Claire Distenfeld is the co-founder of Fivestory, a luxe Upper East Side boutique showcasing an eclectic mix of designer-wear, jewelry, and home décor. Launched in 2012 with her father, Fred Distenfeld, Fivestory was an instant success, redefining the retail experience and becoming eponymous with creativity, individuality, elegance and whimsy. A graduate of New York University, Distenfeld also holds a Master’s in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute. Distenfeld has also interned with photographer Sante D’Orazio and worked in an art gallery in Chinatown - one of the first to exhibit artists from The Still House Group.



Lot 224
Garder Eide Einarsson
The Devil's Butcher Shop; The New Mexico Prison Uprising, 2013
Estimate: 25,000 - 35,000 USD

I am partial to the number five….There is something cosmic in its power. And for me the saying goes “Go Bold or Go home”.


Lot 245
Rashid Johnson
Radio Amateur's Handbook, 2009
Estimate: 50,000 - 70,000 USD

Rashid was my first real “artist as friend, friend as artist” – his work is layered in history and is always looking into the space between things.  Focusing on the undefined, in-between spaces is where things get interesting.


Lot 313
Robert Longo
Study for Final Life, 1983
Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD

I have always found this series beautiful.  When a drawing exudes so many contradictory emotions it holds one’s attention forever. The fascinating element is that the viewer never knows if the subjects are dancing in ecstasy or keeling in pain. All one knows is that there is an immense energetic pull within the piece.


Lot 47
Wallace Berman
Untitled, circa 1964-74
Estimate: 20,000 - 30,000 USD

Berman’s work not only leaves a layer of mysticism in the viewer but also never fully unveils it’s true meaning.  I have always been spiritually drawn to Berman's collages for both their surrealistic nature and symbolic energy.


Lot 350
Lynda Benglis
Willy's-Knight, 1989
Estimate: 40,000 - 60,000 USD

I have always been attracted to Benglis’ back handed feminism and her exploration of metaphorical and sexual shapes.  Her fascination with the physicality of form; how soft becomes hard, hard becomes soft is something that one would think would not be aesthetically pleasing, yet somehow she manages to make beautiful and engaging scultpures.