NEW YORK, NY.-
On Thursday, May 16, Swann Galleries
will auction more than 215 examples of Contemporary Art, including unique pieces and multiples. The sale comes on the heels of the Frieze Art Fair and other spring art events in New York.
The lot with the highest pre-sale estimate is a late 1960s Untitled painting of a horse by Maqbool Fida Husain, the modernist Indian painter. This grand and powerful piece exhibits the finest qualities of Husains celebrated horse paintingssweeping, bold brushstrokes, a chiseled white horse with rich black contours brilliantly set against a muted background. It is estimated at $100,000 to $150,000.
Another unique highlight is a two-part collage with fabric, thread, color pencils, color crayons, charcoal and maps by Christo for Wrapped Reichstag, his installation from 1995. It took three decades for Christo and wife Jeanne-Claude to plan and execute the wrapping of the Berlin landmark, and this diptych contains annotations, construction notes and dates for the project ($50,000 to $80,000).
A fine example of Yves Kleins monochromes is Monochrome und Feuer, a triptych with blue and pink screenprints, and a third coated with gold foil and gold leaf applied by the artist, published on the occasion of the artists 1961 retrospective, held just a year before his death ($20,000 to $30,000).
Among works by Ellsworth Kelly is an Untitled (New York State Award), color wool wall hanging, commissioned in 1967 by then Governor Nelson Rockefeller, and produced in an edition of 20 to be given to arts and cultural projects and institutions recognized by the New York State Council of the Arts ($15,000 to $20,000).
A 1981 Sam Francis gouache, watercolor and ink on handmade paper, Untitled (Ten Puffs), stand out among the abstract works ($30,000 to $50,000); as do Willem de Koonings Figures in Landscape VI, color offset lithograph, 1980 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Robert Motherwells Red Sea I, color aquatint and lift-ground etching and aquatint on Arches, 1976 ($10,000 to $15,000).
The sale offers more than a dozen prints by Andy Warhol, most notably the offset color lithographs Liz, 1964 ($15,000 to $20,000) and Flowers, 1964 ($20,000 to $30,000); two impressions of the 1971 color screenprint Electric Chair, one in orange and blue, the other purple and gold ($10,000 to $15,000 each); and Mao, color screenprint on Beckett High White paper, 1972 ($30,000 to $50,000).
A related item is Richard Pettibones Andy Warhol, Cow, a synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas reproduction of Warhols famous image, by an artist known for his appropriations of famous works of art into a smaller, lower quality format ($20,000 to $30,000).
Other significant Pop Art prints are Roy Lichtensteins Crak!, offset color lithograph, 1963-64 ($12,000 to $18,000) and Bull VI, color lithograph, screenprint and line-cute on Arjomari paper, 1973, Lichtensteins own take on another artists workin this case, Picassos Bull lithographs ($15,000 to $20,000); and Keith Harings Double Man, color lithograph, 1986 ($8,000 to $12,000).
A unique Pop Art highlight is James Rosenquists Drawing #14 for Heart Time Flowers, watercolor and acrylic on paper, 1980 ($8,000 to $12,000).
Desirable portfolios include a deluxe edition of 1¢ Life, with 62 signed color lithographs on handmade paper, by artists including Francis, Lichtenstein, Warhol and Tom Wesselman, 1964 ($25,000 to $35,000); Richard Estess Urban Landscapes No. 3, with eight color screenprints, 1981 ($7,000 to $10,000); Robert Indianas The American Dream, with 30 colored screenprints, 1997 ($7,000 to $10,000); and William Kentridges Stereoscopic Suite, with six stereoscopic photogravures and stereopticon, 2007 ($15,000 to $20,000).
Choice sculptural material features a pair of metal wire sculptures by Ruth Asawa, two-lobed single-layer continuous forms made from 14-gauge galvanized steel wire, 1950s ($20,000 to $30,000).
The auction, will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16.