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Currier and Ives: America Envisioned

Before cable news and Instagram, Americans saw the top stories of the day, in politics and popular culture, through the colorful images of Currier and Ives. The lithographs of Currier and Ives are iconic representations of American life from 1850 to 1900. They are arguably the most popular, widely reproduced prints in history, continuing to appear on items from calendars and holiday greeting cards to dinnerware.

A Four-Oared Shell Race, 1884.

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Varieties in the Printmaking of Joan Miró

Joan Miró (Spanish, 1893-1983) Plate (Auction 3140B, Lot 75, Estimate: $2,500-3,500)

Joan Miró is best known as a painter of Surrealistic figures that dance across flat surfaces like alien cartoon creatures searching for a party. Wise collectors know that he was also a skilled and prolific printmaker, working in lithography and intaglio techniques for much of his career. He began experimenting with printmaking in the 1920s, but it wasn’t until later in life that he pursued it vigorously.… Read More

Atget and Abbott: Documenting Changing Urban Landscapes

Atget, Bar de Cabaret, Paris, 1910-1911, printed later by Berenice Abbott (Lot 110, Estimate: $1,000-1,500)

Skinner’s September 21 Fine Photographs auction opens with two special groups (both vintage and later prints) of images by Eugène Atget and Berenice Abbott. Atget (1857-1927) is remembered for documenting historical aspects of the city of Paris as it was being transformed by modernization. His work inspired Abbott (1898-1991) to focus on the changing buildings and neighborhoods of the city in her project Changing New York.… Read More

Rediscovered Gérôme Leads Skinner September 21 Fine Art Auction

BOSTON, MA – August 23, 2018 – On Friday, September 21, Skinner presents an outstanding two-session auction of Prints, Multiples & Photographs and Paintings & Sculpture with over 350 lots spanning Old Masters through contemporary offerings. Robin S. R. Starr, Vice President and Director of American & European Works of Art, notes, “We’re excited about the depth and breadth of the works in the September auction, from a rediscovered Gérôme masterpiece to a considerable number of fresh to the market works from private collections, including of the composer, lyricist, author, playwright, recording artist, and performer, Dory Previn.” 

Jean-Léon Gérôme (French, 1824-1904) Evening Prayer (Lot 266, Estimate: $400,000-600,000)

Paintings & Sculpture

The marquee lot of the sale is by Jean-Léon G érôme.… Read More

June Fine Art & Fine Jewelry Consignment Days

Fine Art & Fine Jewelry Consignment Events

 

Alexander Calder (American, 1898-1976) Untitled (Standing Mobile, c. 1965), (Sold for: $471,000)

Friday, June 1 | Portland, ME

American & European Works of Art – By Appointment Only

Fine Art experts from Skinner will be on hand to accept consignments of American & European Paintings, Sculpture, Works on Paper, Prints & Photographs for upcoming 2018 auctions.… Read More

From Obscure to Iconic: The Flowers of Andy Warhol

[Detail] Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987) Flowers/A Portfolio of Ten Works, Suite of 10 screenprints 1970 (Lot 70, $400,000-$600,000)

This article is featured in the Journal of the Print World, January 2016 issue.

“Andy Warhol is best known for his iconic subject matter: Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, and Elvis Presley. His paintings marry these motifs with screenprinting to express the commercial nature of his work; its manufacture over its customized production.… Read More

How to Properly Display Prints, Photography, and Works on Paper

Don’t do this at home! A good place for plants is not a good place for watercolors. Keep works on paper out of the sun.

Works on paper are fickle, not unlike some people. We all (both people and works on paper) thrive in similar environments. The proper conditions not only keep us comfortable; they also keep us healthy. The same is true for works on paper. The wrong environment can lead to faded or damaged artwork. These tips will help you take care of your works on paper so you can enjoy them for a long time.… Read More

Trends in the Current Prints Market

I’ve been delighted to contribute several articles to the Journal of the Print World. The January 2014 issue features a piece I wrote on trends in the prints market in 2013 and 2014:

“The pace of the 21st century is an ever-accelerating blur with a constant push for more, faster, and better. Trends and tastes are changing so quickly that they are nearly impossible to detect before they are swept away by the next big thing. The volatile unpredictability of the present art market is a given.… Read More

Sybil Andrews and the Grosvenor School Artists

This article is excerpted from Sybil Andrews, by Robin S.R. Starr, the Journal of the Print World, October 2013. Read the full article.

Sybil Andrews (Canadian/British, 1898-1992) Haulers, 1929 (Lot 7, Estimate $2,000-$3,000)

The linocuts of the Grosvenor School artists reflect the kinetic energy of the machine age imbued with the enthusiasm and optimism of the post-World War I era.

Sybil Andrews is one of the most well-known of these artists.… Read More

Read about Will Barnet in Journal of the Print World

I’ve been delighted to contribute several articles to the Journal of the Print World. The front page of this month’s issue features a piece I wrote on Will Barnet. The editor at the Journal suggested this piece to honor Barnet, who passed away last November at the age of 101. Barnet never stopped working, and earlier in 2012 he was presented with the National Medal of Arts for 2011 in a ceremony held at the White House. His legacy seemed to make a fitting story for a periodical dedicated to the history of prints.