Saturday, September 28, 2013

Bonhams offers Hockney, Picasso, Thiebaud, Warhol, Stella Prints

Bonhams will offering a strong selection of Prints and Multiples, October 22 in San Francisco, and simulcast in Los Angeles. A leading highlight on offer is a colored Pablo Picasso linocut print

"Après la Pique," 1959 (est. $40,000-60,000).

Pop art is well represented in the sale. A Robert Rauschenberg mixed media work of "Sling-Shots Lit #6" from the Sling-Shots Lit Series, 1985 (est. $30,000-40,000) is a prominent piece from the category. The work is in assemblage with a sailcloth, mylar, wooden lightbox, fluorescent light fixture, aluminum, moveable window shade system and Plexiglas bars.

A Wayne Thiebaud colored woodcut of "Dark Cake," 1983 (est. $30,000-50,000)

stands out in the sale,

along with a David Hockney colored lithograph on paper and screenprint on plexiglas of

"Walking Past Two Chairs, from Moving Focus," 1984-86, depicting black and red chairs, a table and a vase of flowers (est. $30,000-50,000).

There will also be Andy Warhol offerings, including two screenprint works on paper:

"Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482," from Details of Renaissance Paintings, 1984 (est. $60,000-80,000)

and the brightly colored "One Plate, from Flowers," 1970 (est. $20,000-30,000).

Two works in the sale provide eye-catching illusions: a colorful screenprint by

Frank Stella of "Double Gray Scramble," 1973 (est. $20,000-30,000)

and an untitled, 1965 black and white screenprint on plexiglass by Bridget Riley (est. $12,000-16,000) featuring a zigzag pattern.

The auction will also feature nine works by Ellsworth Kelly, including colored lithographs on paper of

"Blue Curve; Red Curve; Green Curve; Black Curve; Purple Curve, 2000" (est. $20,000-30,000).

Highlights continue with

a lithograph on paper by Henri Matisse of "Figure devant tapa Africain," 1929 (est. $15,000-25,000);

a drypoint on laid paper by Martin Lewis of "Chance Meeting," 1940-41, depicting a man and woman meeting by a newspaper stand (est. $8,000-12,000);

and a screenprint on paper by Edward Ruscha of "Made in California," 1971, featuring the words in liquid form against an orange background (est. $8,000-12,000).