Appreciating the plastic and technical possibilities of three-dimensional forms, Pablo Picasso approached ceramics as more than surfaces to be painted. His 1948 ceramic creation, Nature morte sur une sphere, a highlight of Sotheby’s Picasso Ceramics Online sale (8–21 June, Online), is a remarkable and significant example of the artist’s experimentation with medium.
Jasper Johns’s 1973 screenprint Flags I features a richly colored and intricately layered surface of dripping marks that allude to the buildup of brushstrokes. Large in scale and technically complex, Flags I required 31 screens for its production. Sotheby’s upcoming Prints & Multiples auction (26–27 April, New York) presents the opportunity to acquire this work, the artist’s most famous print and an icon of contemporary printmaking.
With iconic works by Mary Cassatt, Lucian Freud, Andy Warhol, Sotheby’s upcoming Prints & Multiples sale offers exceptional examples from over a century of printmaking. Highlights range from a large-scale textile collaboration between Henri Matisse and designer Zika Ascher to a portfolio by thirteen contemporary artists made on behalf of the Obama Victory Fund. Ahead, view these works and ten others selected by our New York Prints specialists. Prints & Multiples 26–27 April | New York
From comic books to the kitchen sink, for Pop artists emerging in the 1950s and 1960s the objects of daily life served as artistic inspiration. Reacting against the overt seriousness of Abstract Expressionism, artists including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, Tom Wesselman and Claes Oldenburg captivated public attention with witty, brightly hued artworks derived from the imagery of popular culture. Their irreverent creations ignited critical debate and forever altered the understanding of what art could be. Below are some facts about Pop art and its continued impact today.
Comparing two Superman images by Andy Warhol in the upcoming Prints & Multiples auction (26–27 April, New York), Sotheby’s specialist Hadley Newton explains the difference between numbered editions and unique trial proofs, both captivating parts of the artist's œuvre.