02 October 2017Works Spanning the 19th - 21st Centuries
Lead Phillips’ Evening & Day Sales of Editions and
Works on Paper in New York
Auctions on 17 October to Include Prints & Multiples by Roy Lichtenstein, Gerhard Richter, Joan Miró, Keith Haring, Paul Cézanne, Edvard Munch, KAWS, David Hockney, Cy Twombly, Louise Bourgeois and Agnes Martin
A Large Group of Works by Richard Estes and Bernard Buffet
To Also Be Offered
NEW YORK – 2 OCTOBER 2017 – Following the record-breaking Spring season, Phillips is pleased to announce highlights from the Evening & Day Editions Sales on 17 October in New York. Comprised of over 400 lots, the auctions will feature a selection of prints and multiples by some of the most well-known blue chip artists of the 19th-21st centuries, including Pablo Picasso, Bernard Buffet, Marc Chagall, Keith Haring, Joan Miró, Cy Twombly and Andy Warhol. The sales are expected to realize a combined total in excess of $4 million.
Kelly Troester, Phillips’ Worldwide Co-Director, Modern Editions, and Cary Leibowitz, Phillips’ Worldwide Co-Director, Contemporary Editions, said, “After achieving the highest total ever for a Phillips Editions auction in April, we are thrilled to bring collectors an October sale with an impressive selection of works that span over 120 years. From a depiction of the ‘Moulin Rouge’ in 1893 by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, to Julie Mehretu’s monumental ‘Auguries’, 2010, this auction brings together the very best of modern and contemporary editions for collectors of all levels and interests.” Among the sale’s highlights is Bernard Buffet’s complete set of 15 color lithographs, Carmen, Décors et Costumes, by Charles Sorlier, 1981. Featured in the sale is a 30 lot section of Buffet prints, many carry the provenance of having been in the collection of Fernand Mourlot, the famous Parisian lithographer who also worked with Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Joan Miró. Buffet’s oeuvre is receiving newfound attention, however in his time, Buffet was considered one of the most important artists of his generation. Nicholas Foulkes, in the catalogue essay, describes Buffet early in his career as “A painter known, according to the journal ‘Arts’, as ‘the most talked about artist in France after Picasso’; he was part of the constellation of young talent The New York Times named ‘France’s Fabulous Young Five’ along with Bardot, Vadim, St Laurent and Sagan. He lived in a castle in the South of France and was driven in a Rolls Royce.” According to Warhol at the time, “The French do really have one good painter, Buffet.”
Additional modern highlights in the auction include Marc Chagall’s Le Cirque (The Circus), 1967, one of Chagall’s iconic livre d’artiste containing 33 sumptuous lithographs illustrating the magical world of a now almost extinct form of popular entertainment. Pablo Picasso’s Buste modern style, 1949, a portrait of Françoise Gilot, Picasso’s muse in the 1940s and early 1950s. Her likeness is portrayed in a graphic direct view, which has not been offered at auction in New York in nearly a decade. A work by Marcel Duchamp includes the edition A Poster Within a Poster and the exhibition catalogue, both created for the artist’s 1963 retrospective at the Pasadena Art Museum. These examples were both signed and personally and extensively inscribed by Marcel Duchamp to his friend the Peruvian artist Emilio Rodriguez-Larrain.
Four etchings by Lucian Freud from the Aberbach collection will also be included in the auction. Best known as the founder of Hill and Range, the music publishing business that helped propel many stars such as Elvis Presley to international fame, Julian J. Aberbach and his wife Anne Marie formed a remarkable collection of impressionist and modern art. Phillips will also be selling four master drawings by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse in the 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale in New York on 16 November 2017.
Leading the contemporary works in the sale is Andy Warhol’s Moonwalk, 1987, which is comprised of two screenprints, and Superman, from Myths, 1981 . A further highlight is Keith Haring’s Andy Mouse (illustrated below, left), depicting a composite of Andy Warhol and Mickey Mouse. Haring said of the work: “It’s like treating him [Warhol] like he was part of American culture, like Mickey Mouse was. That he himself had become a symbol, a sign for something complete, universally understandable. He sort of made this niche for himself in the culture.” Julie Mehretu’s 15-foot-long, 12-part etching Auguries is also among the top contemporary lots. This monumental work was commissioned for The Metropolitan Opera's, Gallery Met, Notations After the Ring, Julie Mehretu, which ran from September 2010 through January 2011 in Lincoln Center. The exhibition accompanied the opening of Robert Lepage's updated production of Richard Wagner's Das Rheingold, the first installment of the Ring cycle.
Also included in the auction is Cy Twombly’s Natural History Part II: Some Trees of Italy, 1975-76, a complete set of eight mixed media prints; Francis Bacon’s Study for Bullfight I, 1971 (illustrated below, right); and Ed Ruscha’s Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1970, a lithograph from his Book Covers series, which continued his exploration of 1960s books and related drawings (illustrated below, right). This marks the first time that the image has come to auction in 30 years.