Works by Bacon, Dine, Motherwell and Warhol among highlights at Swann Auction of Contemporary Art, Nov. 20

On Thursday, Nov. 20, Swann Galleries will hold their annual auction of Contemporary Art, containing approximately 250 works by well-known artists active during the late 20th and early 21st centuries, ranging from Agam to Zao Wou-Ki. The sale offers a wide selection of prints, drawings, paintings, editioned sculptures, tapestries, mixed-media works, and even decorated skateboard decks.

Among the fine prints in the auction are more than 25 works by Andy Warhol, many from the Estate of Jay Mulvaney. Highlights include three screenprints from Warhol’s 1966 Jacqueline Kennedy series: I, printed in silver (estimate $8,000-$12,000), II, printed in black and metallic purple ($10,000-$15,000), and III, printed in black and grayish silver ($12,000-$18,000); three versions of the color screenprint Electric Chair, in hot pink, acid green ($10,000-$15,000 each), and maroon ($12,000-$18,000); and Uncle Sam, color screenprint with diamond dust, 1981 ($40,000-$60,000).

Other notable Pop Art prints include Roy Lichtenstein’s Shipboard Girl, offset color lithograph, 1965 ($30,000-$50,000), and The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Poster, color screenprint on Rives, 1969 ($10,000-$15,000); and Jim Dine’s Jumps Out at You, No?, etching and aquatint with hand-coloring in watercolor, 1993 ($10,000-$15,000).

Featured works by British artists include a group of five artist’s proofs of Francis Bacon’s 1978 Figure at a Washbasin, color etching with aquatint, each with color variants ($70,000-$100,000); and Lucian Freud’s Donegal Man, etching, 2007 ($15,000-$20,000).

There are also desirable portfolios of prints such as Richard Estes’s Urban Landscapes No. 3, with eight color screenprints, 1981 ($8,000-$12,000); and Robert Motherwell’s Ulysses, 1985-88, deluxe edition with 40 etchings and an additional suite of 22 aquatints ($25,000-$35,000).

Unique works include Richard Prince’s Beamsize, pencil and paper collage, a scarce, early work from 1974 that presages the artist’s use of appropriated photographs ($15,000-$20,000); Terry Winters’s Schema, mixed-media on paper, 1989 ($10,000 to $15,000); and Sean Scully’s Unframed, watercolor, 1996 ($10,000-$15,000).

There is a collection of 14 portrait photographs by Chuck Close from the 1970s, including 10 unique Polaroids, many of which were the basis of his paintings of the same subjects ($15,000-$20,000 for the group).

Among several variations on Robert Indiana’s iconic Love design, are three color screenprints, as well as two wool tapestries in different colors ($3,000-$5,000 each).

Other three-dimensional objects include David Hare’s Couple, cast bronze sculpture, 1950 ($6,000-$9,000); Peter Blake’s The Second Real Target 25 Years Later, an assemblage of wood, paint, collage and found objects, 1986 ($20,000-$30,000); Christo’s Wrapped Book, bound volume wrapped in canvas and twine, 1973 ($3,000-$5,000); Robert Rauschenberg’s Bones and Unions: Hard Eight, handmade paper, bamboo and fabric sculpture in a Lucite box, 1975 ($6,000-$9,000); Herbert Ferber’s Standing Figure, carved stone with gray paint ($8,000-$12,000); and Jeff Koons’s Balloon Dog (Red), metallic porcelain multiple, 1995 ($5,000-$8,000).

Finally, there are two sets of decorative skateboard decks. Jeff Koons’s Monkey Train, set of three color screenprints, 2006 ($4,000-$6,000); and Takashi Murakami’s Bunbu-kun, Ponchi-kun and Shimon-kun, printed on wood, 2007 ($3,000-$5,000).

The auction will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20. The works of art will be on public exhibition at Swann Galleries on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Monday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Thursday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to noon.

A fully illustrated color catalog, with information on bidding by mail or fax, is available for $35 from Swann Galleries, Inc., 104 East 25th Street, New York, NY 10010, or online at www.swanngalleries.com.

For further information, and to make advance arrangements to bid by phone during the auction, please contact Todd Weyman at 212-254-4710, extension 32, or via e-mail at tweyman@swanngalleries.com.

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Group of five artist's proofs of Francis Bacon's 1978 Figure at a Washbasin, color etching with aquatint, each with color variants ($70,000 to $100,000). Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.
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Andy Warhol, Uncle Sam, color screenprint with diamond dust, 1981 ($40,000 to $60,000). Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries.

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