Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is pleased to announce a single-owner auction of property from the collection of Carol H. and Richard M. Levin. Led by the American and European Art department, the sale will be conducted on May 20 in the Chicago saleroom.
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 33 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, ($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).
With his knowledgeable and gifted eye, Richard Levin was able to uncover details of an artist’s style and oversee preparatory studies for important commissions. His advocacy for the arts extended into the public sector where he is remembered and respected for his tenure on the board of directors for multiple institutions, such as the Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City Art Institute, Kemper Museum and Truman Library. Mr. Levin enjoyed a career as founder and CEO of Jason Empire, Inc., an importer of optics that went public in 1969 and became a part of Bushnell.
Leslie Hindman Auctioneers is honored to be handling the property of a collector devoted to significant 20th century American paintings. This single-owner evening sale follows Leslie Hindman Auctioneers’ American and European Art spring sale, which will take place during the day on May 20. Rounding out the Fine Art department spring schedule will be the Post War and Contemporary Art and Fine Print sales on May 21.