NEW YORK, NY.- Swann Galleries
will offer a sale of Contemporary Art on Thursday, June 25 with a standout selection of paintings and works on paper from notable Abstract Expressionists, Pop Artists, street artists of the 1980s, alongside contemporary multiples.
Leading the sale is Roy Lichtensteins celebrated color-screenprint Reverie, 1965one of the artists first pop prints, expected to sell for $100,000 to $150,000. Additional Pop Art features by Robert Indianas The American Dream, a 1997 portfolio with complete text and 30 color screenprints ($10,000-15,000); James Rosenquists Horse Blinders (East), color lithograph and screenprint with pressure-sensitive bright silver foil, 1972 ($4,000-6,000); and one Andy Warhols iconic Campbells soup can color screenprints, Consommé (Beef), 1968 ($20,000-30,000).
A stellar group of works by Abstract Expressionist artists of the New York school includes a run of prints and drawings by Louise Nevelson from the ex-collection of Albert Argentieri, who often photographed Nevelsons works. Highlights from the offering include Circus Wagon, aquatint and etching, circa 1955 ($3,000-5,000), and Two Seated Women, pen and ink, 1930s ($4,000-6,000). Further notable works feature Willem de Koonings 1980 color lithograph Figures in Landscape #6 ($12,000-18,000); Helen Frankenthalers vibrant 2005 color screenprint Southern Exposure ($8,000-12,000); Joan Mitchells 1972 color aquatint Sunflower VI ($4,000-6,000); Jackson Pollocks bronze sculpture of a head, modeled circa 1930-33, cast in 1963 ($15,000-20,000); and Robert Motherwells 1989 color lithograph Wave ($15,000-20,000).
Further notable works in abstraction include Richard Diebenkorns 1986 color aquatint Folsom Street Variation III (Primaries) ($25,000-35,000); Sam Gilliams 1990 color screenprint For Xavier ($4,000-6,000); and Julie Mehretus 2013 color lithograph Untitled (Pulse) ($4,000-6,000).
Works from the British school of artists include Barbara Hepworths Clinic #3, a 1947 pencil on cardstock sketch of a doctor and patient scene ($70,000-100,000); Lucian Freuds Head and Shoulders, etching, 1982 ($10,000-15,000); David Hockneys 2019 eight-color inkjet print from an iPad drawing Spring (No. 778, 17th April, 2011-2019) of a view looking outside a window ($8,000-12,000); and Damien Hirsts Manganese Chloride, color woodcut, 2011 ($2,000-3,000).
Paintings by Richard Hambleton make up some of the top lots in the sale. Known for painting hundreds of the figure silhouettes around New York in the 1980s, he later transformed this motif to canvas and works on paper, broadening his reach. Acrylic on canvas works include Rodeo, 2003 ($50,000-80,000) and Shadow Head, 2007 ($20,000-30,000), and Shadowman, a 1994 acrylic on paper ($10,000-15,000) also features.
Other works by postwar and contemporary icons include Richard Anuszkiewiczs Masked Triad, oil on three-dimensional wood construction, 1993 ($30,000-50,000); George Condos Jazz Edge, acrylic on canvas, 1999 ($30,000-50,000); and Jeff Koonss Balloon Monkey (Blue), porcelain with chromatic coating, 2017 ($12,000-18,000).
While current restrictions will not allow for in-person examination of the material, Swann Galleries staff will prepare condition reports and provide additional photographs of material on request. Advance order bids can be placed directly with the specialist for the sale or on Swanns website, and limited, pre-arranged phone bidding will be available. Live online bidding platforms available will be the Swann Galleries App, Invaluable, and Live Auctioneers.