Auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art on April 20, 2021
Circa 1976 Painting by Martin Wong Achieves a $75,600
NEW YORK, NY -- Doyle held a successful auction of Post-War & Contemporary Art on April 20, 2021. The sale presented important paintings and sculpture by some of the 20th and 21st centuries' most prominent artists. Encompassing examples by American, European, Latin American and Asian artists, the works spanned artistic movements from Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art and Minimalism, moving through Fluxus and Mail Art to Street Art.
Highlighting the sale was a circa 1976 painting by Martin Wong that soared past its estimate of $3,000-5,000 to achieved $75,600. A 1976 graphite sketch on paper by Wong estimated at $2,000-4,000 realized $28,350 -- An Auction Record for a Work on Paper by the Artist.
A key figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, Helen Frankenthaler created many of the most genre-defining works of the Postwar period. An untitled work on paper from 1963 shows Frankenthaler’s soak-stain technique of applying oil paint and achieving the sublime flatness of the Color Field movement which she helped create. The work tripled its $18,000-22,000 estimate, selling for $63,000.
Working in Corten steel, French sculptor Bernar Venet’s arcs are a series of precise, elegant curves that showcase his graceful, sleek approach to Minimalist sculpture. The work realized $53,550, far surpassing the $20,000-30,000 estimate.
The first African American sculptor to have a solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum of Art, Melvin Edwards is a pioneering figure in the history of Post-War sculpture. A maquette is for Edwards’ Passage, a massive outdoor sculpture on site at CUNY/Kingsborough College in Brooklyn, which The New York Times called “one of the most successful” of Edwards’ sculptures. The maquette sold for $34,650 against a $20,000-40,000 estimate.
Latin American Art
A special section of the sale presented Latin American Art. Read More
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