Modern & Post-War Art at Swann May 20

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  • May 07, 2021

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John Wesley, 7 Maidens, duco and oil on canvas, 1963. Estimate $80,000 to $120,000.

New York—Swann Galleries will hold its sale of Modern & Post-War Art on Thursday, May 20. The auction will present a selection of highlights ranging across Modernist illustration, American abstract artists—including members of the Irascibles and The Club—Color Field, Pop, Minimalism, American Surrealism and more.

            The auction will be headlined by color field, pop and minimalism with 7 Maidens, a 1963 duco-and-oil on canvas painting by John Wesley ($80,000-120,000); Horizontal Brushstroke, a 2003 gouache-on-paper by Sol Lewitt; and a grouping of three portfolios Walasse Ting: Hot and Sour Soup, 1969 with hand lettered poems, acrylic and ink drawings and 19 color lithographs, Hot and Sour Soup, 1969 with 50 poems and 22 color lithographs, and Green Banana, 1971, with 10 poems and 10 color lithographs ($12,000-18,000). Also available are works by Albert Stadler, Emily Mason, James Hilleary and Michael Michaeledes.

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

            The New York art world is well-represented with works by Elaine de Kooning with Bacchus, a vibrant 1983 acrylic-on-canvas abstraction in hues of purple, blue and orange ($10,000-15,000); Robert Motherwell with Gauloises on Grey #26, a 1972 acrylic and paper collage ($30,000-50,000); Theodoros Stamos with What the Wind Does, (Still Life, Fire Island), oil on masonite, 1947 ($7,000-9,000); Judith Rothschild with Nouset Heights III, oil on canvas, 1970, a work that was a breaking point in her career ($1,200-1,800); and a run of works by Charles Green Shaw with Sight, oil on canvas, 1940 ($8,000-12,000), Separation, gouache on board, 1939 ($7,000-9,000), and Sacred Places, oil on canvas, 1942 ($7,000-9,000). Moving through the rest of America are abstract works by John Opper, Ibram Lassaw, Carl Holty, John Little and more.

            American Surrealism includes James Guy’s Intellectual Merry-Go-Round, oil-on-canvas, 1940 ($12,000-$18,000); Lorser Feitelson’s Sketch of Nudes, oil on panel, 1944 ($9,000-12,000); and Helen Lundeberg’s The Edge, oil on board, 1951 ($7,000-9,000). Modernist illustrators are represented by Clarence Holbrook Carter with a grouping of three 1955 watercolors: Pipeline, Plowing, and Coal ($2,500-3,500).

Limited previewing (by appointment only) will be available through May 19, to be scheduled directly with a specialist in advance and conforming to strict safety guidelines. Swann Galleries staff will prepare condition reports and provide additional photographs of material on request. Advance order bids can be placed with a specialist for the sale or on Swann’s website, and phone bidding will be available. Live online bidding platforms will be the Swann Galleries App, Invaluable, Live Auctioneers, and Artsy. The complete catalogue and bidding information is available at and on the Swann Galleries App.

Kelsie Jankowski
Swann Auction Galleries
212-254-4710 x 23

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