Contemporary Day Auction
Live Auction: 20 May 2022 • 10:00 AM EDT • New York

Contemporary Day Auction 20 May 2022 • 10:00 AM EDT • New York

T his May, Sotheby’s Contemporary Day Auction is honored to present a spectacular collection of works ranging from the post-war period to today. Anchored by an exceptional selection of works from the most distinguished private collections across the globe, the sale will feature works from the Collection of Marcia and Stanley Gumberg, the Collection of Hardie Beloff, and the Collection of Barbara & Ernest Kafka. The sale will provide a rich historical context in which to showcase the most well-established artists from the period such as Helen Frankenthaler, Joan Mitchell, Gerhard Richter and David Hockney, as well as a platform to present an exemplary assortment of works by Contemporary and living artists such as Shara Hughes, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, George Condo and Christopher Wool.

Morning Session Highlights

Afternoon Session Highlights

Drawn Together: The Collection of Marcia and Stanley Gumberg, featuring Modern Masterworks on Paper

Sotheby’s is proud to present the Collection of Marcia and Stanley Gumberg, a stunning group of Modernist and Contemporary paintings, drawings and sculptures. Assembled by Marcia and Stanley Gumberg with the utmost connoisseurship and exquisitely displayed in their Pittsburgh home, the works will be sold beginning this May between the Modern Evening and Day Sale as well as the Contemporary Day Sale.

Eternal Style: A Private American Collection
Property from the Collection of Hardie Beloff
A Way of Life: The Collection of Barbara & Ernest Kafka

Sotheby’s is delighted to present works from the Collection of Barbara and Ernest Kafka as highlights of the Contemporary Day Auction. The Kafkas are remembered as exemplary intellectuals and passionate supporters of the arts who befriended artists on the cutting edge of the 1960s and 1970s Contemporary Art scene such as Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, Frank Stella, and Lucas Samaras, as well as legendary gallerist André Emmerich.

The Eph & Shirley Diamond Collection of Palm Beach
Latin American Kinetic Art and Abstraction

The Vanguard Spirit: Modern and Surrealist Masterworks From an Important Estate
Contemporary Dreamscapes

Reimagining Portraiture

On Sparks and Souls: Three NFTs Collaborations featuring Jia Aili

Sotheby’s is delighted to present three NFTs by one of the most prominent contemporary Chinese artists, Jia Aili, curated and directed by Derrick Li (aka “X”) from Triple X. Jia Aili offers groundbreaking collaborations with renowned digital artists in the NFT native space, Raoul Marks, David Ariew, and Ryan Hawthorne. This collaboration aims to shift the attention back to the content, creativity, essence of art, and most importantly, blur the gap between the contemporary art world, the digital one, and the NFT space. This collaboration is a “conversation through art,” a conversation between different mediums, different creative worlds, the East and the West; a conversation that connects the past, present, and future.

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