10, "Flags," by Jasper Johns, watercolor and pencil on handmade
paper, 30 1/8 by 22 1/8 inches, 1966
10, "Flags,' is a watercolor and pencil on handmade paper by Johns that
measures 30 1/8 by 22 1/8. It was drawn in 1966 and is being sold
to benefit the Michael Asher Foundation. It was exhibited in the New York Paintings amd Sculpture 1940-1970
by Henry Geldzahler
show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York 1n 1970 and at The
National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Kunstmuseum in Basel, the
Hayward Gallery in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in the
1991 exhibition The Drawings of
Jasper Johns. It has an estimate of $4,500,000 to
$6,500,000. It sold for
8, "Abstraktes Bild," by Gerhard Richter, oil on canvas, two panels,
102 3/8 by 157 3/4 inches overall, 1987
8 is a large, abstract oil on canvas in two panels by Gerhard Richter
(b. 1932) (see The City Review article).
The catalogue entry provides the following rather ecstatic commentary:
"Stemming from the chronological apex of the period in
which Richter perfected and centralized his use of large-scale spatula
or squeegee. Abstractes Bild
ranks amongst the very finest achievements of the artist's abstract
output. This expansive diptych presents a spectacular maelstrom
of feverish color exploding across the canvas in a dense weave of
squeegeed paint....The spackled surface...presents a layered excavation
and accumulation of gossamer color in a kaleidoscopic palette....Crests
riptides crash together in a corrugated topography of ridges and shoals
in a phenomenally sublime landscape that demands an association with
the spontaneous naturalism of rain, water erosion, and weathering."
The catalogue notes that it is one of 18 pointings
Richter completed between 1986 and 1989 that measure more than 100
inches in both height and width and it reproduces all of them.
lot has an estimate of request. It
sold for $33,604,500.
Lot 37, 'Sulphur," by
Richter, oil on canvas, 78 7/8 by 118 3/8 inches, 1985
large Richter oil on canvas is Lot 37, "Sulphut." It measures 78
7/8 by 118 3/8 inches and was painted in 1985.
has an estimate of $12,000,000 to $18,000. It sold for $12,492,200.
Lot 26, "Flutter," by
Kenneth Noland, acrylic on canvas, 67 1/2 by 67 inches, 1960
26 is an excellent acrylic on canvas by Kenneth Noland (1924-2010) from
his "Target" series. Entilted, appropriately, "Flutter," its
center painterly rings resonate with energy, It measures 67 1/2
by 67 inches and was painted in 1960. It has a very impressive
provenance: Carter Burden, Agnes Gund, Larry Gagosian and Steve
Martin. It has a very modest estimate of $2,000,000 to
$3,000,000. It failed to sell.
Lot 25, "Sight Gag," by
Frank Stella, acrylic on canvas, 129 1/2 inches square, 1974
25 is a monumental acrylic on canvas by Frank Stella (b. 1936) that is
129 1/2 inches square and was painted in 1974.
Lot 30, "Amityville,"
by Willem de Kooning, oil on canvas, 80 by 70 inches, 1971
It was once owned by Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund of Cambridge and was
included in the traveling exhibition on the artist organized in 1987 by
the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It is part of the artist's Concentric Squares series.
It has an estimate of $5,500,000 to $7,500,000. It sold for $8,779,500.
30 is a large oil on canvas abstraction by Willem de Kooning
(1904-1997). Entitled '"Amityville," it measures 80 by 70 inches
and was painted in 1971. It has been widely published and
exhibited. It has an estimate of $10,000,000 to $15,000,000. It sold for $11,589,000.
Lot 24, "Figures," by
Roy LIchtenstein, oil and magna on canvas, 44 by 100 inches, 1977
24, "Figures," is a large oil and magna on canvas by Roy Lichtenstein
(1923-1997) that measures 44 by 100 inches. It was painted in
1977. It has an estimate of $6,000,000 to $8,000,000. It sold for $6,734,300.
Lot 11, "Untitled," by
Robert Ryman, oil and gesso on unstretched sized linen, 16 1/2 inches
11 is a fine untitled oil and gesso on unstretched sized linen by
Robert Ryman (b. 1930). It is 16 1/2 inches square and was
created in 1961. It has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern
Lot 50, "Les
implications quotidiennes," by Jean Dubuffet, acrylic and paper collage
mounted on canvas, 72 by 65 inches, 1976
The catalogue entry provides the following commentary:
"Across the unstretched canvas, Ryman builds up an undulating surface
of thick curls and billows of luscious white impasto. Shorter
daubs erupt against longer drags. the intersections of which create
ridges and crests of oil paint, lending the present work a physicality
rare in an oeuvre characterized by paintings that more frequently
softly murmur rather than vibrate with kinetic energy."
It has an estimate of $1,800,000 to $2,500,000. It sold for $3,975,000.
50 is a very impressive acrylic and paper collage mounted on canvas by
Jean Dubuffet (1901-1985). Entitled "Les implications
quotidiennes," it measures 72 by 65 inches and was created in
Lot 34, "A Street," by
Georgia O'Keeffe, oil on canvas, 48 1/4 by 30 inches, 1926
The catalogue provides the following commentary:
"Conceptually, the Theatre de
- of which the present work is a quintessential example - refers to
Giulio Camillio's 'theater of memory,' a sixteenth century theory
mapping the development of memory through an imagined physical space,
which Dubuffet discovered through from Francis Yates's seminal 1966
book, The Act of Memory....Unlike
traditional Western paintings that focus the gaze using
single-point perspective, Les
implications quotidiennes presents a barrage of imagery that
continually shifts between figuration and abstraction."
The lot has an estimate of $2,000,000 to $3,000,000. It sold for $2,415,000.
34 is a large and striking cityscape by Georgia O'Keeffe that was
painted in 1926. An oil on canvas, it measures 48 1/4 by 30
inches. It has been owned by Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Dowling and
Steve Martin and widely exhibited. It has am estimate oif
$12,000,000 to $18,000,000. It
sold for $13,282,500.
Lot 18, "The Businessmen," by Jacob Lawrence, egg tempera on
hardboard, 20 1/2 by 24 inches, 1947
Lot 18 is a nice egg tempera on
hardboard by Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000) that is entitled "The
Businesmen." It was one of three color illustrations for a
Fortune magazine article entitled "In the Heart of the Black Belt" that
had an introduction by Walker Evans. It has an estimate of
$1,500,000 to $2,000,000. It sold for
$6,169,800, an auction record for the artist.
Lot 35, "Mellow Sounds of Bells Rings Gently Through My Mind," by Hans Hofmann, oil on canvas, 34 by 48 3/4 inches, 1961
35 is a large abstract oil on canvas by Hans Hofmann (1880-1966)
entitled "Mellow Sounds of Bells Rings Gently Through My Mind." It
measures 34 by 48 3/4 inches and was painted in 1961. It was once
owned by Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Cowles and has been widely
published. It was the cover illustration for the catalogue for
the 1976 retrospective exhibition on the artist at the Hirschhorn
Museum and Sculpture Garden. The catalogue for this auction noted
that the work is "indisputably amongst the most historical and
significant exemplars of Hofmann's mastery of lyrical and exquisite
beauty within the medium of paint.
It has an estimate of $5,000,000 to $7,000,000. It sold for $8,597,150.