Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 29th at the Lawrence Art Gallery in McMinnville, Oregon, preceded by a three-day special Public Art Exhibit.


Lot 3H: Andy Warhol (American; 1928-1987) Original Oil on Canvas Painting Titled "The Thinker"
Estimate: $1,500,000 - $2,500,000
Oil painting by Andy Warhol, world renowned artist and leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.  This is said to be one of Warhol's earliest works, and can be compared to drawings created before Warhol developed his Pop Art style. It has been suggested that this is a self portrait Warhol painted, holding a light box, which he often used to turn photographs into drawings. The painting measures approx. 40" x 30", and is signed by Warhol in the lower right corner. Warhol's works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold, with $105 million being the highest price ever paid. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished in the 1960s.  Warhol created many portraits of prominent figures including the Shah of Iran, Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Diana Ross. Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, feature and documentary films. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city of Pittsburgh, hold
One of the most anticipated and important art and jewelry auctions of the season will take place on July 29th at the Lawrence Art Gallery in McMinnville, Oregon, preceded by a three-day special Public Art Exhibit.
On July 26-28, a rare opportunity to see works from the prestigious Pierre Argillet and Royal Medici Collections will take place at the Lawrence Art Gallery in McMinnville, Oregon. Major museums and galleries worldwide have exhibited the Pierre Argillet Collection.
Following this special three-day public Art Exhibit, there will be an Auction of these important art works on July 29th
Auctioneer Brigitte Kruse of GWS Auctions will conduct two auctions:
9 AM – 1 PM: An auction of important investment quality jewelry, limited production designer pieces, large and rare GIA diamonds.
3 PM: A Fine Arts auction featuring 16 rare 20th Century works – some never before available –will include paintings and rare tapestries by Salvador Dali as well as notable pieces by Pablo Picasso, and Andy Warhol. Many of the pieces come from the prestigious collection of Pierre Argillet, Dali's longtime friend and confidante, and from the collection of the Royal Medici family of Italy.
This is the first time the prestigious Pierre Argillet Collection, which includes works by Surrealist, Dada and Futurists artists, has been offered at auction.It is one of the most authenticated collections of Dali’s work throughout his career and demonstrates high standards of quality. The works have appeared in many of the world’s most prestigious museums including: Musee Boymans, Rotterdam; Musee Pushkin, Moscow; The Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida; Kunsthaus, Zurich; Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo; and Hiroshima Prefectural Museum of Art, Japan. The collection’s permanent homes are at the Museum of Surrealism in Melun, France and the Dali Museum in Figueres, Spain. The collection is also housed at the prestigious Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA).
In 2016, Pierre Argillet’s daughter, Madame Argillet, explained the origins of her Collection: “My father began as a journalist with a true passion for Surrealism. His relationship with Dali was as sincere as it was passionate. They had together long discussions on the art in process and on literary topics that Dali would then illustrate. Dali was a man who saw the world as one in which everything was linked. That view of the world is evident in each and every piece of his art, for him it was never a progression of the idea that all things have a shared link…it was the common denominator.”
Pierre Argillet (1910-2001) was Salvador Dali’s publisher and long-time collaborator. Their friendship spanned five decades and produced what many art historians have termed ‘the finest bodies of the Master’s Art." Christine Argillet became President and Curator of the Museum of Surrealism after her father's passing in 2001. Currently she presents Dali: The Argillet Collection; the Dada and Surrealist Publications of Pierre Argillet at museums and galleries worldwide. Since 2010, the collection has been shown in over thirty major exhibition presentations, including Washington DC, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Boston, New Orleans, Dallas, Austin in the U.S. Ms. Argillet’s objectives are both professional and personal.
“These museum-quality presentations of Dali: The Argillet Collection are a tribute to the work of my father, Pierre Argillet, as an extraordinary publisher of the Dada and Surrealist group,” said Madame Argillet. “This 2016 collection reflects a constant endeavor, a very personal archive of not only Dali’s finest etchings and tapestries, but an intimate glimpse into my family’s personal and cherished photos, films, anecdotes and memories of life with Dali and Gala."  
The Lawrence Gallery exhibition and collection opportunity offers works from Dali’s Suites, including Mythologie, Les Hippies, Goethe’s Faust, and the incomparable Poemes Secrets d’Apollinaire. Madame Argillet has also graciously included the rare titles, Etchings and Watercolors from 1934 to the late 1960’s.  A very rare collection of etchings entitled “Songs of Maldoror,” entailed 50 etchings by Dali, done between 1934 and 1973. The Songs of Maldoror have only been exhibited once before, in a four-month exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). Some highlights from the Catalogue are:
Lot 7: Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989) Original Ink & Watercolor Study for "Les Demons" Hand Signed in Exhibit Quality Frame From the Collection of Pierre Argillet W/COA
Estimate: $240,000 - $245,000
The piece was Dali's original study for his "Les Demons" etching, later produced in 1967. .
Lot 7B: Salvador Dali (Spanish, 1904-1989) 1973 "Burning Giraffe" (From the Tauromachie Surrealiste Suite) 67" x 87" Aubusson Tapestry Made Exclusively for Museums Numbered 3/6 W/COA
  Estimate: $375,000 - $390,000
The Tauromachie Surrealiste suite was Dali's transformation of Picasso's famous "Tauromaquia Suite," an extension of the lifelong artistic dialogue carried on between the two artists. Dali shows  himself walking in a ring, with long eyelashes to signify that he is asleep and this is a dream. The tapestry measures 67" x 87" and is the third in an edition of six.
This series of tapestries were created because Pierre Argillet and Dali needed larger format art pieces to decorate the walls of castles they had individually built as their respective museums. This piece is from the personal collection of Pierre Argillet.

View the entire catalogue here

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