A Look Inside the Catalogue
Our November auction of Contemporary Art concluded the 2016 season for our Prints & Drawings department with contemporary classics: works by Ellsworth Kelly, Sol LeWitt, and Robert Motherwell, among others. In addition to these iconic names, we continue to expand our offerings of international and emerging artists. We are seeing increased enthusiasm for Latin American and Asian artwork.
Left, Lot 115: Andy Warhol, Campbell's Soup I: Green Pea, color screenprint, 1968. Sold for $25,000.
Right, Lot 258: Christopher Wool, Untitled, complete set of 5 inkjet prints, 2003. Sold for $37,500.
Prime works by Pop Art king Andy Warhol featured some of his most well-known pieces like Liz and Campbell’s Soup I: Green Pea, 1968. Screenprints from the Campbell’s Soup I series are more scarce than works made the following year in Campbell’s Soup II. We offered a sheet of sixty unpeeled Banana Stickers (The Velvet Underground & Nico), 1967, the largest amount of intact stickers related to the landmark collaboration between Warhol and The Velvet Underground ever seen at auction.
Lot 164: Brice Marden, Cold Mountain Series, Zen Studies 2, etching and aquatint, 1991. Sold for $60,000.
Lot 225: Richard Estes, Holland Hotel, color screenprint, 1980. Sold for $15,000.
Abstract Expressionist masters were well represented, including Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb and Joan Mitchell. An excellent work from Motherwell’s Elegy to the Spanish Republic series titled Lament for Lorca, 1981-82, sold for $20,000. The series, a kind of funeral song lamenting the decades of destruction incurred by the Spanish Civil War, occupied a considerable portion of his career and significantly impacted Abstract Expressionism. This example is a tribute to the poet Frederico García Lorca.
Lot 17: Robert Motherwell, Lament for Lorca, color lithograph, 1981-82. Sold for $20,000.
Left, Lot 161: Ellsworth Kelly, Milkweed, pencil, 1969. Sold for $125,000.
Right, Lot 169: Sol LeWitt, Cube, gouache, 1991. Sold for $13,750.
A pencil drawing by Ellsworth Kelly sold for $125,000. Milkweed, 1969, was previously in the collection of Silas Rhodes, the artist and co-founder of the Cartoonists and Illustrators School, which became the School of Visual Arts in 1955.
Lot 221: Wayne Thiebaud, Suckers, State II, lithograph, 1968. Sold for $12,500.
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