ALL-STAR LINE-UP OF OP ART AT BONHAMS NEW YORK POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY ART SALE


Post-War & Contemporary Art
16 May 2018
New York

ALL-STAR LINE-UP OF OP ART AT BONHAMS NEW YORK POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY ART SALE


Post-War & Contemporary Art
16 May 2018
New York

ALL-STAR LINE-UP OF OP ART AT BONHAMS NEW YORK POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY ART SALE


Post-War & Contemporary Art
16 May 2018
New York

ALL-STAR LINE-UP OF OP ART AT BONHAMS NEW YORK POST-WAR & CONTEMPORARY ART SALE


Post-War & Contemporary Art
16 May 2018
New York

New York- On May 16, Bonhams Post-War & Contemporary Art sale will be led by a compelling range of Op Art with leading names including Wojciech Fangor, Jesús Rafael Soto, and Victor Vasarely. Op Art, short for Optical Art, was a radical and global movement that embodied the culture of the 1960s and highlighting the selection is "M77, an extraordinary painting by Wojciech Fangor (estimate: $200,000-300,000). Appearing on the market for the first time, Fangor's M77, 1968 is a striking, complex vortex which overwhelms the senses, and an example of his mastery of conceptual representation. "Oliva Sobre Oliva", 2002, a masterwork by Jesús Rafael Soto, presents a mastery of both space and colour as well as utilises stillness and shadows (estimate: $300,000-500,000). Also fresh-to-the market is Sean Scully's early monumental "Green Light" from 1972-73 (estimate: $120,000-180,000), a complex network of intersecting and overlapping bands of colour, where three-dimensional space is created and activated by deeply contrasting colours – a result similar to works by the early pioneers of the Op Art movement.

Appearing at auction for the first time is a rare and important early work by Tom Wesselmann, "Little Bathtub Collage #3" (estimate: $100,000-150,000). This petite, jewel-like painting of a woman bathing does not appear to incorporate the conventional elements as the typical Wesselmann nude, but it is a significant example from artist's series of "Portrait Collages" and also distinguished for its provenance. The work was originally sold by the artist's New York representatives, Green Gallery, to Abram 'Al' Lerner, art advisor and personal curator for the collector, financier and entrepreneur Joseph Hirshhorn. This group, including four examples from the "Great American Nude series", are now part of the Hirshhorn Museum collection in Washington D.C. Little Bathtub Collage #3 is one example that Hirshhorn kept in his personal collection until his death.

Further highlights include "Summer II", an early watercolour by renowned American artist Sam Francis (estimate: $200,000-300,000). Created in 1957, this is a seminal work by Francis due to its pivotal place within his artistic canon. This work on paper reflects the culmination of influences from Modernism to Orientalism and is significant for its mastery of colour and exploration of light and space, hallmarks of Francis' style. "Ada in Spain" by Alex Katz (estimate: $220,000-280,000), is an outstanding portrait of his wife and muse, Ada. Painted in 1981, this work is a striking example of Katz's innate ability to layer emotion and memory into his canvases. He captures a seemingly perfect day with Ada's iconic profile and utilises all aspects of painting to transport the viewer into his world.

Sale: Post-War & Contemporary Art Sale

Location: 580 Madison Avenue, New York

Date: May 16 at 5 p.m.

Enquiries

For further information and images call Sung-Hee Kim on +1 917-206-1692, or email sunghee.kim@bonhams.com.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

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Contacts
  1. SungHee Kim
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    Bonhams
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    580 Madison Avenue
    New York, United States 10022
    Work +1 917 206 1692

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