Contemporary Art Day Auction

Live Auction: 17 November 2020 • 12:00 PM EST • New York
Contemporary Art Day Auction 17 November 2020 • 12:00 PM EST • New York

O n the heels of Sotheby's successful summer sales in May and June 2020, Sotheby's Contemporary Art Day Auction is pleased to present excellent examples of works by leading post-war and contemporary artists, including Helen Frankenthaler, Alexander Calder, Tom Wesselmann, Ed Ruscha, Albert Oehlen, and Yoshitomo Nara. Sotheby's Day Sale will be the only auction of its kind to present top Contemporary works during the November auction season. The sale will continue with an online-only format that closes November 18.


King of CoolBARKLEY HENDRICKS | Jackie Sha-la-la (Jackie Cameron)

“Today [Hendricks's] body of work is as vital and vibrant as ever, and it should prove him to be a lasting figure in the history of American art.”
TREVOR SCHOONMAKER, "BIRTH OF THE COOL"


Kings of Pop

Heroine of Color FieldHelen Frankenthaler | Giant Step

"In September 1975, a radical development occurred, commemorated in the title, ‘Giant Step,’ of the picture that first revealed it….Full-bodied, physical painting has reappeared after twenty years."
John Elderfield, Frankenthaler, New York 1989, p. 255


Contemporary Masters

Jean-Michel BasquiatPlush Safe He Think

“I was trying to communicate an idea; I was trying to paint a very urban landscape. I was trying to make paintings different from the paintings that I saw a lot of at the time, which were mostly minimal, and they were highbrow and alienating, and I wanted to make very direct paintings that most people would feel the emotion behind when they saw them.”
JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

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Property from the Crex Collection

Visit the Exhibition

Following the guidelines for the Phase Four reopening of Manhattan, we are pleased to welcome clients in our building by appointment only. The exhibition for the Contemporary Art Day Auction will open on Tuesday, November 10th at 10AM EDT and will close on Monday, November 16th at 5PM EDT. To schedule an appointment, please click here or contact appointmentsNY@sothebys.com or +1 212 606 7171. You can read more about Sotheby’s safety requirements here.


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