With the new year right around the corner, we're sharing some of the exciting events taking place at Capsule in 2023.
With 2023 right around the corner, we're looking ahead to the exciting year to come at Capsule. Work from important collections and a lively sales calendar give us a lot to look forward to.
The Estate of Geoffrey Beene
Capsule is excited to announce a collaboration with the Geoffrey Beene Foundation, founded in the memory of the late American designer. Over the course of the year, thousands of items from Beene's personal and professional collection will be offered at auction, including fashion drawings by the likes of Joe Eula and Issey Miyake, decorative mannequins, and artworks of various mediums.
In 2006, the foundation established the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, which facilitates innovative cancer treatment research. Together, the Geoffrey Beene Foundation and Geoffrey Beene, LLC have been the sole funding sources for approximately 140 separate new revolutionary research initiatives across all cancers to develop new treatments and diagnostics for cancer patients. The new research has resulted in major breakthroughs in multiple cancers, saving thousands of lives.
Proceeds from Capsule's sales of works from the collection will benefit the foundation's future research endeavors.
The Kartofel Collection
This year will also see the sale of works from the estate of art historian, curator, and writer Graciela Kartofel. She spent her decades-long career studying Latin American contemporary artists, a deep passion that shone through her personal collecting. Hundreds of works by artists such as Pedro Friedeberg, Mathias Goeritz, and Marysole Warner Baz will come to auction in the upcoming year.
Dr. Kartofel is the author of over 50 books and has collaborated with many prominent institutions such as the National Library of France, the Library at MoMA, and the Library of Congress to integrate Mexican publications into their collections. At a time when the art market largely ignored Latin American artists, Kartofel championed their work, particularly of young emerging artists.
The Jim Dixon Collection
More to Come: The Seymour Stein Collection at Litchfield
Items from the collection of Seymour Stein made for some of this past year's most exciting bids, including Gustav Klimt's Study for 'The Bride' and Frederic Leighton's An Athlete Wrestling a Python. The music executive's remarkable taste has earned him a reputation as a renowned collector of fine art, furniture, and design items. In 2023, more objects from the discerning collector and music executive will make appearances at auction.
More to Come: The Prindle Collection at Litchfield
Litchfield's 4-part sale of works from renowned collector John "Parker" Prindle was a smashing success this fall. When he began collecting art in the mid-20th century, his interests revolved around Italian art glass, mid-century ceramics, and art deco metalware. However, unfailingly curious about the world of art, Prindle soon expanded his tastes to encompass contemporary prints and beyond. Prindle contributed to the permanent collections of institutions such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Harvard Art Museums. 2023 will see the sales of additional selections from his varied collection of contemporary artwork, unique design items, and Italian ceramics.
Jim Dixon was an esteemed landscape architect and a longtime collector of important rugs and textiles. Self-taught and endlessly passionate about the objects he collected, Dixon developed a massive collection of intricately woven rugs, many created before 1860. His discerning eye for great artistry is widely recognized in the industry: Dixon has been called "[one of] the most accomplished fragment collector ever.” In the coming year, Capsule is pleased to bring selections from his rich collection to auction.