Check out the top lots in this Spring's biggest, brightest sale.
Capsule's marquee event of the season, Bigger, Brighter: Modern, Postwar, and Contemporary offers beautiful examples of hallmark modern and contemporary movements such as Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, Pop Art, and Cubism. Highlights from the sale include paintings by Morris Graves, Augustin Fernandez, Milton Resnick and Paul Staiger as well as photography by Annie Leibowitz. See a selection of the top lots below.
This late 1970's work by Michael Loew is being offered for the first time at auction. Works by Loew can be found in museum collections such as the University of California, Berkeley where he taught in the '60s, the Whitney Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, and many others.
Spiked Chalice by American painter Morris Graves boasts a compelling exhibition history, having made rounds with West Coast museums such as the Legion of Honor and San Francisco Museum of Art (now known as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art). The chalice was a recurring motif for Graves, who was known for his muted, mystical style.
Satan and Eve by Agustín Fernández is a viscerally captivating work and is expected to be one of the top lots of the sale. The Cuban-born artist exhibited extensively and his work resides in numerous collections including the Museum of Modern Art.
French sculptors Jan and Jöel Martel were twin brothers born in 1896 and were among the founding members of Union des Artistes Modernes. Sharing the same workshop, their jointly created works were co-signed simply Martel or J.J. Martel. At the request of the French national railways system, brothers Jan and Jöel Martel were commissioned to create a series of modernist aluminum locomotive sculptures for the Colonial Exhibition, 1931. Among them was this one, acquired by Geoffrey Beene in 1982. Proceeds from this very special item are to benefit the Geoffrey Beene Cancer Research Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering.
Richard Hunt, the first African American sculptor to have had a retrospective at the MoMA and recipient of numerous accolades, is described by some as one of the most important sculptors in American history. The sale is privileged to include Winged Hybrid, a dynamic welded steel work by Hunt.
From the Graciela Kartofel collection, the sale includes a captivating drawing by the famous Venezuelan-American artist Marisol Escobar. Known as Marisol, her works are included in several important museum collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Already garnering attention, Manuel Hernández Mompó's rooster figure Gallo is a lively addition to the sale.
Before delving into his diverse multimedia and photography explorations, Greek-American artist Lucas Samaras demonstrated a strong inclination towards pastels, making this 1961 example a notable item in the sale
1019 Roxbury Drive was the home of legendary actress and singer Rosemary Clooney, who lived there with her actor and director husband José Ferrer. Located in Beverly Hills, Roxbury Drive is one of the more iconic "celebrity streets", having housed stars such as Lucille Ball, Jimmy Stewart, and George Gershwin, who lived in 1019 before Clooney and Ferrer. 1019 N. Roxbury Drive was demolished and rebuilt after Clooney's death, making this work by Paul Staiger all the more unqiue.
Before his immersion into light installation art, Hiro Yamagata's earlier work like this oil on canvas still showcased his use of vivid color.
Celebrated Japanese artist Sokichi Suga has several fresh-to-market works included in the sale.
A distinctive lithograph, edition 42 out of 100 from 1965 by Richard Diebenkorn depicts a woman elegantly seated in an armchair. An important part of the Bay Area Figurative movement, Diebenkorn's works can be found in museum collections such as the de Young Museum, San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Whitney Museum of Art, New York.
Jennifer Bartlett, Mills College alumna and student of Josef Albers, favored this motif of an old swimming pool for her series, "In the Garden". Focused on one garden of a villa in Nice, France, Bartlett created over 200 drawings for the series which spanned multiple years and mediums.
Milton Resnick's Untitled showcases a dense tonality and texture characteristic of the artist's style. A popular lot in the sale, Resnick's works are highly sought-after.
Sculptor Tom Corbin has reached much success with entering the collections of numerous museums as well as several celebrity art collections such as those owned by Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, Nicole Kidman, and many more. His artistic style notably features the figure as a foundational element, seen here in this 1955 bronze.
The White Oak Dance Project was founded in by Mikhail Baryshnikov and choreographer Mark Morris in 1990. This lot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz is a prominent feature of the sale. Invited by Baryshnikov, Leibovitz explored themes of movement, documentary, and physical form.