Just In: Poul Kjaerholm PK80 Daybed

November 20, 2020

A design held in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art, Poul Kjaerholm’s PK80 Daybed is objet exemplaire of the Danish designer’s uncompromising aesthetic principles. Just arrived to our showroom and slated for the upcoming January 2021 Modern Art & Design Auction, Kjaerholm’s iconic daybed draws from a…

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Just In: Gaetano Pesce’s Radical Resin

November 11, 2020

What’s a vase, after all, if it doesn’t break when it falls? What if it bounces instead? Pliable and vaguely extraterrestrial, Gaetano Pesce’s Fish Design vessels mimic their creator in their resistance to simple categorization. They are at once functional and entirely impossible, simultaneously soft and sturdy, distinctly artful objects produced by industrial means.

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Spotlight: American Studio Furniture

October 16, 2020

As technology and machine-based manufacturing continue to blur disciplinary boundaries within furniture design, the aura of authentic craftsmanship only grows brighter. Merging the warmth of the human touch with impeccable and often ingenious design, American studio furniture invites us to nurture our relationship to both the material world and daily life. Among the 20th century stalwarts of the field are Arthur Espenet Carpenter, Wendell Castle, Victor DiNovi, and Sam Maloof, each represented in our October 18, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction by exquisite works of handmade furniture.

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Specialist Selects: Precious Metals

October 15, 2020

n the hands of certain artists, the possibilities of metal expand far beyond the familiar forms of traditional sculpture and artisanry. Several works in the October 18, 2020 Modern Art & Design Auction showcase innovative ways of connecting with shape, surface, and light through creative metallurgy — like modern-day alchemists, these artists transform basic elements into potent works of art.

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Artist Spotlight: Terry Winters

October 15, 2020

Hybrids to their core, the abstract paintings of Terry Winters (b. 1949) emerge from a deliberately cultivated blend of spontaneity and structure. For Winters, the connection between process and picture-making is constantly evolving, and his interdisciplinary interests have yielded such defining works as the 1997 work on paper Logical Cube…

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Artist Spotlight: Alexander Calder

October 14, 2020

Nautilus and Sea Flower is exemplary of Calder’s seamless adaptation of his sculptures’ bold geometry, sense of motion, and overall joie de vivre to an alternate medium. A synthesis of geometric forms, the spirals and arabesques dance across space…

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Artist Spotlight: John Baldessari

October 13, 2020

After roughly a decade of painting in various styles, John Baldessari Baldessari began to shift his focus by “questioning the authorial notion of what an artwork could be.” This line of inquiry culminated with the artist’s infamous 1970 Cremation Project, in which Baldessari and friends burned the more than 100 paintings created between 1953 and 1966 that had not sold and were still in his possession. Some canvases however, White X Sign among them, were not reduced to ash and baked into cookies.

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Artist Spotlight: Jean-Michel Basquiat

October 12, 2020

One of the most influential American artists of the latter part of the twentieth century, Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) never favored a single medium to channel his explosive and irresistible interpretations of reality. Between 1980 and the artist’s death in 1988, it is estimated that he created 850 to 1,000 works on paper; exceptional among these is Untitled (1987), distinguished in provenance, content, and the fact that it is signed and dated…

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