Sotheby’s recently won the bid to present the astounding collection of American Art Collector Emily Fisher Landau who recently passed away at the age of 102. She is revered as an icon for her patronage of the arts and the gift her collection is to coming generations.
Her collection is renowned as a dynamic grouping of some of the 20th century’s most inspiring artist and features artists like Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Piet Mondrian, Jean Arp, Mark Rothko, Franz Kline, Paul Klee, Louise Nevelson, Jasper Johns, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Ed Ruscha, Cy Twombly, Georgia O’Keefe, and Andy Warhol– to name a few. It has been described as a subversive encapsulation of 1980s New York.
Sotheby’s, will hold two Marquee auctions in New York on the 8th and 9th November. The sales will be previewed with a travelling exhibition in Dubai, Hong Kong, London, Paris, Taipei, and Los Angeles, underlining the auction house’s commitment to the collection.
‘I’ve never collected something because it was fashionable. It was always about what I instinctively liked’EMILY FISHER LANDAU
Landau’s eye for a masterpiece started her collecting with a Calder sculpture she purchased in 1968, which she carried home on the bus and up the stairs to her apartment (where it would eventually hang over the bathtub). In that year she also purchased a work by Josef Albers, she noted that this was the start of her collecting.
“It was her openness, personal charisma, intellectual curiosity and passion for their work, that brought so many artists close to Landau. From Warhol to Georgia O’Keeffe, Jasper Johns to Mark Tansey and Glenn Ligon, Landau’s thoughtful and respectful approach to art transcended the artist-collector dynamic, to enduring friendships. Warhol was “a gentleman”, she said, Mark Tansey “the dream dinner party guest”.” – Sotheby’s
In the end Emily Fisher Landau will be now as the friend and support of the artist’s she collected, and will be appreciated for years to come as her collection is a gift to the next generation.
Continue reading at: Sotheby’s “Emily Fisher Landau: A Life In Art”
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