S otheby’s is pleased to announce select works for advance viewing from this season’s Contemporary Curated auction in New York, with co-curators Virgil Abloh, Chief Creative Director and Founder of Off-White and Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton, and Gorden Wagener, Chief Design Officer at Mercedes-Benz. Sotheby’s is honored to open the sale with Project Geländewagen, the first outcome of the collaboration between Abloh and Wagner, in which a special, one-of-a-kind Mercedes-Benz maquette will be auctioned for charity as the first lot of the Sale.
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We are thrilled to unveil the two other Charity collaborations leading this season’s Auction: Artworks to Benefit the Highline and highlights from Choice Works by Planned Parenthood including works by Simone Leigh, Rashid Johnson, Firelei Báez, Nari Ward and Sascha Braunig as well as Cecily Brown, Dana Schutz, Pat Steir, Elizabeth Peyton and Judy Chicago.
Groundbreaking and visionary, the collection of Mr. And Mrs. Joseph Blank charts a singular path in Postwar art. With an expert eye, the couple acquired deep holdings of artists outside of the contemporary mainstream, focusing primarily on three-dimensional works and important works by Black artists, long before the broader market had grown to appreciate them. On their waterfront estate in New York, the couple lived on grounds peppered with expressive, masterfully constructed sculpture by the likes of Melvin Edwards, while inside their home, socially engaged and formally innovative works by Jacob Lawrence flanked their walls. The Blanks collected with total freedom, living with sculpture by Elizabeth Catlett, George Rickey and Joel Shapiro, and forming myriad threads between abstract and figurative works as well as painting and sculpture. The couple also approached their collecting with a rare rigor and seriousness, acquiring masterworks by Romare Bearden, including Card Players and Untitled (Church), which are embedded with enduring cultural, art historical and social references that remain undiminished in their salience, beauty and visceral impact. More than anything, a daringness in approaching the new and an enthusiasm for the objects, cultures, and points of view of the artists in their home define the collection. Sotheby’s is honored to present the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Blank, starting with the October 2 Contemporary Curated Sale in New York.