Peter’s Picks: A Suite Buy

February 11, 2020

Upcoming Groupings at Auction

Suites or groups of works have a special way of cheating the time/space constraints imposed by the limits of individual art objects. As a collector, suites offer a succinct way to capture an artist’s process or a particular moment in art history, and to assemble a picture that might otherwise take years to bring together. We are proud to offer notable collections at our February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction, including suites by Jasper Johns and Raymond Pettibon, as well as a compilation of works produced as Peter Norton Family Christmas Projects.

In 1988, the software entrepreneur and art collector, Peter Norton, commissioned his first art edition to celebrate the holidays. Every year since then, Norton and his family have tapped artists, represented within their own collection, to design carefully crafted and creatively packaged art objects that are sent out to a list of Norton’s friends and members of the art community. Mobilizing an entire network of arts professionals, the Peter Norton family Christmas projects represent a beautiful and fascinating art world phenomenon. Lot 133 includes thirty of these rarified holiday favors from a wide range of celebrated artists.

Noted for its airing of Jasper Johns’s “attitude of dismissal,” 1st Etchings, 2nd State (13) (1967-1969) features Duchamp-like representations of household items, including beer cans, light bulbs, and his iconic flags. Johns first began working with Universal Limited Art Editions in 1960 and 1st Etchings, 2nd State shows Johns’s earliest experimentation with etching. The artist has continued to execute prints throughout his career and is credited with contributing more to the printed art form than any other living artist.

With his signature anti-authoritarian tone, Raymond Pettibon translated the “disruption and doubt” of Los Angeles in the early 1990s into his ink drawings of A Yarn Spun to No Mend (1990-1991). This collection was featured in MOCA’s historic exhibition, “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s” and the selection of works that are included in Lot 17, from A Yarn Spun to No Mend, comprise twenty-three of Pettibon’s twenty-four drawings that were illustrated in the exhibition’s catalogue. A Yarn Spun to No Mend’s placement within the exhibition brought Pettibon’s work to a global audience, independent from the music world that he had been so closely associated with up to that point. “Helter Skelter” slated Pettibon as a defining voice in the bid to reassert Los Angeles’ artistic character as his work articulated the city’s feelings of alienation and dispossession at the end of the century.

Lot Information:

Lot 58
Jasper Johns
1st Etchings, 2nd State (13)
The complete portfolio of 12 1-color intaglios on Auvergne à la Main paper and title page
Each: #26 of 40
Published and printed by Universal Limited Art Editions, West Islip
Title page signed and titled in black felt-tip marker in lower margin beneath image; twelve signed and dated with edition in graphite to margin; each retains ULAE blind stamp lower left edge of sheet
Sheets each: 25.75″ x 19.75″; Frames each: 27.125″ x 21″; (Sheets each: 65 x 50 cm)

Literature:The Prints of Jasper Johns 1960-1993: A Catalogue Raisonné. R. Field. 1994. #58.

Estimate: $40,000–$60,000
February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 17
Raymond Pettibon
23 works from A Yarn Spun to No Mend
Ink, watercolor, and acrylic on paper
Each signed and dated sheet verso; each retains Robert Berman Gallery labels frames verso; ten retain GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art exhibition labels frames verso
Various dimensions

Together with the MOCA exhibition catalogue

Provenance:  Collection of the artist; Robert Berman Gallery, Santa Monica, California; Private Collection, California

Exhibited: “Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, January 26-April 26, 1992; “Raymond Pettibon: Hellbent ‘n Hardbound,” GEM, Museum of Contemporary Art, The Hague, December 14, 2002-March 16, 2003; “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work,” New Museum, New York, February 8-April 9, 2017

Illustrated: Helter Skelter: L.A. Art in the 1990s. MOCA exh. cat. 1992. 123-124, 126-128.; Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work. New Museum exh. cat. 2017. 126-127.

Estimate: $500,000–$800,000
February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction

Lot 133
Various artists
Peter Norton Family Christmas Projects (30)
Various mediums
Various edition sizes
Published by the Peter Norton Family Christmas Project, Santa Monica
Most with stamped markings and date
Various dimensions

Each together with original shipping boxes, and some with original Christmas cards from the Norton family

Comprised of The Gospel Abridged (CD) (Richard Kostelanetz); Untitled (Four Napkins) (May Sun); Choice (Daniel Joseph Martinez); Stars Don’t Stand Still in the Sky (for Anybody) (Lawrence Weiner); NO IT CAN ASSESS AN ACTION (Fred Fehlau); Untitled (Miniature Book) (Luciano Perna); III (Three Wishbones in a Wood Box) (Lorna Simpson); Aimai-no-bi (Ambiguous Beauty) (Yasumasa Morimura); Oblique Strategies: A More Universal Edition (Brian Eno and collaborators); Freedom, A Fable: A Curious Interpretation of the Wit of a Negress in Troubled Times (Kara Walker); Untitled (Double-Sided Blanket) (Jim Hodges); Non Smoking (Vik Muniz); Oval (Takashi Murakami); Untitled (Diorama) (Anna Gaskell); Untitled (Dollhouse) (Yinka Shonibare); Teacup (Robert Lazzarini); Untitled (Glass Bowl) (Do Ho Suh); Silent Listen (Christian Marclay); Untitled (Spiral Pop-up Photo Album) (Peter Coffin); Salt and Pepper Shakers (Nina Katchadourian); Cheshire Smile (Sanford Biggers); Untitled (Bejeweled Antler) (Marc Swanson); Humaliwo Chambers (Benjamin Lord); Bittersweet (Diller Scofidio + Renfro and chef Richard Capizzi); Untitled (Ikebana Kit) (Escher GuneWardena Architecture); Untitled (Trophy Lamp) (Ry Rocklen); Once Again, But Different This Time: The Canasta Edition (Kevin Sommers); Gerald the Dog (Lazerian, et al.); Tangram Mandala (Gabriel Schama); and This is the End: Our Closing Project in Three Parts

Estimate: $10,000–$15,000
February 16, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction

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