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A Star-Studded Collection of Prints

Decorating your home with works by modern masters have never been easier. And this week’s collection of art prints and multiples gives you a stellar opportunity to find a unique piece to hang on your walls. From Andy Warhol to Roy Lichtenstein, the contemporary masters highlighted in this collection are top notch. Take a look at highlights from this curated collection below.

A trio of Marilyn Monroe portraits by Andy Warhol, all signed, are stars in this sale. Marilyn Monroe, an actress and model who became a major pop culture icon of the 20th century, is depicted in the Warhol screen prints in three color variations. Pink, Gold and Green. Each print is dated 1986 and signed; the signatures have been authenticated by a forensic handwriting examiner.

Andy Warhol, ‘Marilyn, Pink,’ signed ‘this is not by me / Andy Warhol,’ 1986, 32 in. x 32 in. Estimate: $10,000-$15,000. Jasper52 image

 

Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertising that flourished in the 1960s.

He is also represented in this collection by a signed and numbered screen print of actress and vocalist Liza Minnelli as well as an unsigned Blue and Red Daisy digital print.

After Andy Warhol, ‘Liza Minnelli,’ screen print, signed, number 4/200, 11.75 x 8.25 in.; 18.75 x 15.25 in. frame, stamped: VIP Art Inc. Estimate: $450-$500. Jasper52 image

 

Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997), the American pop artist known for his comic strip style, has six works in this auction, starting with the signed and numbered screen print Statue of Liberty in blue ink.

Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Statue of Liberty,’ screen print, pencil signed and numbered 3/250, Contemporary Art Inc., 12 7/8 x 8 3/4 in.; 18 1/4 x 15 1/2 in. frame. Estimate: $450-$500. Jasper52 image

 

Another Lichtenstein screen print attracting interest is Lemon and Glass. This Bluegrass Edition print is signed and numbered “1/80.”

Roy Lichtenstein, ‘Lemon and Glass,’ screen print, signed and numbered 1/80, 11.4 x 8.15 in.; 15.38 x 18.75 in. frame, Bluegrass Edition. Estimate: $450-$500. Jasper52 image

 

Also drawing much interest in presale bidding is a signed Marc Chagall lithograph titled The Tribe of Levi, which is an actual page from the book From the Windows of Jerusalem. The lithograph is from an unknown edition size, unframed, but in mint condition.

After Marc Chagall, ‘The Tribe of Levi,’ signed lithograph, paper size 13 in. x 9.75 in., from the ‘Windows of Jerusalem’ book. Estimate: $350-$375. Jasper52 image.

 

Chagall (1887-1985) was a Russian-French artist. An early modernist, he was associated with several major artistic styles and created works in virtually every artistic medium, including painting, book illustrations, stained glass, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries and fine art prints. Drawing on Cubism and Fauvism, his works create dream-like imagery that evokes emotional associations.

An offset-lithograph poster for a Keith Haring exhibition titled “Keith Haring: Into 84” at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in 1983 depicts a lone man dancing. Haring (1958-1990) was an American artist and social activist whose work responded to the New York City street culture of the 1980s. He is best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings, which he first made in New York City subway stations and later exhibited in museums.

After Keith Haring, offset-lithograph, 1983, ‘Keith Haring: Into 84,’ Tony Shafrazi Gallery. Estimate: $165-$185. Jasper52 image

 

View the full collection of prints and more unique works from dynamic modern artists.

 

The Fine Print: Contemporary Art at Down-to-Earth Prices

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time,” wrote Thomas Merton, early 20th-century theologian, author and Trappist monk.

That’s a powerful and appealing statement, isn’t it? If you’ve been watching the prices that fine artworks have been commanding, you may have resigned yourself to the fact that you’ll have to find another (more affordable) way to “find and lose” yourself. Take heart and take note: prints provide the opportunity to own high-quality works by modern art visionaries, including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Keith Haring, at a fraction of the cost of originals.

That sounds like a fulfilling way to experience the duality of art appreciation described by Merton, so to gain some perspective about collecting contemporary prints we turned to an expert: Wade Terwiliger, co-owner of Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

“Contemporary art is hot, hot, hot, and increasing prices reflect that interest,” Terwiliger said. “As prices for original works of art by noteworthy artists have skyrocketed, prints have gained recognition as a more affordable way for collectors to obtain images by these artists. We’re seeing a broad range of prices for prints, with collectors worldwide getting in on the action online.”

Collecting Tip: Always, always, always ask questions. It’s important to find out the dimensions, the condition, and if artwork has been examined out of its frame.

Solid provenance and/or documentation are a focus for many collectors. So are good names and signed editions, Terwiliger said. And it goes without saying, condition is also an important factor. However, as Terwiliger explained, there’s no single specific factor that outweighs all others. “What we’ve seen is that buyers will determine their own priorities from among this list of criteria,” he said.

During their years of serving consignors and collectors, Palm Beach Modern Auctions has done well with icons of different art movements, according to Terwiliger. They include a number of market- and time-tested artists, including these five luminaries of the contemporary art realm:

Keith Haring, “Apocalypse I” silkscreen, signed edition, circa 1988. Sold for $4,880, Feb. 4, 2017. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Keith Haring (American, 1958-1990) – Haring tapped into his ability to draw at an early age, observing and learning from his father, who drew cartoons for entertainment. This early influence is evident in much of his work, which often has cartoon-like imagery. However, the themes and topics addressed in his work were not always light-hearted subjects about life and love, but also serious matters such as apartheid, AIDS, and drug addiction.

Haring’s work appeals to all age groups, Terwiliger said. Collectors can obtain at auction pieces from Haring’s Pop Shops operation, such as tote bags, for less than $1,000. Limited edition prints can be had for $3,000-$5,000 at auction. At the upper end of the spectrum, a print of “Three Lithographs: One Plate” signed, circa 1985, sold for $40,000 during a February 2017 auction at Palm Beach Modern Auctions.

“While his original works sell in the millions, it’s incredibly exciting that a print from the same artist can be accessible and affordable,” Terwiliger said.

 

Ellsworth Kelly, “Colored Paper Image XVII” from the “Colored Paper” series, hand-made paper with colored pulp, signed limited edition. Sold for $12,000 + buyer’s premium, Nov. 22, 2017. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Ellsworth Kelly (American, 1923-2015) – At one time, Ellsworth Kelly was considered an artist beyond definition, in that he produced works in a variety of disciplines. He was a painter, sculptor and printmaker, and left his mark on the development of Minimalism, Hard-edge painting, and Pop Art.

During World War II, Kelly served as a member of the “Ghost Army,” a unit tasked with using inflatable tanks to misdirect enemies. His works have appeared in exhibitions around the world, and in permanent commissions such as a mural in Paris, and a memorial for the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

“If you have a bigger budget or are advancing your collection, Ellsworth Kelly prints are worth considering, but they are in high demand,” Terwiliger said. “His works are very appealing to collectors, as they are colorful, pure, and though seemingly simple, always absorb the viewer into an unexpected experience.”

 

Collecting Tip: “It is essential not just for a beginning collector, but for all collectors, to deal with someone – a gallery, auction house or dealer – that you feel comfortable with. Whether you are buying online or in person, you are making an investment, and that should involve, to some degree, having a relationship of trust in place with the seller.”

 

Bridget Riley, “Untitled (Fragment 7),” silkscreen on plexiglass, circa 1965, signed limited edition. Sold for $25,000, May 6, 2017. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Bridget Riley (British/American, b. 1931) – Like the other artists discussed here, Riley identified a love of and ability to create art at an early age. Deeply involved in the Op-Art movement, Riley reportedly had a childhood fascination with observing cloud formations and the interplay of color and light.

“Specifically, Riley’s graphic black and white geometric-form artworks are most appealing to collectors and are solid market performers,” said Terwiliger, citing the recent sale of “Untitled (Fragment 7)” from an edition of 75 for $25,000 at a May 6, 2017 Palm Beach Modern Auctions event.

 

Takashi Murakami, “Flower Ball (3D) – TURN RED!,” offset lithograph in colors with cold-stamping on high varnish paper, circa 2013, part of the Flowerball series. Sold for $800, May 6, 2017. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Takashi Murakami (Japanese/American, b. 1962) – “Murakami is current, and his works are full of life…a younger generation’s Warhol or Haring,” Terwiliger noted. “We have a young staff who just love him. The recurring characters in his work draw you into a narrative.”

Described by Interview magazine as operating a “multi-tentacled enterprise,” Murakami – in addition to creating paintings and sculptures that fuse Japanese traditions with pop culture images – founded a company that manages and promotes artists, hosts art festivals, produces art-related merchandise, runs a gallery for young Japanese artists, and has collaborated with musicians and designers.

 

Roy Lichtenstein, “Mermaid” lithograph, signed edition, circa 1978. Sold for $8,500, Feb. 4, 2017. Palm Beach Modern Auctions image

Roy Lichtenstein (American, 1923-1997) – Lichtenstein is an artist with universal appeal. It is reported that, as a child, he was a fan of science-fiction radio programs, and thought his life observed and extensively studied nature. He also served in the army, and later as an art instructor at the university level.

Although he is credited with creating various pieces that incorporated elements of Surrealism and Cubism, it is Lichtenstein’s eye-filling, pixelated pop art that is most recognizable. The breadth of Lichtenstein’s work also provides opportunities for a collection to evolve along with the interest and investment of collectors, Terwilliger explains.

“What I like about Lichtenstein is that he spans a number of collecting ranges, from $500 to $800 to prints that sell for $40,000. A collector could start with a poster in the low to mid hundreds and work their way up to $2,000 to $3,000, such as the “Crying Girl” mailer and from there to the $5,000 to $8,000 range, such as “Pyramids” or “Mermaid.”

 

Collecting Tip: “For works over several thousand dollars, I’d recommend buying prints that have provenance and, if possible, accompanying documentation. Your standards may require a line of provenance that dates back to the artist’s studio, or to a reputable gallery, but be sure to gather such information and keep it on file for all the prints in your collection.”

“Contemporary art challenges us…it broadens our horizons. It asks us to think beyond the limits of conventional wisdom.” – Eli Broad, American entrepreneur, philanthropist and co-founder of the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation

Art Prints Worthy of Custom Framing

You know a simple print or poster is truly magnificent when it’s worthy of a custom frame. It deserves to be showcased and highlighted. And after viewing this week’s collection of modern art prints created by world-class artists, you’ll want to call your local frame shop. Let’s take a look at 6 of the highlights in this collection

Topping the list of items having the highest estimates is an unsigned drawing of Andy Warhol’s Dollar Sign on paper. The reverse is stamped “The Estate of Andy Warhol” and bears the stamp of the Warhol Foundation. This original drawing is expected to top $25,000.

‘Dollar Sign’ by Andy Warhol, 1981, unsigned drawing, paper size is 23.5in x 31.5in inches, stamped on the back ‘The Estate of Andy Warhol.’ Estimate: $25,025-$27,550. Jasper52 image

 

Also by Warhol, are two unsigned serigraphs, variations of his Electric Chairpublished by Sunday B. Morning, a Belgian publisher. The prints are estimated at $2,525-$2,775 each.

‘Electric Chair – Sunday B Morning’ by Andy Warhol, 1971, unsigned serigraph, image size: 37 x 50 inches. Estimate: $2,525-$2,775. Jasper52 image

 

A signed Alexander Calder offset lithograph titled Flight from Tyrrany was published in 1975 for Amnesty International’s series titled Artists for Amnesty. Calder was one of 15 artists commissioned to create art for the project. From an edition of 100, the print is signed and numbered in pencil, and carries a $2,525-$2,775 estimate.

‘Flight from Tyranny: For Amnesty International’ by Alexander Calder, 1975, signed offset lithograph, image size of 29.75in x 23in. Estimate: $2,525-$2,775. Jasper52 image

 

In near mint condition is a copy of the exhibition book for the 1982 Keith Haring exhibition at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in New York. Published in 1982 and printed by Fleetwood Press, the spiral-bound exhibition book is signed by the artist. The book contains a foreword by Tony Shafrazi and texts by Robert Pincus-Witten, Jeffrey Deitch, and David Shapiro.

Keith Haring–Tony Shafrazi Gallery exhibition book, 1982 signed by the artist, paper size is 9in x 9.75in, limited edition of 2,000. Estimate: $1,525-$1,675. Jasper52 image

 

Also by Haring is an unsigned lithograph, an authorized reproduction of the artist’s poster for the 1986 “Crackdown on Crack” concert in New York City. Famed concert promoter and producer Bill Graham organized the concert to raise funds to combat the crack cocaine epidemic in New York. The limited edition print was approved by the Keith Haring Foundation.

‘Crack Down!’ by Keith Haring, 1986, unsigned lithograph, paper size is 22in x 17in, from an edition of 2,000, a reproduction of a poster Haring designed for the 1986 Crackdown on Crack concert in New York City. Estimate: $425-$475. Jasper52 image

 

An unsigned lithograph of Robert Rauschenberg’s Re-entry (Diptych) is from a portfolio of 10 pieces titled Mirrors of the Mind, published by Multiples Inc. and Castelli Graphics in 1975. In mint condition, the print has a $2,225-$2,450 estimate.

‘Re-entry (Diptych)’ by Robert Rauschenberg, 1975, unsigned lithograph, paper size is 15in x 11.25in, from an edition size of 100, numbered in pencil. Estimate: $2,225-$2,450

 

View more from this curated collection of 20th Century Modern Art Prints and find your favorites.

Travel Through Time in 7 Prints

This curated mix of modern and antique prints spans from the 19th all the way through to the 20th century. Join us on this journey through time in 7 unique prints and works on paper.

Indian Decor Sheet

This original chromolithograph of Indian décor from Das Polychrome Ornament by Albert Racinet and Owen Jones (1871, Paris) is complemented by a fine frame.

Indian decor sheet, 1871, original chromolithograph of Indian decor from ‘Das Polychrome Ornament’ by Albert Racinet and Owen Jones, Paris, 1871, framed, 19.5in x 24in. Estimate: $450-$550. Jasper52 image

 

Victorian Colored Lithographs

This pair of beautiful Victorian women depicted in large color lithographs makes an appearance in matching oval frames.

Pair of Victorian colored lithographs behind glass on gold, in gilt wood oval frame with high relief details. Estimate: $300-$400. Jasper52 image

 

Audubon’s Baltimore Oriole Print

John James Audubon’s original Princeton Audubon print of Orioles (505/1500) is framed under UV protective glass and expected to sell for $1,300-$1,700. This is a stunning example of a print fusing illustration and history to display wonder of the natural world.

Audubon’s Baltimore Oriole print, original limited edition Princeton Audubon print of Orioles (505/1500), framed. Estimate: $1,300-$1,700. Jasper52 image

 

Keith Haring Signed NYC Peech Boys LP

The first of several Keith Haring works includes this LP album cover for the NYC Peech Boys titled “Life is Something Special.” This was designed and signed by Haring himself, and dated 1983.

NYC Peech Boys LP “Life is Something Special”, Signed by Keith Haring, 1983. Estimate: $2,000-$4,000

 

See, Hear, Speak, No Evil

This Keith Haring marker and paint on paper print is signed by the artist and dates to 1988.

Keith Haring, ‘See, Hear, Speak, No Evil,’ marker and paint on paper, signed ‘K. Haring 88.’ Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Jasper52 image

 

5 Dancing Men

The final standout Keith Haring work is ‘5 Dancing Men’ dated to 1989.

Keith Haring, ‘5 Dancing Men,’ marker on paper, signed ‘K. Haring 89.’ Estimate: $2,000-$4,000. Jasper52 image

 

The Angel Series Poster

Bringing us nearly to the brink of the 21st century is this The Angel Series poster signed by artist Peter Max, dated to 1999.

Peter Max signed poster, ‘The Angel Series,’ signed in black felt pen and dated 1999. Estimate: $500-$1,000. Jasper52 image

 

For more unique antique and modern prints, take a look at the full catalog of prints, multiples and works on paper.

4 Keith Haring Prints to Draw You In

This upcoming sale of fine prints presents a collection that fuses fine art, illustration and history, and displays wonders of the natural world. The most stand out of the 120-lot auction? These four Keith Haring works. Keith Haring is an American artist best known for his graffiti-inspired drawings, and the four works presented here are all from 1988-89. Take a look:

First up is Two Dancing Men with Heart, which is acrylic paint on heavy artist paper.

Keith Haring, ‘3 Dancing Men,’ 1989, signed by artist. Estimate: $500-$800. Jasper52 image

Next is Dancing Pregnant Women with Spotted Radiant Baby, done in marker on heavy artist paper.

Keith Haring, ‘Dancing Pregnant Women with Spotted Radiant Baby,’ 1988, signed by artist. Estimate: $500-$800. Jasper52 image

Another marker on heavy artist paper is 3 Juggling Men.

Keith Haring, ‘3 Juggling Men,’ 1989, signed by artist. Estimate: $500-$800. Jasper52 image

And finally we have Three Dancing Men, marker on heavy artist paper.

Keith Haring, ‘3 Dancing Men,’ 1989, signed by artist. Estimate: $500-$800. Jasper52 image

Of course this print auction is full of many treasures including exquisite hand-colored prints of flowers and animals found within the pages of their scientific journals. Click here to view the full catalog and bid in the auction.