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Wayne Thiebaud’s Blueberry Custard, 1961 sold for $3,225,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Modern & Contemporary Art Auction to break the house record for the most expensive piece of Modern & Contemporary Art ever sold through Heritage Auctions.
“While Russ Solomon was the King of Music with a legendary ear, he also had an amazing collecting eye,” added Sherratt. “This bronze was one of many monumental sculptures that Solomon collected from local artists. His house was designed around his art collection and this sculpture stood in the entry courtyard welcoming Russ’s friends to his spacious art-filled home.
The Solomon collection represents a small fraction of the auction of Modern and Contemporary Art, which includes more than 160 lots. Other highlights from the Solomon collection include the following:
Wayne Thiebaud‘s Blueberry Custard is one of 16 lots from the personal collection of Russ Solomon
Gilbert and Georges Tom (in four parts), 2001: $100,000
David Salle Jim was Jim, 1980: $50,000
This luscious canvas, showing slices of blueberry pie and custard pie arrayed on two shelves, stands out as a classic Wayne Thiebaud in subject and composition; no more iconic example could be found of the early work in which the artist found some of his most favored subjects and settled on a signature way of depicting them. It joins his trademark still lifes showing ice cream cones, cakes, gumball machines, slot machines and other humble, everyday objects made beautiful and mysterious by his distinctive treatment.
All the same, critics have picked up on complex notes in Thiebaud’s compositions. “Though all dressed up as if for their own birthday party,” critic Adam Gopnik wrote of two cakes in a Thiebaud composition, they seem “plaintive-longing.” Writing of his desserts, critic John Yau would ask, “Isn’t Thiebaud keenly attuned to the desire to eat ourselves into a stupor? . Might we not see ourselves as being hedonistic gluttons?”