Lot 112, "Phoenix," by
Theodore Stamos, oil on canvas, 56 by 52 inches, 1960
Lot 112 is an abstraction by
Theodore Stamos (1922-1997) that could easily be an excellent painting
by Clyfford Still. Entitled "Phoenix," it is an oil on canvas
that measures 56 by 52 inches. It was painted in 1960. It
has a modest estimate of $150,000 to $200,000. It sold for $325,000.
Lot 113, "No. 12," by
Ad Reinhardt, oil on canvas, 41 3/4 by 32 1/2 inches, 1950
163, "White Field III," by Theodoros Stamos, oil on canvas, 60 by 72
Another great Stamos oil on
canvas is Lot 163, "White Field III," which measures 60 by 72 inches
and was painted in 1958.
Lot 175, "Flame," by
William Baziotes, oil on canvas, 42 by 36 1/8 inches, 1954
In her 1984 catalogue essay about a Stamos show at Knoedler, Barbara
Cavaliere provided the following commentary:
"Very early on, Stamos found particular incentive in how to paint from
Milton Avery and in what to paint from Arthur Dove. During the
mid-forties, he located reaffirmation of his developing ideas and
practice in the paintings and transcendental ideal of the 19th Century
American landscape painters of the Hudson River School, as well as in
the nocturnes of Whistler, Chinese and Japanese calligraphy and
The lot has an estimate of $120,000 to $180,000. It sold for $187,500.
William Baziotes (1912-1963)
was a contemporary of Stamos and they shared a somewhat similar
powerful aesthetic. Lot 175 is a 1954 oil on canvas by him
entitled "Flame." It measures 42 by 36 1/8 inches. It was
included in the important traveling exhibition on the artist that
started at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 1965 and was
also in his 2004-5 retrospective at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in
Venice. It has a modest estimate of $100,000 to $150,000. It sold for $212,500.
Lot 113 is a quite lyrical,
but somber abstraction by Ad Reinhardt (1913-1967) entitled "No.
12." An oil on canvas, it measures 41 3/4 by 32 1/2 inches and
was painted in 1950. It has an estimate of $400,000 to
$600,000. It sold for
Lot 103, "Untitled," by
Lee Bontecou, leather, canvas, wielded steel rod and wire, 39 1/4 by 35
by 9 1/2 inches, 1959
Lot 103 is an excellent
untitled work by Lee Bontecou (b. 1931). A wall relief of
leather, canvas, wielded steel rod and wire, it measures 39 1/4 by 35
by 9 1/2 inches and was created in 1959. It has an estimate of
$400,000 to $600,000. It sold
229, "Details of Renaissance Paintings (Paolo Uccello, St. George and
the Dragon, 1467)," by Andy Warhol, acryllic and silkscreen ink on
canvas, 48 by 72 inches, 1984
Lot 229 is a large and
dramatic work from the "Details of
Renaissance Paintings" series by Andy Warhol (1928-1987). It is
based on a 1487 painting of St. George and the Dragon by Paolo
Uccello, It measures 48 by 72 inches and was painted in
1984. It has an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. It
failed to sell.
Lot 123, "Animation
Parcellaire," by Jean Dubuffet, acryllic and paper collage mounted on
canvas, 33 3/4 by 20 1/4 inches, 1979
Lot 123 is a happy collage and
acrylic mounted on canvas by Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). It
measures 33 3/4 by 20 1/4 inches and was created in 1979. It has
an estimate of $250,000 to $350,000. It sold for $519,000.
Lot 188, "California
interior," by David Hockney, acryllic on canvas, 36 inches square, 1986
Lot 188 is a very good
composition by David Hockney (b. 1939) entitled "California
interior." An acryllic on canvas, it measures 36 inches square
and was painted in 1986. It has an estimate of $1,500,000 to
$2,000,000. It sold for
Lot 197, "Flypaper," by
Jean-Michel Basquiat, oil and oilstick on canvas, 60 by 12 inches, 1982
Lot 197 is a good work by
Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) entitled "Flypaper." It measures
60 by 12 inches and was created in 1982. It recalls Chinese
scroll painting. It has an estimate of $500,000 to
$700,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 209, "Untitled," by
Jesus Rafael Soto, mixed-media on wood, 36 by 24 5/8 by 7 inches, 1962
Jesus Rafael Soto (1923-2005)
is one of several Latin American artists included in this auction in
another stunning example of the major auction houses trying to blur
collecting lines. Lot 209 is an untitlted mixed-media on wood by
Soto that measures 36 by 24 5/8 by 8 inches. It was created in
1962. It has an estimate of $300,000 to $400,000. It sold for $675,000.
Lot 279, "Loomings (S-71x)," by Frank Stella, stainless steel, carbon
steel and bronze, 47 1/4 by 54 1/2 by 13 inches, 1988
Frank Stella (b. 1936) is a
painter who is also well-known for his very colorful sculptural
gyrations. Lot 279 is a stunning monochromatic sculpture that
uses stainless steel, carbon steel and bronze. Entitled "Loomings
(S-71x), it measures 47 1/4 by 54 1/2 by13 inches and was created in
1988. It has an estimate of $75,000 to $95,000. It sold for $100,000.
Lot 426, "Exodus," by
Mark Bradford, mixed media collage on canvas, 48 by 60 inches, 2006
124, "Dem Unbekannten Mater," by Anselm Kiefer, watercolor, gouache,
graphite and paper collage on paper, 24 1/2 by 26 1/2 inches, 1982
Lot 124 is a good watercolor,
gouache, graphite and paper collage on paper by Anselm Kiefer (b.
1945). It is from the Diamondstein-Spielvogel Collection.
It measures 24 1/2 by 26 1/2 inches and was created in 1982.
The catalogue entry provides the following interesting commentary from
the artist in a 1998 exhibition of his works on paper at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art:
"I studied Third Reich art in secondhand bookstores and absorbed a lot
of information that had come out in the 1930s....But I never found any
interesting official painting. However, the architecture is quite
interesting. People like Speer and Kreis made interesting
things...I was intrigued by these buildings, and I wanted to transform
them. You know, normally you don't destroy buildings...usually
you transform them, like the Christians transformed old temples or the
Pantheon tin Christian churches. That's what I was doing,
too. I transformed these old buildings and gave them a new
destiny, a new meaning. Because you never succeed in really
destroying something. It always liuves, and it's more efficient
to transform than to destroy."
The lot has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $591,000.
Lot 166, "Work BB48,"
by Kazuo Shiraga. oil on canvas, 45 1/4 by 35 7/8 inches, 1962
Lot 166, "WorkBB48," is an
impressive oil on canvas by Kazuo Shiraga (1924-2008). It
measures 45 1/4 by 35 7/8 inches and was painted in 1962 and is the backcover illustration of the catalogue. It has
an estimate of $1,000,000 to $1,500,000. It sold for $1,095,000.
Mark Bradford (b. 1961) has
two superb works in the afternoon session of the Contemporary Art
auction November 17, 2017 at Sotheby's New York.
Lot 426 is a large mixed-medi collage on canvas entitled "Exodus." It
measures 48 by 60 inches and was created in 2006.
The catalogue entry provides the following commentary:
"The material that makes up the many layers of Bradford's work is
mostly found or repurposed paper: fragments of billboards rescued from
the streets of South Central Los Angeles; found 'merchant papers,' as
Bradford has coined street flyers and posters that he pulls from
construction site barriers and telephone poles; and endpapers - used in
styling hair - up-cycled from the salon where Bradford had worked as a
The lot has an estimate of $1,200,000 to $1,800,000. It sold for $2,175,000.
Lot 411, "Untitled," by Mark Bradford, mixed media collage on paper, 28 by 22 inches, 2007-9
Another fine work by Bradford
is Lot 411, which is untitled, a mixed media collage on paper that
measures 28 by 22 inches. It was created in 2007-9 and puts to
shame Glenn Ligon's typographical exercises and Jasper Johns'
mongraphic numbers and letters. This work was created in 2009 and
has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $411,000.
Lot 425, "The Ghost of Joseph Beuys," by Jack Whitten, acrylic and
canvas collage on canvas, 58 1/4 by 52 3/4 inches, 1986
With about as much texture as Bradford's work, Lot 425, "The Ghost of
Joseph Beuys," by Jack Whitten (b. 1939) is immensely immersive and
fabulous. An acrylic and canvas collage on canvas, it measures 58
1/4 by 52 3/4 inches. It was created in 1986.
Lot 412, "Camel," by Joe Bradley, oil on sewn canvases, 104 by 128 inches, 2013
The catalogue entry supplies the following quotation from the artist:
"Those site painting, which were acrylic skins, came out of the early
80s when I first started laminating a piece of acrylic back down to the
canvas. I took the paint up off the canvas and then put it back
down on the canvas. This was a major breakthrough. I'm now
doing it with paint as a collage, paint as sculpture. I have
changed the verb 'to paint': I don't paint a painting. I
make a painting."
The lot has an estimate of $200,000 to $300,000. It sold for $855,000.
Lot 409, "Compression IV," by George Condo, acrylic, charcoal and pastel on linen, 75 3/8 by 77 7/8 inches, 2011
The cover illustration of the
afternoon session of the day auction is Lot 409, "Compression IV," by
George Condo (b. 1957). The acrylic, charcoal and pastel work on
linin measures 75 5/8 by 77 7/8 inches and was painted in
2011. It has an estimate of $800,000 to $1,200,000. It sold for $4,066,000.
Lot 473, "3 White Nudes," by George Condo, oil and paper collage on canvas, 70 1/8 by 68 1/8 inches, 1998
Lot 473 is a strong oil and
paper collage on canvas by Condo that measures 70 1/8 by 68 1/8 inches
and was painted in 1998. Rather than his familiar grotesques,
this "three graces" work invokes told Master's like Botticelli, Rubens,
Matisse and Giacometti. It has a modest estimate of $120,000 to
$180,000. It sold for $567,000.
Lot 412 is a large work by Joe
Bradley (b. 1975) entitled "Camel." It is an oil on sewn canvases
and measures 104 by 128 inches. It was created in 2013 and was
included in the October 2017 exhibition on the artist at the
Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo. It has an estimate of $800,000
to $1,200,000. It sold for $975.000.
Lot 472, "Smaller Yellow on Blue Waterfall," by Pat Steir, oil on canvas, 120 by 84 inches, 1992
Lot 472 is a large oil on
canvas by Pat Steir (b. 1940) entitled "Smaller Yellow on Blue
Waterfall." It conjures large Chinese landscape scrolls. It
measures 120 by 84 inches and was created in 1992. The artist
stands on a ladder to pour the paint on the canvas, according to the
catalogue entry noted that she draws "from ancient Asian technique as a
source of inspiration, in particular the Yi-pin ink-splashing paintings
from the 8th and 9th centuries." The lot has an estimate of
$600,000 to $800,000. It sold for $975,000.
Lot 485, "Figure #39," by Glenn Ligon, acrylic, silkscreen and coal dust on canvas, 60 by 48 inches, 2010
Lot 495 is an acrylic,
silkscreen and coat dust on canvas by Glenn Ligon (b. 1960). It
is entitled "Figure #39" and measures 60 by 48 inches. It was
created in 2010. The catalogue entry states that "Ligon revels in
the aesthetic ecstasy of his own profoundly rich intertextuality - a
conceptual approach through which his practice reveals truths about
being black in America." The lot has an estimate of $500,000 to
$700,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 422, "Study for
'Discarding the Frame,'" by Mark Tansey, oil on canvas, 36 1/8 by 30
Lot 422 is an oil on canvas by
Mark Tansey (b. 1949) that is entitled "Discarding the Frame." It
measures 36 1/8 by 30 inches and was painted in 1999. It has an
estimate of $450,000 to $650,000.
It sold for $915,000.
Lot 510, "Untitled," by Anish Kapoor, alabaster, 66 by 67 by 24 inches, 2004
A fabulous alabaster "egg-cup"
on its side, Lot 510 is a very large, untitled sculpture by Anish
Kapoor (b. 1954). It measures 66 by 67 by 24 inches and was
created in 2004. It does not have a donut hole. It has an
estimate of $700,000 to $1,000,000. It sold for $759,000.