CONTEMPORARY CURATED - 25 SEPTEMBER 2013 | NEW YORK

Jason Rubell, seasoned art collector and co-owner of Rubell Hotels in Miami, has been collecting since he was 13 years old. Works by Keith Haring, George Condo, Robert Gober, and Sigmar Polke were among his first acquisitions. Thirty-one years later, Jason and his sister, Jennifer, are intimately involved in the Rubell Family Collection. Established in New York City in 1964 by Donald and Mera Rubell, it is now one of the world’s largest, privately owned contemporary art collections. In Miami, Florida since 1993, the RFC features well-known artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons and Cindy Sherman, as well as emerging artists at the forefront of contemporary art. 


1.

Lot 395
Bob Thompson
The Milky Way
signed twice, titled, and dated '64 on the reverse
oil on canvas
12 by 16 in. 30.5 by 40.6 cm.
Est. $20,000 - 30,000

Such an intriguing work that reminds me of the early Fauves, Matisse and Derain, crossed with old master subject matter. The Milky Way is a fearless work from an under appreciated painter.


2.

Lot 309
Yayoi Kusama
Accumulation of Letters
signed and dated 1961; signed on the reverse;
signed, titled and dated 1961 on a label
affixed to the reverse
ink and printed paper collage on paper
24 5/8  by 29 1/4  in. 62.5 by 74.3 cm.
Est. $200,000 - 300,000

A fabulous early 1961 accumulation work and a highly personal work, which was a gift from the artist to Stella Waitzkin, a fellow artist and friend. There is no escape from ourselves; only obsessions mixed with the desire for the unique and original.


3.

Lot 173
Gary Simmons
Submerged Town Hall
signed, titled and dated 98 on the reverse 
paint and chalk on paper
52 1/4 by 52 1/8 in. 132.7 by 132.4 cm.
Est. $6,000 - 8,000

I enjoy how Gary’s work wipes away that which we almost know from our memories in a language we completely understand.


4.

Lot 119
Rashid Johnson
Tiny Particles
black soap, wax, brass, concrete, spray paint, incense and shea butter
28 1/4 by 24 by 7 in. 71.8 by 61 by 17.8 cm.
Executed in 2008.
Est. $25,000 - 35,000

Is this some fictitious prayer alter or some sort of scatological collection? For me Rashid’s paintings act as object, code, and symbol all mixed together.


5.

Lot 418
Robert Colescott
Last Rights: The Spirits of the Dead are Watching
signed, titled and dated 92 ; signed, titled and 
dated 1992 on the stretcher
acrylic on canvas
84 1/8 by 72 1/8 in. 213.7 by 183.2 cm.
Est. $30,000 - 50,000

 

History painting on a grand scale, this work reminds me of Kerry James Marshall’s “Great America” from 1994, which was part of his survey at the National Gallery this summer in Washington, DC. Marshall's painting depicted a boat filled with African-Americans sailing into the house of horrors. “Last Right: The Spirit of the Dead are Watching” brought out many of the same feelings of fear, anxiety and terror. There is no escaping our thoughts and our demons...


6.

Lot 26
Kara Walker
KKK: 'the Prescript of the Order of the invisible Empire - Its Peculiar Objects'
listed under Moonlit skies by the Grand Cyclops amid his hooded henchmen...
a Negress, deep in the Woods Beyond
, overhears
paper silhouettes, in 7 parts
Overall installation approximately: 78 by 186 in. 198.1 by 472.4 cm.
Executed in 2001.
Est. $250,000 - 350,000

A monumental work from Kara's cutout series. This work tells stories of that which we know to be true but wish were not true.


CONTEMPORARY CURATED

25 SEPTEMBER 2013 | NEW YORK