Pop Goes Art at Bonhams & Butterfields: Works by Ruscha and Warhol to Highlight Fall Auction of Fine Prints in November

  • LOS ANGELES, California
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  • October 19, 2009

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Edward Ruscha (American, born 1937) Standard Station (E. 5), 1966, Estimate: $30,000-40,000
Bonhams & Butterfields

International auctioneers Bonhams & Butterfields is pleased to offer Fine Prints on November 3, 2009.  Simulcast between the San Francisco and Los Angeles salesrooms, the auction will feature a diverse selection of old master, modern, contemporary prints and multiples ranging from the Renaissance to the Present and include works by masters of the craft such as John James Audubon, Georges Braque, Winslow Homer, Henri Matisse, Edward Ruscha, Andy Warhol and James Abbott McNeill Whistler.

Highlighting the 300 lot fall auction is an important mid-century screen print by American Artist Edward Ruscha.  Titled Standard Station (E. 5), 1966, the work depicts an iconic 1960s-style Standard Oil gas station set in the bright hues of red, orange and blue.  Ruscha's distinct technique can be seen throughout the work in the bold use of color, dramatic angles and textual, flat Pop Art style.

"Ruscha creates a visual language for the viewer with his use of stark shapes in both the positive and negative spaces within Standard Station.  This creates a dramatic impact, which can be seen in all facets of the work including the roof of the station, gas pumps and sky.  Bonhams & Butterfields is pleased to offer such an iconic piece of American vernacular history," said Judith Eurich, Director, Fine Prints San Francisco.

Estimated to bring $30,000-40,000, the work is printed on commercial buff paper, signed in pencil, dated and numbered 33/50.  Standard Station was published by Audrey Sabol, Villanova, Pennsylvania and printed by Art Krebs, Los Angeles, California. 

Additional works of note within the Pop Art section of the sale include two pieces by Andy Warhol, which include a portrait of Mildred Scheel (est. $8,000 - 12,000) and The New Spirit (Donald Duck), from Ads, 1985.  Expected to fetch $20,000-25,000, the colorful eye catching New Spirit screen print is signed and numbered. 

Eight Bells (G. 95), 1887 by preeminent American artist Winslow Homer is also among the offering this fall.  Largely self-taught, Homer is best known for his marine subjects such as Eight Bells.  The nautical work depicts two sailors on the deck of a ship garbed in rain slickers at eight bells performing onboard navigational duties with a sextant.  Titled Eight Bells in homage to the device used aboard a vessel to indicate hour and regulate watch schedules, the dramatic etching is expected to bring $30,000-40,000 on November 3, 2009. 

Additional highlights from the fall auction will include an abstract black and white etching on tinted Arches paper by Georges Braque titled Composition (Nature Morte I) (V. 8), 1911 (est. $20,000-30,000); a touching lithograph portrait of a seated woman by Henri Matisse titled La robe jaune au ruban noir (D. 424), 1922 (est. $12,000-15,000); a stunning hand colored engraving by John James Audubon titled Great Horned-Owl. Strix Virginiana. (Pl. 61), 1829, from the Havell edition of The Birds of America (est. $12,000-18,000) and a beautiful lifetime impression on watermarked paper titled Old Battersea Bridge (K. 177), 1879 by James Abbott McNeill Whistler (est. $7,000-9,000) among others. 

Preview: October 23-25, 2009, San Francisco; October 30-November 1, Los Angeles

Auction: November 3, 2009, Los Angeles, simulcast to San Francisco


Press Contact:  Jannelle Grigsby, (310) 567-7990, jannelle.grigsby@bonhams.com


About Bonhams

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's oldest and largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son and Neale UK. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America and in August 2003, Goodmans, a leading Australian fine art and antiques auctioneer with salerooms in Sydney, joined the Bonhams Group of Companies. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street, and Knightsbridge, and a further seven throughout the UK. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Boston in the USA; and Switzerland, France, Monaco, Australia, Hong Kong and Dubai. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 57 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments, go to www.bonhams.com. (01-08) For other press releases, go to www.bonhams.com/press.

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