Gray’s Modern & Contemporary explodes into Color on May 6th.
Op-Art masters, upstart renegades, Pop geniuses and post modernists all demand attention at this dynamic and brilliantly curated auction. With only 146 lots Gray’s Spring Modern and Contemporary bursts onto the block with Lot 1, Clarence van Duzer’s dramatic interpretation of Op-art. Playfully merging a kinetic sculptural sunburst of brass rays hovering above a geometric field of complimentary colors, bright greens, orange and blues, a classic Op-art doctrine of color and pattern, created circa 1965. ‘Van’ was a close friend and contemporary of Richard Anuszkiewicz, Julian Stanczak and Edwin Mieczkowski, all of which are included in the auction.
Anuszkiewicz’s monumental acrylic on masonite, Untitled, from The Portal Series, 1971 dominates the early part of the sale at Lot 5. He was a member of the Anonima Group, a group of artists teaching in Ohio and exhibiting together in the early 1960’s. They were all were deeply interested in the psychology of perception which allows a viewer to ‘see’ spatial dimension on a two dimensional surface. Ed Mieczkowski breaks out of the two dimensional constricts with his magnificent assemblages and sculptures, which play with planes, colors, shapes and shadows creating the illusion of two dimensions in robustly constructed three dimensional artworks. Lots 6 – 10 are all by Ed Mieczkowski.
The auction is a veritable feast of artists connected with Cleveland and North-East Ohio. Lot 12, Roy Lichtenstein’s oil, Alice in Wonderland is from 1947 when he was completing his masters at Ohio State University. Lichtenstein first exhibited his works at the Ten-Thirty Gallery in Cleveland. The gallery’s director was Algesa O’Sickey, the artist and wife of Joseph O’Sickey whose evocative oil on canvas, Horses in a Cornfield #6 precedes Lichtenstein’s Alice at Lot 11.
Pat Adams was a visiting artist at Kent State University in 1980 when she completed Lot 13, her masterful canvas entitled, Clearing, which was exhibited at The Berkshire Museum in 1988. At 86 years old Pat Adams is one of the most awarded female artists still living and working in North America. ‘Clearing’ is a rich evocation of texture and shape, abstracting themes owned by an earlier generation of artists including Alexander Calder and Lichtenstein.
Lot 38 is Calder’s 1969, gouache on paper, Sea Creatures, a wonderfully dramatic interplay of shape and color. Amongst the many artists featured in the auction, highlights include Warhol’s Hot Dog Bean Soup Can (1969), Alex Katz’s Plaid Shirt 1 (1981), and Chuck Close’s Janet (2007) together with a fine collection of emerging Chinese artists.
The auction also includes works to benefit Kent State University’s new Center for the Visual Arts, The Thomas D. Little Scholarship Fund and the School of Art Collection and Acquisition Fund. Artwork features works from alumni, donors and faculty including Morton Grossman, Patricia Zinmeister-Parker, Man Ray, Diana Al-Hadid and Robert Rauschenberg to name but a few.
Live preview for the auction is from April 30 – May 5 at Gray’s auction showrooms. The auction on May 6 starts at 11am; telephone, absentee and live online bidding are available. The catalogue is now available online at graysauctioneers.com
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