Sotheby’s April 3rd Photographs auction in New York features an exciting range of material from the 19th to 21st centuries. American modernism is represented by an early print of Brett Weston’s Hand and Ear, originally from the collection of photographer and filmmaker LeRoy Robbins. Four impressive Ansel Adams murals, including Mount McKinley and Wonder Lake and White House Ruin, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, are featured, along with other Adams photographs. Ray Metzker’s Tall Grove of Nudes, a unique work composed of 140 individual photographs mounted together, is a superb example from his Composites series. Diane Arbus’s A Box of Ten Photographs, the photographer’s only portfolio, features a myriad of her most iconic and sought-after images. Larry Clark’s Billy Mann, perhaps the most famous image from his landmark Tulsa series, is offered as an early, oversized print. An arresting mural-sized print of Peter Beard’s Heart Attack City presents an astonishing array of collage and photographic elements.
Paris auctioneers Binoche & Giquello, in conjunction with Sotheby’s, are delighted to announce the sale of Part II of the Library of R. & B. L. in Paris on 28 March 2012. The sale features an exceptional ensemble of nearly 200 works, with an overall estimate of €3 – 4 million ($3.9 – 5.2 million), and abounds in illustrations by a host of 20th century masters – Bonnard, Braque, Chagall, Delaunay, Dufy, Giacometti, Gris, Laurencin, Léger, Maillol, Masson, Matisse, Miró, Picasso, Toulouse-Lautrec and Wols – and also features sophisticated bindings by such internationally renowned bookbinders as Rose Adler, Bonet, Creuzevault, Madeleine Gras, Hugnet, Leroux, Martin, Mercher, Miguet, Germaine Schroeder and Séguy.
Many of these highly desirable volumes are personalized with artists’ dedications, some accompanied by original drawings
Daughter of the celebrated and visionary gallery-owner Pierre Loeb, the Parisian dealer of the greatest modern artists of the inter-war period, including Picasso, Miró and Giacometti, Florence Loeb inherited her father’s passion for distant cultures and his gift for forging special affinities with the most fascinating artistic personalities of his generation.
In part this came from a life changing meeting in 1946, when Florence, aged only 16, first encountered the playwright, poet, actor and theatre director Antonin Artaud. A seminal moment, she spent the rest of her life fulfilling the quest he set for her, the search for the “thunderbolt of second life”, travelling the world and punctuating her voyages with conferences that she entitled “Celebration of Life”. The finest ensemble of books and drawings by Antonin Artaud, including the legendary Autoportrait of 1946, a portrait of Pierre Loeb by Alberto Giacometti and a selection of works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas from the collection of Pierre Loeb represent the highlights of this sale, which Sotheby’s is honoured to present in homage to Florence Loeb.
The May sale of American Indian Art will offer a diverse range of works from tribes of the Northwest Coast, Eskimo, Southwest, Plains, Great Lakes and Eastern Woodlands. The sale includes masks, figurative sculpture, amulets, rattles, pipes, basketry, textiles, pottery, functional objects such as cradles, clothing and weaponry. There is an emphasis on historic material from the 18th and 19th centuries. Highlights include a magnificent Paiute basket by Carrie Bethel, an early Creek bandolier bag, a rare painted Naskapi coat and an exceptional Tlingit headdress from the collection of Philip and Beatrice Gersh.
This season’s antiquities sale will include a variety of examples of Egyptian, Classical and Western Asiatic material. We are pleased to offer from the Estate of Jan Mitchell a rare and complete Greek marble grave stele from the mid to late 4th century B.C. showing a young boy with his dog, found in Athens in 1877. Three vases to be offered from this estate were once in the collection of William Randolph Hearst at San Simeon. Our sale also includes a draped marble figure of a muse holding a lyre, carved around the 1st century A.D., and discovered in 1891. Among other fine examples of Roman marbles is an almost life-size figure of Aphrodite from the collection of the Regency collector and designer Thomas Hope. This sculpture was recorded in various illustrations of his collection, and its whereabouts were unknown since it was last sold at auction in 1917.
The upcoming Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in New York will be held on May 2nd, 2012. Highlights of the sale include a rich and varied selection of works by prolific Impressionist & Modern artists including the recently announced inclusion of Edvard Munch’s iconic work, The Scream.
Romualdo Locatelli’s Ritratto di Fu Ku Ko (Portrait of Fu Ku Ko) and Juan Luna’s En el Palco (In the Theater Box) are rare and superb examples of European Academic style that influenced early 20th Century Modern Southeast Asian Paintings, combining evocative brushstrokes with a balanced and refined composition. These depictions of Indonesian and Filipino society in the first half of the 20th century are also rich with historical and allegorical references that give the paintings gravitas beyond their enigmatic beauty.