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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — With the continuing success and world records of contemporary art being sold at auction this past year, Ivey-Selkirk auctioneers is anxiously preparing and cataloging for its Modernism auction taking place Nov. 13-15 in St. Louis at 7447 Forsyth.
Notable works include Jean Dubuffet, gouache on paper, “Benefice d’ Errear (Benefits of Error)” dated 1963; Joseph Albers, “Study for Homage to the Square Soft Pulse” oil on fiberboard, dated 1962; Larry Bell, untitled (Cube), 1960s, conel coated glass cube with plexiglass base; and Andy Warhol, “Mao” screenprint, 1972.
Jean Dubuffet born in LeHavre, France, studied at Academie Julien in Paris. His art influenced development of Pop Art and Neo-Dadaism in the 1960s. Ivey-Selkirk is offering an important gouache on paper by Dubuffet, “Benefice d’ Erreur (Benefits of Error),” dated June 7, 1963, 26 inches by 34 inches with a presale estimate of $450,000 to $550,000.
Pablo Picasso became intrigued with ceramics as a creative medium in 1947. With his genius and prodigious imagination under the close initiation of Suzanne Ramie, he joined the Madoura pottery workshop. A painted ceramic, dated 1957 and edition 21/50 from the Madoura studio, Aztec Vase With Four Faces, signed, numbered and impressed twice, measures 21 1/2 inches in height. This vase is estimated to bring $30,000 to $40,000.
Betty Woodman (b.1930) is internationally recognized as one of the most important ceramic artists working today. The Persian Pillow Pitcher, #6, dated 1981, is also among the important pieces of ceramic being offered.
Larry Bell, born 1939 in Chicago, now lives and works in Taos, N.M. He investigates improbable relationship of surface and form with his media. His works have been installed from Hong Kong to the Museum Abileberg in Monchengladback, Germany. Ivey-Selkirk auctioneers is offering an untitled (Cube), 1960s, a conel coated glass cube with plexiglass base, 60 1/4 inches by 20 1/4 inches by 20 1/4 inches. The presale estimate is $80,000 to $100,000.
Josef Albers (1888-1976), a German-born American artist and educator, formed the basis of some of the most influential and far-reaching art education programs of the 20th century. He studied art in Berlin, Essen, and Munich before attending the prestigious Weimar Bauhaus in 1920. During the Nazi regime, he moved to the United States and joined the Black Mountain College in North Carolina where his students included Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Ray Johnson and Susan Weil. In 1950, he became head of the Department of Design at Yale University in New Haven. His Study for “Homage to the Square: Soft Pulse,” dated 1962, oil on fiberboard, is expected to bring $125,000 to $150,000 at auction.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987), the most influential of the Pop artists, utilized the silkscreen process to transfer photographed images to canvas. “Mao” is one of a series of silkscreened portraits of the Chinese Communist leader that Warhol produced. Flamboyant brushstrokes compete with the image, resembling graffiti. A color screenprint on Beckett high white paper, 244/50, dated 1972 of MAO, 36 inches by 36 inches, has a presale estimate of $30,000 to $40,000.
Pietro Consagra (1920-2005), was one of Italy’s leading postwar sculptors born in western Sicily. Primarily influenced by Brancusi, Picasso and Giacometti in 1944, he formed a group that championed abstract art. During the 1960s, large commissions allowed him to work on a more monumental scale, and works were installed in courtyards of the Foreign Ministry in Rome and European Parliament, Strasbourg. His work is found in collections of the Tate Gallery, London, the Museum of Modern Art, Paris and the National Gallery of Art in Wasington D.C. Ivey-Selkirk is offering an untitled bronze by Pietro Consagra, dated 1960, 16 inches by 15 inches.
The Modernism auction will include a Regional Art session on Nov. 15. This popular venue includes a brilliantly colorful still life painting by Kathryn E. Bard Cherry. Also, from the renown Ernest Trova “Falling Man” series, a chrome ball screenprint on acrylic is included.
A selection of glass includes pieces by Dale Chihuly, Tiffany, Lalique, Baccarat, Orrefors, Murano, Steuben and Austrian Secessionist style.
A pair of armchairs by T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings with walnut frames and original red tweed upholstery with Widdicomb label is being offered with other furniture by Harry Bertoia by Knoll, Ligne Roset, Grete Jalk and Paul McCobb.
The Nov. 15 auction session is dedicated to regional works of art. This particular venue is popular among American art collectors.
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