Carlos Mota is a creative consultant and former International Style Editor for Architectural Digest and Editor at Large for Elle Décor Magazine. Born and raised in Venezuela, Mota took the design world by storm when he moved to New York in the late 1980s. With no formal training, but an eye for beautiful things, Mota has since produced feature stores and created environments for everyone from Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and Vogue to Neiman Marcus, Estee Lauder, Target, and Saks. Mota is the author of the 2010 book Flowers: Chic & Cheap. Assouline is publishing his next book this spring, A Touch of Style. Mota’s collection includes contemporary works by Alec Soth, David Benjamin Sherry, and John Bauer.

Photo credit: Roger Davies

Lot 22
Kazuo Shiraga
Untitled, circa 1964
Estimate: 1,800,000 - 2,500,000 USD

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
The Past and the Future, 1960-1992
Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD

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
Estimate: 60,000 - 80,000 USD

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