Sotheby’s is delighted to present our upcoming Contemporary Curated auction on March 1st. Contemporary Curated is the foremost destination for new collectors and established clients to acquire accessibly priced works by leading artists of the post-war and contemporary periods. Each season, the auction features selections from leading tastemakers in the spheres of art, business and fashion, offering a diverse range of works that have captured the imagination of the market. This season’s sale features a number of important single-owner collections including Seeing Clearly: The Collection of Judith E. Neisser, The Form of Ideas: Conceptual Art from a Distinguished California Collection and The History of Now: The Collection of David Teiger as well as highlights of exceptional works by George Condo, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Yayoi Kusama, Kerry James Marshall, Alice Neel, Glenn Ligon, Sean Scully, Wayne Thiebaud and Jack Whitten, among others.
The March Contemporary Curated Sale will be preceded by a special all-women artist’s auction entitled By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women organized by Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut. Dr. Katherine G. Windsor, Head of School, writes of the purpose of the auction stating: “By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women is an example of Miss Porter’s School living its mission statement. By bringing together prominent women in the arts and partnering with Sotheby’s to market and sell a lot comprised exclusively of women artists, we are setting an example for others to follow as we seek to remedy the inequities women experience in the art world. We are leveraging our ‘all-girls’ network on behalf of the young women at Miss Porter’s today and the generations to follow, and we are saying in our words and our deeds that we can do better and we will do better!”By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women, directly preceding the Contemporary Curated sale, will begin at 9:30am on March 1st and is headlined by a 1966-67 Carmen Herrera painting, Blanco y Verde, donated by Agnes Gund to beneﬁt Miss Porter’s School. Agnes Gund graduated from Miss Porter’s in 1956 and due to her involvement with her alma mater she will be the honorary Co-Chair of the By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women auction along with Oprah Winfrey, who ﬁrst became involved with Miss Porter’s School after sending her niece there in the 1990s. Oprah has continued her involvement with Miss Porter’s and subsequently provided tuition for many other girls to attend the school. Sotheby’s is honored that both Gund, one of the most important patrons of the arts in America, and Winfrey, champion of women and girls and pioneering philanthropist, have agreed to participate as this season’s Curators. In collaborating with Miss Porter’s School on By Women, For Tomorrow’s Women, Contemporary Curated hopes to further underscore the important role women artists play in both the art historical canon as well as at the forefront of Contemporary Art.