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Contemporary Art Morning Auction

Christie's New York

9 AM, November 13, 2014

Sale No: 2892

Lichtenstein cover beach ball

Lot 174, "Collage for Nude with Beach Ball," by Roy Lichtenstein, printed paper collage, tape, acrylic and ink on board, 24 1/4 by 20 1/4 inches, 1994


By Carter B. Horsley

This morning auction of Post-War and Modern Art at Christie's New York November 14, 2014 is highlighted by two excellent paintings by Roy Lichtenstein, and very fine works by Hans Hofmann, Richard Pousette-Dart, Robert Motherwell, Wayne Thiebaud, Elizabeth Murray and Frank Stella.

Lot 174 is a happy printed paper collage, tape, acrylic and ink on board by Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997) entitled "Collage for Nude with Beach Ball."  It measures 24 1/4 by 20 1/4 inches and was created in 1994.  It has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $3,189,000 including the buyer's premium as do all results mentioned in this article.

The sale total for the sale was $76,627,250.

Lichtenstein

Lot 176, "Blue Head," by Roy Lichtenstein, oil and Magna on canvas, 48 by 36 inches, 1979

Lot 176, Blue Head," is a much stronger work by Lichtenstein.  An oil and Magna on canvas, it measures 48 by 36 inches and was created in 1979.  The catalogue entry notes that "the painting's bold coloration andimage scale heightens the pscyhological intesnity of the figure which recalls the emotive power by the German Expressionists as well as the melodrama of Lincthetsin's comic book paintings of the 1960s,  It has an estimate of $3,000,000 to $5,000,000.  It sold for $3,301,000.

Thiebaud cakes

Lot 114, "Sandwich," by Wayne Thiebaud, oil on canvas, 12 1/8 by 14 1/4 inches, 1961

Lot 114 is an excellent still life by Wayne Thiebaud (b. 1920) entitled "Sandwich."  An oil on canvas, it measures 12 1/8 by 14 1/4 inches and was painted in 1961.  It has an estimate of $900,000 to $1,200,000.  It sold for $1,625,000.

Lot 322, a fine Thiebaud of three paint pots, a watercolor on monoprint that measures 15 1/8 by 12 1/4 inches, was executed in 1991.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $500,000.  It failed to sell.


Motherwell

Lot 243, "Open No. 23: in Blue with Variations of Ultramarine," by Robert Motherwell, acrylic and charcoal on canvas, 81 1/8 by 113 1/2 inches, 1968

Lot 243 is a lovely and large acrylic and charcoal on canvas by Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) that is entitled "Open No. 23: in Blue with Variations of Ultramarine."  It measures 81 1.8 by 113 1/2 inches and was painted in 1968.  It is from the collection of Ann and Graham Gund and was been exhibited at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and Knoedler & Company in New York.  It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000.  It sold for $2,405,000.


Warhol soups

Lot 380, ten Campbell's soup cans, by Andy Warhol, silkscreens, 1968, each 31 1/8 by 18 1/2 inches

Lot 380 is a silkscreen set of ten Campbell's soup cans that Andy Warhol (1928-1987) created in 1968.  Each measures 31 1/8 by 18 1/2 inches.  The lot has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $545,000.

Lot 384 is a set of ten "Flowers" silkscreens by Warhol that is dated 1970.  Each measures 36 inches square.  The lot has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $1,145,000.

Lot 385 is a set of ten "Mao" silkscreens by Warhol that is dated 1972.  Each measures 36 inches square.  The lot has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000.  It sold for $1,085,000.


Stella

Lot 340, "Interlogos," by Frank Stella, acrylic on aluminum, 31 3/4 by 29 1/4 by 3 inches, 1981

Lot 340 is a good swirling aluminum wall sculpture by Stella entitled "Interlogos."  It measures 31 3/4 by 29 1/4 by 3 inches and was created in 1981.  It has an estimate of $60,000 to $80,000.  It sold for $149,000.


Stella 312

Lot 312, "Midnight Forecastle," by Frank Stella, acrylic, enamel and paper collage on aluminum, 70 by 112 by 28 inches, 1982

Lot 312 is an excellent wall sculpture by Frank Stella (b.1936) that is entitled "Midnight Forecastle."  An acrylic, enamel and paper collage on aluminum, it measures 70 by 112 by 28 inches and was created in 1982.  It is one of about 120 such works that the artist created inspired by Herman Melville's novel, "Moby Dick."  It has an estimate of $400,000 to $600,000.  It sold for $485,000.

Hofmann  319

Lot 319, "Landscape," by Hans Hofmann, oil on panel, 30 by 35 inches, 1943

Lot 319 is a nicely detailed and colorful oil on panel by Hans Hofmann (1880-1966) that is entitled "Landscape."  It measures 30 by 35 inches and was painted in 1943.  It has an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It failed to sell.


Pousette-Dart


Lot 117, "Dream Semblance," by Richard Pousette-Dart, gouache and ink on paper, 23 by 31 inches, 1946

Lot 117 is a very fine gouache and ink on paper by Richard Pousette-Dart (1916-1992).  Entitled "Dream Semblance," it measures 23 by 31 inches and was painted in 1946.  The catalogue entry compares this work with another in Tel Aviv and notes that "Alluding to the bejeweled face of Gothic stained glass and the machinations of a new atomic reality, these two works are more than a synthesis of modern ideas, they are spiritual conquests for a new age - they are modern talismans of an aggressive spiritual pursuit."  The lot has an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000.  It sold for $293,000.


Elizabeth Murray 313

Lot 313, "Quake Shoe," by Elizabeth Murray, acrylic and canvas on wood, 73 3/8 by 42 by 9 inches, 1993

Lot 313 is an impressive and intriguing, large, acrylic and canvas on wood work by Elizabeth Murray (1940-2007).  Entitled "Quake Shoe," it measures 73 3/8 by 42 by 9 inches and was created in 1993.  It was included in a retrospective show at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2006.  It has an estimate of $50,000 to $70,000.  It sold for $100,000.


Marca Relli  359


Lot 359, "Untitled," by Conrad Marca-Relli," canvas collage and acrylic on canvas, 17 by 18 inches, circa 1970s

Lot 359 is a good untitled work by Conrad Marca-Relli that is a canvas collage and acrylic on canvas.  It measures 17 by 18 inches and was created in the 1970s.  It has an estimate of $15,000 to $20,000.  It sold for $25,000.

Dubuffet

Lot 104, "Tempete de Barbe," by Jean Dubuffet, India ink and paper collage on paper mounted on board, 20 by 13 3/8 inches, 1959

Lot 104 is an India ink and paper collage on paper mounted on board by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985) entitled "Tempete de Barbe."  It measures 20 by 13 3/8 inches and was created in 1959.  It has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000.  It sold for $425,000.

Dumas

Lot 163, "Loreley (The Saga of the Polluted Rhine)," by Marlene Dumas, metallic acrylic, watercolor and gouache on paper, 49 by 27 1/2 inches, 1998

Lot 163 is a metallic acrylic, watercolor and gouache on paper by Marlene Dumas that is entitled "Loreley (The Saga of the Polluted Rhine)."   It measures 49 by 27 1/2 inches and was painted in 1998.  It is from the collection of Frances R. Dittmer.  It has an an estimate of $100,000 to $150,000.  It sold for $533,000.


Fish 294

Lot 294, "Afternoon Reflections, June and September," by Janet Fish, oil on canvas, 60 by 48 inches, 1978

Lot 294 is a very good oil on canvas still life of decanters and glasses by Janet Fish (b. 1938).  Entitled "Afternoon Reflections, June and September," it measures 60 by 48 inches and was painted in 1978.  It has an estimate of $40,000 to $60,000.  It failed to sell.

Noguchi

Lot 205, "Two-Sided Bell," by Isamu Noguchi, bronze and leather, 10 1/2 inches high, from a known edition of three, 1957

Lot 205, "Two-Sided Bell," is a bronze and leather sculpture by Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) that is 10 1/2 inches high.  It is from a 1957 edition of three.  It has an estimate of $80,000 to $120,000.  It failed to sell.


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