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    Contemporary Art by Ibrahim Mahama and Post-War Works by American Pop Artists to Sell at Bonhams

    In this upcoming timed sale of post-war and contemporary art from Bonhams, a variety of paintings, prints, wall hangings, and other works of fine art will cross the auction block. Among the top lots is an installation piece by contemporary Ghanaian artist Ibrahim Mahama. Composed of metal tags on charcoal jute sacks, this work measures ten feet across. Mahama often works with jute sacks, stitching them together and draping them over architectural elements. The sacks move through multiple countries and industries—from Southeast Asian factories to Ghanaian cocoa bean distributors—before they arrive at his studio. “I am interested in how crisis and failure are absorbed into this material with a strong reference to global transaction and how capitalist structures work,” the artist said about his favored material. The offered installation, titled DABI DABI, was shown at White Cube in London and was acquired there by the present owner in 2019.  Also available in this auction is a signed and dated photo collage and colored pencil on panel work by American Pop artist Larry Rivers. The offered work from 1967 is rendered in muted gray and white, with the exception of a blue outline of Africa in the center. Around the continent the artist has placed images such as a human figure standing up and camels trekking across the desert. Offered from Louise Lawler is a 2008 work titled Red, Yellow and Black. Composed of silver dye bleach printed on a museum box, this figurative piece evokes the repetitions of Warhol’s screenprints. Red chains cross over repeated images of Jesus Christ. Other key artists with work in the catalog include Kathryn Andrews, Fab 5 Freddy, and Peter Triantos. For more information on the Post-War & Contemporary Art Online sale, visit Bonhams’ website. 

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    Basquiat Masterpiece, Abstract Works by Richter and Mitchell Available in Sotheby’s Fall Contemporary Evening Auction

    Sotheby’s mid-November Contemporary Evening Auction explores the most radical and transformative art movements of the late 20th century. Represented in the catalog are works of Color Field painting, Pop Art, Minimalism, and more. A self-portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat leads the listings. Titled Self-Portrait as a Heel (Part Two), this acrylic and oilstick on canvas is dominated by an electric green background. In front, fragmented body parts appear from multiple angles. Basquiat painted this piece between 1982 and 1983, during a visit to Los Angeles. Shortly before, he made his breakthrough in the mainstream art world, and his fame was spiking when he created a series of self-portraits. Responding to this newfound fame, Basquiat used his art to explore his role as a Black man in a predominately white art world.  Another notable lot in this upcoming auction is an abstract 1997 work by Gerhard Richter. This work belongs to the artist’s Abstraktes Bilder series from the 1990s. Richter executed the present work on an immense square canvas using rich shades of wine red and navy blue. Utilizing his signature squeegee, Richter built up layers of paint on the canvas, scraping them back to reveal glimmers of color beneath. Bidders can consider other abstract works by Joan Mitchell and Lucio Fontana, as well as paintings by Barkley L. Hendricks and Wayne Thiebaud. Visit Sotheby’s website for more information on the upcoming Contemporary Evening Auction and to register to bid. 

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    Swann’s Contemporary Art Auction Features Sam Szafran, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, and Keith Haring Works

    The tiny spaces that Sam Szafran (1934 - 2019) occupied were his world, captured on canvas with thousands of details. A dizzying perspective of stairs captured in an untitled painting from 1980 by Szafran is leading the Contemporary Art auction from Swann Auction Galleries. It is a color pastel on board, signed by Szafran. He was a Jewish-Polish artist who grew up witnessing the disasters of World War II. As an artist, he preferred solitude, focusing on his own existence and inner states to give rise to his favorite themes like plants, staircases, and workshops in pastel and then watercolor. This artwork distorts and deconstructs the viewer's perspective. A crayon, pen and ink, and wash on card artwork, drawn in 1926 by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880 - 1938) is another highlight in the sale. As a self- trained artist, Kirchner founded the artists' group Die Brücke along with Fritz Bleyl, Erich Heckel, and Karl Schmidt-Rottluff. The group gave birth to German Expressionism. They made life-drawings from nude models in unselfconscious, informal poses in their communal studio, decorated with non-Western art and erotic images. They rejected academic art as stultifying and started originating works that were emotionally expressive, like the works of Vincent van Gogh and Edvard Munch. Their art still resonates with the contemporary originality they held in the 1910s and 1920s. View the complete catalog of the Contemporary Art auction by visiting Swann Auction Galleries.

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    Freeman’s Modern and Contemporary Art Sale Features Work by Lê Thị Lựu, Gertrude Abercrombie, and More

    Freeman’s upcoming sale, featuring works by prominent women artists, will present over 50 fine art pieces by the likes of Lê Thị Lựu and Gertrude Abercrombie. A painting on silk, titled Mother and Children in Landscape, by Lê Thị Lựu leads the sale. Lê Thị Lựu is considered to be one of the most influential Vietnamese artists of the 20th century. Born in Tho Khoi, Ha Bac Province, she was one of the notable alumni of Victor Tardieu's École des Beaux-Arts de l’Indochine in Hanoi. This painting depicts a mother and her three young children dressed in the traditional Vietnamese ao dai dress.  Another notable lot in the sale is an oil painting titled The Fisherman by American artist Gertrude Abercrombie. According to the catalog, the available canvas was produced by the artist during her early career. This painting was part of the 53rd Annual Exhibition of American Paintings and Sculpture at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1942. Referred to as the ‘Queen of Bohemian artists,’ Abercrombie often chose to paint barren landscapes, self-portraits, interiors, and still lifes. Additional lots of interest include sculptural works by Harry Bertoia and George Rickey, a mixed-media work by Anselm Kiefer, and a rare print by Pablo Picasso. Works by Robert Indiana, March Avery, and Lê Phổ are available as well. View the complete catalog of the Modern and Contemporary Art auction and register to bid by visiting Freeman’s.

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    Robinhood Auctions Offers Modern & Contemporary Artworks by Wyland, Dr. Seuss, and Mr. Brainwash

    Renowned for his large outdoor murals, Robert Wyland is an American artist who studied in Detroit, Michigan. He was deeply influenced by marine life and has maintained a keen interest in environmental conservation since childhood. The upcoming sale from Robinhood Auctions will feature a notable artwork by Wyland. This original acrylic on canvas features two dolphins in the deep blue sea. The framed painting is hand-signed by the artist and comes with a letter of authenticity. Like most of Wyland’s paintings, the artwork celebrates underwater sea life. Rendered in varying shades of blue, the composition brilliantly employs light to achieve a theatrical effect.  Another noteworthy artwork in the sale is Elephant (Blue Head), an original drawing on paper by Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss. The sketch, highlighting an animal with a blue elephant head, is bright and humorous. Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, Dr. Seuss (1904 - 1991) was a renowned American children’s author and cartoonist. He wrote over 60 books and illustrated many of them in his career. To view the complete catalog and register to bid in the upcoming Autumn Modern and Contemporary Art sale, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Louis Icart’s Portrait de Fanny Leads Autumn Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art by Dane Fine Art

    Louis Icart (French, 1888 - 1950) impressed his aunt with his talent in drawing at an early age. She brought Icart with her to Paris in 1907. There, he dedicated himself to painting, drawing, and etching. Soon, he designed his works and title pages for the magazine La Critique Théâtrale. Icart was in demand and hired by numerous fashion houses. Icart’s drawings were particularly fashionable during the Art Deco period. In 1914, he met and married Fanny Volmers, an employee of the Paquin fashion house. She was his muse, modeling for many of his works. Portrait de Fanny, completed in 1935 by Louis Icart, is a unique oil on canvas of Fanny Volmers Icart. It is a hand-signed painting leading the upcoming Autumn Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art, offered by Dane Fine Art. Icart painting enthusiasts can also consider other works like Le The au Jardin, an original oil on canvas available in this sale. An artwork by Andy Warhol titled Physiological Diagram is also of interest. It is a unique artwork created using synthetic polymer paint on HMP Paper. There is an authentication stamp en verso from the estate of Andy Warhol. Not many pieces like these are available. Warhol’s studio was known for creating multiple screenprints of similar subjects, but this one stands out. It was procured from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in New York. The auction will offer a plethora of fine art, photography, posters, decorative art, and sculptures. View the complete catalog of the Autumn Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art and find other online auctions by visiting Bidsquare.

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    Dane Fine Art to Sell Contemporary Work by Christian666, 20th-Century Works by Icart and Fontana

    Dane Fine Art’s upcoming September Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art will feature a range of paintings, posters, prints, and multiples. Among the auction’s top lots is an original watercolor painting by Philadelphia-based contemporary artist Christian666. Titled Menage A Quatre IIII, the 2023 artwork depicts a symmetrical rose with leaves. Christian666 is a printmaker known for his work with iconic 20th-century tattoo designs such as birds, bleeding hearts, Madonnas, and pin-up girls. Also notable is Jim Dine’s The Red Talisman from 2018. This one-color black woodblock print was pressed on red house paint on paper. It is signed and numbered by the artist.  Limited edition drypoint etchings from French graphic artist Louis Icart are also on offer. The Art Deco-era artist was known for his work with French magazines and his depictions of sensual women in various domestic settings. Among the notable Louis Icart works in this catalog is a 1938 etching depicting a young woman leaning over a piano. She rests her head in her hands, tucking her face into her arm. Additional works of interest in the auction catalog include an abstract triptych by James Groody, as well as an original 1975 lithograph by Lucio Fontana. The Argentine-Italian painter was known for his monochromatic paintings bearing long slashes. Fontana returned from World War II and felt disillusioned with traditional painting techniques. He began slashing and poking holes in his canvases to reveal the dark space behind. Visit Bidsquare to browse the full catalog for this September Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art and find other online auctions. 

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    Tom Wesselmann Lithograph Offered in End of Summer Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art

    Monica Lying on Her Side with Scribble is a rare limited-edition lithograph on paper by Tom Wesselmann, and it leads the End of Summer Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art, presented by Dane Fine Art. It was created in 1990 and was hand-signed by Wesselmann. It was published by International Images, New York. Artist Thomas K. Wesselmann (American, 1931 - 2004) believed that the female nude is a subject to which an artist can devote his full attention. Wesselmann shows women as the consumer, both consuming and being consumed, said Jan van der Marck, founding director of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Tom Wesselmann was an admired American artist whose paintings, collages, and sculptures made an impact on the Pop Art movement. Other notable works in the sale come from James Havard, Jeff Koons, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, and Andy Warhol. Louis Icart’s modern version of Leda and the Swan, a rare, limited-edition dry point etching with hand coloring on paper, is noteworthy. It is a 1934, hand-signed original copy from the artist. The myth of Leda and the Swan has been brought to life in numerous forms by artists over the years. The unaware young Spartan queen Leda is taking a bath in a river when Zeus, the god of sky and thunder disguised as a swan, seduces and rapes her. The swan who is Zeus never apologizes to Leda and isn’t accountable for his actions. In Icart’s version, the swan is dark and mysterious, spreading its wings, almost engulfing Leda. Unlike most paintings that portray Leda as an innocent participant, this painting portrays her in a different light. View the complete catalog of the End of Summer Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art and find other online auctions by visiting Bidsquare.

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    Rare Limited Edition Contemporary Art by Julian Opie and Keith Haring Come to Sale with Dane Fine Art

    Visual artist Julian Opie is associated with the New British Sculpture movement. His simple figurative portraits reflect his perception of contemporary life. His silhouettes are inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphics, Japanese woodblock prints, and traffic signs. One such artwork by Opie from a limited edition of 30 is a key highlight of the upcoming sale from Dane Fine Art. Titled Belgium 3, it is a set of free-standing acrylic figures on a wall-mounted Corian shelf. The work measures 26 3/4 inches by 23 5/8 inches. Another rare artwork in the sale from a limited edition is Louis Icart’s Motorcar. The original drypoint etching with hand coloring on paper is characteristic of the portrayal of women in the Art Deco period.  Keith Haring’s International Youth Year also leads the artwork section of the catalog. Published by The World Federation of United Nations Associations, New York, it is a lithograph in colors on Arches paper. The American artist’s Pop art was influenced by the New York City graffiti subculture of the 1980s. His works explored social activism and advocated AIDS awareness. To view the complete catalog and register to bid in the upcoming Harvest Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art, visit Bidsquare and browse other online auctions.

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    Tidal Basin by Warhol and Mickey and Minnie by Mr. Brainwash Available at Sunshine Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art by Dane Fine Art

    Andy Warhol’s Tidal Basin is leading the Sunshine Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art, offered by Dane Fine Art. It is a one-of-a-kind three-dimensional screenprint and collage on paper depicting a couple on a romantic getaway, produced by Warhol in 1983. The iconic Campbell’s Soup can painter rose to prominence with his paintings and screenprints. His painting style and subjects were as unique and extravagant as the artist. He chose to paint subjects that the American public was obsessed with, like Marilyn Monroe. Posters of Monroe by Andy Warhol are also available in the sale. Madonna, Britney Spears, and Christina Aguilera performed two hits, Like a Virgin and Hollywood, during the 2003 VMA ceremony. Their performance and attire were wedding-inspired. Spears and Aguilera dressed as brides, and Madonna was in a black catsuit. The performance made headlines for the onstage kiss shared between Madonna and Spears. The image of the two pop sensations locking lips is shown in Line Kiss, a screenprint by Mr. Brainwash which is available in this sale. It is a hand-signed and thumb-printed, original screenprint in colors on hand-torn archival art paper created in 2009. It is from a rare limited edition of 50 made by the artist and is still in excellent condition. Also available in the sale is Mr. Brainwash’s Mickey and Minnie. View the complete catalog of the Sunshine Sale of Modern & Contemporary Art and find other online auctions on Bidsquare.