The pioneering painter, designer and collector Elaine Lustig Cohen (1927-2016) has been described as “the quintessential Modernist,” and her influential architectural signage, typefaces, book covers, and graphic design work helped to define the visual canon of the 1950s and 1960s. Synthesizing influences from the early 20th century avant-garde movements – especially Bauhaus, Constructivism and Dada – she created a vocabulary that exuberantly broke free of traditional design. Her fresh, spirited vision favoured geometry, bold colour, the appropriation of eclectic references and startling clarity. Sotheby’s annual various-owners auction of Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas in New York on 15 May, 2017 will include Property from the Estate of Elaine Lustig Cohen, an exemplary grouping of works from her collection of African, Oceanic and American Indian art. Click ahead to learn more about her incredible career, see inside her Upper East Side townhouse and preview works available in Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas and into the season.
Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
15 May | New York