Rago’s Fine Art Auctions on May 18 Featuring Property from the Collection of Joshua Smith Rago’s to Offer Two Sessions of Fine Art at Auction on May 18, 2013 Featuring Important Property from the Collection of Joshua Smith.
Guillermo Muñoz Vera. Among the highlights: lot 764, an untitled work by Thomas Nozkowski, estimated at $8,000-12,000; lot 739, Kenneth Noland, “Flown”, 1978, estimated at $60,000-80,000; lot 792, Theodoros Stamos, “Infinity Field Torino, VI”, 1988, estimated at $15,000-25,000; lot 695, Theodoros Stamos, “Beachscape,”1944, estimated at $15,000-20,000; lot 750, an untitled painting by Richard Joseph Anuszkiewicz, estimated at, $15,000-25,000 (listed in the artist's personal archives as #356).
Notable photographers in the sale include Irving Penn, Ormond Gigli, Lisette Model, Consuelo Kanaga, Diane Arbus, Bill Owens, Henry Wessel, Ralph Gibson, Jill Freedman, Susan Meiselas, Marilyn Minter, Guido Argentini, Kim Joon and Sebastião Salgado. Singled out for special attention: lot 710, Irving Penn, “Still Life with Watermelon, New York”, 1947, estimated at $25,000-35,000; lot 717, Diane Arbus, “Girl in Coat Lying on Her Bed, N.Y.C.”, 1968, estimated at $9,000-12,000 (Aperture Magazine in 1972, and Revelations, Random House, 2003); and lot 901, Marilyn Minter, “Runs”, 2006, $12,000-18,000.
Prints in the sale include work by Andy Warhol, Vija Celmins, James Rosenquist, Red Grooms, James Siena and Julian Opie. Featured are lot 707, Andy Warhol, “Wild Raspberries”, 1959, consisting of seventeen offset lithographs and fourteen hand-colored, estimated at $8,000-10,000; and lot 774, Andy Warhol, “Kiku”, 1983, estimated at $7,000-9,000. Also notable is lot 732, a lithograph by Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ocean), 1972, estimated at $10,000-15,000.
Sculptors Tony Rosenthal, Hannah Wilke, Lynn Chadwick, Robert Therrien, Roxy Paine and Jules de Balincourt are all represented in the auction. Highlights: lot 804, three bronzes “Elecktra”, 1987, by Lynn Chadwick, estimated at $30,000-50,000; lot 814, “Blue Cloud” by Robert Therrien, estimated at $8,000-12,000; lot 883, an untitled mixed media work by Jules de Balincourt, estimated at $6,000-8,000.
Prospective buyers will also find works on paper by Paul Feeley, Perle Fine, Sam Francis, Grace Hartigan, Paul Jenkins, Raymond Pettibon, Sol LeWitt, Robert Therrien, James Siena and Damien Hirst. Featured lots include: lot 771, a watercolor by Paul Jenkins, “Phenomena Topas (sic) Mountain Under”, 1982, estimated at $10,000-12,000; lot 811, an untitled gouache on paper by Sol LeWitt, estimated at $5,000-7,000; and lot 843, “17 Spirals in Blue and Yellow”, 1994, by James Siena, estimated at $10,000-15,000, which was a study for the painting "Battery" from 1997, exhibited at Pace Gallery in New York.
• 19th/20th C. American and European Art Auction: Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
• Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction, Featuring the collection of Joshua Smith, Part Two: Saturday, May 18 at Noon
• Saturday, May 11 through Wednesday, May 15, 12–5 p.m. and by appointment. Thursday, May 16, 12-6 p.m., Friday, May 17, 12-7 p.m. Doors open at 9 a.m. the day of the sale. 19th/20th C. American and European Art Auction begins at 10am; Post-War and Contemporary Art Auction (featuring the Joshua Smith Collection) begins at noon.
• Rago Open House: Thursday, May 16, 6 p.m., featuring a talk by Peter Paone, “The Rewards and Pitfalls of Collecting Prints”. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-397-9374 ext. 119. All are welcome.