Fall Prints and Multiples Auction at Bonhams offers Hockney, Picasso, Thiebaud, Warhol works
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Fall Prints and Multiples Auction at Bonhams offers Hockney, Picasso, Thiebaud, Warhol works
Edward Ruscha (born 1937), Made in California (E. 52), 1971. Screenprint in colors on Arches paper, initialed in pencil, dated and numbered 4/100 (there were also 12 artist's proofs), published/printed by Grunewald Graphic Arts Foundation/Cirrus Editions, Los Angeles, the full sheet framed. sheet 20 x 28 1/16. Est. $8,000-12,000. Photo: Courtesy of Bonhams.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA.- Bonhams looks will be offering a strong selection of Prints and Multiples, October 22 in San Francisco, and simulcast in Los Angeles. A leading highlight on offer is a colored Pablo Picasso linocut print “Après la Pique,” 1959 (est. $40,000-60,000).

Pop art is well represented in the sale. A Robert Rauschenberg mixed media work of “Sling-Shots Lit #6” from the Sling-Shots Lit Series, 1985 (est. $30,000-40,000) is a prominent piece from the category. The work is in assemblage with a sailcloth, mylar, wooden lightbox, fluorescent light fixture, aluminum, moveable window shade system and Plexiglas bars.

A Wayne Thiebaud colored woodcut of “Dark Cake,” 1983 (est. $30,000-50,000) stands out in the sale, along with a David Hockney colored lithograph on paper and screenprint on plexiglas of “Walking Past Two Chairs, from Moving Focus,” 1984-86, depicting black and red chairs, a table and a vase of flowers (est. $30,000-50,000).

There will also be Andy Warhol offerings, including two screenprint works on paper: “Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus, 1482,” from Details of Renaissance Paintings, 1984 (est. $60,000-80,000) and the brightly colored “One Plate, from Flowers,” 1970 (est. $20,000-30,000).

Two works in the sale provide eye-catching illusions: a colorful screenprint by Frank Stella of “Double Gray Scramble,” 1973 (est. $20,000-30,000) and an untitled, 1965 black and white screenprint on plexiglass by Bridget Riley (est. $12,000-16,000) featuring a zigzag pattern.

The auction will also feature nine works by Ellsworth Kelly, including colored lithographs on paper of "Blue Curve; Red Curve; Green Curve; Black Curve; Purple Curve, 2000" (est. $20,000-30,000).

Highlights continue with a lithograph on paper by Henri Matisse of “Figure devant tapa Africain,” 1929 (est. $15,000-25,000); a drypoint on laid paper by Martin Lewis of “Chance Meeting,” 1940-41, depicting a man and woman meeting by a newspaper stand (est. $8,000-12,000); and a screenprint on paper by Edward Ruscha of “Made in California,” 1971, featuring the words in liquid form against an orange background (est. $8,000-12,000).

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