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

September 25, 2018

We are very proud to be able to present such an unusually robust collection of New York Pop Art on Sunday, September 30, 2018.  It’s hard to come by a true representation of just how diverse the works within Pop Art can be. Fortunately, with pieces from Lichtenstein to Basquiat our selection offers a broad survey from nearly fifty years of the movement.

Robert Indiana, Chosen Love, c. 1995
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Among the grouping is Robert Indiana’s Chosen Love (c. 1995), an iteration of his world-famous LOVE which stresses the power of print iconography. Similarly exploring print media, Roy Lichtenstein’s Shipboard Girl (1961), with its classic comic-book appropriation, demonstrates the dynamic intersection between high art and popular culture.

Roy Lichtenstein, Shipboard Girl, 1961
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

We are excited to offer twelve examples by Andy Warhol, spanning over three decades. His screenprint collage Beatles (1980) is particularly representative of the zeitgeist of the Pop Art movement. The character and celebrity of the group are distilled down to the most basic lines and shapes of their faces, yet the foursome is instantly recognizable. Warhol only supplies us with the faint impression of The Beatles’ image, but still the historical and emotional accessibility of the print is that of a full color photograph.

Andy Warhol, Beatles, 1980
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Keith Haring’s Statue of Liberty (1986), printed by Rupert Jasen Smith who had worked extensively with Warhol, emanates movement through its vibrant, saturated colors despite the characteristically flat rendering of his figures. Because of Haring’s loose, wavering outlines and his application of simplistic comic-style action lines, Lady Liberty and the people below seem to warmly engage each other in celebration of the statue’s 100th anniversary.

Keith Haring, Statue of Liberty, 1986
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

While all of these pieces include the style’s main tenets of elevating the commonplace and reflecting on everyday signs and symbols, the methods used to express those ideas remain diverse and untethered.

After Jean-Michel Basquiat, Cabeza, 1982-1984/2004
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction


LOT INFORMATION:

Lot 294
Robert Indiana
Chosen Love
Designed c. 1995
Skein dyed hand-carved and hand-tufted archival New Zealand wool on stretched canvas with natural latex backing
#2 of 300
Master Contemporary Original Artist Rugs
Signed in the weave “R. Indiana” lower right; retains manufacturer’s label with artist’s signature and edition verso
72″ x 72″
Provenance: The Estate of Gerard L. Cafesjian

Estimate: $3,000-5,000
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 283
Roy Lichtenstein
Shipboard Girl
1965
Offset lithograph on white wove paper
Unknown edition size
Published by Leo Castelli Gallery, New York
Signed in graphite lower right margin beneath image
Image: 26.125″ x 19.125″; Sheet: 27.125″ x 20.25″; Frame: 41.75″ x 34.75″
Literature: The Prints of Roy Lichtenstein: A Catalogue Raisonné, 1948-1993. 1st ed. M. Corlett. 1994. #II.6.

Estimate: $30,000-50,000
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

OTHER LOTS BY ROY LICHTENSTEIN

Lot 279
Andy Warhol
Beatles
1980
Screenprint on paper collage mounted to board
Retains “The Estate of Andy Warhol” and “Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts” ink stamps sheet verso; inscribed “UP” and “115.016” twice in graphite sheet verso
Image: 18″ x 39.75″; Sheet: 32″ x 40″; Frame: 45.125″ x 53.125″
Provenance: Hamilton-Selway Fine Art, West Hollywood, California; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above)
Exhibited: “Andy Warhol Popstars: Drawings and Collages,” Albertina, Vienna, November 23, 2006-February 18, 2007
Illustrated: Andy Warhol Popstars: Drawings and Collages. Albertina exh. cat. 2006. #47.

Estimate: $60,000-80,000
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

OTHER LOTS BY ANDY WARHOL

Lot 288
Keith Haring
Statue of Liberty
1986
Screenprint on paper
#8 of 10 printer’s proofs aside from the edition of 100
Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Signed and dated with edition in graphite along right lower edge of sheet
Image: 36″ x 26″; Sheet (vis.): 37.25″ x 28″; Frame: 44.75″ x 35.5″
Literature: Keith Haring: Editions on Paper 1982-1990. K. Littmann, ed. 1993. 63.

Estimate: $35,000-45,000
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 51
After Jean-Michel Basquiat
Cabeza
1982-1984/2004
Screenprint on Saunders Hot Press watercolor paper
#11 of 20 H.C. aside from the edition of 85
Published by David DeSanctis Contemporary Art, New York
Edition lower left edge of sheet; signed and dated in graphite by Gerard Basquiat verso
Image/sheet: 54″ x 39.5″; Frame: 67″ x 52″
Together with original invoice from Silver Echo Gallery dated September 15, 2010
Provenance: Silver Echo Gallery, Los Angeles, California; Private Collection, Los Angeles, California (acquired directly from the above, 2010)

Estimate: $15,000-20,000
September 30, 2018 Modern Art & Design Auction

 

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