San Francisco—Bonhams looks forward to 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 coloured 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, aluminium, moveable window shade system and Plexiglas bars.
A Wayne Thiebaud coloured woodcut of "Dark Cake," 1983 (est. $30,000-50,000) stands out in the sale, along with a David Hockney coloured 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 coloured "One Plate, from Flowers," 1970 (est. $20,000-30,000).
Two works in the sale provide eye-catching illusions: a colourful screenprint by Frank Stella of "Double Grey 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 coloured 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).
The sale's illustrated catalogue will be available online in the weeks preceding it, for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com/auctions/21014/.
Auction Preview: October 18-20, San Francisco; and October 11-13, Los Angeles
Auction: October 22, San Francisco (simulcast in Los Angeles)
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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