artnet Auctions Presents California Cool: A celebration of West Coast Culture

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Online auction now live for bidding on artnet Auctions through September 10, 2014

Joe Goode, Untitled (from Vandalism series), 1974, Oil on torn canvas (three panels), 31 x 71 in. (overall), Est. US$70,000–100,000

Focusing on the West Coast’s established influence on the art world, this dedicated sale includes a number of works by Joe Goode, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, David Hockney, Raymond Pettibon, and John Baldessari, among others.

artnet Auctions is pleased to present California Cool, a special sale highlighting a range of works by California’s most prominent artists. Focusing on the West Coast’s established influence on the art world, this dedicated sale includes a number of works by Ken Price, Joe Goode, Billy Al Bengston, Ronald Davis, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, David Hockney, Raymond Pettibon, John Baldessari, Sam Francis, Richard Diebenkorn, and Wayne Thiebaud, among others. Estimates in the sale range from US$1,500 to 120,000, and features paintings, prints, and works on paper.

Among the sale’s highlights are two important paintings from Joe Goode’s early Vandalism series in the 1970s. Estimated at US$70,000 to 100,000, Goode’s monumental triptych features his beautiful cloud imagery, punctuated by patches of torn canvas; only one Vandalism triptych by the artist has ever come to auction, realizing nearly US$200,000. A smaller work from the same series is also on the auction block, estimated at US$20,000 to 30,000. Further complimenting Goode’s diverse range of work is a spectacular and subtle gunpowder drawing estimated at US$15,000 to 20,000, which immediately recalls the artist’s close association with his California contemporary Ed Ruscha, who is also featured in the sale.

Ed Ruscha's Los-Angeles themed lithograph Vine/Melrose, estimated at US$4,000 to 6,000, marks the intersection of two well-known streets that are part of the Los Angeles lexicon. Another notable work in the sale is a dynamic and colorful monotype by Sam Francis from 1981, estimated at US$15,000 to 20,000. Most recently, Francis’s monotypes have become especially sought after, and this work on handmade paper recalls the artist’s bold palette, but also shows inspiration from fellow Californian Richard Diebenkorn, and Color Field artist Kenneth Noland.

Several works by British artist David Hockney, who maintains a residence in California, are also on offer. Two works from his 1993 series Some New Prints, Blue Hang Cliff, estimated at US$10,000 to 12,000, and Warm Start, estimated at US$6,000 to 8,000, are included in the sale. These colorful works were printed and published by the important California printer-publisher Gemini G.E.L., Los Angeles.

Artworks by other California artists are also well represented in this sale, including Wayne Thiebaud’s depictions of everyday objects. The artist’s signature repetition is seen in Glasses (from Seven Still Lifes and a Rabbit), a large and rare lithograph, estimated at US$10,000 to 12,000, that depicts several pairs of reading glasses arranged in rows, reminiscent of his delicatessen subjects. Cigars (from Recent Etchings II), an aquatint estimated at US$6,000 to 8,000, turns the cigars’ smoke into blue California sky.

California Cool is live on artnet Auctions from September 3 to 10, 2014, and is on view at:

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For more information about this sale, please contact artnet Auctions specialist:

Conner Williams
Specialist, Contemporary Art, Prints & Multiples
+1-212-497-9700 ext. 595

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