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D’Arcangelo Survey Show Aims to Draw Attention to Later Work

Mitchell-Innes & Nash, which began representing the estate of Pop artist Allan D’Arcangelo (1930–1998) last August, is planning to mount a 30-year survey exhibition of his paintings this spring (Apr. 2–May 2).

NEW YORK—Mitchell-Innes & Nash, which began representing the estate of Pop artist Allan D’Arcangelo (1930–1998) last August, is planning to mount a 30-year survey exhibition of his paintings this spring (Apr. 2–May 2).

Gallery director Lucy Mitchell-Innes told ARTnewsletter the estate contains “paintings from all periods” in the artist’s career, and added that “there are major, significant works” the gallery plans to exhibit and sell. She said that while most collectors focus on D’Arcangelo’s work from the 1960s—particularly his flattened images of U.S. highways—the gallery hopes to bring more attention to his work of the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s, when he broadened his subject matter to include depictions of bridges, radio towers and other structures.

The audience for D’Arcangelo’s work has been principally U.S. collectors, although Mitchell-Innes said that there has also been interest from European buyers—particularly from Belgium, Germany and Italy—who buy work from the 1960s and ’70s.

In recent months, the gallery has sold several paintings for prices in the $75,000/100,000 range. The most recent sale was last December at Art Basel Miami Beach, where the gallery sold a 1974 oil for about $75,000, according to Mitchell-Innes.

The highest auction prices for D’Arcangelo’s art have been for works created in the mid- to late ’60s. The top public sale price is $802,600, paid at Sotheby’s last May for the oil on canvas U.S. Highway I, No. 4, 1962, far surpassing the estimate of $150,000/200,000.

D’Arcangelo worked at a number of jobs until he was over the age of 30; it was only then that he devoted himself to painting full-time. His earliest works, dating from 1962 and ’63, which are in the estate, feature Americana as their subject matter—the Statue of Liberty, the New York skyline, the U.S. flag, the American eagle, Marilyn Monroe and President John F. Kennedy.

D’Arcangelo’s artwork has come up at auction more than 130 times over the years, yielding a wide range of results. Besides the auction high for U.S. Highway I, No. 4, other prices include $289,000 for the oil Smoke Dream #2, 1963, at Sotheby’s in 2007—far in excess of its $8,000/12,000 estimate—and $104,500 for an untitled 1967 oil at Sotheby’s last September (estimate: $60,000/80,000).

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