Color Theory auction at Hindman to celebrate legacy of Josef Albers

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Color Theory auction at Hindman to celebrate legacy of Josef Albers
Josef Albers (American/German, 1888-1976), Variant I, 1966. Estimate: $1,000 - 2,000.



CHICAGO, IL.- Timed with the 60th anniversary of the publication of Josef Albers' seminal writing The Interaction of Color, Hindman will present Color Theory, an auction curated around artists who investigated the transformative power of color. With nearly 100 lots, the July 28th auction is a celebration of color in modern and contemporary printmaking, including works by Albers, Gene Davis, Ellsworth Kelly, Victor Vasarely, Robert Motherwell, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Anish Kapoor, and Damien Hirst.

A group of Patrick Heron prints sold to benefit the Acquisition Fund of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields will also be offered.

Abstract & Minimalist Masters Inspired by Albers

The current art landscape without Albers' foundational theory of color is difficult to imagine. Albers spent his career committed to examining the idea that the most significant element in painting is color, and his research inspired Minimalists, Color Field painters, Abstract Expressionists, and Op art artists.

Prints by artists who used color as the focal point of their works include:

• Lot 41 | Ellsworth Kelly, Four Panels, 1971 | Estimate | $10,000 - 15,000

• Lot 54 | Helen Frankenthaler, Cedar Hill, 1983 | Estimate: $8,000 - 12,000


• Lot 57 | Frank Stella, Del Mar (from Race Track series), 1972 | Estimate: $7,000 - 9,000


• Lot 56 | Robert Rauschenberg, Carnegie Hall 1891-1991, 1990 | Estimate: $7,000 - 9,000

• Lot 14 | Robert Motherwell, Put Out All Flags, 1980 | Estimate: $7,000 - 9,000

• Another top lot of the sale is Tom Wesselmann’s Hedy (Sandpaper) (lot 38; estimate: $10,000 - 15,000).

Patrick Heron Prints Sold to Benefit the Acquisition Fund of the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields

British artist Patrick Heron (1920-1999) is renowned for his significant contributions to abstract art and his experimentation with color, the primary driving force of his work. Heron was particularly interested in the ways color could elicit an emotional response, how the juxtaposition of colors affected the colors’ optical impact, and how these colors could likewise suggest both spatial relationships and form.

16 lots by Heron will be presented in the auction.

The full auction can be viewed online here.

Bidding for the July 28th auction will begin at 10am CT and will be available live at Hindman’s Chicago saleroom, via absentee bid and telephone, and online via Hindman’s Digital Bid Room.










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