Skinner to Host Auction of Prints, Photographs, Paintings, and Sculpture Boston, Mass – August 23, 2012 – Skinner, Inc. will auction prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture on Friday, September 7th in two sessions at its Boston gallery. The prints and photography por
and Grapes by Bryant Chapin (lot 440, $6,000 to $8,000).
The sale features a strong set of marine paintings from an important Cincinnati collection. Highlights include Queen of the Seas by William Bradford (lot 416, $120,000 to $180,000), U.S.S. Pennsylvania by Thomas Birch (lot 415, $20,000 to $30,000), and New Bedford Harbor at Sunset by Charles Henry Gifford (lot 414, $15,000 to $20,000).
Walasse Ting’s Milky Way (lot 712, $30,000 to $40,000) leads offerings of contemporary works. Ting was committed to Abstract Expressionism well beyond its heyday; however, his interpretation is uniquely lighthearted. Ting’s work makes use of Day-Glo colors and luscious subject matter. His joyful, life-affirming approach presents a more innocent view of the world than those of his close friends Karel Appel and Pierre Alechinsky. Ting’s world is filled with simple pleasures and natural themes: a summer rainstorm, a field of flowers, or constellations in the sky, as shown in the present work.
A notable pencil drawing by the visionary outsider artist Martin Ramirez, Untitled, depicts a deer (lot 718, $120,000 to $140,000). After living as a poor farmer in Mexico, Ramirez immigrated to California where he worked on railroads and mines. Institutionalized and diagnosed as manic-depressive, Ramirez was a self-taught artist who often drew pictures to send to his family back in Mexico.
Sculpture offerings are highlighted by an impressive grouping by Frenchman Antoine-Louis Barye. One example, Lion au serpent (lot 357, $10,000 to $15,000) demonstrates Barye’s abilities as a keen observer of animals and is illustrative of his mastery of detail.
Other noteworthy sculptures include Harriet Whitney Frishmuth’s bronze Play Days (lot 612, $12,000 to $18,000) and Paul Howard Manship’s Young Minerva (lot 613, $30,000 to $50,000). In 1911, Manship was immersed in three years of study at the American Academy in Rome, having been awarded the American Prix de Rome in 1909. He returned to New York in the fall of 1912. In February of 1913, the American Academy in Rome presented an exhibition of works by Manship and two other Fellows at The Architectural League in New York, where Manship showed ten pieces done in Rome, including Young Minerva, to critical acclaim.
Previews, Catalogue and Bidding
Previews for the auction will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., and Thursday, September 6, 12 p.m.-8 p.m., and Friday, September 7, 2012, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. Department Director, Robin Starr, will offer a gallery walk of selected works on Thursday, September 6, 2012. The gallery walk will begin at 6:00 p.m. preceded by a reception at 5:30 p.m. To register, please visit: http://bit.ly/art-walk-sept7.
Illustrated catalogue #2609B is available from the subscription department at 508-970-3240. It is also available at the gallery. Prices realized will be available at www.skinnerinc.com during and after the sale. Skinner's site also allows users to view all lots in the auctions, leave bids, order catalogues, and bid live in real-time through SkinnerLive! Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/skinnerauctions or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Skinner-Inc-Department-of-American-and-European-Paintings-and-Prints/126191337613.