Art by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol is included among eleven works from the Cy Twombly Foundation to be sold at Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art sales in New York on November 12-13. Acquired by Twombly in the 1960s the works are all by artists represented by the legendary Leo Castelli Gallery. The sale represents two generations of artists who became established in the 1960’s. Highlighting the group are three drawings by Roy Lichtenstein – all quintessentially Pop – using imagery of everyday objects and advertising from the 1960s. They are Hot Dog, 1964, the bold 10?, 1961 – 1962, and Like New, 1962. Also included is Andy Warhol’s Little Electric Chair, 1964, a painting that Twombly traded directly with the artist. There are two early works by Bruce Nauman, including one of only three Light Trap photographs, William T. Wiley or Ray Johnson Trap, 1967 and the sly and conceptual resin sculpture, Device to Hold a Box at a Slight Angle, 1966. Both were included in artist’s first debut solo exhibition in New York at Leo Castelli Gallery, curated by David Whitney.
Laura Paulson, Chairman and International Director for Post-War and Contemporary Art, declared: “This extraordinary group of works by Lichtenstein, Nauman, Warhol and Oldenburg represents one of the most creative and rich periods in Post-War American art which emerged in the 1960’s.”