The consistent successes of Freeman’s Modern & Contemporary Art department reflect our commitment to bringing cutting-edge and fresh-to-market works to auction, as well as the dynamic expertise of our specialist team.
The department’s focus includes modernist icons Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Marc Chagall; midcentury Abstract Expressionists Helen Frankenthaler, Richard Pousette-Dart, and Hans Hofmann; Pop artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Tom Wesselmann; contemporary painters from Sam Gilliam and March Avery to Elizabeth Osborne and Thomas Chimes; and sculpture luminaries Barbara Hepworth, Alexander Calder, and Henry Moore, among many others.
Freeman’s twice-annual Modern & Contemporary Art auctions—in May and November—span the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, presenting important works that have often been hidden for years in private collections. The department’s presentation of single-owner collections is a particular area of excellence; recent successes include the 2021 $2.1M sale of a selection of sculpture by François-Xavier Lalanne from a prominent Washington, D.C. family, the 2020 $948,000 sale of The Collection of Dr. Henry and Mrs. Fanny Levine, and the 2019 white-glove $1.2M sale of Pop Prints from the Collection of Robert J. Morrison.
October 30, 2019
Freeman’s was honored to present works from the estate of distinguished Philadelphia collector and philanthropist Robert J. Morrison in a single-owner sale that celebrated his passionate connoisseurship. Comprised primarily of works by Pop art luminaries Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, the Collection also included prints and multiples by Wayne Thiebaud, Ed Ruscha, Claes Oldenburg, Tom Wesselmann, Jim Dine and others. The sale was accompanied by a catalogue of thoroughly researched essays and personal tributes, as well as an expertly hung exhibition that drew large crowds of notable collectors from our area and beyond. As a result of the bespoke marketing approach taken by Freeman’s, the auction was 100% sold and it more than doubled its pre-sale estimate. The packed saleroom and exceptional results were a testament to Morrison’s legacy and affirmed Freeman’s expertise in presenting such collections for sale.
June 4, 2018
On June 4, 2018, Freeman’s offered 18 Works from the Bachman Collection - a thoughtfully curated group of paintings, sculptures and works on paper from the Boca Raton Estate of Gilbert and Lee Bachman. Freeman’s successfully spotlit and devoted due attention to each work through highly targeted marketing and personal outreach, a custom-designed catalogue, and an exhibition with dramatic lighting. The single-owner sale ultimately totaled more than $2,100,000 and attracted considerable international attention, with buyers from Norway, Switzerland, Greece, France, and Italy, as well as from across the United States. Strong prices were achieved for major works by Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Willem de Kooning, and Fernando Botero, among others.
Head of Department
SVP | Senior Specialist
VP | Specialist