NEW YORK, NY.- On Thursday, November 18, Swann Galleries will conduct a two-part sale of American Art & Contemporary Art offering over 100 unique works by significant American artists followed by more than 200 prints, drawings, paintings and multiples by Contemporary European and American artists.
The American Art section features works of art that were formerly in the collection of Lloyd Goodrich, an art historian who served as curator and director of the Whitney Museum of American Art. These include select works by his friend Reginald Marsh, among them In the Surf, Coney Island, brush and gray and black ink, 1946 (estimate $30,000 to $50,000), and lovely watercolors Manhattan Skyline with Brooklyn Bridge, 1929 ($12,000 to $18,000); and Battery Park, 1930 ($5,000 to $8,000).
Also from the Goodrich collection are a pen-and-ink sketch by Winslow Homer of his painting, Spring: The Shepherdess of Houghton Farm, on one sheet of a four-page handwritten letter to art dealer William Clausen concerning a new frame for the painting, 1906 ($20,000 to $30,000); an oil on panel painting of a Cavalier by Guy Pene du Bois, 1916 ($20,000 to $30,000); a black crayon Mountain Landscape by Marsden Hartley, 1933 ($5,000 to $8,000); and a delicate pencil Study of Hands by Andrew Wyeth, 1955 ($15,000 to $20,000).
Other notable American drawings are Charles Burchfield’s pencil sketch, The East Wind, 1915 ($3,000 to $5,000); three circa 1930 pencil drawings by Arshile Gorky, gifted by the artist to Hans Burkhardt, with whom he had shared a studio ($3,000 to $5,000 to $4,000 to $6,000); a brightly colored Untitled abstract crayon drawing by Hans Hofmann, 1943 ($10,000 to $15,000); and works by celebrated illustrators, such as Norman Rockwell’s Newlyweds, pen and black ink and wash ($8,000 to $12,500) and Al Hirschfeld’s Zabars, pen and ink on illustration board, 1971 ($12,000 to $18,000).
Among desirable oil paintings are a trio of landscapes by Hayley Lever, including River Exe, Exmouth, 1903 ($4,000 to $6,000); David Brega’s trompe l’oeil Pears’ Soap ($8,000 to $12,000); and David Burliuk’s Female Nude Seated at Water’s Edge ($6,000 to $9,000), and Mrs. Key, 1949 ($7,000 to $10,000).
Diverse watercolors include Florencio Molina Campos’s Nocturno, gouache ($15,000 to $20,000); Joseph Stella’sPlant Forms ($2,500 to $3,500); Dong Kingman’s The Coliseum, New York, which appeared as the cover of The New York Times magazine on April 19, 1956 ($5,000 to $8,000); and Doug Brega’s Wyeth-influenced Man of Kerry, 1986 ($3,000 to $5,000) and Chrissy ($4,000 to $6,000).
Finally, this session includes William Zorach’s The Artist’s Daughter, a terracotta study for a larger bronze sculpture ($3,000 to $5,000).
The sale continues after a lunch break with varied examples of Contemporary Art including prints, drawings, paintings and three-dimensional works by American and European artists working from the mid-20th century to the present.
Unique Abstract Expressionist works include an Untitled brush and black ink drawing by Franz Kline,1955 ($60,000 to $90,000); and a Sketchbook by Joan Mitchell with 52 pencil, ink or crayon drawings, circa 1954-55, inscribed and dedicated, on the occasion of Mitchell’s 29th birthday, by fellow artists Paul Brach, Mike Goldberg and Miriam Schapiro ($50,000 to $75,000). There is also a selection of lithographs by Willem de Kooning; and prints by Helen Frankenthaler, Adolph Gottlieb and Robert Motherwell.
Other featured unique works are John Salt’s Bride, oil on canvas, 1969 ($8,000 to $12,000); Karel Appel’s Deux Oiseaux, gouache and crayon drawing, 1958; A.R. Penck’s TM, blue crayon, 1974; one of Jim Dine’s signature bathrobe images, Visiting with Charcoal I, charcoal, 1980; and Andy Warhol’s Six Faces, pen and ink and gouache, an unused illustration for Woman’s Day Magazine (each $10,000 to $15,000).
Among the Warhol prints is Cow, color screenprint on purple and black wallpaper, 1976, one of approximately 100 impressions signed by the artist in felt-tip pen and black ink ($12,000 to $18,000); and a signed and numbered color screenprint of the Paramount company logo, 1985 ($20,000 to $30,000).
Other print highlights include the Josef Albers portfolio Homage to the Square, Soft Edge—Hard Edge, with 10 color screenprints, 1965 ($12,000 to $18,000); Wayne Thiebaud’s Eyeglasses, lithograph on BFK Rives, 1971 ($4,000 to $6,000); David Hockney’s The Artist and Model, etching, 1974 ($12,000 to $18,000); Keith Haring’s Pop Shop III, set of four color screenprints, 1989 ($12,000 to $18,000); Damien Hirst’s Ethidium Bromide Aqueous Solution, color aquatint, 2005 ($15,000 to $20,000); Chuck Close’s Self Portrait, color lithograph and screeprint, 2007 ($7,000 to $10,000); and Shepard Fairey screenprints depicting president Obama, 2008 ($2,500 to $3,500 and $3,000 to $5,000).
Desirable three-dimensional pieces are an Untitled tatistone sculpture by Louise Nevelson hand painted in black, 1949 ($8,000 to $12,000); Larry Rivers’s Dutch Masters Cigar Box, mixed-media multiple with hand coloring, 1970 ($2,000 to $3,000); a painted brass multiple by Ernest Trova, Jack Man with Red Disks, 1986, from the artist’s Falling Man series ($6,000 to $9,000); and a painted and patinated fabricated brass multiple by Roy Lichtenstein, Explosion (New York State Governor’s Arts Award), from the initial edition of 15, 1996 ($10,000 to $15,000).
Rounding out the contemporary art section are color lithographs by Alexander Calder, variations of Robert Indiana’sLove design, color lithographs by Jasper Johns, Alex Katz portraits, and more.
The morning session of the auction, American Art, will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, November 18. The afternoon session of Contemporary Art follows at 1:30 p.m.
The works will be on public exhibition Saturday, November 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, November 15 through Wednesday, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.