Phillips’ Largest Editions & Works on Paper Sale to be Held 24-26 October

At nearly 500 lots, this is the largest Editions & Works on paper sale Phillips has ever hosted in its fifteen years of offering the category, with the highest-ever pre-sale low estimate, as well, in excess of $6.1 million. There are some very exciting works in the auction, including Roy Lichtenstein’s Nude with Yellow Pillow, alongside 15 other works by the artist in the Evening and Day Sale, Edvard Munch’s Der Kuss (The Kiss), and several complete portfolios of screenprints by Andy Warhol including Flowers, Camouflage, Grapes, Skulls and Flash – November 22, 1963. The sale will open with 30 lots dedicated to Provincetown woodcuts from 19 different artists that defined the artistic movement.

Andy Warhol, Flowers, 1970 | Estimate: $800,000 – 1,200,000

Andy Warhol’s iconic Flowers, rarely encountered as the complete portfolio of screenprints, are considered exemplary illustrations of the artist’s style and oeuvre. These were the most abstract works Warhol produced in the 1960s and ‘70s, simultaneously referencing the art historical genre of still-life paintings of flowers while challenging the seriousness of Abstract Expressionism. In April 2022, Phillips New York sold a complete set for $1,482,000 with premium, setting the record for the most valuable lot sold in a Phillips Editions & Works on Paper auction. Along with the Flowers portfolio, Phillips will offer a total of 5 complete Warhol sets in their Evening sale including Flash – November 22, 1963, Camouflage, Grapes, and Skulls.

Blanche Lazzell, Sail Boat , 1931 | Estimate: $20,000 – 40,000

The auction will open with 30 lots dedicated to Provincetown woodcuts from 19 different artists that defined the artistic movement.  Innovative in their imagery and process, the Provincetown printers, many of whom were women, blazed a path forward for Modernist art in the region. In fact, 16 of the 19 artists being represented in this group are women artists.  Despite being over a century old, these woodcuts feel fresh and timely, with the balance of representation and abstraction in the images celebrating innovation and women’s contributions to the artistic landscape of the Northeast. The Provincetown printers have been the subject of many museum shows, including those at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Printmakers Society of California.

Blanche Lazzell’s Sail Boat is a stunning example of the signature Provincetown white line woodcut aesthetic, its deceptive simplicity highlighting the artist’s masterful use of form, color, and the natural woodgrain texture. Though many of her fellow Provincetown Printers eventually left the area for other artistic pursuits, Blanche Lazzell remained a stronghold of the village’s printmaking community, spending almost every summer and many winters in Provincetown for more than forty years, during which she carved over 138 blocks and created over 550 white-line woodcut impressions, between 1916 and 1956.

Edvard Munch, Der Kuss (The Kiss), 1895 | Estimate: $150,000 – 250,000

The top Modern lot of the evening sale, Edvard Munch’s Der Kuss (The Kiss),  has become an iconic characterization of passionate emotion, complicated attachment and heartbreak with torment. Munch ruminated on these two fused lovers first in drawings, then this etching in 1895, and later in a number of woodcuts and a 1897 oil painting from Frieze of Life based on the etching. Here we have his first graphic exploration of the subject and also one of his first prints. The present example is a rare early impression, of which only a few are recorded. Highly influential as an experimental printmaker, Munch’s work served as inspiration for the next generation of twentieth century American printmakers, from Jasper Johns to Andy Warhol.

Roy Lichtenstein, Nude with Yellow Pillow, 1994 | Estimate: $250,000 – 350,000

The Lichtenstein offerings in this auction span the entirety of this iconic artist’s career from his early offset lithographs Crying Girl and Shipboard Girl, which originated as advertisements for his exhibitions at Leo Castelli Gallery in the early 1960’s, to Nude with a Yellow Pillow, which came from the artist’s final major series and integrated motifs found in his earlier works. With 12 Lichtenstein prints in our Evening Sale and 4 in our Day sale, this auction provides an opportunity for collectors to acquire works that unite some of the most important moments of the artist’s oeuvre, from blonde bombshells to water lilies.

More information about the sale and the nearly 500 works on offer can be viewed here.

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