Whether you are just starting your collection or have been amassing pieces for years, the Universal Live fine art auction in Wheeling, Ill., is a great opportunity to acquire an original work of art. The bidding opens on March 13 on the more than 400 lots, including sculptures, paintings and prints. Those interested in the available items can use iCollector to not only browse through the entire catalogue, but also to place their bids on anything that strikes them.
The sculptural works at this auction range greatly in size. One of the largest pieces is a tall and narrow piece by Markus Pierson titled "The Great Nuvolari – Ode to Victory" (lot #970193). Pierson is a living sculptor and painter who works in Kansas City, Mo. His work features the recurring theme of a coyote, which we see in this sculpture in a pose reminiscent of the famous "Winged Victory of Samothrace." At a height of 7 feet and width of only 17 inches, this tall, slender sculpture is named after a famous Italian driver and is meant to encourage the viewer to embrace life with the same driving intensity.
One of the most exciting paintings at this auction is a gauche work by Russian-born French artist Erte. A prolific artist during the 20th century, Erte produced work spanning multiple disciplines, including fashion, jewelry, set design and, of course, visual arts. He is regarded as the father of the Art Deco movement, a style he described as the integration of Cubist and Art Nouveau influences. His painting "Folies Bergere" depicts three dancers and a stage curtain (lot #970208). This work would be a great addition to collections of early to middle 20th century French paintings.
The prints in this auction range from art prints from the likes of Matisse (lot #970018) and Chagall (lot #970332) to vintage poster prints such as a 1976 Olympics art poster by artist Romare Bearden (lot #970325). One of the most interesting prints is an original woodcut by Betty Snyder titled "Hoist the Sail" (lot #970283). This print is intriguing for several reasons. First, the subject of the image is a man with his arms stretched, presumably pulling a rope. The image is rendered very minimally, giving the piece and almost abstract quality. Also, the image is printed on what appears to be a handmade paper of very thick fibers in an irregular size and shape.
All these works and much more can be found on the iCollector website.