Skinner Auction of Prints, Photographs, Paintings, and Sculpture to Feature Diverse Selection of Mod Boston, Mass. – January 18, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will auction prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture on Friday, February 1st at its Boston gallery. The auction, presented in two sessions, will
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The February prints and photography auction offers more than 250 works, and covers a range of styles, countries, and periods. Artists include Albers, Appel, William Blake, Braque, Calder, Chagall, Corot, Dali, Dine, Dürer, Frankenthaler, Hirst, Katz, Ellsworth Kelly, Miró, Moore, Picasso, Rembrandt, Renoir, Rouault, Stieglitz, Uelsmann, Vasarely, Villon, Warhol, Whistler, and others.
A highlight of the Fine Prints auction is Helen Frankenthaler’s Drawing on Woodblock Proof I (lot 79, estimated between $50,000 and $60,000), which uses one block from Frankenthaler’s four-block Essence Mulberry. The Essence Mulberry series was inspired by the observation of a mulberry tree, laden with fruit, growing outside the studio of Frankenthaler’s publisher, Kenneth Tyler. The resplendent tree reminded her of an exhibition of fifteenth century woodcuts shown at the Metropolitan Museum. The faded palette of those much older works proved an enduring source of inspiration.
Several works by Andy Warhol will be offered including Liz from an edition of 300 published by the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York in 1964 (lot 201, $7,000 to $9,000), and Northwest Coast Mask from an edition of 250 published by Gaultney, Klineman Art in 1986 (lot 204, $10,000 to $15,000). The iconic “Campbell’s Soup Can” makes an appearance on a shopping bag in Campbell’s Soup Can on Shopping Bag (Tomato soup) printed by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in 1966 (lot 202, $3,000 to $4,000).
Chagall lithographs include Le bouquet de l’artiste from an edition of 75 (Mourlot, 410) from 1964 (lot 57, $7,000 to $9,000), Le couple devant l’arbre from an edition of 40 (Mourlot, 292) from 1960 (lot 56, $4,000 to $6,000), and four others. Rembrandt’s etching entitled The White Negress circa 1630 (lot 162, $1,000 to $1,500), Dürer’s The Virgin Surrounded by Many Angels from 1518 (lot 74, $1,500 to $2,000), and William Blake’s illustration from The Book of Job: There Were not Found Women Fair as the Daughters of Job (lot 29, $1,200 to $1,800) will also be offered.
Photographs include works by Adams, Edgerton, Siskind, Winogrand, and others. Aaron Siskind’s Suite of 10 Photographs from the series PLEASURES AND TERRORS OF LEVITATION will be offered (lot 248, $10,000 to $15,000), along with classic images from Ansel Adams (lots 222 & 223), and a collection of six Garry Winogrand photographs, including Central Park Zoo (1967), Coney Island, New York (1952), and others (lot 261, $3,000 to $5,000).
Alexander Max Koester’s Children and Geese in a Lakeside Meadow (lot 538, $50,000 to $70,000) presents a charming and beautifully rendered pastoral scene. Works by John Joseph Enneking include Peaches Spilling from an Overturned Basket (lot 383, $10,000 to $15,000) and Storm in the Adirondacks (lot 397, $4,000 to $6,000). Two A.T. Hibbard works, Maple Sugaring (lot 448, $5,000 to $7,000) and Docked in Rockport (lot 485, $10,000 to $15,000), and a charming landscape by Charles Daubigny, Untitled (La vallée de l’Oise) (lot 335, $7,000 to $9,000) will also be offered.
Featured modern and contemporary works include St. Tropez by Francis Picabia