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Peter’s Auction Pick of the Day: New York Pop

February 21, 2018

Each auction at Los Angeles Modern Auctions has its knockout pieces, but Pop artworks in particular have a tendency to regularly stand out with their electrifying color palettes and playful imagery sourced from popular culture. Pop art has a way of remaining fresh and of-the-moment regardless of the era that inspired it — a fact that is continually demonstrated in the wake of each auction we host at LAMA.

Our February 25th Modern Art & Design Auction is chock-full of striking eye candy created by heavy hitters of New York Pop Art. We are pleased to include a clutch of important works by iconic Pop artists Claes Oldenburg, Frank Stella, Jasper Johns, James Rosenquist, and Richard Pettibone, each of which feel entirely novel and of the moment, even though many of these pieces were created several decades ago.

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James Rosenquist, Jet Engines and Dinner Triangles, 1977
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Johns, Pettibone, and Rosenquist each deploy distinct iconographies derived from popular culture to articulate parodic and ironical views on subjects centered on American politics and consumer culture. Each of these artists frequently engage an idiom of appropriation in their practices. Johns’ 1969 Flag (Moratorium) both replicates and deconstructs the American flag to question, celebrate, and subvert that iconic emblem of American identity and what it represents when a country’s at war.

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Jasper Johns, Flag (Moratorium), 1969
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Rosenquist on the other hand focuses on everyday objects that haven’t even attained the iconic status of branded products. Jet Engines and Dinner Triangles (1977) compiles an abstraction of disparate objects that go unconsidered in everyday life, even more so than a soup can.

Pettibone’s take on appropriation is often more head-on, blatantly pinching imagery from other works of art that he admired in order to highlight how most audiences outside of New York view art—through thumbnail print reproductions. In our upcoming auction we have three works by Pettibone that play on pieces created by two other Pop artists. His 2006 Andy Warhol, ‘Two Campbell’s Soup Cans, Onion,’ 1961 and 1962 is a riff on Warhol’s iconic odes to mass consumer culture, while his 1967 Stella, Sunapee, 1966 and 1980 My Favorite Title (Frank Stella, “The Marriage of Reason and Squalor,” 1959) play on two of Stella’s signature pieces.

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Richard Pettibone, Stella, Sunapee, 1966, 1967
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Pettibone is in good company, with two stunning works by Stella himself also appearing in this auction. Black Adder (from V Series) (1968) and Rayy Sketch (1970) are classic Stella with their distinct, vibrant-but-muted color fields, bold symmetry, and absence of distinct subject reference.

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Frank Stella, Rayy Sketch, 1970
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Claes Oldenburg is perhaps best-known for his cheeky, over-the-top sculptures that elevate diminutive, everyday objects, such as hamburgers, pastries, spoons, and clothespins to monumental heights, but he has also produced a significant body of work in other media, including a fine charcoal-on-paper work entitled Soft Snare Drum (1995), which we are delighted to include in our upcoming auction. This work nicely complements Oldenburg’s sculptural pieces with its whimsical subject matter and loose form.

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Claes Oldenburg, Soft Snare Drum, 1995
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

We are pleased to have a grouping of New York Pop that highlights the wide range of thought and practice encompassed under the term.

Lot Information:

Lot 165
James Rosenquist
Jet Engines and Dinner Triangles
1977
Gouache and charcoal with newsprint collage on paper
Signed and dated in graphite lower right sheet; titled lower left; retains Leo Castelli Gallery label verso
Composition/sheet: 22″ x 43.875″; Frame: 29.75″ x 51.75″; (Composition/sheet: 56 x 111 cm)
Provenance: Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, New York; Estate of Anne Anka, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above, c. 1977)

Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 198
Jasper Johns
Flag (Moratorium)
1969
Offset color lithograph on wove paper
#77 of 300
Published by the Committee Against the War in Vietnam
Edition lower left margin beneath image; signed lower right margin; printed “© Jasper Johns 1969″ lower right edge of sheet
Image: 17.125″ x 26″; Sheet: 20.5″ x 28.5″; Frame: 21.125″ x 29.25”; (Image: 43 x 66 cm)
Provenance: Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, New York; Private Collection, Beverly Hills, California (acquired directly from the above)
Literature: The Prints of Jasper Johns 1960-1993: A Catalogue Raisonné. R. Field. 1994. #S5.

Estimate: $10,000 – $15,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 199
Jasper Johns
1
1975
Intaglio on Barcham Green paper
#74 of 100
Published by Petersburg Press, New York; printed by Atelier Crommelynck, Paris
Signed and dated in graphite lower right edge of sheet; edition lower left margin beneath image; retains Craig F. Starr Associates label verso
Image: 2.375″ x 2″; Sheet: 8.375″ x 6″; Frame: 12.75″ x 10.375″; (Image: 6 x 5 cm)
Together with copy of original invoice from Craig F. Starr Associates dated October 12, 2005
Provenance: Craig F. Starr Associates, New York, New York; Private Collection, Encino, California (acquired directly from the above, 2005)
Literature: The Prints of Jasper Johns 1960-1993: A Catalogue Raisonné. R. Field. 1994. #157.

Estimate: $3,000 – $4,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 205
Richard Pettibone
Stella, Sunapee, 1966
1967
Oil on canvas
Titled to canvas stretcher verso; signed and dated to canvas stretcher verso
Canvas: 6.375″ x 6.125″; Frame: 6.625″ x 6.375″; (Canvas: 16 x 16 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)

Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 206
Richard Pettibone
My Favorite Title (Frank Stella, “The Marriage of Reason and Squalor,” 1959)
1980
Acrylic on canvas
Signed, titled, and dated verso; inscribed “Frank Stella, “The Marriage of Reason and Squalor,” 1959. Enamel on canvas, 7′ 6 3/4″ x 11′ 3/4″. It’s not my favorite painting but it sure is my favorite title. I mean it’s certainly a terrific painting, it’s just not my favorite.” recto
12.125″ x 20″; (31 x 51 cm)
Exhibited: “Richard Pettibone: A Retrospective,” traveling exhibition, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, April 30-August 1, 2005; Frances Young Tang Museum, Saratoga Springs, November 19, 2005-February 12, 2006; Laguna Art Museum, Laguna Beach, March 12-May 28, 2006

Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 207
Richard Pettibone
Andy Warhol, ‘Two Campbell’s Soup Cans, Onion,’ 1961 and 1962
2006
Oil on canvas
Titled canvas overlap verso; signed and dated canvas overlap verso with ink stamp “JUN 15 2006″
Canvas: 7.25″ x 11.75″; Frame: 7.625″ x 12”; (Canvas: 18 x 30 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the artist)

Estimate: $25,000 – $35,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 196
Frank Stella
Rayy Sketch
1970
Watercolor and printer’s ink on paper
Signed and dated lower right beneath composition; titled lower left
Composition: 15″ x 74.75″; Sheet: 26.5″ x 78.5″; Frame: 29″ x 81″; (Composition: 38 x 190 cm)

Estimate: $50,000 – $70,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 197
Frank Stella
Black Adder (from V Series)
1968
4-color lithograph on Lowell paper
#93 of 100
Published and printed by Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles
Signed and dated with edition in graphite lower left sheet; retains Gemini G.E.L. blind stamp lower left
Sheet (vis.): 16.125″ x 28.75″; Frame: 17″ x 29.625″; (Sheet: 41 x 73 cm)
Gemini G.E.L. #51.34
Literature: The Prints of Frank Stella: A Catalogue Raisonné. R.H. Axsom. 2016. #24.

Estimate: $3,000 – $5,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 215
Claes Oldenburg
Soft Snare Drum
1995
Charcoal on paper
Initialed and dated lower right sheet; retains two Dickinson Roundell Inc. labels verso
Sheet: 18” x 21.125”; Frame: 26.25″ x 29.5″; (Sheet: 46 x 54 cm)
Provenance: Private Collection, New York, New York (acquired directly from the artist)

Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000
February 25, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

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