Hello Santa! Some Christmas spirit courtesy of Andy Warhol’s Santa Claus
Skate ‘N’ Surf
Get ready to discover 100 skateboards by legends such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Kaws, and Robert Longo, in our latest, very cool auction, Skate ‘N’ Surf.
Contemporary masterpieces by these artists are now presented as accessible decorative objects on skate decks and surfboards. The popular collectibles offered in this auction span many movements throughout art history, including Pop Art, Graffiti and Urban Art, and Asian Contemporary Art. When hung on the wall, these dazzling skate decks and surf boards are fantastic accents that can brighten an entire room, and can also make for an unforgettable gift.
If you are close to it, a big painting is just a feeling around you, that’s all.
"If you are close to it, a big painting is just a feeling around you, that’s all." - James Rosenquist
Happy Birthday to James Rosenquist, who celebrates his 80th Birthday today!
Rosenquist is notorious for being the most openly political artist associated with the Pop Art movement. His fragmented imagery drew from many commercial, social, and political sources, often with sharply political implications.
During the Vietnam War, Rosenquist became more openly critical of the American military-industrial complex. This resulted in such controversial works as F-111 Bomber, which fuses images of the “American Dream” with darker suggestions of nuclear war, missiles, and the emblematic US fighter-bomber.
From his early days as a billboard painter to his recent masterful use of abstract painting techniques, Rosenquist continues to dazzle audiences and influence younger generations of artists.
"War Hero" by famous Chinese Contemporary artist Shen Jingdong, a pioneer of Pop Art in China.
Happy Birthday Mr. Wesley
Artist John Wesley celebrates his 85th birthday today. Born in Los Angeles, Wesley is a self-taught artist who is famed for his bright, funny, minimalist and often unsettlingly erotic work.
After marrying artist Jo Baer, the couple moved to New York City, where Wesley become part of the Pop Art movement and maintained close friendships with Donald Judd and Dan Flavin.
Sotheby’s Warhol Record
A day after Christie’s sold a Francis Bacon for a record-setting $142.4 million, rival Sotheby’s countered by setting an auction record for an Andy Warhol work. The Pop Art legend’s monumental "Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)" sold to an unidentified telephone bidder for $105.4 million, well over its $60 million estimate. Silver Car Crash has previously been owned by collectors such as Charles Saatchi, Thomas Ammann, and German millionaire playboy Gunter Sachs.
The price surpassed Warhol’s previous $71.7 million record set in 2007 for a smaller "Green Car Crash."
"Global participation was evident throughout the sale," said Alex Rotter, Sotheby’s head of contemporary art in New York. "When the quality is there, multiple people from different cultural backgrounds are going for it, because it’s outstanding."
Over the past 2 nights, the postwar and contemporary art evening auctions totaled almost $1.1 billion.
We’re thrilled to debut Asia POP!, a gorgeous sale that presents the various cultural manifestations of Pop Art in Asia, by a diverse range of artists from China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia!
Headlining the sale is a stunning, super-cropped portrait of an alluring yet allusive woman. It is Painted by Feng Zhengjie (Chinese, b.1968), a pioneer of Chinese Pop Art in his signature palette of neon pink, green, and red.
Other highlights include works by Ling Jian, Shi Lifeng, and Takashi Murakami.
Celebrating Wayne Thiebaud
Arizona-born artist Wayne Thiebaud's work seems to be a celebration of the sweet American way of life.
Starting out as a freelance cartoonist, Thiebaud has become famed for his images of sumptuous Tortes, playfully colored cupcakes, and pastel hued ice cream cones.
Although Thiebaud is often associated with the Pop Art movement, his work does not critique the iconic imagery of American society and consumer culture, but embraces it instead.
"I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs." — Andy Warhol
A classic 1980 Tom Wesselmann sexy "Bedroom Blonde"
A fantastic print by Marisol Escobar, the Parisian sculptor known by her first name alone. She dropped her patrilineal surname to "stand out in the crowd" of the burgeoning art scene of the 1960s in New York City.
Roy Lichtenstein’s very first screen print, "Brushstroke," was printed by Chiron Press in 1965. At the time, Lichtenstein was working on a series of brushstroke paintings as a satirical response to the emotion-laden gestural paintings of the dominant Abstract Expressionism artist group.
A star of the legendary British Pop Art movement, artist Peter Phillips spent several years in New York working and partying alongside Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and James Rosenquist.