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Postwar and Contemporary Art: Top Lots

Check out the top lots from Capsule's upcoming sale of pieces by prominent 20th and 21st century artists.

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Published on
November 08, 2022

November 17th's marquee event, Postwar and Contemporary Art, is a fantastic collecting opportunity for those interested in modern and contemporary blue-chip work. Before the sale begins, browse some of the top paintings and works on paper from the sale. 


Highlights include stunning limited edition prints by blue-chip artists Helen Frankenthaler, Tom Wesselmann, and Joan Miró. Pictured below are Wesselman’s limited edition print, Monica Sitting with Mondrain (1989), a fabulous example of the artist's bold Pop art inspired style, a beautiful lithograph by Joan Miró, depicting his signature biomorphic abstractions, and Frankenthaler's ethereal lithograph I Need Yellow (1973).

From left to right: Lot 88 Tom Wesselman Monica Sitting with Mondrian, lot 87 Joan Miró Lithographe II- Plate VI, lot 84 Helen Frankenthaler I Need Yellow
From left to right: Lot 88 Tom Wesselman Monica Sitting with Mondrian, Lot 87 Joan Miró Lithographe II- Plate VI, Lot 84 Helen Frankenthaler I Need Yellow
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Hong Viet Dung once claimed “simple beauty is lyrical,” a sentiment elegantly encapsulated in his Boy with Lotus Leaf (2003). The yellow figurative painting exudes a bright serenity. 

Lot 18 Hong Viet Dung Boy with Lotus Leaf
Lot 18| Hong Viet Dung Boy with Lotus Leaf
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Stanley Boxer’s Murmuring Rip of Bled Appeal, a mesmerizing oil on linen created in 1985, is another standout. The interest in process art that influenced his mature work shines through in the thickly laid paint, which creates rich texture. 

Lot 47 Stanley Boxer Murmuring of Bled Appeal
Lot 47| Stanley Boxer Murmuring of Bled Appeal
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This still life by Manoucher Yektai is painted on red fabric, showcasing the artist’s painterly style and skillful use of impasto techniques.

Lot 32 Manoucher Yektai Untitled (Still Life)
Lot 32| Manoucher Yektai Untitled (Still Life)
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This oil on tarp work is a rare look into Jean-Michel Basquiat’s early days as a graffiti artist in the late 1970s. Done during his SAMO© project, a collaboration with Al Diaz involving branded messages all over Lower Manhattan, the tarp bears the famed tag in Basquiat’s signature jazz-like improvised style.

Lot 31 Jean-Michel Basquiat SAMO
Lot 31| Jean-Michel Basquiat SAMO
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Perle Fine's Elusive Moments is a paradigm of her ability to render fluid motion. While the ribbons of curved line work tow the eye along the canvas, the subtle grid structure offers the composition a sense of stability. 

NO Lot 36 Perle Fine Elusive Moments (1970)
Lot 36| Perle Fine Untitled (1970)
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Other highlights include abstractions from the estate of Michael Loew, famed expressionist and member of the experimental Spiral Group. The brushstrokes that make up his Blue Form #2 (1961) are reminiscent of action painting — assertive, bold, and spontaneous, they make for one of the artist’s more tempestuous compositions. Another Loew featured in the sale, Othello (1960), is a beguiling black and gray abstraction. Both are fine examples of the artist’s gestural style.

From left to right: Lot 28 Michael Loew Othello, Lot 26 Michael Loew Blue Form #2
From left to right: Lot 28 Michael Loew Othello, Lot 26 Michael Loew Blue Form #2
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Claude Venard's post-cubist tour de force, Sirenes et Showboat is yet another exceptional lot. Blending geometric flatness with dimensional impasto, the French artist's approach to painting is wholly unique. With his signature angularity, he reimagines the classical reclining nude in this oil on canvas.

Lot 24 Claude Venard Sirenes et Showboat
Lot 24| Claude Venard Sirenes et Showboat
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Absentee bidding for Postwar and Contemporary Art is available now. Place your bids in advance or bid live on November 17th at 11:00 AM. 

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