Past Auction

Post-War & Contemporary Art

Wed, May 09, 2018 at 2pm EDT |
New York
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1964 Abstract by Zao Wou-Ki Achieves $939,000


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  • Auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art on May 9, 2018
  • 1964 Abstract by Zao Wou-Ki Achieves $939,000 Amid International Competitive Bidding
  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted for Future Auctions

NEW YORK, NY -- On Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2pm, Doyle held an auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art. The sale encompassed works by American, European, Latin American and Asian artists and spanned artistic movements from Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism to Street Art.

With competitive international bidding in the salesroom, on the telephones and on the Internet, the sale totaled $2,019,625, surpassing its estimate of $1,092,000-1,714,000, with 79% sold by lot and 92% sold by value.

Highlighting the sale was a 1964 abstract by Zao Wou-Ki (1920-2013) that achieved an exceptional $939,000 amid strong international bidding that sent the work soaring past its estimate of $200,000-400,000. Zao began his art training in China and immigrated to France at the age of twenty-seven. His formal Chinese painting techniques lent themselves well to the abstract styles popularized by the New York-based Abstract Expressionists. In France, artists such as Joan Mitchell, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Pierre Soulages and Henri Michaux seized on this expressive style and took it to new heights. Zao was part of this energetic time in the Paris art scene. Consigned by the Estate of Hilda Johnson, the work's original owner, 02.01.64 was created during a productive time in the artist’s life and the same year in which he was granted French citizenship.

Strong prices were also achieved for works by Norman Bluhm, Os Gemeos, Richard Hambleton, Ibrahim Hussein, Jacob Lawrence, Roberto Matta, Gerard Sekoto, Toko Shinoda, Theodoros Stamos, James Suzuki and Victor Vasarely.


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  • Estate of Elisabeth B. Vondracek
  • Estate of Hilda Johnson
  • Estate of Marion Victor Perini
  • Private Collection, Maryland
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  • Property from a Private New York Estate

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