Post War and Contemporary Art & Design – 10 March 2010

onhams is delighted to announce that it is embracing the 1960s on 7th March when the viewing opens at its New Bond Street galleries for both a specialist auction of ‘Pop and Op Art’ and the selling exhibition of ‘Pure Sixties. Pure Bailey.‘ – a collection of David Bailey’s iconic photographs from the 60s.

The ‘Pop and Op’ auction features works by Richard Hamilton, a key figure in English Pop Art and co-founder of the Independent Group at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London – an organisation which was key to the movement’s development. From the 1960s Hamilton was represented by Robert Fraser and produced a series of prints entitled ‘Swingeing London’ based on Fraser’s arrest, along with Mick Jagger, for possession of drugs. The sale includes ‘The Release’ from this series (1972), with an estimate of £10,000 – 15,000. Also included is Hamilton’s iconic image of ‘Adonis in Y fronts’, estimated at £25,000 – 35,000.

American Pop art is also represented here by artists including Allan D’Arcangelo (1930-1998). Better known for his images of roads and highways, D’Archangelo’s works in this sale include ‘Inclined Horizon’, in acrylic, estimated at £30,000 – 50,000 and ‘Homage to Miro’, also in acrylic, at £20,000 – 30,000.

Op Art is recognised for its optical effects on the spectator, and one of its pioneers was British artist, Michael Kidner. Kidner was fascinated by science and spent his life experimenting with optical illusions, shapes and colour before his death in 2009. He extensively studied wave theory and waves are frequently found in his works. This sale includes his ‘Pink, Green and Blue Wave’ which has been estimated at £20,000 – 30,000.

The Hungarian French artist Victor Vasarely, famous for his abstract geometric art, and this sale includes his vividly coloured acrylic on masonite titled ‘Pulsar’, with an estimate of £40,000 – 60,000.

Alan Montgomery, Senior Specialist in the Contemporary Art and Design Department at Bonhams comments, “The 1960’s were a pivotal decade for the worlds of art and design, and the following five decades have shown that Pop and Op art were two of its most influential and enduring movements. This sale includes some of the most iconic images from that period, as well as more recent examples of Pop and Op which demonstrate the importance of its legacy, both in Europe and the United States. From the glamour Brigitte Bardot and Andy Warhol to the delicate optical art of Vasarely, this sale is full of fabulous 1960’s style, a style which is now very much back in fashion.”

This sale will include paintings, works on paper and sculpture by artists including: Alan D’Arcangelo, Clive Barker, Sir Peter Blake, Derek Boshier, Jim Dine, Richard Hamilton, Allen Jones, Gerald Laing, Roy Lichtenstein, Takashi Murakami, Julian Opie, Sir Eduardo Paolozzi, Mel Ramos, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, James Rosenquist, Ed Ruscha, Colin Self, Joe Tilson, Andy Warhol and Tom Wesselman.

Further information

Duration 10 March 2010 - 10 March 2010
Times 13:00
Cost Free
Venue Bonhams (Bond Street)
Address 101 New Bond Street London W1S 1SR, ,
Contact 020 7468 5878 / /

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