Skinner Auction of Prints, Photographs, Paintings, and Sculpture to Feature Works by Old Masters th The Skinner Fine Paintings & Prints auction in Boston on May 18, 2012 features works by old masters through contemporary artists.
News-Antique.com - May 02,2012 - Boston, Mass – May 2, 2012 – Skinner, Inc. will auction prints, photographs, paintings and sculptures on Friday, May 18th in two sessions at its Boston gallery. The prints and photography portion of the sale will begin at 12 p.m.; paintings and sculptures at 4 p.m.
Skinner continues to experience strong growth with multiples and works on paper. The upcoming sale will present an excellent assortment of prints and photography. A fine selection of modern & contemporary works will be offered, spearheaded by works of Roy Lichtenstein and Paul Klee.
The cover lot is Roy Lichtenstein’s Imperfect Diptych. From 1986 to 1988 Lichtenstein created a series of works that collectively came to be known as the Imperfect Series. Each work in the series features tangram-like geometric shapes, in which one element projects beyond the normal frame of composition. Lichtenstein often used a method known as overprinting to saturate colors; the Mylar elements in these collages have a clear coat overprint to maintain the reflective qualities of these saturated portions. Lichtenstein’s Imperfect Diptych (lot 79, estimated between $20,000 and $30,000) is the twenty-fourth work in the series and is an excellent example of the techniques used throughout the series.
Paul Klee’s Höhe! (Height!) of 1928 (lot 73, $50,000 to $70,000) demonstrates the artist’s iconic visual vocabulary of fine lines to create a dream-like and whimsical image.
The sale also features an interesting group of fine paintings and prints by African-American artists such as Jacob Lawrence’s Lawyer’s and Clients (lot 76, $4,000 to $6,000) and an untitled color lithograph by Gene Davis (lot 37, $2,000 to $3,000). Also on offer are several paintings by Sam Gilliam including an acrylic and pastel on canvas entitled Iceland I (lot 510, $20,000 to $30,000), and an untitled abstract (lot 509, $2,000 to $3,000).
Ansel Adams’s The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming (lot 158, $35,000 to $45,000) represents one of many photography highlights. This work demonstrates Adams’s magnificent use of burning and dodging techniques to create the rich look of his iconic landscapes.
Adams inspired another photographer featured in the sale: Eliot Porter. A chance meeting with Adams and a subsequent meeting with Alfred Stieglitz, prompted Porter to abandon a career as a research biologist to pursue photography. He eventually became a pioneer in dye transfer prints. Porter’s Certain Passages (lot 171, $3,500 to $4,000) is a portfolio comprised of eight landscapes that descended through the family of the artist. Harry Callahan’s Eleanor (lot 161, $12,000 to $18,000), an image of his muse, will also be offered.
Fine Paintings and Sculpture
Fine paintings on offer range from Old Masters through contemporary works. Works from the 18th and 19th centuries include a strong group of Dutch and German masters by artists including Jan Jacob Spohler, Hermann Herzog, Richard Zimmermann, and Hermann Baisch. Other highlights include a portrait attributed to Allan Ramsay (lot 208, $10,000 to $15,000) titled Portrait of a Lady Holding a Book of Verse, Eugène