Ewbank's To Sell Works By Lichtenstein, Broodthaers, Henry Moore And Others In Auction Of The Michae On June 27, works by Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Broodthaers, Terry Frost, Henry Moore, Richard Long, Victor Newsome, Keith Milow, Billy Al Bengston and others will be sold by UK auctioneer Ewbank's.
News-Antique.com - Jun 12,2014 - Tate Director Sir Nicholas Serota described Michael Compton as "arguably the first curator working in England to command international respect for his practice as a maker of exhibitions, collaborator with artists and contributor to the discourse of contemporary art".
On June 27, Ewbank's, Surrey's premier auctioneer of fine art and antiques, will sell The Michael Compton Collection of Post War and Contemporary Art, a group of 28 works by luminaries Roy Lichtenstein, Marcel Broodthaers, Terry Frost, Henry Moore, Richard Long, Victor Newsome, Keith Milow, Billy Al Bengston, Ian Stephenson, Sol LeWitt and Joe Tilson, most of them gifted in thanks by the artists or their families whose careers were enhanced by the exhibitions Compton created. The collection will be offered with its own catalogue and is expected to raise around £200,000.
A small Lichtenstein bronze, 'Yellow Brushstroke' is an exception. Number 11 of 19 from an initial lifetime casting, it was presented to Compton by the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation at an awards event held at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art on May 23 1991. The presentation was in recognition of his work as curator of the 1989 Marcel Broodthaers exhibition at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. It is estimated at £40,000-60,000.
Broodthaers died in 1976 and in 1980, while at Tate Gallery, Compton curated the first retrospective of the Belgian artist's work. He went on to curate the 1989 exhibition in Minneapolis which also travelled to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh.
Frederick R.Weisman (1912-1994) was an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and art collector, who held an uncompromising belief in the cultural value of art and an understanding of the importance of both the individual artist and the creative process.
Lichtenstein developed his Brushstrokes paintings as sculptural representations in the 1980s and '90s, depicting the gestural expressions of the brushstroke itself. In his own words, Lichtenstein said the brushstroke "is just an idea to start with, and painting it makes it more concrete, but when you do it in bronze sculpture, it becomes real and has weight and is absurd, contradictory and funny".
Marcel Broodthaers (1924-1976) spent 20 years in poverty as a struggling poet before turning to art and began to make objects in 1963. One the surreal images linked to him most often is 'Poêle De Moules', mussel shells in a frying pan, a witty nod to his homeland's national dish. The piece is one of 10 lots in the sale gifted to Compton by the artist's widow, Maria, at the time he was working with her on a proposed catalogue-raisonné of her husband's work. This involved regular visits to Brussels in the 1980s and '90s to do research.
Broodthaers was a writer, poet, filmmaker, photographer, journalist and artist, who famously remarked he would rather have put off the choice of profession until his death. Closely associated with the Belgian Groupe Surréaliste-revolutionnaire, he made use of found objects and collage, incorporating written language in his