NEW YORK, NY.-
On Tuesday, November 5 at 11am, Doyle New York will present an auction of European, American, Modern & Contemporary Art. A special section of the sale is devoted to works from the collection of Thomas M. Messer (1920-2013), Director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum from 1961-1988. While at the Guggenheims helm Messer established it as one of the major museums of modern art in the world, enriching its collections, expanding its program of exhibitions, and launching it as a serious publisher of modern art scholarship. The Thomas M. Messer Collection is a unique compilation of works by a diverse group of artists. These works vary greatly in value and technique, but all follow a consistent curatorial thread that, when examined as a whole, discloses a life-long dialogue between Thomas Messer and the artists he championed. Featured are works by Balthus, Helen Frankenthaler, Asger Jorn¸ Pierre Alechinsky¸ Jan Muller¸ Burhan Dogancay¸ Jean Dubuffet¸ Yiannis Spyropoulos¸ Stanislav Kolibal, Armando Morales and Will Barnet.
European art in the sale is highlighted by a vibrant Post-Impressionist view of a garden by Henri-Jean Guillaume Martin (French, 1860-1943), L'Aile aux Geraniums (est. $100,000-150,000). Another Post-Impressionist work in the sale is Siberia, by Leon Gaspard (Russian, 1882-1964) (est. $25,000-35,000). Of a contrasting character is a still life of the same period by Henri Lebasque (French, 1865-1937), Dahlias in a Persian Vase (est. $35,000-45,000). Other European artists include Antonio Casanova, Emile Othon Friesz, Marie Larencin, Le Pho, Henri Le Sidaner, Andre Lhote, Zygmunt Menkes, Pierre Eugene Montezin, Odilon Redon, Louis Valtat, Edouard Vuillard and Félix Ziem.
American art offers important paintings and sculpture by artists of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Especially notable are the number and variety of paintings and works on paper by Arthur B. Davies, William Glackens and George Luks. A special highlight of the sale is Autumnal Afternoon - The Poplars, Voulangis, by Eduard Steichen (American, 1879-1973) (est. $30,000-50,000). Other American artists represented in the sale include John Henry Twachtman, Frederick Childe Hassam, Douglas Volk, Milton Avery, Patrick Henry Bruce, Robert William Vonnoh and Hayley Lever.
The Modern art section of the sale encompasses artistic movements from Cubism through Abstract Expressionism. Featured are several works by Alexander Calder, including the 1973 gouache on paper, Puppet Man (est. $70,000-90,000); a 1957 still life by Fernando Botero (Colombian, b. 1932) (est. $60,000-80,000); a brilliant yellow work from 1973 titled Jonquils by Washington Color School artist Alma Woodsey Thomas (American, 1891-1978) (est. $40,000-60,000); and works by Sayed Haider Raza, Henry Moore, Jean Hans Arp, Louise Nevelson, Arman, Paul Jenkins, Richard Anuszkiewicz, Theodoros Stamos, Hassel Smith, Andre Lhote, Cheong Soo Pieng, Achille Perilli, Erol Akyavas and Gerrit Benner.
Contemporary art is highlighted by a 1983 screenprint portrait of Robert Mapplethorpe by Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) (est. $90,000-110,000), an etched glass, steel and steel cable work from 1974 titled Second Roebling #2 by Christopher Wilmarth (American, 1943-1987) (est. $60,000-80,000) and works by Xue Song, Sterling Ruby, Jose Bedia, Llyn Foulkes, Jim Dine, Peter Gronquist, Albert Irvin and Jeff Koons.
The selection of Street art features a rare early 1980s work on canvas by Martin Wong (American, 1946-1999), a legendary Lower East Side artist who immersed himself in the Graffiti culture of New York. His works recontextualized the gritty scenery of Chinatown and the Village, reinterpreting the language of Graffiti with his own series of sign language pictograms. The canvas in the sale contains his trademark cartouche IMU UR2, which was also the title of his recent posthumous installation at the Guggenheim Museum ($15,000-20,000). Other Street artists represented in the sale include Banksy, How & Nosm, Invader, Margaret Kilgallen, Cope2, Barry McGee, D*Face, Blek le Rat and Aiko Nakagawa.
The public is invited to the exhibition on view at Doyle New York from November 1 through 4. Doyle New York is located at 175 East 87th Street in Manhattan. The Internet catalogue may be viewed at DoyleNewYork.com