The Collection of Douglas S. Cramer
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L ed by Jean Michel Basquiat’s gripping Made in Japan II from 1982 and Roy Lichtenstein’s iconic 1983 Two Paintings…Craig, Sotheby’s Contemporary Evening Auction in November is comprised of works by many of the most celebrated Post-War and Contemporary artists. Curated to include works by artists who eschewed Abstract Expressionism and the European-centered modernist structure that preceded it, the sale is anchored by a spectacular group of works from the Collection of Douglas S. Cramer including the aforementioned Lichtenstein, Cecily Brown’s 1999 Spree and Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue Panel with Green Curve from 1989 among others that showcase Cramer’s prescient recognition of the zeitgeist and keen interest in the art of his time. Another standout work on offer is Philip Guston’s Ominous Land from 1972, from the Estate of Gabriele and Robert Lee, is an exceptional, large-scale work from the artist’s highly-regarded late body of work, treating one of his most powerful motifs—the hooded figure. The sale also includes definitive works by Christopher Wool, Piero Manzoni, Wayne Thiebaud, Frank Stella, Ed Ruscha, Sam Gilliam and Romare Bearden.