Breaking Ground

Marc Jacobs’s Must-See Contemporary Art Collection

By Sotheby's
In an impeccable array of masterworks by period-defining artists including Robert Ryman, George Condo and Richard Prince, the Collection of Marc Jacobs brings together an iconoclastic and eclectic host of works that testifies to the extraordinary character of its ensemblier. Three paintings from his collection will be offered in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening and Day auctions this May in New York.

F ew individuals have exerted such broad influence on the trends of fashion and Contemporary art as Marc Jacobs. Considered one of the most important designers of the last three decades, Jacobs’s unrelenting commitment to his creative vision has earned him immense appreciation, as both head designer of his eponymous fashion label and formerly as creative director of Louis Vuitton between 1997 and 2013. It is of little surprise, therefore, that Jacobs’s discerning eye and fastidious taste for exceptional quality is reflected in his esteemed collection of Contemporary art.


During March 2019, Sotheby’s London sold three works from Marc Jacobs’s collection, including a Koons, Richter and Basquiat. Further demonstrating the designer’s undeniable passion for Contemporary art of the highest order, the upcoming lots from his collection are as diverse as Ryman's Series #30 (White) (2004), Condo's Mary (2004) and Prince's Waiting (2005).

Richard Prince's Waiting in Marc Jacobs's home. Estimate $400,000–600,000.

As well as displaying an exuberant variety, each work attests to an individual depth and respective importance that defines Jacobs’s exceptionally curated collection. Mary is a seminal work within George Condo's oeuvre: we see the transition from his more Surrealist-inspired characters to implicit art historical tropes and riffs on the excesses and decay of modern life. Richard Prince's Waiting, meanwhile, showcases the artist's versatile handling of mixed media and his characteristic exploration of humor via language. And finally, Ryman's Series #30 (White) typifies the artist's trademark boundary-pushing abstraction.

These works exhibit an expert appreciation of the vanguard art movements of the last several decades. Assembled with the creativity and connoisseurship of one of the most celebrated arbiters of contemporary taste, this selection of works charts a panorama of hugely influential artists, curated by one of the most pioneering aesthetes of recent times.

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