Calder, LeWitt, Warhol and More from Contemporary Art Online

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The upcoming Contemporary Art Online auction presents an intriguing array of paintings, drawings and sculptures from established names such as Andy Warhol, Alexander Calder, John Chamberlain and Tom Wesselmann. We welcome you to view all of the artworks in our preview exhibition at our New York galleries from 23 February to 6 March, the day the sale closes. Click ahead for a first look at a selection of highlights.

Contemporary Art Online
21 February–6 March | New York

Calder, LeWitt, Warhol and More from Contemporary Art Online

  • Sol LeWitt, Folded Drawing, 1970. Estimate $25,000–35,000.
    Originally intended as a gift to Daniela D'Angor at Daniel Templeton Gallery, Sol LeWitt's Folded Drawing from 1970 delicately encapsulates the artist's exploration of linear geometry within the three-dimensional form. The composition evokes the artist's large-scale wall drawings, while the folded paper resonates with the intimacy of the artist's hand.

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • Alexander Calder, The Bicycle Act, 1931. Estimate $40,000–60,000.
    Alexander Calder's whimsical gouache The Bicycle Act presents an intimate view into the artist's fascination with the circus. This interest culminated in the iconic Cirque Calder, also executed in 1931, currently in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Calder staged full performances of his circus in Paris, accompanied by music, lighting and audience participation from notable artists of the day, including Piet Mondrian, Joan Miró and Marcel Duchamp.

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • John Chamberlain, String of Perils, 1991. Estimate $60,000–80,000.
    A domestically scaled iteration of Chamberlain's dynamic crushed metal sculptures, String of Perils comes from the remarkable collection of Jean Stein. A renowned journalist and oral historian, Stein brought together fascinating people in legendary salon-like gatherings. Sotheby's had the privilege of offering Stein's collection in the Fall 2017 sale season.

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • Theodoros Stamos, Oympia Sun-Box, 1967. Estimate $40,000–60,000.
    Theodoros Stamos' subtle abstraction manifests elegantly in Olympia Sun-Box, 1967. Inspired by his roots in the New York School, Stamos' painting transcends abstraction to grapple with relationships to nature and mythology. The present work was included in the 2017 exhibition Theodoros Stamos: Contemplations on the Universal at Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • Brian Calvin, Nightblind, 2009. Estimate $10,000–15,000.
    The flattened planes and bold colours in Nightblind evoke California-based Brian Calvin's signature figurative style. In recent years Calvin has continued to draw on this motif, often evoking abstraction as he crops closer to his subjects. Calvin's work is held in the permanent collections of several esteemed institutions, including the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • Tom Wesselmann, Study for Nude Collage Edition, 1970. Estimate $25,000–35,000.
    Tom Wesselmann's career-long and often large-scale exploration of the female form is made intimate in the miniature Study for Nude Collage Edition, 1970. Gifted to the artist's close personal friend, the present work is an unadorned study for Nude Collage, 1970, currently in the collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • Andy Warhol, Untitled (Seated Women), circa 1950s. Estimate $15,000–20,000.
    Delicately rendered in washes of ink, 'Untitled (Seated Women)' offers an intimate domestic portrait. This early work from the 1950s, created during the artist’s years as a commercial illustrator, demonstrates Warhol’s deft abilities as a draftsman and exposes an interest in simplicity of form that is often overshadowed by his later dramatic Pop artworks. 

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • John Currin, Seated Couple, 1994. Estimate $25,000–35,000.
    John Currin's body of work draws from encyclopaedic influences ranging from Old Master paintings to pin-up models. The subtle eroticism in Seated Couple demonstrates the artist's continued exploration of beauty and lust. The present work was included in the 2006 exhibition 100% Centennial, Collecting CFA at Carnegie Mellon University.

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • Alex Katz, Boy with Orange Hat 5, 1974. Estimate $25,000–35,000.
    Boy With Orange Hat 5 encapsulates Alex Katz's signature colourful, bold portraiture in an intimate scale. Katz has returned to the orange hat on several different subjects throughout his career. The present work is a study for Vincent with Radio, 1974, which is in the permanent collection of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • Ray Johnson, Massage Ball, 1967. Estimate $10,000–15,000.
    Massage Ball, the title of which relates to a series of lithographs the artist made the following year, is emblematic of Ray Johnson's use of collage to explore seemingly disparate, often pop-related imagery. Johnson went to the prestigious Black Mountain College, where he studied under artists including Josef Albers, Robert Motherwell and John Cage. The present work was included in multiple exhibitions, and was featured on the exhibition flyer for the 1967 exhibition Duchamp Combs / Ray Johnson at Willard Gallery, New York. 

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • Alex da Corte, The Captive Savior, 2014. Estimate $20,000–30,000.
    Alex da Corte is a Philadelphia-based artist whose work with detached objects explores a state of delusion and humour. The Captive Savior draws from this practice by incorporating a wide array of media within a flattened, bold space. The present work was included in the 2014 exhibition Beyond the Pale at Interstate Projects, Brooklyn. 

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
  • Richard Prince, Upstate, 1995–99. Estimate $18,000–25,000.
    Upstate is one of many series of photographs Richard Prince created when he moved to a farmhouse in upstate New York in the 1990s. Images of homes, cars and even basketball hoops abound in these images, which offer a poignant counterpoint to the artist's more graphic work.

    Contemporary Art Online
    21 February–6 March | New York
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