Sale of Post-War & Contemporary Art on May 10, 2017
Showcasing Works by American, European, Latin American, Middle Eastern and Asian Artists
Untitled (Pride), circa 1999, by Margaret Kilgallen Achieves $93,750 -- A World Auction Record for the Artist
On May 10, 2017, Doyle held an auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art. The sale encompassed works by American, European, Latin American and Asian artists and spans artistic movements from Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism, through Fluxus and Mail Art, to Street Art.
With competitive bidding in the salesroom, on the telephones and on the Internet, the sale totaled $1,357,931, within the pre-sale estimate of $1,138,000-1,707,000, with 64% sold by lot and 93% sold by value.
With its combination of bold text and folk-art inspired figures, Untitled (Pride) is a fantastic representation of Margaret Kilgallen (1967-2001) at her best. The work appeared in both her 1999 solo show at Deitch Projects and at her 2000 exhibit at the Hammer Museum, shortly before her tragic passing at 33 years of age. Competitive bidding drove Untitled (Pride) many times over its estimate of $18,000-22,000 to achieve $93,750 -- A World Auction Record for the Artist.
Ibrahim Hussein coined the term “printage” to describe his unique method of combining print and collage. Hussein studied art in Singapore and London and forged acquaintances with collectors who provided him with art supplies. During a 1969 protest, he was nearly arrested for painting political commentary on a Malaysian flag and he continued to produce both politically charged and decorative works throughout his career. The following year, Hussein became the first Malaysian artist to show at the Venice Biennale. A group of his works in the sale was highlighted by Firebird from 1967, which sold for $75,000, surpassing its estimate of $40,000-60,000.
Martin Wong (1946-1999) arrived in the Lower East Side from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1978, setting up a studio for his self-trained painting in a crowded apartment. He was beloved in the New York art world and an essential figure in Downtown art history. He attended every key art event in Manhattan, and even secretly gave his artist friends free supplies while working at Pearl Paint. As famed for his own artwork as for his intense collecting habits of other artists’ work, Martin donated his legendary collection of Graffiti art in 1994 to the Museum of the City of New York. The Museum mounted a 2014 blockbuster exhibition, “City As Canvas,” complete with an accompanying book by Rizzoli. Martin succumbed to the AIDS virus in 1999, just one year after a career retrospective of his work at New York’s New Museum. The sale offered two early works created during his time in Eureka, California, both of which sold very strongly. The first estimated at $15,000-20,000 fetched $53,125, and the second estimated at $10,000-15,000 sold for $34,375.
All prices include the Buyers' Premium.
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A World Auction Record for the Artist