NEW YORK – Ahead of our spring auctions, Sotheby’s presents works by major Contemporary, Impressionist and Modern artists in a dynamic exhibition in our tenth-floor galleries. You will encounter striking, unexpected juxtapositions: A trio of paintings of women by Pablo Picasso, John Currin and Edvard Munch; a dynamic Joan Miró sculpture just beyond a Jean-Michel Basquiat canvas echoes the painting’s vitality. And in galleries throughout our New York headquarters there are works by Bacon, Bourgeois, de Kooning, Monet, Rodin, Warhol and many more. The art may be from different centuries by makers who never met, but their dialogue is spoken in a language understood by all – that of brilliant creativity. LAUNCH SLIDESHOW
Over the next two weeks, works by major Contemporary artists and their Impressionist and Modern precursors will be shown in Imagine the Conversation, a dynamic two-week exhibition at Sotheby’s. But the stimulating dialogue extends beyond the art on view. Beginning Saturday, 30 April, Sotheby’s will launch Cocktails and Conversations, a curated series of informal discussions with the most intriguing cultural influencers from the worlds of fashion, music, cuisine and more. The six-event series will be held in a bespoke pop-up lounge on the fourth floor of our New York headquarters. Each event will be followed by a specialist-led tour of our galleries. We invite you to join the fascinating dialogue. See below for details on the exciting roster of talks and to RSVP.
As Francis Bacon said, “Everything I do goes into painting.” In this short video, Academy Award-winning actor Jeremy Irons brings to life excerpts from the artist’s interviews with David Sylvester and reveals Bacon’s own thoughts about his celebrated self portraits. 'Two Studies for a Self-Portrait,' painted by Bacon in 1970, highlights Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York on 11 May 2016.
Francis Bacon’s "Two Studies for a Self-Portrait" from 1970 reveals the artist in a rare optimistic moment. Painted just before his triumphant retrospective at the Grand Palais in 1971, this work has only been exhibited twice before: first at the Grand Palais in 1971 and then again at Marlborough Fine Art in 1993. "Two Studies for a Self-Portrait" leads Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening Auction on 11 May 2016.
Sotheby’s dynamic two-week exhibition, Imagine the Conversation, just got a little tastier. Partnering with Vosges Haut-Chocolat, we present eight decadent truffles inspired by art from our May Impressionist & Modern and Contemporary Art sales. Offered in boxes of four and sixteen, the limited edition sweets will be available for purchase on 29 April via Vosges’ website, Vosges’ Soho Store on 132 Spring Street, as well as a pop-up on the third floor of our New York headquarters. Watch the video to preview this collection of edible art and discover Vosges founder Katrina Markoff’s creative process.
NEW YORK – Sotheby’s S|2 is pleased to present Onions Under Water, British painter Danny Fox’s first solo exhibition in New York. Organised by Sotheby’s Nicholas Cinque, Fox’s new paintings in the exhibition are inspired in part by his move to Los Angeles and Skid Row, the 54 block downtown area where Fox established his studio, this selection of new paintings depicts a menagerie of decorated characters that radiate a sense of unquantifiable style and swagger. Ahead of the exhibition opening, we asked the celebrated artist about symbolism, his process and what makes Los Angeles so compelling.
NEW YORK - The spring season is a time of great excitement. In the weeks leading up to the Contemporary Art Evening auction, a selection of extraordinary works will travel to our Los Angeles, London and Hong Kong locations, before returning to New York where they go on view for 12 days in our galleries. Expect the great artistic innovators: Cy Twombly, represented by two paintings including a rare Blackboard canvas; Jasper Johns, whose Untitled study in grays is anything but monochromatic; and Francis Bacon and Andy Warhol, both captured in a powerful self-portraits. Click ahead to discover those highlights and more from the Contemporary Art Evening auction.
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