On Thursday, April 4th, PBA Galleries will offer a sale of Art & Illustration, Prints & Graphics, Illustrated Books, and Miscellanea. The auction will feature over 260 lots featuring the styles of high modernism in art and design. Represented are the schools of Orphism, Bauhaus, Op Art, Pop Art, and COBRA. Included are paintings drawings, prints, artist’s books, works by classic illustrators and more.
On the auction block will be limited-edition prints, artist’s books, and etchings. Highlights include Formation : Articulation (1972), a lovely complete set of color screen prints by influential Bauhaus emigre Josef Albers, who taught Robert Rauschenberg, Eva Hesse, Cy Twombley, and Max Bill. ($10,000-$15,000). Also in the sale will be an early artist’s book from Enrique Chagoya. The Bread of Days / El Pan de los Dias from the Yolla Bolly Press is one of 12 books produced with a suite of twelve unbound etchings by Chagoya ($3,000-$5,000). David Hockney’s In an Old Book, a signed etching inspired by poet C.P. Cavafy, is one of only 75 ($2,000-$3,000).
Illustrated fine press books include Jamie Baldridge’s fantastical The Everywhere Chronicles, a surrealistic steam-punk powered flight of the imagination in a deluxe folio from 21st Editions ($3,000-$5,000). Artist Jim Dine’s dream of the Apocalypse is printed by Arion Press in The Apocalypse. The Revelation of Saint John. The Last Book of the New Testament. Strikingly realized with 29 woodblock prints by the artist, the book is one of 15 hors de commerce copies ($3,000-$5,000).
Other artwork in the auction includes John James Audubon’s Uria Brunnicii, or Thick-Billed Mulle, plate ccxlv from the double elephant folio edition of The Birds of America ($3,000-$5,000). From Salinas to Broadway, PBA Galleries will offer eight original gouache paintings and three posters – variant trial versions of a theater poster for Oscar Serlin’s play based on John Steinbeck’s The Moon is Down ($3,000-$5,000).
The sale will begin at 11:00 am Pacific Time and the public may preview the auction Monday, April 1st from 1-5pm, Tuesday and Wednesday, April 2-3rd from 9am-5pm, and Thursday, April 4th from 9-11am at PBA Galleries in San Francisco. For more information, please contact the galleries at (415) 989-2665 or [email protected].