Skinner Fine Art Auction Features The Robert Bunting Dance Collection Boston, Mass. – September 6, 2013 – Skinner, Inc. will auction prints, photographs, paintings, and sculpture on Friday, September 20th at its Boston gallery for its highly anticipated fall American &
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The September prints and photography auction offers more than 200 works ranging from the 16th through 21st centuries, with a strong representation of modern and contemporary artists including Chuck Close, Hodgkin, Lalla Essaydi, Edward Weston, Keith Haring, Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, and Andy Warhol.
Prints by Old Masters include Rembrandt van Rijn’s Old Man with Divided Fur Cap (lot 137A, estimated at $6,000 to $8,000), The Whore of Babylon by Albrecht Dürer (lot 50, $2,000 to $3,000), Faith by Lucas van Leyden (lot 95, $300 to $500), and Agostino Carracci’s Apollo and the Python (lot 31, $300 to $500).
Contemporary highlights include a modernist linocut work titled Haulers by well-known Grosvenor School of Modern Art alumna Sybil Andrews (lot 7, $2,000 to $3,000). The linocuts of the Grosvenor School artists reflect the kinetic energy of the machine age imbued with the enthusiasm and optimism of the post-World War I era. Andrews used streamlined geometric forms and pattern in conjunction with a saturated reductive palette to create the power and excitement of motion as depicted in the present work.
Phil I (White) by American Chuck Close is a work featuring the artist’s close friend, composer Philip Glass (lot 37, $50,000 to $70,000). The work comes to Skinner from a private collection in Massachusetts. From another distinguished private Massachusetts collection comes a selection of works by British artist Howard Hodgkin including prints such as Palm and Window (lot 79, $6,000 to $8,000), In an Empty Room (lot 76, $4,000 to $6,000), and Flowering Palm (lot 80, $5,000 to $7,000).
Skinner has experienced great success bringing 19th and early 20th century photography to auction, and now with the addition of photography specialist Michelle Lamunière, Skinner is widening its focus to include a greater representation of modern and contemporary photography from around the world. Lamunière’s inaugural sale features a fine range of photographs, notably Lalla Essaydi’s Converging Territories #30, from the Converging Territories series, 2004 (lot 194, $10,000 to $15,000), Manuel Alvarez Bravo’s Retrato Postumo, Guanajuato (lot 187, $1,200 to $1,800), and two lots from Huang Yan’s Venus-Landscape (lots 203 & 204, both $2,500 to $3,500). Lot 204, Venus - Landscape No. 1.2, 2004, edition of 12, is accompanied by the volume by Karen Smith et al., Huang Yan 1990-2006 (Xin Dong Cheng Publishing House; Beijing), 2006.
The Robert Bunting Dance Collection
Skinner is pleased to offer The Robert Bunting Dance Collection as part of the upcoming sale. Cataloged and presented as a separate collection, over 150 lots of dance-related art will be sold on September 20th, starting at 2 p.m. in the Skinner Boston gallery.
The collection is a tangible expression of Dr. Robert Bunting’s lifelong fascination with the ballet, which began when he attended George Balanchine’s staging of The Nutcracker for the New York City Ballet, and has continued to the present day. The collection offers not merely memorabilia of past performances but a direct, tangible connection to ballet’s greatest artists, works, and the period of their creation.