Los Angeles – White Boy, a masterpiece by Robert Colescott (1925-2009), one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, leads the Bonhams’ Post-War & Contemporary Art sale on February 18th in Los Angeles with an estimate of $800,000 – 1,200,000. Included in the artist’s seminal solo show at the 1997 Venice Biennale, White Boy (1989) is a quintessential example from Colescott’s oeuvre typifying his iconic and discordant style. A hallmark of his best works, this painting’s cartoonish style draws in and disarms the viewer, while the work is amassed with meaning that extends far beyond first impressions.
The sale preview will be open February 11th – 17th, 12pm – 5pm, with expanded hours available by appointment.
Sonja Moro, Senior Specialist for Post-War & Contemporary Art, said: “Bonhams is proud to be the only international auction house hosting an important sale during this exciting Frieze week in Los Angeles. This auction has a fantastic selection of works from across the Post-War & Contemporary Art spectrum. We are particularly honored to bring the seminal Colescott painting to market and to exhibit it publicly for the first time in over two decades.”
Additional highlights include:
• From conceptual artist Barbara Kruger (b. 1945), Untitled (A picture is worth more than a thousand words, 1987) is estimated at $80,000 – 120,000. As is showcased in this work, Kruger is known for overlaying images with provocative and witty text.
• Untitled (2470, 2001) is a striking example from Deborah Butterfield (b. 1949), a sculptor known for her depictions of horses using found objects. The current lot is constructed of Hawaiian ōhiʻa wood cast in bronze, the only work of its kind, and is estimated at $80,000 – 120,000.
• Grasshopper Infestation Near Ranohira Madagascar (2009) by Marc Quinn (b. 1964) is a vibrant painting from one of the artist’s best-known bodies of work, the hyperrealist Flower Paintings, wrestling with humanity’s desire to control nature, and is estimated at $80,000-120,000.