Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Rose collection treasures

Some of the treasures from Brandeis’s Rose Art Museum that could be sold by Brandeis leaders. (Pardon the lousy reproductions, they’re all from the Twit-scape.)

Andy Warhol, “Saturday Disaster,” 1964. Two stacked black and white screenprinted images of a fatal car crash from Warhol’s haunting “Disaster” series. If Brandeis leaders are looking for quick cash, this is the most likely painting to go. Christie’s auctioned off a similar 1963 Warhol crash painting for a record price of $71.7 million in 2007.

Roy Lichtenstein, “Forget It! Forget Me!” 1962. A romance comic writ large by a master of Pop.

Ellsworth Kelly, “Blue White,” 1962. Two rounded blue forms kiss atop a white ground. A classic of crisp minimalist abstraction by a Boston Museum School alum.

Jasper Johns, “Drawer,” 1957. Gloomy gray painting with a faux drawer in the middle, part of Johns’s early exploration of the painting as object.

Hyman Bloom, “Corpse of a Man,” 1944-45. A bloated, rotting corpse as if painted by Bonnard. One of the best of the Bostonian’s early, chunky explorations of local morgues.

Roberto Matta, untitled, 1956. A tour de force 20-foot-wide 1956 abstract painting resembling floating space stations.

Bruce Connor, “Light Shower,” 1963. An assemblage resembling a cracked-up bedroom wall by a Bay Area master rarely seen on the East Coast.

Williem de Kooning, untitled, 1961. A big loose brushy action painting made as his compositions were opening up in the ‘60s.

Elizabeth Murray, “Duck Foot,” 1983. A bright red and yellow painting built around her signature abstracted cartoony forms on shaped canvases.

Florine Stettheimer, “Music,” c. 1920. An icy girly drawing-room dream painting by the Jazz Age salon queen.


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