George Segal Portrait of Robert and Ethel Scull, 1965
Robert and Ethel Scull, once had a Pop Art Collection comprised of numerous Museum Quality Masterpieces, before disposed by Sotheby's in 1973 and 1986. In fact, the quality was so strong, it was the equivalent of several Museums, now that many of their Works are actually in the Museum Collections these days.
The Sculls collected first class Art by Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Roy Lichtenstein, Willem de Kooning, James Rosenquist, George Segal, John Chamberlain and dozens of other now legendary Pop Art names.
The Robert and Ethel Scull name is an Internationally recognized Blue-Chip Provenance for the vast material sold at two historic Sotheby's auctions, which changed the Contemporary Art landscape.
In 1973, the Sculls first auctioned 50 paintings and sculptures, which yielded $2.2 million.
Sotheby's 1986 Catalogue Cover
11 years later in November, 1986, 142 additional Robert & Ethel Scull Paintings & Sculpture were auctioned for $10 million at Sotheby's New York.
Acquavella Galleries has gathered 44 of the most striking works from the Scull Collection from 11 museums, 2 foundations and 22 private collectors.
The Robert and Ethel Scull Collection Exhibition "reunion" is astonishing for its quantity of Museum Quality Pop Art Masterpieces that rivals many Museums.
Jasper Johns was one of the Scull's favorites. At one point Mr. & Mrs. Scull owned 22 major Jasper Johns Works, seven of which are included in the Acquavella Exhibition, including three Jasper Johns Paintings of a Map, 1961; Double Flag, 1962; Target, 1961, and an extraordinary, large, 0-9, 1961, Charcoal and pastel on paper, a masterpiece of Jasper Johns' draughtsmanship.
Jasper Johns, Map, 1961, an oil on canvas, currently in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art, a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Robert C. Scull, is Pop Art Masterpiece shown in context with other Art Works formally in the Scull Collection.
Also included in the Exhibition is Jasper Johns, Target, 1961, an encaustic and newspaper collage on canvas that Robert and Ethel Scull originally sold for $125,000, at Sotheby's 1973 historic auction.
|Jasper Johns Target 1961 Encaustic on Canvas|
After the 1973 Sotheby's auction, the Jasper Johns Target, 1961 Painting, was acquired by Lord Peter Palumbo, prior to its 1989 sale by Petersburg Press; at that time, Joseph K. Levene was President/COO of Petersburg Press, Inc.
The painting brought back vivid memories when I viewed the Jasper Johns Target 22 years subsequent to viewing the Painting at Crozier's Chelsea warehouse. In 1997, the Jasper Johns Target found its current Chicago home when acquired by Stefan Edlis from the Leo Castelli Gallery.
Not included in the Exhibition is James Rosenquist's F-111, 1964-65, an 85-foot-long, 51-panel Painting, sold for a record $1.9 million at the 1986 Scull Auction, currently in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art.
Robert and Ethel Scull had the good fortune of persuading Leo Castelli to sell them James Rosenquist's F-111 Pop Icon, for $45,000., a decision Leo Castelli liked since it obviated breaking the Painting into separate sections.
Also not included in the Exhibition, but making International headlines, is Andy Warhol 200 Dollar Bills, 1962, which first brought $385,000 at the 1986 Sotheby's Scull Auction.
In November 2009, the Andy Warhol 200 Dollar Bills became the second highest price Andy Warhol ever sold at public auction when the Painting achieved $43.7 million, not a bad profit!
The Acquavella Galleries Exhibition demonstrates the extraordinary eye for quality shared by the late Robert and Ethel Scull.