NEW YORK – On Thursday, December 9, starting at 10 am Eastern time, Capsule Auctions presents Connections 20/21: Post War and Contemporary, a curated selection of exceptional paintings, sculpture, photography and editions from New York and New England estates and collections. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Highlights from the sale include works from the collection of Joyce Kootz, widow of renowned gallerist Samuel M. Kootz. He was a New York City art dealer and author whose gallery was one of the first to champion Abstract Expressionist art. During his career, he bought paintings directly from Pablo Picasso and exhibited work by Georges Braque, Fernand Leger, James Brooks, Giorgio Cavallon, Arshile Gorky, David Hare, Hans Hofmann, Ibram Lassaw, Herbert Ferber, Raymond Parker, William Ronald, Tony Rosenthal, Conrad Marca-Relli, Georges Mathieu, Emil Schumacher, Pierre Soulages, Kumi Sugai and Zao Wou Ki. Many of the works acquired from the collection were gifts to Samuel M. Kootz’ first wife, Jane Kootz, who passed away March 15, 1970.
A feature in the sale is a small untitled watercolor by Hans Hofmann. Estimated at $4,000-$6,000, this abstract piece recalls the Abstract Expressionist movement that Hofmann inspired and Samuel Kootz worked so closely with.
Another notable work in the auction that exemplifies the Kootz’ relationship to Abstract Expressionist artists is a gift from Conrad Marca-Relli. The silver foil work applied to board comes with a personal message on the verso to Sam and Jane Kootz on their Silver Anniversary in 1962. It is estimated at $3,000-$5,000.
Also from the personal collection of Kootz is a collaborative etching by artists David Smith, Dorothy Dehner, Adolph Gottlieb, Edgar Levy, Lucille Corcos and Esther Gottlieb. The etching, numbered 11/100, was pencil signed by Dorothy Dehner, Edgar Levy, and Esther Gottlieb, and dedicated to Samuel Kootz on his birthday in 1978. This collaborative work is estimated at $1,000-$2,000.
One of the sculptures in the upcoming sale from the Kootz collection is Alamo Maquette by Tony Rosenthal. It was inspired by the Maquette, Alamo, one of Rosenthal’s most famous works, a 15ft by 15ft black cube on display in Astor Place in the East Village of Manhattan. This maquette, closely resembling the actual sculpture, stands as a small piece of New York City history. It carries an estimate of $2,000-$4,000.
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