Upcoming Auction

Post-War & Contemporary Art

Tue, May 14, 2019 at 2pm EDT |
New York
2019-05-14 14:00:00 2019-05-14 22:00:00 America/New_York Post-War and Contemporary Art Consigments Are Currently Being Accepted. Please note that the end time is an estimate based on average auction duration and is not guaranteed; auctions may end earlier or later than their estimated end time. New York Doyle info@doyle.com
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Exhibition Dates
Sat, May 11
10am – 5pm

Sun, May 12
12pm – 5pm

Mon, May 13
10am – 6pm


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  • Auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art on May 14, 2019 at 11am
  • Consignments Are Currently Being Accepted
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NEW YORK, NY -- On Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at 11am Doyle will hold an auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art. The sale will showcase a wide range of paintings and sculpture by prominent and emerging artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Works by American, European, Latin American and Asian artists encompass Abstract Expressionism and various other abstract movements that follow, including Pop Art, Minimalism, Op Art, Fluxus and Street Art, as well as representational imagery from the years after World War II through the present day.

Many artists who emerged onto the American art scene at the time of Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Clifford Still incorporated the Abstract Expressionist format into their own works.  But a number of them, including Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993), returned to a figurative style.  For approximately two decades, Diebenkorn returned to abstraction with a group of landscape derived compositions, the Ocean Park Series, of which this 1972 work on paper is a prime  example (est. $100,000-200,000). The Ocean Park paintings, drawings and prints are the most widely celebrated of Diebenkorn’s career.

Another highlight of the sale is a large-scale work by Chilean-born artist Roberto Matta (1911-2002). In 1933, Matta moved to Paris where he met Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, Le Corbusier and the poet and theorist André Breton, who encouraged him to join the Surrealist movement. During this period, Matta developed an art of diffused fi lms of color, biomorphic forms, and bold lines. In 1938 he moved to the United States, where he began to work principally in oil on canvas while continuing to develop his expressive, semi-abstract works. The 50% Irrational in Matter from 1951 is a prime representation of Matta’s contribution to the Surrealist movement (est. $100,000-200,000).

Mark Tobey (1890-1976) is often associated with the Abstract Expressionist painters of New York. Although he was fully aware of the works of his peers, he arrived at his mature style creating works known as his White Writing paintings influenced by Asian calligraphy and Baha’i and Zen Buddhism. A 1954 painting from the Estate of Elizabeth B. Vondracek is a wonderful example of Tobey’s rhythmic patterning and energetic compositions that emanate a spiritual energy (est. $20,000-30,000).

Pat Steir’s (b. 1940) beloved series of “waterfall” paintings, which she began in the 1980s, were influenced by her relationship with the late John Cage, and his philosophy of chance in art. Steir’s interest in the role of time, environment and gravity allow her to explore the idea of removing the artist from the process of creating a work of art (est. $18,000-22,000).

Created in Eureka, CA, several years before Martin Wong’s (1946-1999) arrival in New York, WACO Studio Loft is a prototypical rendering of Wong’s loft space. Its painted frame would be something ofetn employed by him throughout his career. The dreamlike setting is indicative of the atmosphere Wong worked in during his time in Eureka, which also carried through to his later, and far grittier, works depicting the rawness of the Lower East Side (est. $12,000-18,000).

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  • Estate of Elisabeth B. Vondracek
  • Estate of Frances "Peggy" Brooks
  • Estate of Peter Mayer
  • Estate of Robin Gottlieb
  • The Estate of a Gentleman, Park Avenue and Southampton, New York

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