Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series was one of his last major works before his death in 1987.


Left: General Custer; Right: Geronimo
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each. Left: General Custer. Right: Geronimo.
To be offered: September 16th
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

In 1986, Andy Warhol created the Cowboys and Indians series. In this portfolio, Warhol portrays a range of images that represent both the history and constructed lore of the American West, pulled from reality and fiction. Warhol interspersed portraits of world-famous Americans with those of anonymous Native Americans in his ironic commentary on America’s collective mythology of the historic West.


Left: Mother and Child; Right: Teddy Roosevelt
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each. Left: Mother and Child. Right: Teddy Roosevelt.
To be offered: September 16th
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

Rather than portraying Native Americans within their historical landscape, or cowboys in their veritable forms, Warhol went with a stylized and romanticized version of the American West — already a favored lens in novels, films, and various television series popular during the 20th century.


Cowboys and Indians
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each. Left: Plains Indian Shield. Right: Northwest Coast Mask.
To be offered: September 16th
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

Included in the composition are Native Americans and their authentic emblems — a mask, Kachina dolls, and a shield — alongside John Wayne, Annie Oakley, Teddy Roosevelt and General George Custer, the latter group exemplifying Warhol’s preoccupation with stardom.


Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians.
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each. Left: John Wayne. Right: Annie Oakley.
To be offered: September 16th
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

At this point in his life, Warhol was forming bonds with a number of younger artists in the New York art scene including Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Salle, Keith Haring and Julian Schnabel.


Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians.
Andy Warhol (American, 1928–1987), Cowboys and Indians (the complete set of ten screenprints), 1986, screenprints in colors, 36″ x 36″ each. Left: Indian Head Nickel. Right: Kachina Dolls.
To be offered: September 16th
Estimate: $500,000–$700,000

Read More

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

The September 16 Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale at Clars, totaled over $1.3M across 230 lots.

  • Modern + Contemporary
  • Stories & News

Artist Spotlight: Joan Brown

“How do I know when I’ve finished a painting? It’s when that element of surprise is there” (Joan Brown).

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars is excited to kick off the Fall Season with an exceptional Modern + Contemporary Fine Art sale on Friday, September 16th.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Designer Spotlight: Dirk Van Erp

While he is most well-known for his table lamps, Van Erp also designed a variety of decorative arts.

  • Designer Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

Clars’ upcoming Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction will feature an array of mid-century San Francisco Bay Area figurative works.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures and installations, paintings, performances and fashion.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Yayoi Kusama

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Born in 1929 in Matsumoto, Japan, Yayoi Kusama is well known for her sculptures, installations, paintings, performances and fashion. Kusama is the highest-selling living female artist and has a body of work that spans over the past 70 years.


Yayoi Kusama, Napping Pumpkin
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Napping Pumpkin, 1993, screenprint, 20.8″ x 25.75″.
Sold: $37,500
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), A Pumpkin GB-D, 2004, screenprint, 9.4″ x 11.1″.
Sold: $40,625

A preeminent figure in the art world, Kusama emerged onto the art scene in the 1960s in New York, collaborating with Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenberg, and Robert Morris and contributed to the rise of feminist and pop art.


Kusama, <em>Grapes</em>
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), Grapes, 1982, screenprint, 12.4″ x 10.6″.
Sold: $21,250
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23" x 19".Estimate: $30,000–$50,000 (one of two to be offered).
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23″ x 19″.
Sold: $31,250

Throughout her work, Kusama has explored such themes as her own obsessive-compulsive disorder, hallucinations, sexuality and freedom. Various Kusama prints that were sold at Clars exhibit her signature style, featuring polka dots and nets in dense patterns with obsessive repetition.


Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23" x 19" (one of two to be offered). Estimate: $30,000–$50,000
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Pumpkin, 1983, screenprint, 23″ x 19″.
Sold: $87,500

In 1993, Kusama represented Japan at the Venice Biennale. She has been the subject of major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Tokyo as well as a major retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2012. In 2017, she opened the Yoyoi Kusama Museum in Tokyo near her studio and the psychiatric hospital where she has voluntarily lived since 1977.


Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), High Heels, 1986, screenprint, 12.4" x 16”.
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1929), High Heels, 1986, screenprint, 12.4″ x 16″.
Sold: $17,500
Yayoi Kusama (Japanese, b. 1939), Flower (1), 1992, lithograph in color, 9.4″ x 11.1″.
Sold: $12,500

Read More

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Post Sale Highlights

The September 16 Modern + Contemporary Art + Design sale at Clars, totaled over $1.3M across 230 lots.

  • Modern + Contemporary
  • Stories & News

Artist Spotlight: Joan Brown

“How do I know when I’ve finished a painting? It’s when that element of surprise is there” (Joan Brown).

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art Highlights

Clars is excited to kick off the Fall Season with an exceptional Modern + Contemporary Fine Art sale on Friday, September 16th.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Designer Spotlight: Dirk Van Erp

While he is most well-known for his table lamps, Van Erp also designed a variety of decorative arts.

  • Designer Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary

Fall Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Highlights

Clars’ upcoming Modern + Contemporary Art + Design Auction will feature an array of mid-century San Francisco Bay Area figurative works.

  • Auction
  • Modern + Contemporary

Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indians series was one of his last major works before his death in 1987.

  • Artist Spotlight
  • Modern + Contemporary