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artnet Auctions Presents: Top of the Pop

  (July 23, 2014)
artnet Auctions Presents: Top of the Pop

New York/Berlin (PRWEB) February 13, 2014

artnet Auctions is pleased to announce the highly anticipated Top of the Pop print sale, which will feature over 50 classic Pop prints by artists such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, Robert Rauschenberg, and Tom Wesselmann. This dazzling, curated selection of iconic Pop prints is perfect for both new and seasoned Pop Art collectors.

Among the sales highlights is one of the most famous Pop prints of all time, Roy Lichtensteins 1965 Sweet Dreams Baby!, estimated at US$100,000 to 125,000. With its irreverent comic book character on the business end of a knock-out punch, Lichtenstein challenges the reigning Abstract Expressionist movements anti-figure aesthetic and emotional intensity, and instead finds inspiration in the popular press. Another Lichtenstein print in the sale, Foot and Hand (1964), estimated at US$15,000 to 20,000, also draws inspiration from a violent comic book image, this time of a boot stepping on a hand reaching for a pistol. The work shows the development of the artists visual shorthand, which would define his work for the next 33 years. The sale will also feature superb examples of Lichtensteins later work, including his portrait of Lady Liberty, I Love Liberty (1982), estimated at US$35,000 to 45,000, and The Oval Office (1992), estimated at US$40,000 to 45,000. To recreate the interior of the Oval Office, the artist researched the White House archives and incorporated authentic decorative details, such as the paintings that had originally hung on the walls, and surreptitiously included an image of his own.

Andy Warhol (American, 19281987) was also developing his own original vision of Pop Art in the mid-1960s, appropriating photographs directly from newspaper articles. In Birmingham Race Riot (1964), estimated at US$5,000 to 7,000, the artist cropped and reproduced a well-known photograph of the violent 1963 race riots in Alabama. By intentionally blurring the image, Warhol raises questions about the role of art in accurately depicting real-life events, and turns the notion of what constitutes an original artwork on its head. Warhol also gained early notoriety by selecting banal subjects such as Campbells Soup cans, declaring them worthy of artistic attention. Campbells Soup Can (ca.1979), estimated at US$60,000 to 80,000, is a rare, unique silkscreen on paper that depicts a can of Campbells tomato soup, but the can is curiously printed askew, transforming the object into a graphic symbol. In the brilliantly colored $ (Quadrant) (1982), estimated at US$75,000 to 100,000, Warhol simplifies his fascination with consumerism to its most basic representation: the dollar sign.

One of the most sought-after prints in the auction is Warhols 1983 Grevys Zebra from his Endangered Species series, estimated at US$40,000 to 60,000. The stunning contrast of the zebras black and white stripes against a brilliant blue background emphasizes the exotic nature of Warhols wildlife portraits, which he described as animals in makeup. Also offered in the sale will be a number of Warhols renowned Pop portraits of celebrities. Warhols Marilyn Announcement (1981), estimated at US$4,000 to 6,000, is a miniature, hot pink version of Warhols famous 1967 Marilyn. The artists portrait of Elizabeth Taylor, Liz (1964), estimated at US$30,000 to 40,000, is one of the now-scarce impressions that is hand-signed by the artist.

The sale will also include several Pop works that celebrate the winter Olympics, most notably, Andy Warhols 1983 Speed Skater, estimated at US$7,000 to 9,000, a work that was specially commissioned for the 1984 games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, and Peter Maxs Hockey Skate (1996), estimated at US$5,000 to 7,000, an actual hockey skate that is extensively hand-painted and decorated by the artist.

Another highlight of the sale is a rare and exquisite artists proof of Tom Wesselmanns Seascape Portfolio. Estimated at US$30,000 to 35,000, this set of five prints takes images associated with the artists most innovative period in the 1960s, in which he fragmented, isolated, and reassembled the nude into provocative body parts, including a breast, a foot, and a mouth.

Other Pop artists, such as Keith Haring (American, 19581990), will also be well represented in this sale. Harings 1988 brilliantly colored graphic work, Pop Shop Quad II, a quartet of the artists iconic dancing figures, is estimated at US$15,000 to 20,000. His popular Best Buddies image is also offered in the sale in the form of a rare Christmas card, and is estimated at US$5,500 to 7,500. A print by Robert Rauschenberg (American, 19252008), Kennedy for Senate (2000), will also be on offer, and is estimated at US$2,500 to 3,500. This print was created by the artist to fund the late Ted Kennedys 2000 senate campaign. The work comes directly from the collection of Mrs. Edward Kennedy.

Top of the Pop will be live on artnet Auctions from February 18 through 27, 2014, and can be previewed at

For more information about this sale, please contact artnet Auctions specialists:
Deborah Ripley
Senior Specialist, Prints
+1-212-497-9700 ext. 174

Alex Benrimon
Associate Specialist, Prints
+1-212-497-9700 ext. 147

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