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Lambertville, NJ, United States
DoneSun, Nov 14, 2010 5:00 PM GMT

The Collection of Bernarda & Ben Shahn

The children of Bernarda and Ben Shahn have chosen Rago’s to auction their parents’ personal collection of fine art, furniture, decorative art, Asian and ancient/ethnographic artifacts from their home and its adjacent studio. Highlights include: Original works of art by Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Alfred Maurer, Robert Rauschenberg, Ben Shahn and Rufino Tamayo. Multiples by Jacob Lawrence, Louis Lozowick, Shahn and many (Roosevelt) New Jersey artists. Photographs by Shahn. Mid-century Modern furniture by Nakshima and Finn Juhl/Niels Vodder. Sabean, Japanese, Roman and Burmese art and artifacts, among others. Much of the art in this auction came to the Shahns directly from artists who were their friends or students. Many are personally inscribed. So it is at once a very intimate collection and a very public record of the connections among leading artists of mid-century America.