Auction

Tuesday Under Ten: Bradley Wood

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week: The Fountain House Gallery benefit auction hosted by Artsy has tons of great material, and it looks like the bidding for everything starts under $10,000. I love this piece by Bradley Wood! In case you’re not familiar, Fountain House provides an environment for artists living with mental illness to make and exhibit their work. 7 days left to bid!

Bradley Wood, Giverny, 2018

Bradley Wood, Giverny, 2018

Tuesday Under Ten: Matthew Chambers

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week, Christie's is auctioning off a group of work from the Saatchi Gallery's Collection with both an online auction (live through Friday) and an in-person sale on Thursday that includes this bright and colorful -- and TALL -- painting (with an intriguing title - see caption below) by Matthew Chambers. There's lots of under $10,000 material and, even better, all proceeds go to benefit the gallery’s tuition-free educational programs and free admission. 

Matthew Chambers, As if He Were Ashamed of the Orgy of Booze and Cards, 2012

Matthew Chambers, As if He Were Ashamed of the Orgy of Booze and Cards, 2012

Tuesday Under Ten: Bill Brandt

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week: If someone gets very lucky, they'll get to take home my favorite Bill Brandt piece from the upcoming Phillips photography auction for right around $10,000 (the estimate is $10-15K). If you want it to be you, get in touch!

Bill Brandt, Nude, London, 1952

Bill Brandt, Nude, London, 1952

Tuesday Under Ten: Louise Nevelson and Mike & Doug Starn

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week: There are two great online auctions at Christie's -- live now through Friday with tons of great under $10,000 material. If you're interested in bidding and would like help, please get in touch! Here are two favorites from these sales. 

Mike and Doug Starn, Attracted to Light, 1996-9

Mike and Doug Starn, Attracted to Light, 1996-9

Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1930

Louise Nevelson, Untitled, 1930

Tuesday Under Ten: Robert Longo

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week: There are two pieces from Robert Longo's Men in the Cities Series -- one male, one female -- coming up at the Phillips London Editions sale on Thursday. These two are begging to be a pair hung in a cool black and white interior... maybe with a checkered marble floor? Just sayin. If you have just such a space, let me be the match maker! 

Robert Longo, Untitled V & IV, from Men in the Cities, 1990

Robert Longo, Untitled V & IV, from Men in the Cities, 1990

Contemporary Auctions

The major fall Contemporary auctions start today at Phillips and run through Friday with Day and Evening Sales at all three major auction houses. Here are some favorites! It's not too late to register to bid. If you're interested, please get in touch!

Kenny Scharf, Space n' Blobs, 2004 at Phillips Day Sale

Kenny Scharf, Space n' Blobs, 2004 at Phillips Day Sale

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1983 at Christie's Evening Sale

Keith Haring, Untitled, 1983 at Christie's Evening Sale

Brent Wadden, Alignment #51, 2014 at Christie's Day Sale

Brent Wadden, Alignment #51, 2014 at Christie's Day Sale

Lee Ufan, From line No. 800152, 1980 at Phillips Evening Sale

Lee Ufan, From line No. 800152, 1980 at Phillips Evening Sale

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2012 at Sotheby's Evening Sale

Laura Owens, Untitled, 2012 at Sotheby's Evening Sale

George Condo, Compression IV, 2011 at Sotheby's Day Sale

George Condo, Compression IV, 2011 at Sotheby's Day Sale

Impressionist and Modern Auctions

The big fall auctions are this week -- first up, the Impressionist and Modern Sales, starting this evening at Christie's. Here are some favorites! 

Pablo Picasso, Le Repos (Marie-Thérèse), 1932 at Christie's Evening Sale

Pablo Picasso, Le Repos (Marie-Thérèse), 1932 at Christie's Evening Sale

Pablo Picasso, Buste de Femme Au Chapeau, 1939 at Sotheby's Evening Sale 

Pablo Picasso, Buste de Femme Au Chapeau, 1939 at Sotheby's Evening Sale 

Fernand Leger, Tête de femme (Figure II), 1948 at Christie's Day Sale

Fernand Leger, Tête de femme (Figure II), 1948 at Christie's Day Sale

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul, La Femme Aux Bas Noirs, 1964 at Sotheby's Day Sale

Jean-Pierre Cassigneul, La Femme Aux Bas Noirs, 1964 at Sotheby's Day Sale

Tuesday Under Ten: The Paul F. Walter Collection

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week: On September 26 and 27, Christie's is auctioning off the truly fascinating and eclectic collection of Paul F. Walter (you guys, there's a sterling silver rocking chair wine bottle holder!), and there are plenty of both fine and decorative art pieces in the under $10,000 category. Browsing this collection is a genuine thrill. If you're interested in bidding and would like to take a look with me in person, the preview opens on Friday. As Walter once said, "I don’t think you learn anything unless you buy. It is about commitment, passion, testing one’s own judgement." Here ones of my favorites from the collection: 

Richard Long, Mud Finger Spiral, Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

Richard Long, Mud Finger Spiral, Estimate $4,000 - 6,000

Tuesday Under Ten: Man Ray

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week: Included in Rago's upcoming Unreserved (no minimum price) auction is an editioned version of Man Ray's Cadeau with an estimate of $600-900. A surrealist icon, Man Ray rendered the readymade iron seemingly useless by adding 14 nails to its base. A little bit of a joke, and a little bit of an erotic suggestion (picture someone wearing the flayed clothing that would result from using this piece), with a simple modification Man Ray transformed a mundane object into one of fascination. This piece goes on the block on August 26th! Let me know if you're interested in bidding. 

Man Ray, Cadeau, 1921 editioned replica 1972

Man Ray, Cadeau, 1921 editioned replica 1972

Tuesday Under Ten: Otto Brauer (by Sarah Archer)

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week from design historian Sarah Archer: The auction house that pioneered the secondary market for big ticket, post-war design, Wright Auction, also has great sales for newer collectors. The Wright Mass Modern Auction that will take place on August 10 and 11, includes this jewel-like set of 15 Gulvvase (glass vases) by the Danish designer Otto Brauer with an estimate of $1,500-2,000. Clustered together or displayed in smaller groups, this set would make a brilliant addition to a modern interior.

Otto Brauer, Gulvvase, 1962

Otto Brauer, Gulvvase, 1962

Tuesday Under Ten: Kour Pour

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week: Kour Pour's paintings are meticulous recreations of specific carpets in vivid detail. I would love to own a full size one of these, but someone will be very lucky to take home this petite beauty with an estimate at $5,000 - 7,000 from Christie's upcoming online Contemporary sale. At just over 9 x 7 inches, it's a little gem with all of the detail of his larger work. Lots of other "under ten" beauties in this auction as well! There will be a preview opening soon. Please get in touch if you're interested in taking a look with me! 

Kour Pour, Mousepad, 2012

Kour Pour, Mousepad, 2012

Kour Pour, Mousepad, 2012 (reverse) 

Kour Pour, Mousepad, 2012 (reverse) 

Favorite of the Week: Joan Mitchell

There were so many amazing pieces on auction last week for the big Spring Impressionist and Modern and Contemporary sales, but the one that shines out in my mind -- for which I would seriously consider trading a pinky toe -- was this Joan Mitchell diptych. It was offered at Sotheby's with an estimate of $1,800,000 - 2,500,000 and sold for $2,052,500 with the buyer's premium. 

Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1992

Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1992

Tuesday Under Ten: Roy Lichtenstein

Every Tuesday I post a work of art I love priced under $10K. This week: Did you know that after an art auction it's often possible to make a private offer for a piece that didn't sell? It's one of my favorite ways to get great prices for my clients (and for myself!). Rago has taken it one step further and is offering unsold lots in a public online auction. I think nearly everything is under $10,000, including this super cool Lichtenstein sculpture! 

Roy Lichtenstein, Salute to Airmail, 1968

Roy Lichtenstein, Salute to Airmail, 1968

Weekend Agenda: Editions Auctions Previews II

Trailing a week behind Phillips and Christie's, the editions preview is up at Sotheby's this weekend. Last week I talked about what kind of work is included in editions auctions and why I think they're great - read that here!  Some favorites from Sotheby's: 

Keith Haring, Dog, 1986, Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000 

Keith Haring, Dog, 1986, Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000 

Paul Elie Ranson, Tigre Dans Les Jungles, 1893, Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

Paul Elie Ranson, Tigre Dans Les Jungles, 1893, Estimate: $10,000 - 15,000

Jean-Michel Basquiat (posthumous print), Untitled (Head), 2001, Estimate: $30,000 - 40,000

Jean-Michel Basquiat (posthumous print), Untitled (Head), 2001, Estimate: $30,000 - 40,000

Weekend Agenda: Editions Auctions Previews I

In anticipation of the auctions on April 18th, 19th, and 20th, the editions previews are up at Phillips and Christie's this weekend. In this context, editioned work can be anything except photography that's produced in multiples. Most of the pieces included in these sales are works on paper made with a printing technique such as screenprinting or lithography. However, these auctions also include three-dimensional sculpture! Sometimes my clients initially don't like the idea of a work that isn't unique, but they usually come around when I explain that this has nothing to do with posters. These pieces are produced in small numbers, often under the direction of the artist and always by a fine art printer. Buying editioned work is a great way to get something more affordable by a "blue chip" artist. Here are a few favorites from the upcoming sales. I have included the auction estimates in the captions to give you a sense of prices. If you would like to consider buying an editioned piece for your home, I would be happy to visit the previews with you this weekend. Sotheby's sale is a week later than Christie's and Phillips, so stay tuned for more next Thursday! 

Keith Haring, Best Buddies, from Pop Shop I, 1987, Estimate: $4,000 - 6,000

Keith Haring, Best Buddies, from Pop Shop I, 1987, Estimate: $4,000 - 6,000

Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman in Profile, 1959, Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000

Pablo Picasso, Head of a Woman in Profile, 1959, Estimate: $20,000 - 30,000

Marlene Dumas, Super Model, 1995, Estimate: $8,000 - 12,000

Marlene Dumas, Super Model, 1995, Estimate: $8,000 - 12,000

Andy Warhol, Cheddar Cheese, from Campbell's Soup II, 1969, Estimate: $12,000 - 18,000 

Andy Warhol, Cheddar Cheese, from Campbell's Soup II, 1969, Estimate: $12,000 - 18,000 

Sol LeWitt, Cube, 1979, Estimate: $15,000 - 25,000 

Sol LeWitt, Cube, 1979, Estimate: $15,000 - 25,000 

Alexander Calder, Papoose, 1969, Estimate: $1,800 - 2,500

Alexander Calder, Papoose, 1969, Estimate: $1,800 - 2,500

Favorite of the Week: Zhang Huan

This week and last are all about photography in New York. I spent a lot of time at AIPAD's The Photography Show -- an all photo art fair -- with clients and doing research for my projects, and I checked out Phillips' auction previews for this week's sales, as well. Among the most dramatic pieces I saw is this nine photograph series by Zhang Huan. One of the most well-known Chinese Contemporary artists, Zhang Huan works in a variety of media. For this project, he collaborated with calligraphers who slowly obliterated his facial features with Chinese proverbs and stories. The next round of auctions in New York are the print sales at the end of the month. Stay tuned! 

Zhang Huan, Family Tree, 2001

Zhang Huan, Family Tree, 2001

Weekend Agenda: Living with Art Preview

I love Christie's biannual Living with Art auctions! If you want to decorate your home in a traditional style or just mix in a few antiques, this is the place to look. The preview opens tomorrow and stays on view until the sales on March 28th and 29th. Here are a few of my favs! (Does anyone want to go in on the bird pictures with me? I don't really need all 22!) 

Louis XV-style walnut chair, Estimate: $1,500 – 2,000

Louis XV-style walnut chair, Estimate: $1,500 – 2,000

A set of 22 Ornithological Studies, Early Nineteenth Century, Estimate: $15,000 – 25,000

A set of 22 Ornithological Studies, Early Nineteenth Century, Estimate: $15,000 – 25,000

A French giltwood toubouret, Estimate: $2,000 – 3,000

A French giltwood toubouret, Estimate: $2,000 – 3,000

Hunt Slonem, Cockatoo (two works), 1995/6, Estimate: $2,000 – 3,000

Hunt Slonem, Cockatoo (two works), 1995/6, Estimate: $2,000 – 3,000

Tuesday Under Ten: April Photography Auctions

The first week in April is photography week! AIPAD -- a photography art fair will be on Pier 92 and 94, and there will be a series of photography auctions at Christie's, Phillips, and Sotheby's. I LOVE black and white gallery walls, particularly when they include interesting, old photos! If you're thinking of building a gallery wall for your home, photography week is the absolute best time to get started. Here are two awesome and well-priced picks from the photography auctions, and there will be so much more material to paw through at AIPAD. If you're interested in looking at auction or visiting the fair with me, please get in touch to make a date! 

Herbert Bayer, Composition with Shadows, 1928, Estimate: $5,000 - 7,000 

Herbert Bayer, Composition with Shadows, 1928, Estimate: $5,000 - 7,000 

Eugene Atget, Versaille (Faune), 1901, Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000 

Eugene Atget, Versaille (Faune), 1901, Estimate: $3,000 - 5,000