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For Immediate Release September 16, 2011 Contact: Erin McAndrew Melissa Abernathy +1.212.636.2680 +1.212.468.7155 mabernathy@christies.



MILTON AVERY Porch View Estimate: $60,000-80,000

JOHN MARIN New York Stock Exchange Estimate: $70,000-100,000

NORMAN ROCKWELL Girl in Spanish Costume Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Public Exhibition: September 23 26, 2011 Auction: Tuesday, September 27 at 10am New York On September 27, Christies will offer its mid-season sale of Fine American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture, featuring an excellent selection of 19th and 20th century works at prices ranging from $2,000 to $120,000. Highlights include exceptional works by Norman Rockwell, George Inness, John Marin and Samuel Johnson Woolf, as well as a rare group of bronze sculptures from the Labor series by Max Kalish, consigned directly by the artists family. All genres of American art are represented, including Hudson River School, Impressionism, Ashcan, Modernism, Nave, Illustration and Western Art. The total sale of a little over 200 lots is expected to achieve in excess of $3.1 million.

New York State of Mind Among the lead highlights of the sale is New York Stock Exchange, 1924 (pictured page one, center, estimate: $70,000-100,000) by John Marin (1870-1953). Created in the boom before the Crash of 1929, the work evokes a dynamic tension with strong, dark diagonal strokes in watercolor, crayon and pencil. In addition to this painting, a number of high-quality pictures from well-known artists depict Manhattan and upstate New York across a wide range of periods and genres. A selection of these works includes a Hopperesque view of early 20th century Greenwich Village (pictured at right, estimate: $60,000-80,000) by Samuel Halpert (18841930), Landscape View near Catskill Mountain House, 1867 (estimate: $30,000-50,000) by Jasper Francis Cropsey (1823-1900) and a painting by Nave artist Anna Mary Grandma Robertson Moses (1860-1961) titled The Hurricane in Hoosick Falls, 1945 (estimate: $25,00030,000). In keeping with the New York theme, the sale catalogues cover lot, Porch View, circa 1945 (pictured page one, left; estimate $60,000-80,000), by Milton Avery (1885-1965) depicts the Catskill Mountains from Woodstock, N.Y. An important figure in the American Modernist movement, Avery was largely self-taught and experimented with color planes and patterns, bridging the gap between Matisses vivaciously outlined canvases and the American color field artists of the 1950s. The back cover of the catalogue is reserved for another New York painting, by Guy Wiggins (18831962). New York, 1929 (estimate: $60,000-80,000), shows the great, gray bulk of the city looming above a busy river plied by ferries, barges and tugs. Another important work is Girl in Spanish Costume, circa 1930, (pictured page one, right; estimate: $80,000-120,000) by Norman Rockwell (18941978). Painted in Norman Rockwells signature descriptive style of finely drawn, clear realism with a wealth of fascinating detail, this painting is among the many artistic achievements that established Rockwell as one of the best-known American painters of all time. Many other widely recognizable names in 20th century American art are represented here: Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009), Joseph Stella (1877-1946), and popular childrens book artist and author, Ludwig Bemelmans (1898-1963). Bemelmans Jacket, Place de la Concorde, (pictured at left; estimate $60,00080,000) evokes memories of the beloved stories of Madeline, a schoolgirl

who lived in an old house in Paris that was covered in vines. Painted by 1956 when his third book, Madeline and the Bad Hat, was published, the present work incorporates the entire splendor of the Madeline series in one illustration. The character of Madeline, named for his wife and modeled after his daughter, was developed over the course of thirty years and seven successful books, one of which was published posthumously. Bemelmans oeuvre includes over forty published books, countless illustrations and the wall murals of Bemelmans Bar at The Carlyle, New York, named in the artists honor. Beauty in Bronze The work of American sculptor Max Kalish (1891-1945) is rarely offered for sale. Last year, a number of Kalish works sold for nearly four times their estimates. This year, several bronze statues, including four workmen from his Labor series, are sure to be hot lots, as these have been consigned directly from the personal collection of the artists family. Stoker (pictured at right; estimate $15,000-20,000) illustrates what James Kalish meant when he described his fathers work as hard and soft at the same time. A rough workman in a ballerina pose. The beauty and reality of the working man, not glamorized, romanticized or politicized. Among other sculpture highlights in the sale is the Art Deco-style Meteor by Harriet Whitney Frishmuth (1880-1980). Originally designed as a hood ornament in 1923, the 4-in. bronze with silvered patina is one of a series of 13 and has also been known as Spirit of Speed (estimate: $15,00025,000). Western art bronzes include Chief Flat Iron, Ogalalla Sioux (estimate: $20,000-30,000) by Adolph Alexander Weinman (1870-1952) a 9-in. bust that shows every line of the chiefs proud face. Rounding out the group are two charming, small 1920s-era bronzes by Anna Vaughn Hyatt Huntington (1876-1973), Yawning Tiger (pictured above; estimate: $6,000-8,000) and Descending Panther (estimate: $6,000-8,000), respectively, which exemplify her predilection for animal studies, in which every muscle and tendon stands out, amplifying the animals motion.

A complete e-catalogue of this sale is viewable online at and via Christies free app for the iPad and iPhone.

About Christies Christies, the worlds leading art business, had global auction and private sales in the first half of 2011 that totaled 2.0 billion/$3.2 billion. In 2010 it achieved global auction and private sales of 3.3 billion/$5.0 billion. Christies is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christies conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christies offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christies has 53 offices in 32 countries and 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai and Hong Kong. More recently, Christies has led the market with expanded initiatives in emerging and new markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai. *Estimates do not include buyers premium

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