NEW YORK- “My collecting is very eclectic, like my personality,” says Carlos Mota, the New York-based stylist. “I love color, I love layers, but I also love minimalism.” Mota, a creative consultant whose work has been featured in the pages of major interiors magazines like Architectural Digest and Elle Décor, considers art an essential part of any home. “Art is an expression of our civilized culture, it reflects our time,” he says. “Surround yourself with art or artist that you love.” Among the artists he admires: Alec Soth, David Benjamin Sherry and John Bauer. “I love photography,” Mota says, noting that his first acquisition was a small photograph by Uta Barth. No matter what he chooses, he always looks for “originality, passion, craftsmanship and that first reaction of ‘I have never seen anything like it.’” Mota’s new book, A Touch of Style (Assouline) will be published in May. 

Lot 22, Kazuo Shiraga, Untitled, circa 1964. $1,800,000-2,500,000.

“I love the Shiraga painting because he painted it with his feet hanging from a rope. I love the colors and the textures. This is a very powerful work from a painter who was essentially the Jackson Pollock of Japan.”

Lot 59, George Rickey, Untitled (Time Line), early 1960's, $20,000-30,000. 

“I love kinetic sculpture and this is a very nice and simple example by Rickey. If you cannot afford a Calder, this is a good start.”

Lot 223, Will Cotton, Chocolate Bath, 2002. $60,000–80,000. 

“I have never seen a Cotton painting like this before. I wasn’t as much a fan of the candy and sweet paintings, but this nude is a beauty, and so reminiscent of an Ingres masterpiece.”