International Mid-Century Modern Art Auction September 25

  • BEVERLY HILLS, California
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  • September 20, 2016

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Frank Avray Wilson British Modern painting
Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier bronze sculpture

Carlyle Galleries International, Inc., ( the online fine art dealers and auctioneers, will be offering a selection of mid-century modern paintings by American, British, European and Latin artists in it’s next auction on Sunday, September 25, 2016.

These works, created between 1950-1970’s are all “fresh to the market”, from important collections and estates. Carlyle’s September 25 auction is the first time most of these works have ever been offered on the market in more than 50 years.

This auction offers the modernist collector and aficionado, a unique opportunity to acquire important works of art at substantial savings from retail gallery prices.  

Auction Highlights include:

British Modernism:

An important 1950’s abstract painting by British modernist, Frank Avray Wilson (1914-2009), is offered with a $3,000-5,000 auction estimate.  Wilson was one of the first British abstract artists to use Action painting techniques, together with Denis Bowen, Wilson participated in the landmark “Metavisual, Tachiste, Abstract“ exhibition at the Redfern Gallery, London, in 1957. In Paris, Avray Wilson regularly exhibited with leading figures, such as Hans Hartung, Alfred Manessier and Georges Mathieu.  The painting Carlyle is offering at auction is an oil on panel, created in the late 1950’s and shows the structure and forms so important to Wilson’s artistical motifs. The verso shows, a label from Redfern Galleries, London, with the name of the original purchaser, and sales date.

American Modernism: 

Among the American Mid-Century Modern art in Carly’s auction includes: A monographic drawing by Harry Bertoia (1915-1978), a 1960’s bronze sculpture by female sculptor Marie Zoe Greene-Mercier (1911-) estimated between $2,500-3,500, a 1957 abstract expressionist  painting by Hyde Solomon (1911-1982) with a $1,000 start price. Two paintings by Ben Johnson are offered including a large female nude Zabriskie Galleries label, and start prices at $1,000. Also, up for bidding is 1950s Abstract painting by Emil Kosa, Jr. who is also noted for his Hollywood career, including winning an Oscar for his work on “Cleopatra” with Elizabeth Taylor.

European Modernism: 

A pair of colorful mid-century abstract paintings by French-Romanian modernist Alexandre Istrati (1915-1991), are offered, each with a $1,000 start price. The paintings come from the estate of famed violinist Louis Kaufman, who is considered the most recorded musical artist of the 20th century. (Kaufman played on the soundtrack of as many as 500 movies and made over 100 musical recordings.) These works demonstrate Istrati’s unique style of exploring the superiority of colors and the treatment of surfaces. The paint is applied very dramatically that the viewer, rather than seeing a two-dimensional image, gets to focus on a sculptural object that has been put together with vibrant colors and forms. 

Fred Thieler German Modern Abstract

Other French Modern paintings in the auction include an 1957 Leon Zack abstract, with a reasonable $4,000-6,000 estimate.

A rare painting by German modernist Fred Thieler (1916-1999) painted in 1956 is offered with a $3,500 start price. Thieler is considered one of the most important abstract artists of postwar Germany, known to have been part of the art informal movement, describing a swathe of approaches to abstract painting, which had a highly gestural technique.

Latin Modernism: 

Carlyle’s auction features a pair of 1956’s collages by Cuban artist Lolo Soldevilla (1901-1971), along with a rare and highly desirable self-portrait by important Brazil modernist Carlos Bastos (1925-2004), starting price of only $900. Also up for bidding is a 1960’s Liber Fridman painting which features his Pre-Colombian textile collage.

Carlyle's September 25, 2016 auction features nearly 200 lots of fresh-to-the-market paintings, sculpture, prints & multiples. With low starting prices and reasonable estimates, this auction offers many bargains for the sophisticated art buyer.  

The auction is offering an eclectic mix of fine art: from Old Masters and Russian Icons, to European Impressionist / Modern paintings. A highlight of the auction will be a important collection of Wildlife and Sporting paintings by internationally acclaimed artists. 

Many artworks are from local Los Angeles celebrity collections and estates, as well as consignors from all over the United States, and Europe, and Asia. Starting prices on some lots are only $100, with most items in the $2,000-5,000 range, making them highly accessible to collectors of all budgets.

The auction is online-only. The full auction catalog is available at Bidding is available through: and

Carlyle is now accepting consignments for the October 27, 2016 auction.

Carlyle Galleries International, Inc.
9701 Wilshire Boulevard
10 Floor
Beverly Hills, California
About Carlyle Galleries International, Inc.

Carlyle Galleries International, Inc. is an online Fine Art Dealer & Auctioneer based in Beverly Hills, California, serving an international collector base in over 35 countries. Carlyle specializes in the "middle-market"($5,000-$100,000) in: Old Master & 19th Century, Impressionist/Modern and Post-War & Contemporary art, and runs auctions every month.

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