Contemporary Prints & Multiples at Aspire Auctions

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  • May 24, 2017

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Lot 102. Rufino Tamayo. "Estela"
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Lot 146. Jim Dine. "White Owl (for Alan)"
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20th century collectable artists such as Jim Dine, Rufino Tamayo and Julian Stanczak are available tomorrow Thursday May 25th. The online auction is conducted by Aspire Auctions, Inc. headquartered in Cleveland Ohio with satellite locations in Pittsburgh and Chicago. Bidding is going on now and lot will close over three days; May 25, 26 & 27. Aspire has there own shipping department and assists with truck deliveries nationwide. This year marks Aspire Actions 15th birthday in this online auction industry, and has been included in the top 250 online auction companies in the world.

Lot 102. Rufino Tamayo. "Estela". Mixograph in colors on thick wove paper, 1977, numbered 37/100 lower left, signed lower right in white pencil. Framed under plexiglass in silver metal frame. 

Rufino Tamayo was a Mexican painter of Zapotec heritage, born in Oaxaca de Juárez, Mexico. Tamayo was active in the mid-20th century in Mexico and New York, painting figurative abstraction with surrealist influences. In the early 1970s, Luis and Lea Remba invited Rufino Tamayo to collaborate in printmaking at their workshop in Mexico City. Tamayo was interested, but made it very clear that he was looking for new horizons within the medium, particularly seeking ways to get more volume and texture into his prints. This artistic challenge was the impetus for Remba to invent the Mixografía® printing technique.

Lot 146. Jim Dine. "White Owl (for Alan)", a rarely seen at auction monumental cardboard intaglio on Arches paper, numbered 5/20 lower left, signed and dated 1995 lower right. Floated on white mat, under plexiglass in black wood frame. This intaglio print was made from a massive piece of thick cardboard instead of the conventional metal plate. Dine first developed this method of using a cardboard plate working in collaboration with the printer Kurt Zein in Vienna. The cardboard plate was built up with acrylic gloss polymer medium to make a non-porous surface which was then worked directly into using a variety of tools including grinders, dental drills and a chainsaw. It was printed in an edition of 20 plus 10 artist proofs and 3 other proofs at the Spring Street Workshop, New York by Julia D'Amario and Bill Hall. The dedication in the print title is to the print publisher Alan Cristea.

Lot 143. Julian Stanczak. "Blue Cut-Out Fold"
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Lot 143. Julian Stanczak. "Blue Cut-Out Fold". Serigraph, 1970, signed and numbered 92/165 in the lower margin with blind stamp, framed under plexiglass in a thin metal frame. A Cleveland treasure, Julian recently passed away, leaving behind a loyal group of admirer's, collectors, fellow artists and a large body of work spanning decades. The Op Art movement was named after his first exhibition in 1964 “Julian Stanczak: Optical Paintings" at the Martha Jackson Gallery, New York. A renewed interest in Op Art can be attributed to D. Wigmore Fine Art, New York. From 2010 to 2016, D. Wigmore Fine Art mounted six group shows examining different aspects of Op Art, including it's manifestations in Ohio; the shows featured Mr. Stanczak’s work prominently. Articles on his work appeared in Artforum and Art in America.

In 2012, Mr. Stanczak’s paintings were included in “Ghosts in the Machine,” a thematic exhibition at the New Museum in Manhattan. In 2014, he had his first show with Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Currently, "The Life Of The Surface, Paintings 1970" - 1975 showing at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, May 18  through June 24, 2017.

Cynthia Maciejewski
Aspire Auctions, inc.

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2310 Superior Ave. East, Ste. 125
Cleveland, Ohio
About Aspire Auctions, Inc.

Aspire Auctions, Inc. is the largest fine art and antiques auction house in Northern Ohio, predicated on sales results. Headquartered in Cleveland Ohio, Aspire has a second gallery in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, and representation in Atlanta Georgia. Aspire provides certified appraisals, adhering to USPAP standards, and offer free auction estimates daily, either in person at home, in the gallery or via email. The auction gallery is located in the Historic Bloch Building, listed on the National Registry, in a renovated salon with large viewing rooms with natural light. All factions of the business including shipping, website, software, photography, et al, are directly handled by Aspire Staff without any third party involvement. We currently work with museums, individuals, banks, attorneys and trustees to realize the full potential of property through our auction venue.

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