Auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art on November 15, 2017
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NEW YORK, NY -- On Wednesday, November 15, 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.
Highlighting the sale was a 1948 mobile by Alexander Calder (1898-1976) titled Long Orange Tail that surpassed its estimate of $150,000-250,000, selling for $262,500. Calder was one of the world’s great modernist artists. Born in the United States, he charmed a global audience when he emerged on the art stage in Paris. His “Circus,” a mechanized group of lions and circus performers that he fashioned from wire and fabric, and in which he also performed, was a great hit with audiences. While in Paris he was also invited to exhibit with the Abstraction-Création Group, an honor extended to very few Americans. It was at this time that he developed the pure abstract forms that are seen in the mobiles, stabiles and gouaches of his mature style. In Long Orange Tail, we can see Calder’s masterful sense of balance and scale. His engineering skills are fully at play whether his creation is two inches or two stories tall. Long Orange Tail has both charm and magnificence, regardless of its diminutive scale.
One of Indonesia’s greatest Modernist painters, Affandi (1907-1990) employed an Expressionist style to depict the vividness he saw in the figures and everyday life of his culture, as reflected in an untitled 1969 work from a New York Estate that fetched $93,750. Affandi had an aversion to using brushes, and instead applied paint directly from its tube and smeared it across the canvas with his hand – a practice that required furious energy.
Sadly passing away just days ago (October 29, 2017), Richard Hambleton was a tremendous talent, and every bit the equal of his peers Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat, with whom he helped define the art and culture of Downtown 1980s New York City. Hambleton was best known for his imposing “Shadowmen,” inky black figures which coated the streets of Manhattan. The Shadowmen also played prominently in his studio work, and in Into the Woods, circa 1985, which sold for $53,125, a World Auction Record for the artist. It features one of his signature figures against a gray-white background and an all-over tar-black drip pattern. His beloved work can currently be seen in MoMA’s Club 57 exhibition, as well as the recent documentary, simply entitled Shadowman.
Pruitt & Early
Before they established themselves as solo Contemporary artists, Rob Pruitt and Jack Early were a collaborative duo, creating mixed media installations and showing at prestigious galleries such as Leo Castelli and Fergus McCaffrey. Offered in the sale was Artwork for Teenage Boys (Pabst, American Flag, Six Pack), circa 1990, which achieved $28,125, a World Auction Record for their work. It is indicative of their Post-Pop conceptual/sarcastic works, lampooning consumer culture. The six panels comprised of Pabst Blue Ribbon fabric and beer cans, adorned with American Flag decals and wrapped in shrink wrap showcase lowbrow mass-produced items, reframed as tongue-in-cheek fine art.
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Pruitt and Early (Rob Pruitt and Jack Early) American, 20th Century Artwork for Teenage Boys , circa 1990
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