Modern & Post-War Art: May 2021 Auction Highlights

At Auction May 20, 2021

Lot 62: Elaine Fried de Kooning, Bacchus, acrylic on panel, 1983. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.

Lot 33: John Little, Festival, oil on canvas, 1960. Estimate $7,000 to $9,000.

Modernist Illustration

Lots 1 to 3

Cubism & Synchronism

Lots 4 to 8

Museum of Non-Objective Painting

Lots 9 to 20

American Abstract Artists

Lots 21 to 40

Lot 18: Alice Mattern, Untitled (Abstraction), oil on canvasboard, 1939. Estimate $10,000 to $15,000.
Lot 78: Sol Lewitt, Horizontal Brushstroke, gouache on paper, 2003. Estimate $18,000 to $22,000.
Lot 77: Walasse Ting, I. Hot and Sour Soup, II. Hot and Sour Soup, III. Green Banana, three portfolios, hand-lettered poems, acrylic and ink drawings, and color lithographs, 1969. Estimate $12,000 to $18,000.

Lot 53: Robert Motherwell, Gauloises on Grey #26, acrylic and paper collage on board, 1972. Estimate $30,000 to $50,000.

The Club

Throughout Lots 21 to 64

The Irascibles

Lots 21 & 23, 52 & 53

Color Field, Pop & Minimalism

Lots 72 to 79

American Surrealism & more

Lots 89 to 94

Lot 67: Dorothy Dehner, Untitled, bronze, circa 1972. Estimate $4,000 to $6,000.
Lot 76: John Wesley, 7 Maidens, duco and oil on canvas, 1963. Estimate $80,000 to $120,000.

What You Need to Know on Auction Day

This auction will be held live and conducted remotely.

There will not be bidding in the room, though we accept order bids, and interested buyers will be able to participate live via the Swann Galleries App. The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play, which can also be accessed on a desktop at

Please note: phone bidding registrations will close the day before the sale at 4pm. 

At this time, our exhibition and auction location at 104 East 25th Street is closed to the public. Private viewings are available by appointment only, and must be arranged in advance. To make an appointment please contact the specialist.


Harold Porcher

Director, Modern & Post-War Art

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