Capsule welcomes spring season with Art & Design sale, April 6
NEW YORK – In celebration of the season, Capsule Auctions presents a Spring Art and Design sale on Thursday, April 6, starting at 11 am Eastern time. Spanning figuration and abstraction, surrealism and expressionism, sculpture and painting, the sale offers a range of fine art sourced from prominent estates and collections, such as that of Latin American art historian Graciela Kartofel. The auction also includes furniture and design items by Le Corbusier, Mario Bellini and Sori Yanagi. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The sale lineup features two impressive floor lamps by Pierre Jeanneret, the famed Swiss architect. He created the designs while residing in Chandigarh, India as part of a project to plan the city for the newly independent Indian government in the late 1940s. Uncomplicated yet striking, these lamps exemplify the architect’s reverence for simple geometric forms. Both examples carry individual estimates of $6,000-$8,000.
Interestingly, Jeanneret worked on the Chandigarh city planning project with his cousin and fellow architect Le Corbusier, furniture designs by whom are also featured in Capsule’s sale. His LC4 chaise has often been referred to as the “relaxing machine”: with its ergonomic arced shape, it is easy to see why this lounger has become an icon of modern design. The sale features a version in enameled steel, chrome-plated steel, cowhide, leather and rubber estimated at $1,500-$2,500.
The April 6 Spring Art and Design auction also offers an assortment of Latin American artwork from the estate of art historian Graciela Kartofel, including an exquisite untitled sculpture by Mathias Goeritz, estimated at $3,000-$5,000. The clean square form exemplifies the artist’s belief in what he called “emotional architecture,” or the idea that objects are capable of eliciting powerful emotional responses. Three collages by Mexican artist Rodolfo Morales are also being offered from Dr. Kartofel’s estate.
Other highlights from the sale include Joseph Piccillo’s Study – February, a large-scale charcoal on paper work with an estimate of $2,000-$3,000. The artist is best known for stunning renderings of horses in motion, such as this one. Emerging from an entirely black background, the equine subject appears to gleam in the light. Its mane whipping in an invisible wind and the contours of its legs nearly obscured by the illusion of motion, the horse gallops across the dynamic composition.
Rufino Tamayo’s Figura en Jarras, a color aquatint on Guarra paper, represents another standout. “Art is a means of expression that must be understood by everybody, everywhere,” the artist once said. His unique aesthetic vocabulary and deep reverence for the power of simple forms certainly shines through here. Imposing and yet tranquil thanks to its earthy tones, Figura en Jarras radiates a sense of peace and harmony. Its estimate is $1,500-$2,500.
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