Michael Phillips Moskowitz is the chief curator and editorial director of eBay. In August 2013, eBay acquired BUREAU OF TRADE, a shopping and discovery experience that he founded in 2011. In 2014, he was selected as one of Fast Company's Top-100 Creatives in Business. Michael previously served as a storyteller and brand strategist at IDEO, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of TODO Monthly, and the co-founder and creative director of Gytha Mander, a designer menswear label acquired in 2006.
Temple of Emerald Green, 1984
Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD
Pulsing. Vibrating. Leaking light like a living being. That’s what makes the work of Anuszkiewicz, a student of Josef Albers, so magnetic. I gravitate toward it like Gollum to his “precious.” Fittingly, this gem is rendered in emerald, making it a perfectly cut 2,200-carat ring—for your wall. (A smarter, stronger token of an engagement than any princely sum you might part with for your beloved.)
Black Over Colors, 1991
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 USD
Encounters with the supernatural—or extra-planetary beings—are rumored to be “emptying.” (Fortunately, I wouldn’t know.) Expect the opposite from immortal entities like LeWitt, to whom minimalism owes a greater debt than it does to the line. (_____). Black Over Colors departs from his signature pyramids and rhythmic geometry, but its soul serves up a symphony that rivals the works of Phillip Glass (incidentally, a cousin of NPR’s nerdier Ira).
Her Puffy-Poof, 2006
Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 USD
I can’t make it through more than three conversations without hearing his name. And his praises. Trecartin is affirmatively, authoritatively an artist’s artist. Generous. Dauntless. Prophetic. He may no longer qualify as “younger than Jesus,” but he’ll always be from the promised land—i.e., Texas—and unable to evade or deter acolytes. Followers, follow. But because Trecartin now works exclusively in video and other new media, the chance to snap up a sculptural work is rare. I say, why await rapture?
Untitled (Study No. 16), 1999
Estimate: 4,000 - 6,000 USD
I first discovered Cecily Brown because I couldn’t take out a reverse mortgage on my kidneys to afford a de Kooning. At times, she rivals that sullen man from Rotterdam. In other instances, I detect in her work a bit of de Goya and Guston. As I do here. Push and shove, but it’s hard to name a finer artist in our era whose prices are still within striking distance.