Contemporary Art: November 2020 Highlights

At Auction November 19, 2020

Lot 211: Roy Lichtenstein, Brushstroke, color screenprint, 1965. From the collection of Stephen Poleskie, Chiron Press, New York. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

Abstract Expressionism

Featuring works by Louise Nevelson from the collection of Albert Argentieri, a friend of the artist (lots 31 to 46), as well as other Abstract Expressionist artists Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell and Lee Krasner, as well as works by Pierre Soulages, and Zao Wou-ki. European Abstraction is also well represented (lots 71 to 96).

Lot 31: Louise Nevelson, Trees, aquatint and etching with hand coloring in watercolor, circa 1955. From the collection of Albert Argentieri. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.
Lot 9: Willem de Kooning, Two Figures, charcoal on paper, 1975. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.
Lot 88: Pierre Soulages, Sérigraphie 16, color screenprint, 1981. Estimate $8,000 to $12,000.

Abstract, Color Theory, Minimalism and Conceptual Art

Featuring a substantial number of works by Alexander Calder (lots 97 to 118), Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg (lots 181 to 196). This section also includes Dorothea Rockburne’s Locus portfolio, offered as a complete set for the first time in 20 years.

Lot 154: Agnes Martin, Untitled, watercolor and pencil on paper, 1977. Estimate $50,000 to $80,000.
Lot 172: Dorothea Rockburne, Locus, complete portfolio of six aquatints, 1972. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

Works from the Collection of Stephen Poleskie

Founder of Chiron Press, New York

Featured in this auction is a stellar collection of works from the late Stephen Poleskie (1938-2019), professor emeritus of art, Cornell University, and founder of Chiron Press, New York’s first fine art screenprinting studio (inaugurated in 1963 on East 11th Street in Lower Manhattan). Among the works in the Stephen Poleskie/Chiron Press collection are paintings by Alex Katz, preparatory drawings and screenprints by Roy Lichtenstein for several Chiron Press editions, multiples and drawings by Robert Indiana and Louise Nevelson, and additional works by Robert Rauschenberg, Ellsworth Kelly and Andy Warhol.

Lot 213: Roy Lichtenstein, Lincoln Center Poster, pen and ink on paper, 1966. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.
Lot 227: Alex Katz, Rowboat, oil on paper, 1966. Estimate $50,000 to $80,000.

Pop Art

Including Warhol, Lichtenstein, Rivers, Dine, Indiana, Haring, Wesselmann and Ramos

Lot 234: Andy Warhol, Liz, color offset lithograph, 1964. Estimate $15,000 to $20,000.

Figurative Expressionism, Modern Realism & Photo-Realism

Lot 289: Alex Katz, Flowers 2, archival pigment inks, 2017. Estimate $3,000 to $5,000.

British Contemporary

Lot 311: Bridget Riley, Untitled (Richard Feigen Gallery), offset lithograph, 1965. Estimate $5,000 to $8,000.

Contemporary Art From the 1980s-Present

Lot 385: Joyce Pensato, Homer, acrylic on canvas, 2009. Estimate $20,000 to $30,000.

What You Need to Know on Auction Day

Previewing By Appointment Only Through Wednesday, November 18

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Todd Weyman

Director, Prints & Drawings

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