This Week Heritage Auctions Offers A Brief Look at a Trove of Modern and Contemporary Art

Because of the peculiar economy of exchange that fuels the world of art, most of the work produced by artists known and unknown goes unseen. It pops up at art fairs or in far flung exhibitions before being sold and carted away, sometimes rehung on the walls of a private collector’s home or corporation’s headquarters, but more often than not, it is packed and shipped and stored in a warehouse somewhere.

So while the fact that Heritage Auctions is holding an auction this week of modern and contemporary art, featuring works by Andy Warhol, Ed Ruscha, Ellsworth Kelly, and many others, may excite the collectors among you, the open viewing offers another opportunity entirely. The auction takes place tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m., but today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. you can see the work on view at the Heritage Auctions Design District Annex at 1518 Slocum St. in the Design District.

So what art can you see? The Heritage sale is chock-full of Pop Art, including plenty of Warhol Prints, a couple of Lichtenstein lithographs, a large Double Standard screenprint by Ruscha, as well as concentrations of Asian and Latin American art. For more information on how to see the work, go here. Here are some items that caught my eye:

Images at top: Andy Warhol: (left) Self Portrait, 1966. and (right) Liz, 1967

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Pablo Picasso, “Chouette aux traits,” 1951. Glazed ceramic vase. 11 x 8-3/4 inches.
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Joan Mitchell, “Untitled.” Pastel on paper. 22-1/2 x 15-3/4 inches.
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Ed Ruscha, Rustic Pines, 1967. Gunpowder on paper; 14 x 22-1/2 inches.
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Yoshitomo Nara and David Shrigley, Untitled (Sniff Sniff), 2002. Colored pencil and felt-tip pen on paper. 10-1/4 x 9-1/8 inches.
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Julio Ferrer, The Party, 2005. Acrylic on canvas. 31-1/2 x 39-1/2 inches.