Auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art on November 7, 2018
Paintings and Sculpture by Many of the 20th and 21st Centuries' Most Prominent Artists
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NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle's auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 presented important paintings and sculpture by some of the 20th and 21st centuries' most prominent artists. Encompassing works by American, European, Latin American and Asian artists, the sale spanned artistic movements from Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism, moving through Fluxus and Mail Art, to Street Art.
With competitive international bidding in the saleroom, on the telephones and via the Internet, the auction totaled $1,735,000, at the high end of the $1,220,000-1,787,000 estimate with a strong 81% sold by lot and 90% sold by value.
A highlight of the sale was a 2016 work from Richard Hambleton’s (1952-2017) series of “Rodeo” paintings that achieved $162,500, several times its estimate of $40,000-60,000. A subject he returned to throughout his career, this 2016 example showcases the power of his fluid gesture. Hambleton’s abstract forms capture the kinetic energy of a horse and rider in motion, bucking and thrashing violently across his canvas.
Tying for top lot was a 1956 abstract by Canadian artist Paul-Emile Borduas (1905-1960) that sold for $162,500 against an estimate of $100,000-150,000. A leader of the group known as the Automatists, Borduas was one of the most influential figures in Canadian modernist art.
In a direct reaction to the Abstract Expressionist movement in American painting, many artists made a choice to return to representational work. Fairfield Porter (1907-1975), along with Larry Rivers, Grace Hartigan and many others painted landscapes, still lifes and portraits, such as a marvelous work by Porter depicting poet James Schuyler that sold for $118,750, at the high end of its $80,000-120,000 estimate. Through flattening of forms and broad brushstrokes Porter and his peers used the vehicle of modernist painting styles to drive public attention back toward representational art. Art dealer, Tibor de Nagy championed Fairfield Porter and many others to shape the aesthetic tastes of collections of a generation of art collecting and beyond.
WORKS BY OTHER ARTISTS
Other artists whose works sold strongly at the sale included Edward Clark, Bernard Buffet, Stanton MacDonald Wright, Burhan Dougancay, Manoucher Yektai, Jean-Paul Riopelle and David Hockney, among others.
All prices include the Buyer's Premium.
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