2977B_David_Hockney_78 David Hockney, Lightning
Estimate: $7 000 - $9 000

This piece is one of several Hockney prints referencing the phenomenon of lightning, it is strikingly different from the colorful images more commonly associated with this multi-faceted artist.

In Hockney's 1973 Weather Series, the artist was inspired by "the idea of the rain as it hit the ink [and] it would make the ink run. The moment I thought of the idea I couldn't resist it."

For the series, Hockney studied 19th-century Japanese u-kioye woodblock prints by Katsushika Hokusai and impressionist paintings by Claude Monet. The Weather Series was the second major suite made the British artist made at the Californian printmaking studio Gemini GEL.

Untitled, Standing Mobile Estimate: $150 000-250 000 Untitled, Standing Mobile, c.1965
Estimate: $150 000-250 000

Untitled, Standing Mobile is a moving sculpture that, while less than six inches high, displays the engineering skill, artistic genius and wit for which Calder is renowned.

Calder pioneered kinetic sculpture, in fact the term completely encompasses his innovative work. Through combining singular components that move in synchronisation with each other, Calder broke the mould when it came to sculpture during the mid 20th century.

Calder's sculptures were an imperative part of the Modernist art movement. Marcel Duchamp coined the terms mobiles to describe Calder's moving aesthetic.

Roy Lichtenstein, The Art Critic, 1996Estimate: $25 000-35 000 Roy Lichtenstein, The Art Critic, 1996
Estimate: $25 000-35 000

Roy Lichtenstein's late work comes from a point in Lichtenstein's career when the artist was playing off his own previous works and also looking back at the art of the earlier 20th century. This intentionally Picasso-esque version of an iconic Lichtenstein girl is retrospective in more than one sense.

The title is an interesting play on the fact that Lichtenstein was often dubbed by the critics of his time as a plagiarist, not an artist.

2977B_Irving_Penn_181 Irving Penn, Marcel Duchamp, New York
Estimate: $15 000-25 000

Made in 1979 from a 1948 negative, this piece is one of Penn's famous studio wall corner series of portraits, important for its size and subject as well as its intrinsic artistic appeal and innovative use of a starkly simplified background.

Penn captured some of the 1940s and 1950s most influential cultural figures in the minimalist photographs. Other subjects in the series included artists Georgia O’Keeffe; Salvador Dalí; writer Truman Capote and actress Marlene Dietrich.

All works will be featured in Skinner's sale on January 27. Check out the full catalog here.

 

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