one of the newer forms of multiples: limited editions of contemporary designs. These are pieces made with materials and methods so costly as to preclude high volume production. On offer will be a lively work by the celebrated Brazilian design team, brothers Fernando and Humberto Campana. Lot 230, a 2008 Cake stool, is #76 out of an edition of 150.

Lot 230 Fernando & Humberto Campana Cake Stool Designed 2008 #76 of 150

Lot 230, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Cake Stool, Designed 2008
October 11, 2015 Modern Art & Design Auction

So at LAMA we say: Long live multiples! Let there be art for everyone.


Lot Information:

Lot 3
Pablo Picasso
Aztec Vase with Four Faces (R.401)
1957
Turned vase of white earthenware clay, decoration in engobes, knife engraved, paraffin, white enamel
#35 of 50
Madoura
Incised “EDITION/PICASSO/35/50/MADOURA”; retains “Madoura Plein Feu” and “Edition Picasso” stamps
21.5″ x 10.5″ diameter
Ramié #401
Literature: Pablo Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947-1971. A. Ramié. 1988. #401.
Estimate: $50,000 – $70,000

Lot 8
Pablo Picasso
Bearded Man’s Wife (R.193)
1953
Turned pitcher of white earthenware clay, decoration in engobes, knife engraved under partial brushed glaze
From the edition of 500
Madoura
Inscribed “EDITION/PICASSO”; retains “Edition Picasso” and “Madoura Plein Feu” stamps
14.5″ x 7.25″ diameter
Ramié #193
Literature: Pablo Picasso: Catalogue of the Edited Ceramic Works 1947-1971. A. Ramié. 1988. #193.
Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000

Lot 308
Roy Lichtenstein
Modern Head #1 (from Modern Head Series)
1970
4-color woodcut on Japanese Hoshi paper
#62 of 100
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Signed and dated in graphite lower right margin of sheet with Gemini G.E.L. blindstamp; edition lower left
Image: 20.25″ x 12.5″; Sheet: 24″ x 19″; Frame: 25.5″ x 20.75″
Gemini G.E.L. #31.23
Provenance: Murray “Mickey” A. Gribin, Los Angeles, California;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California
Literature: The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948-1993. M. Corlett. 1994. #91.
Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000

Lot 310
Roy Lichtenstein
Modern Head #2 (from Modern Head Series)
1970
2-color embossed lithograph and linecut on handmade Waterleaf paper
#62 of 100
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Signed and dated in graphite lower right margin of sheet with Gemini G.E.L. blindstamp; edition lower left
Image: 19.75″ x 11.75″; Sheet: 24″ x 18.5″; Frame: 25.5″ x 19.75″
Gemini G.E.L. #31.24
Provenance: Murray “Mickey” A. Gribin, Los Angeles, California;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California
Literature: The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948-1993. M. Corlett. 1994. #92.
Estimate: $9,000 – $12,000

Lot 312
Roy Lichtenstein
Modern Head #3 (from Modern Head Series)
1970
1-color embossed linecut on handmade Waterleaf paper
#62 of 100
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Signed and dated in graphite lower right margin of sheet with Gemini G.E.L. blindstamp; edition lower left
Image: 20″ x 13.75″; Sheet: 24″ x 18″; Frame: 25.75″ x 19.75″
Gemini G.E.L. #31.25
Provenance: Murray “Mickey” A. Gribin, Los Angeles, California;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California
Literature: The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948-1993. M. Corlett. 1994. #93.
Estimate: $9,000 – $12,000

Lot 311
Roy Lichtenstein
Modern Head #4 (from Modern Head Series)
1970
4-color lithograph on engraved and anodized aluminum
#62 of 100
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Incised signature with date and edition verso; stamped “RL70-247/copyright 1970 GEMINI G.E.L./LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA” verso
Image/sheet: 20.625″ x 17.25″; Frame: 21.125″ x 17.5″
Gemini G.E.L. #31.26
Provenance: Murray “Mickey” A. Gribin, Los Angeles, California;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California
Literature: The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948-1993. M. Corlett. 1994. #94.
Estimate: $15,000 – $20,000

Lot 309
Roy Lichtenstein
Modern Head #5 (from Modern Head Series)
1970
Embossed graphite with Strathmore die-cut paper overlay mounted in white lacquered aluminum frame with wood stretcher support
#62 of 100
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Signed and dated in graphite lower right margin of sheet with Gemini G.E.L. blindstamp; edition lower left
Image: 20″ x 11.5″; Sheet: 28″ x 19.5″; Frame: 28.5″ x 20″
Gemini G.E.L. #31.27
Provenance: Murray “Mickey” A. Gribin, Los Angeles, California;
Private Collection, Los Angeles, California
Literature: The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948-1993. M. Corlett. 1994. #95.
Estimate: $18,000 – $25,000

Lot 42
Annie Leibovitz
Philip Johnson, Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut
2000
Gelatin silver print
#6 of 25
Signed with edition in graphite verso with Annie Leibovitz stamp; retains Peter Fetterman Gallery label verso
Image/sheet (vis): 14.5″ x 21.5″; Frame: 26.5″ x 32.5″
Together with copy of receipt from Peter Fetterman Gallery
Provenance: Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, California;
Private Collection, Santa Barbara, California;
Thence by descent
Literature: Annie Leibovitz: At Work. A. Leibovitz. 2008. 158.
Estimate: $9,000 – $12,000

Lot 230
Fernando & Humberto Campana
Cake Stool
Designed 2008
#76 of 150
Estudio Campana, Brazil
Stitched edition on raccoon’s tail “Campana/Cake Stool #076/150″
28″ x 49” diameter
Together with slip case and copy of certificate from Estudio Campana
Literature: The Campana Brothers: Complete Works (So Far). D. Alfred, et al. 2010. 286.
Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000

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