Contemporary Prints and Photographs: Our March Must-Haves

Lot 108, “Blue Hat” by Alex Katz, aquatint etching, 2004, Auctionata AG (March 3, 2016)

Art fair season has arrived! As the spring market heats up in New York and around the world in the coming weeks, our editors have selected 6 contemporary prints and photographs with wall power and staying power. And, with accessible price points, these coveted prints are perfect for new and established collectors alike. See what’s new and noteworthy at auction this March.

Josef Albers, one of the foremost artists of the 20th century, was a champion of color theory, and his vibrant “Homage to the Square” series have star wall power. For new collectors looking for a pop of color without breaking the bank, this is the perfect find.

Lot 7, Compilation of 3 serigraphs in colors by Joseph Albers, 1967-69, Auctionata AG (March 4, 2016)

Watermelon is common subject matter throughout Rufino Tamayo’s body of work, pulling on cubist motifs while symbolically nodding to Mexico’s heritage (the vibrant green, white and red color palette echoes the colors of the Mexican flag). With its quintessentially Tamayo subject matter, our editors love “Tajadas de Sandías.”

Lot 335, “Tajadas de Sandías” by Rufino Tamayo, color lithograph, 1969, Swann Auction Galleries (March 8, 2016)

Francis Bacon’s hauntingly beautiful figurative works are raw, expressive, and emotive. They imply a narrative and leave the viewer yearning to learn more of the story.

Lot 186, “Figure Reflected in Mirror” by Francis Bacon, color etching on Arches paper, 1977, Arte Roma Auctions (March 3, 2016)

With a major retrospective announced at Tate Britain in 2017, it’s sure to be the year of David Hockney. Collectors should consider scooping up works by the artist now.

Lot 74, “Self Portrait” by David Hockney, lithograph on woven paper, 1980, Auctionata AG (March 4, 2016)

Long exposures enable Dan Holdsworth’s whimsical images, including vast landscapes and ghostly compositions depicting the vastness of space.

Lot 172, “Untitled (At the Edge of Space)” by Dan Holdsworth, C-type print, 2000, Dreweatts & Bloomsbury (March 3, 2016)

Browse rare contemporary and modern works of art in Auctionata’s 444 Collectibles of Post-war & Contemporary Art (March 3), Dreweatts & Bloomsbury’s Photo Opportunities (March 3), and Swann Galleries’ 19th & 20th Century Prints & Drawings (March 8).