Past Auction

Fine Modern Art

Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 10am EDT |
New York
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Works with Moderate Estimates by Artists of 20th and 21st Centuries


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  • Inaugural Auction of Fine Modern Art on October 17, 2018 at 10am
  • Works with Moderate Estimates by American, European, Asian and Latin American Artists of the 20th and 21st Centuries
  • Including Property from a Private New Jersey Collection

NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle held the successful inaugural sale in the new category of Fine Modern Art on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Showcasing paintings, drawings, sculpture and fine prints with moderate estimates, this new sale category generated excitement among seasoned collectors and new buyers alike.

With competitive bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones and via the Internet, the auction totaled a strong $481,969, surpassing its estimate of $300,000-449-900, with 77% sold by lot and 92% sold by value.

This auction offered a well-rounded view of the modernist era from early American modernists like Abraham Walkowitz, to Abstract Expressionist Hans Hofmann, and Cobra artist Karel Appel.  Also contributions from Caribbean artists Angel Botello and Jose Bedia and Malaysian artist Ibrahim Hussein.

Featured in the auction was a sizeable selection of property from a Private New Jersey Collection. This collection is primarily, though not exclusively, focused on American abstract art of the 1930s and 1940s. Influential during that period of art were the American Abstract Artists group, here represented in part by works of Carl Holty, Werner Drewes, Ilya Bolotowsky, Esphyr Slobodkina and Gertrude and Balcomb Greene. The American Abstract Artists group, also known as the AAA, formed in 1936, was a collective created with hopes of bringing public awareness to the presence of modernist art movements taking place in America, as the museums and galleries were largely overlooking these contributions. Beginning in the studio of modernist sculptor Ibram Lassaw, the AAA commanded attention and helped to set the foundation for future movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, and Indian Space painting.

Chicago artist Gertrude Abercrombie (1909-1877) is most often associated with the American Surrealist movement, which was not as formal as the European movement led by Andre Breton and his Surrealist Manifesto. Abercrombie was primarily self-taught, and had few affiliations guiding her aesthetic choices, but her admiration for the works of such greats as Rene Magritte is apparent in her own paintings such as Man with Gloves on a Road, which fetched $12,500, many times its estimate of $2,000-4,000.

Other artists featured in the sale include Robert Dash, Leon Golub, George Grosz, Richard Hunt, Wolf Kahn, Blanche Lazzell, Joan Miró, Louise Nevelson, Larry Rivers, Rolph Scarlett and Claude Venard

All prices include the Buyer's Premium.


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  • A La Jolla Family Collection
  • Dorothy Lewis 2013 Irrevocable Trust
  • Estate of Felice Ross
  • Estate of Henrie Jo Barth
  • Estate of Marianne Schaller
  • Estate of Swanhild N. Castle
  • Estates of Lucille and Charles Plotz
  • From the Collection of Margo Howard
  • From the Estate of Alexander King
  • Property from a Private New Jersey Collection
  • Property from a Private New York State Collector
  • The Andrew Shaw Memorial Trust
  • The Collection of Charlotte Bergman
  • The property of Doyle New York

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