The Twombly foundation is selling 11 works through Christie’s this November. The clutch includes a Warhol electric chair, brillo box and some Lichtenstein drawings:
Acquired by Twombly in the 1960s, these works—all by artists represented by the legendary Leo Castelli Gallery—represents two generations of artists all who became established during the 1960s. Highlighting this group are three important drawings by Roy Lichtenstein – all quintessentially Pop – using imagery of everyday objects and advertising from the 1960s. Widely exhibited and documented, all three were most recently shown together at the Morgan Library in Roy Lichtenstein: The Black and White Drawings, 1961-1968 in 2010. The group includes Hot Dog, 1964 one of his largest works on paper, the bold 10₵, 1961 – 1962, and Like New, 1962. Also included is Andy Warhol’s Little Electric Chair, 1964 that Twombly traded directly with the artist, a cerulean blue in stark contrast with the dark silkscreen inks. Also of great importance are two rare early works by Bruce Nauman,including one of only three LightTrap 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.