Modern Art and Minimalist Sculptures from Estate Artist Larry Mohr Up for Auction, 11/2
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Oct. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ Palm Beach Modern Auctions' (PBMA) November 2nd event will reveal just how broad the contemporary art category has become, with a refined selection of abstract expressionist, outsider and street art; mid-century furniture, and superb minimalist sculptures from the estate of New York artist Larry Mohr (1921-2013).
The Mohr consignment is an important one. An accomplished sculptor whose figural and abstract works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Georgia Museum of Art, Vassar College and the Herbert F. Johnson Museum at Cornell University, Mohr was renowned for his large-scale bronze and aluminum sculptures made of welded and bolted I-beams.
"Larry Mohr passed away earlier this year, and much of his art was left to museums. We were allowed to pick five sculptures from his estate to offer at auction and chose some incredible abstracts that we felt would appeal to our bidders," said PBMA auctioneer Rico Baca.
Among those five Mohr artworks is a signed and dated 1999 stainless steel sculpture, 14 inches high by 36 inches wide. Also standing 14 inches tall, a star-like bronze is titled "CXC XXIII." Each of the Mohr auction lots will be accompanied by a catalog from the Georgia Museum of Art's 1998 exhibition of Mohr's sculptures.
Works by some of today's most in-demand artists are entered in the 300-lot sale. Highlights include a Helen Frankenthaler signed 5-color screen print artist's proof titled "Spoleto," a Larry Rivers signed and dated (1968) mixed media cigar-box sculpture titled "Dutch Masters," and a Paul Jenkins signed and dated (1971) abstract lithograph in blues and greens, 3/100. A dramatic pop art screen print by sought-after American artist Alex Katz is titled "White Hat" and depicts in close-up a stylish woman in a navy-trimmed white Panama hat.