Check out the top lots from Capsule's upcoming sale of pieces by prominent 20th and 21st century artists.
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).
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.
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.
This still life by Manoucher Yektai is painted on red fabric, showcasing the artist’s painterly style and skillful use of impasto techniques.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.