From Benton and Henri to Bontecou and Pollock  

From Benton and Henri to Bontecou and Pollock

Single-owner sales at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers bring important American and contemporary artworks to spring fine art auction schedule.

During its spring fine art auction season, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will be handling two significant single-owner collections that will be incorporated into both the American and European Art sale on May 20 and the Post War and Contemporary Art sale on May 21.


Highlights of the American and European Art sale include an important Precisionist work by the American artist Ralston Crawford, Pennsylvania Barn, 1937 ($200,000/400,000) as well as American Impressionist Charles Courtney Curran’s Peach Blossoms, 1891 ($50,000/70/000) and Still Life, 1924, by Modernist Preston Dickinson ($50,000/70/000). A notable selection of European paintings is also on offer, including Frederico del Campo’s Venice Waterway, Emilio Sanchez Perrier’s Alcalà de Guadaira and a watercolor by Paul Signac, titled Le Port de St. Servan.


Property from the collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin will be included in the American and European Art sale. Mr. Levin, a Kansas City native, began collecting in the second half of the 20th century. He collected with a connoisseur’s eye and put an emphasis on acquiring paintings that paid homage to American roots.


This evening sale, comprised of 34 works of art, will feature prominent American artists including works from Ashcan School painters best known for portraying city and modern life of the early 20th century in rejection of the more genteel, polished movements of the time. These artists include members of “The Eight,” such as Robert Henri, William James Glackens, Everett Shinn, George Benjamin Luks, Arthur B. Davies, Ernest Lawson and John French Sloan.


Other movements represented in the sale include, Social Realism, American Modernism and American Impressionism. American Regionalism is well represented by five works of art by Thomas Hart Benton.


Highlights from the collection include Robert Henri’s Bridget Lavelle, 1926 ($400,000/600,000), Charles Burchfield’s Basswood Tree in Winter, 1948 ($80,000/120,000) and John Steuart Curry’s Self Portrait, 1946 ($40,000/60,000). Also in the sale are three studies, a lithograph and a painting by Thomas Hart Benton, including Discussion, 1967 ($200,000/400,000) and Study for Flood Disaster (Homecoming – Kaw Valley), c. 1951 ($120,000/180,000).


Another single-owner collection will be featured in the Post War and Contemporary Art sale: the Estate of Mrs. Claudia Luebbers. Mrs. Luebbers was an avid collector who impacted the Chicago art and philanthropic communities. She spent much of her time contributing to and serving on the boards of organizations such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Society of Contemporary Art; the Renaissance Society; the Woman’s Board of the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hyde Park Art Center; and the Chicago Art Salon.


Highlights of the collection include Jackson Pollock drawings, a mixed media image, Night Crusade, by Gilbert & George ($100,000/150,000), a Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1959, wall relief ($200,000-300,000), a marble sculpture from Jenny Holzer’s survival series ($40,000/60,000) and many other unique works.


Proceeds from the sale of Mrs. Luebbers’ collection will benefit the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington.


From outside of this collection, another contemporary highlight includes Amy Sillman’s Prize, 1997 ($30,000/50,000). Coming off of her strong showing at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Sillman continues to inspire the international contemporary art world with her exquisite colors and abstract compositions. Prize signifies the short but important period of Sillman’s early transitional work that will maintain its significance in the lexicon of her career.


To conclude the Fine Art spring schedule, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ Fine Prints sale will occur on the evening of May 21 and include works by artists such as Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Wayne Thiebaud, Pablo Picasso, Jacob Lawrence and Jordan Wolfson.


Image Captions

Ralston Crawford, Pennsylvania Barn, 1937 ($200,000/400,000)

Thomas Hart Benton, Discussion, 1967 ($200,000/400,000)

Lee Bontecou, Untitled, 1959 ($200,000/300,000)

Jackson Pollock, Number 62, 1939-40 ($40,000/60,000)

Amy Sillman, Prize, 1997 ($30,000/50,000).


Fine Art Auction Schedule


American and European Art (372)

Wednesday, May 20 – 10 AM CT


Property from the Collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin (373)

Wednesday, May 20 – 5:30 PM CT


Post War and Contemporary Art (374)

Thursday, May 21 – 10 AM CT


Fine Prints (375)

Thursday, May 21 – 5:30 PM CT

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