New York/Berlin (PRWEB) August 02, 2013
artnet Auctions is pleased to feature Color and Light: A Sale of Abstract Art, an auction of Contemporary Abstract artworks exploring color and light in their purest forms. The sale will feature glowing, visionary works by Contemporary artists such as Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Kenneth Noland, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, Mary Heilmann, Josef Albers, Imi Knoebel, Sol LeWitt, Victor Vasarely, Julio Le Parc, and James Turrell. The works in the sale have estimates ranging from US$8,000 to 275,000.
The sale will feature two exceptional Abstract Expressionist works on paper by painter Sam Francis (American, 1923–1994). Each work is estimated at US$50,000–60,000 and display the expressive and emotional use of color that has come to define Francis’s aesthetic. Untitled (SF75-089) is a luminous, jewel-toned piece that is typical of the artist’s style of the 1970s. Untitled (SF90-369) is a late work in which splashes of violet, blue, deep green, and orange form a dynamic composition tinged with melancholy, and embody Francis’s sense of art’s relationship to spirituality.
The sale will also feature the mixed media work Study for the Gas Company Tower Commission, a maquette created by Frank Stella (American, b.1936) for Dusk, his extraordinary 1991 mural for the Gas Company Tower in Los Angeles, CA. Dusk belongs to Stella's Moby Dick series of works inspired by Herman Melville's classic tale, and takes its title from one of the novel's chapters. Estimated at US$250,000–275,000, Study for the Gas Company Tower Commission provides a look at the process that went into making the mural, displaying the color, layered textures, and dynamic movement that would be replicated in the final work.
Another highlight of the sale is Orange Family, a work by Richard Anuszkiewicz (American, b.1930) from 1969. Estimated at US$25,000–30,000, the work is a brilliant Op Art painting dominated by radiant vertical lines of orange and yellow. With its sun-soaked palette and dynamic, pulsating composition, Orange Family is typical of Anuszkiewicz’s rigorous interrogation of the interplay between high-intensity colors.
Color and Light: A Sale of Abstract Art will be live on artnet Auctions from August 1 through 8, 2013, and on view at http://www.artnet.com/auctions/search/?q=keyword-color_2013/.
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