In 1939, Grant Wood unwittingly caused a scandal with his lithograph Sultry Night, an image of a naked farmhand cooling himself at a trough. When Associated American Artists attempted to market the print through its catalogue, the U.S. Post Office banned it from the mail as obscene. Now, after decades in obscurity, the oil painting that Wood had created of this image has surfaced in Cedar Falls, Iowa, where Jackson's International Auctioneers is brokering its private sale by an anonymous owner.
2012, aluminum, wood, sublimation print on polyester and concrete, 71 3/4 by 122 1/2 by 135 inches overall. Courtesy Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New Yor