NEW YORK – On Wednesday, June 8, starting at 10 am Eastern time, Doyle will host the next sale in the popular Doyle+Design auction category. This highly-anticipated sale showcases a wide range of Modern and Contemporary furniture, art and design by prominent designers, makers and artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Featured among the furniture offerings is a classic walnut credenza by George Nakashima, as well as a set of Chippendale bird’s eye maple laminate chairs by Robert Venturi and a Soriana Sofa Cassina by Tobia Scarpa. Highlighting an extensive group of silver by Georg Jensen are two important pairs of silver candelabra.
Artwork spans the 20th and 21st centuries, including examples of European Modernism, geometric abstraction, Pop Art, Contemporary realism and street art by such artists as M.C. Escher, Harry Bertoia, Yves Klein, Sharon Ellis, Lucio Fontana, Marcos Grigorian and Will Insley.
Dutch artist M.C. Escher created Day and Night, his most popular print, in 1938. It is one of the artist’s earliest depictions of a tessellation, or tiling of a plane, inspired by the Moorish tiles he saw during a visit to the Alhambra in Spain in 1926.
Part of the fantastic collection from the estate of Randolph Harrison, a circa-1960 sculpture by Harry Bertoia in the June 8 sale represents an early rendition of the sculptor’s ubiquitous spray forms. Wheatfield Blowing in the Wind is an exuberant example of the influence nature provided to Bertoia’s forms. Along with Bertoia’s Dandelion and Bush forms, the famed sculptor and designer replicated wheat grass, with its steel rods able to bend and sway freely.
With two works from 2002, Air and Fire, painter Sharon Ellis employs vivid color to great effect. Based in California’s Yucca Valley, Ellis draws on influences from her environment, as well as Georgia O’Keeffe and Charles Burchfield, creating luminous visions of fanciful landscapes.
Employing geometric abstraction to theorize architecture and civilization, Will Insley created a series of shaped paintings, often employing a cloverleaf pattern. From 1965, The Square in Painting is a prime example of Insley’s approach to abstraction, and his use of simple yet precise forms to replicate architectural fragments.
Bridging performance art, Minimalism and Pop, Yves Klein and his signature brilliant blue were synonymous to each other, and key to the avant-garde art of mid-century Europe. From an edition first begun in 1963, Table Bleue takes Klein’s iconic pigment and places it within a clear Plexiglas table, making it both a radiant work of art as well as a functional piece of decor.
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