Artnet Auctions: Special Sale Of Modern Art January 28 - February 9

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artnet Auctions: Special Sale of Modern Art January 28 - February 9


NEW YORK and BERLIN, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --


    artnet Auctions offers continuous online auctions of Modern and Contemporary art. 

From January 28 - February 9, artnet auctions will feature a special sale of Modern

Art by renowned artists including Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso. 

This special online auction will include over 50 works of art by 40 of the most

influential modern artists of the 19th-20th centuries representing virtually every

important Modern Art movement.


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    Leading the sale is an exquisite bronze sculpture by Edgar Degas, Danseuse

regardant la plante de son pied droit, 1895/1988 (estimate: $275,000-$375,000). 

Casts of this sculpture have seldom appeared at auction.  Also from the French School

is Portrait of Mrs. Paley, 1936, by Henri Matisse.  This masterful ink on paper

drawing was executed in preparation for the portrait commissioned by CBS executive

William Paley of his wife (estimate: $225,000-$325,000).  


    Other highlights include works by groundbreaking Dadaist artists Marcel Duchamp

and Man Ray.  Included in this section is Duchamp's La boite verte (The Green Box),

1914/1934, a green velvet box containing 93 notes, drawings and photos relating to

the artist's seminal work, The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors Even (The Large

Glass).  This highly sought after limited edition is signed and numbered by the

artist (estimate: $55,000-$75,000).


    Also, in the tradition of the Surrealist movement are works by Joseph Beuys,

Joseph Cornell, and Kurt Seligmann.  Untitled (Die Plastische Haut), 1957-1978, is a

work of automatist poetry by Joseph Beuys in pencil on paper (estimate: $35,000-

$45,000).  Also offered in this section is Blue Sand Box, 1950, by Joseph Cornell

constructed of blue colored sand and a metal spring sealed in a glass box (estimate:

$200,000-$300,000).  This work is a rare example from the artist's celebrated "time

machines" series.


    Early Abstract Expressionism is represented with two vibrant paintings by John

Grillo and Paul Jenkins.  Grillo's Untitled, 1954 is a bold abstraction with gestural

brushwork characteristic of the New York School (estimate: $25,000-$45,000), while

Jenkins' brilliant Cherokee Strip, 1958 is a tour de force of monumental scale (65 x

60 inches) (estimate: $185,000-$285,000).


    Mid-century Modern works reflect diverse styles from two Mondrian inspired

paintings by Charmion von Wiegand to Reginald Marsh's gritty social realist painting,

Outside Strokey's Bar, 1945 (estimate: $175,000-$275,000).  A prime example of the

American Social Realist movement, this work has never before been offered at auction.


    Rounding out the sale are Late Modern works by Pablo Picasso, Ilya Bolotowsky and

Alexander Archipenko.  La Pique, 1959, a linocut by Picasso, is a complex composition

with calligraphic gestures depicting one of the artist's favorite subjects, the

bullfight (estimate: $45,000-$55,000). Three Yellows Vertical, 1970 by Russian-born

artist Ilya Bolotowsky reflects both the artist's Constructivist background and

signature use of color tonalities within geometric divisions (estimate: $15,500-

$18,500).

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    We invite you to browse the sale.  Visit http://www.artnet.com/Modern


    About artnet:

    artnet has been online since 1995 and is host to approximately 2,000,000 visitors

each month. Through its Price Database of over four million auction sales results and

its Gallery Network of over 2,200 galleries worldwide, artnet is the leading online

resource for the international art market. With the new Online Auctions, artnet has

added a transaction platform to its successful information services.




SOURCE: artnet Worldwide 


    CONTACT: Sarah Bradley 

             +1-212-497-9700 ext. 197, 

             sbradley@artnet.com


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