One of the featured items from Barney Ebsworth’s estate in this November’s sales at Christie’s is Joan Mitchell’s 12 Hawks at 3 O’Clock has already drawn a great deal of interest. Yesterday, Christie’s revealed the estimate for this work at $14-16m. It will only take a few bids above the low estimate for the work to total above $16.6m, the record price set in May.
David D’Arcy covered the Armory Show for Abu Dhabi’s The National. He spoke to Jill Weinberg Adams of Lennon Weinberg Gallery which is selling works by Joan Mitchell both at its gallery in Chelsea and at the fair:
“There are a lot of people in their thirties and forties who are making substantial amounts of money. Some of them may want to collect Jeff Koons and Matthew Barney. Some may be interested in collecting Abstract Expressionism,” she said. “Relative to her position in art history, Joan Mitchell is an artist whose paintings are affordable.”
Jackie Wullschlager offers a pocket biography of Joan Mitchell in her Financial Times review of the artist’s show in Scotland this Summer:
Mitchell was born in 1925 in Chicago – her frequent broad expanses of cool, bluish whites evoke the city’s winter skies and glassy lakes – and died in 1992. Richly educated in literature by her mother, who with Harriet Monroe edited the modern verse journal Poetry, she was a natural lyric painter. From her grandfather, a bridge engineer, came the family fortune and an inheritance as important – an interest in structure, evident in the grand scaffolding of her compositions. From her father she learned iron discipline – he urged her on as champion figure skater, tennis player, diver, and an athlete’s physicality and intuition is sustained throughout her work.Continue Reading