Kusama’s iconic Pumpkin print – in rare yellow

21/03/2019     Prints & Multiples , News Stories & Press Release

Damien Hirst Alex Katz Bridget Riley

 Iconic prints and sought-after editions by modern and contemporary masters together with a stellar group of lenticular works by three leading artists will feature in Roseberys London’s forthcoming Prints & Multiples sale in April. 

Shane Xu, Modern & Contemporary Prints specialist at Roseberys London said: ‘I am really excited to offer such an amazing assortment of artists and work for the coming prints sale in April. My aim is always to keep the sale interesting by offering a wide range of artists and price levels. This sale includes work by top artists including, Francis Bacon, Ai Wei Wei, Miro and Alex Katz. Furthermore, we have a selection of interesting lenticular pieces, which is a unique technique used in editions, that will ensure excitement among buyers.’

The lenticular print collection showcases the innovative ways this once-kitschy holographic medium - which gives an image the illusion of motion and depth – is used today as a highly effective art form.Perfectly illustrating this point from the six-lot group for sale are two prints by British artist Mat Collishaw (b.1966). Inspired by old master paintings, Lame Duck II (2009), based on a still life by the 18th-century Spanish artist Jose Lopez-Enguidanos and Angel (2009), after Fra Angelico's Annunciation of 1442, give a dramatic new dimension to these venerable works. In Lame Duck II, Collishaw has intervened in this old master painting and reanimated the dead duck at the centre (upon which an 18th-century viewer might have dreamt of feasting) (Lot 253). Thanks to the holographic effect produced by lenticular prints, the duck's breast moves gently up and down, eerily drawing attention to the violent undercurrent of the scene.

In Angel, Collishaw makes the angel Gabriel, who is traditionally depicted announcing the news to Mary that she has been chosen to carry the son of God, appear and disappear from view (Lot 254). Without the presence of the angel, the narrative of the entire story is brought into question: Mary suddenly seems alone, scared, and vulnerable. Both made in a small edition of just three with an artist’s proof, the pair are estimated at £1,500-2,000 each.

Making up the rest of the group is Dylan Thomas, Kim Novak and James Joyce in New York (2013) by the pioneering British pop artist Peter Blake (b.1932) (Lot 210); James Dean at the Albert Hall (2012), also by Blake (Lot 211); and Haute Coiffure (2007) and Haute Coiffure Pink Lipstick (2007) by award-winning British photographer Tony Briggs, based on his photoshoot with a 17-year old Kate Moss for FACE Magazine in 1992 (Lot 320) (Lot 321).

Certain to attract eager interest from comic book enthusiasts is a highly sought-after complete set of six giclee prints from Marvel Superheroes (2015) (see above) (Lot 342). Each print was hand selected and signed by the recently deceased Stan Lee (1922-2018), widely considered to be one of the most influential people in the comic book industry.Lee rose through the ranks of a family-run business to become Marvel Comics’ primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that dominated the comics industry. Estimated at £8,000-12,000, the group are from the artist proof edition of 29 and come in Marvel Superheroes Comic cover designs featuring Wolverine, Captain America, X-Men, Thor, Iron Man and Spiderman

Several iconic contemporary prints will be making their way onto the Roseberys rostrum. Among them is the yellow screenprint Pumpkin (1999) by internationally renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b.1929) (Lot 364). The squash is Kusama’s signature image, especially in yellow, with this example estimated at £20,000-30,000. In a 2015 interview the artist said: "I love pumpkins because of their humorous form, warm feeling, and a human-like quality and form.”

Elton John Jonas Wood Yayoi Kusama Pumpkin


Popular contemporary artist Jonas Wood (b.1977) - known for his heavy graphic aesthetic of scenes depicting domestic interiors, landscapes and sporting events - is represented by screenprint Vote (2018) (shown right). Featuring his signature basketball motif, it was made in an edition of 300 and is estimated at £3,000-5,000 (lot 338).

Also contained in the sale is Face of the Poet (1978), one of several notable editions combining imagery and poetry by fellow American Alex Katz (b.1927) (Lot 190). The complete set of fourteen aquatints are all signed and numbered from an edition of 25 and come with title page, table of content and accompanying letterpress poems by 14 authors. The set carries an £8,000-12,000 guide.

Highlights among a strong selection of British prints include a very early and rare screen print by renowned Op art exponent Bridget Riley (b.1931). Untitled (1966), signed, dated and numbered from the edition of 100, carries an estimate of £4,000-6,000 (Lot 159).  

Meanwhile Pyronin Y (2005), an etching of a series of multi-coloured dots from an edition of 65 by Damien Hirst (b.1965), is estimated at £8,000-12,000 (Lot 226).

There is also a limited-edition photography portfolio produced in 2009 by the Sir Elton John AIDS Foundation and containing the work of a number of renowned contemporary artists and signed by the famous musician himself (Lot 248). It is estimated at £18,000-22,000. One of only 40 produced, it comes in its presentation box and includes photographs taken by Nan Goldin, Katy Grannan, Damien Hirst, Sally Mann and Richard Misrach among others.

Earlier prints by blue chip avant-garde names of the 20th century include a lithograph of Marc Chagall’s (1887-1985) Dedication [Mourlot 557] (1968) at £5,000-7,000 (Lot 124). A great example of both the artist’s techniques and his wildly romantic creations, this edition of 50 has not been seen on the market for five years.

Another star is Danseuse au Miroir [Duthuit 492] (1927), an expressive lithograph of a dancer by Henri Matisse (1869-1954) (Lot 100) (shown left). Here, Matisse addresses issues such as beauty, vanity and self-awareness as the dancer poses in front of a mirror, examining her figure and form. Created in 1927, this original lithograph on Japan paper is hand signed by Matisse in pencil and comes from an edition of 50 and is estimated at £10,000-15,000.  

Prints & Multiple Auction 
Monday 8 April, starting from noon 

Viewing times 
Thursday 4 April 1 pm - 5 pm 
Friday 5 April 9.30 am - 5.30 pm 
Sunday 7 April 10am - 2 pm 
Monday 8 9.30 am - 11.30 am 

For further information please contact Peigi Mackillop peigimackillop@roseberys.co.uk +44 (0) 20 8761 2522



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