Fine Art Auctions | Paintings, Prints and Drawings  

Fine Art Auctions | Paintings, Prints and Drawings

Post War and Contemporary Art
Thursday, September 24 10AM CT

Fine Prints
Thursday, September 24 3pm CT

American and European Art
Friday, September 25 10am CT

Contact: Julia Leveille

312.334.4229 or

Exhibition Times

Thursday, September 17 | 10am – 5pm
Friday, September 18 | 10am – 5pm
Saturday, September 19 | 10am – 3pm
Sunday, September 20 | 12pm – 4pm
Monday, September 21 | 10am – 5pm
Tuesday, September 22 | 10am – 5pm
Wednesday, September 23 | 10am – 5pm

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Leslie Hindman Auctioneers September 24th Post War and Contemporary Art Auction seeks to build on the strong results of their successful May Sale anchored by property from the Claudia R. Luebbers and Betty L. Bergman Trusts that saw outstanding prices realized for works by Lee Bontecou, Jean DuBuffet, Barry Flanagan, Francois Gilot, Victor Vasarely and Karl Wirsum. Highlights from the upcoming sale include robust sculptures featuring a 1956 Alexander Calder stabile with mobile elements that elegantly balance delicacy and strength, a pair of whimsically surreal sheep by Francoise-Xavier Lalanne and a stately red and pink minimalist totem by Anne Truitt. Leading lots from the upcoming painting session include a vibrant depiction of a lightning strike over an urban horizon by the conceptual artist Jack Goldstein, an iconic and heavily painted heart diptych by Jim Dine, an expansive ethereal abstract mixed media and collage on canvas by Lee Krasner along with a complexly layered monumental oil and collage on canvas by abstract expressionist and Krasner neighbor, Conrad Marca-Relli. Pinnacle works on paper offerings include a music series collage by New York School painter Robert Motherwell, a pair of vivid Calder gouaches, a stylized and erotically driven colored pencil drawing celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Hyde Park Art Center by Chicago Imagist and Hairy Who original Jim Nutt along with mixed media pieces from outsider art denizens Bill Traylor and Joseph Yoakum. The Photography series spans from classic to contemporary ranging from an Ansel Adams quintessential black and white southwestern landscape to a beautifully unsettling post apocalyptic digital collage of Russian new media collective AES+F Group, contemporary up and comers Jordan Wolfson and Elyn Zimmerman round out the presentation.

Building on the strong bidding for American Ashcan and Realist works witnessed in the May sale of the Collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin, the September 25 American and European auction meets current tastes and demand with a selection of highlights from American and European art.  The sale is led by a stunning Robert Henri portrait entitled Eileen. Expected to realize between $200,000 and $300,000, Eileen has remained in the collection of Elizabeth Mahaffey Mullins since it was purchased from the artist, and this is the first time it will appear at auction.

Another American highlight of the sale is a delicate pastel by James Abbott McNeill Whistler entitled Parasol; red note. Exemplifying his understated technique and mastery of drapery, Whistler successfully shows that a clothed figure can be just as captivating as a nude with this work (est. $60,000 / 80,000). Leading the Impressionist session is Richard Edward Miller’s colorful The Necklace (est. $150,000 / 250,000, from his Giverny period. Works by Fern Isabel Coppedge, Emile Albert Gruppe, and Edward Potthast are also included.

The European session is led by Emile Antoine Bourdelle’s acclaimed bronze Herakles, archer with a presale estimate of $100,000 to $200,000. We are pleased to be offering several works from the Collection of James Wenneker, which includes works on paper and paintings by Jehan Georges Vibert, Frederick John Lloyd Strevens, and James Sant.

One highlight of the September 24 Fine Prints auction is a 1916 George Wesley Bellows print, Preliminaries. The lithograph of a boxing match, a popular subject for the artist, has a presale estimate of $20,000-30,000. The sale will also feature works by Roy Lichtenstein, David Hockney, Keith Haring, Joan Miro, Andy Warhol, Robert Indiana and Tom Wesselmann. Additional offerings from Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Albrecht Dürer, Cornelis Visscher and others will be available.

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