FINE ART | MAY
DATE: Monday 4 May @ 6pm
LOCATION: 124 James Street, Leichhardt, NSW 2020
The Fine Art Auction being held via Live Virtual Online Bidding features 176 lots, of particular note are 60 lots from the Lucile Dahlstrom Fredrickson Collection of Hermannsburg School Paintings (Lots: 6067-6134) and Mao by Andy Warhol which is part of the Sunday B Morning series. The auction also includes works by Arthur James Murch, Robert Dickerson, Rene Gruau, Ena Elizabeth Joyce, Euan Macleod, Stephen George Maniatty, Maurice Tabard and Gabriel Namatjira, amongst many others.
The Lucile Dahlstrom Fredrickson Collection of Hermannsburg School Paintings
Circa December 1965 Lucille arrived in Australia on a grand world adventure and photos taken during this time show Lucille travelling on the Ghan to Alice Springs and a memorable Christmas Day at the Alice Springs Hotel. While living at the hotel Lucille was able to get a job working at the “Black fellows Bar” in the Hotel Alice Springs.
Lucille’s son notes “my mother was very easy to know and like, she had an enchanting smile and a charming personality to go with her blond hair and blue eyes, a basic look in Sweden but not so much in this bar. As she made friends easily her patrons would offer for sale paintings they were making as a result of the missionary who made the area famous for this art”.
All the art in this collection is a result of Lucille’s purchases from the artists between January 1966 and October of 1966 when they were packaged and shipped to Lucille’s sister in the USA. They remained in Lucille’s home and then by descent to her son where they remained until this auction.
After Warhol published the highly recognisable “Factory Editions” of Marilyn, Flowers and Campbell’s Soup Cans, he began collaborating with two anonymous friends from Belgium in 1970 on a second series of prints. The original idea behind this partnership for Warhol was to play on the concept of mass production.
Warhol loved to comment on this phenomenon through his art. The black ink stamp “fill in your own signature” was inspired by mass production’s impact on modern culture. The thought was, ‘here we just mass-produced these prints; sign your name here, any name will do because yours is as important as my own.’ The new prints were exacting in detail to the Factory Editions & so Warhol was essentially mocking the idea that the Factory Edition prints were somehow more important than these new prints.