Contemporary Art Day Auction | Morning Session
Live Auction: 30 June 2020 • 12:00 PM EDT • New York

The Collection of Ginny Williams

Following the Collection of Ginny Williams evening sale on 29 June, Sotheby’s is honored to offer nearly 50 works from the Ginny Williams Collection in the Contemporary Art Day sale. A pioneering collector and lifelong patron of the arts, Ginny Williams was a dynamic force who transformed every community she touched. Amassed across her lifetime, the Ginny Williams Collection reflects the same indomitable spirit and singular creative vision which infused every aspect of her extraordinary life. From an indexical presentation of sculptures and works on paper by Louise Bourgeois, to classic examples of mature works by Philip Guston, Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, Per Kirkeby and Donald Judd. An avid photography collector as well, the sale also features examples of 20th Century photography by Robert Mapplethorpe, John Coplans, Louise Lawler and Ann Hamilton.

Featured Highlights

Wayne Thiebaud
Estimate: 1,500,000 – 2,000,000 USD
The Collection of Sidney and Bernice Clyman
Alongside masterworks of African sculpture, Sidney and Bernice Clyman assembled a deep and thoughtful collection that represents the New York Post-war period at its very best, with examples by Wayne Thiebaud, Adolph Gottlieb, Richard Estes and Jean Dubuffet. The Clymans summarized their collecting ethos perfectly in a 1999 exhibition catalogue: “African art is not realism and not completely abstract. Rather, it combines both in a new form of art that inspired and excited the modern masters in the beginning of this century and which was incorporated in their masterpieces. When African sculpture and the work of expressionism, cubism and abstraction are placed side by side, they ‘work’ together and ‘belong’. This is what we find so exciting.”

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