A Look Inside the Catalogue: Contemporary Art

At Auction May 22

Our spring auction of Contemporary Art features a wide-ranging selection of sculpture, paintings and multiples from the last 75 years, with works by Ai Weiwei, Banksy, Barbara Kruger and Yayoi Kusama. Pop-Art classics include Andy Warhol‘s Mao, various Campbell’s Soup cans and important prints by Roy Lichtenstein. The sale also offers a breadth of portfolios, including Barbara Hepworth‘s Opposing Forms, 1970, Friedensreich Hundertwasser‘s Look at it on a Rainy Day, 1971, and Ellsworth Kelly‘s Sample Portfolio, 1970.

Complete Catalogue

Color-Field Abstraction


ellsworth kelly

Lot 127: Ellsworth Kelly, Blue, Yellow, and Red Squares, screenprint, 1970-71. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.


josef albers

Lot 118: Josef Albers, I-S Va I, screenprint, 1969. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.


Pop Art


andy warhol, mao, contemporary art, pop art

Lot 179: Andy Warhol, Mao, color screenprint, 1972. Estimate $40,000 to $60,000.


Lot 197: Roy Lichtenstein, Haystack, screenprint, 1969. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.


Abstract Expressionism


Lot 12: Willem de Kooning, Untitled: Quatre Lithographies, lithograph, 1986. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.


Helen Frankenthaler, screenprint,

Lot 31: Helen Frankenthaler, Air Frame, screenprint, 1965. Estimate $2,500 to $3,500.


Jackson Pollock, Untitled, screenprint, 1951, printed 1964. Estimate $6,000 to $9,000.

Art Brut & European Modernist


Lot 61: Jean Dubuffet, Sans Titre, pen & ink, 1966. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.


Pierre Soulages

Lot 71: Pierre Soulages, Lithographie no. 38, lithograph, 1975. Estimate $7,000 to $10,000.




barbara hepsworth

Lot 264: Barbara Hepworth, Opposing Forms, portfolio of 12 lithographs, 1970. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.


friedensreich hundertwasser, portfolio

Lot 285: Friedensreich Hundertwasser, Look at it on a Rainy Day, complete portfolio, 1971. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000. 


Recent Works


ai weiwei

Lot 385: Ai Weiwei, Artist’s Hand, electroplated rhodium on cast urethane resin, 2017. Estimate $1,000 to $1,500.


jenny holzer, protect me from what i want, contemporary art

Lot 318: Jenny Holzer, Protect Me From What I Want, text on Resopal plate fixed on heavy board, 1990. Estimate $2,000 to $3,000.


yayoi kusama

Lot 384: Yayoi Kusama, Two Pumpkins, cast resin multiples, 2013. Estimate $1,500 to $2,500.


Lot 371: Chris Levine, Kate’s Light, giclée print, 2013. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.


sam taylor-wood, crying men series, contemporary art

Lot 362: Sam Taylor-Wood, Crying Men (Jude Law), c-print mounted on aluminum, 2003. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.

Lot 374: Russell Young, Red Lips (Mick Jagger), screenprint, 2010. Estimate $1,500 to $2,500.


For more information on the sale, contact a specialist in the Contemporary Art department.

Consign with Swann

Our specialists accept consignments on a rolling basis. For a complete list of consignment deadlines and upcoming auctions, check our Schedule.