The Scoop | Week of September 28

The Scoop | Week of September 28

Sotheby’s fall auction season is in full swing. The staggering variety promises something for every collector. Here are some highlights regarding 20th- and 21st-century art, designer furnishings and even a rare cache from rock royalty at its New York and Palm Beach locations. Check Sotheby’s website for other categories such as wine, fine jewels, watches, photography and more. We’ll be back with more auction picks soon.


Contemporary Curated

Marvelous works by Agnes Martin, Umar Rashid, Kaws and Laura Owens—not to mention Frank Stella’s 1977 painting from his “Scramble” series, pictured—are among Contemporary Curated’s lots that go live on September 30. Sotheby’s tapped Grammy-nominated DJ Steve Aoki to guest curate this season, which includes his passion for NFTs.


Color Field

The uniquely-themed sale titled Expansive Color: American Past Painterly Abstraction focuses on a small selection of Color Field works inspired by a LACMA exhibit in 1964. The Abstract movement was trailblazed by artists such as Helen Frankenthaler, whose Eye of the Storm painting is featured here. The online-only auction closes October 1.


Music Memorabilia

The Grateful Dead continues to cast a spell on its cultish fans, affectionately known as Deadheads. They’ll be clicking away during October’s online auction From the Vault: Property from the Grateful Dead and Friends. Jerry Garcia’s 12-string Guild Starfire guitar is among several of the band’s instruments, sound equipment and outfits for sale.


Modern Décor

Devotees of modern and minimalist furniture and décor are in luck. The impeccable personal collection of interior textile firm scion Michael Maharam is going to auction. Approximately 200 lots—including pieces by Charlotte Perriand, Donald Judd and Gerrit Rietveld, an architect of the De Stijl movement, will be sold from October 15-October 19.


Palm Beach

While the above auctions are taking place in New York, Sotheby’s Palm Beach gallery exhibits Selected Works by John Baldessari and Ed Ruscha through November 14. Stars of the West Coast art scene, particularly California Conceptualism, these artists often used text and imagery. Mixografía published the works on paper with its three-dimensional printing technique.



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