GLEN COVE, N.Y. – Iconic American abstract sculptor Tony Rosenthal (American, 1914-2009) curated and refined his own personal collection, both in the Rosenthal home and on the grounds of the Southampton, N.Y. property during the course of half a century. For the first time, the collection will be made available as Roland Auctions NY, in collaboration with the Tony Rosenthal estate, will present the Personal Collection of Tony Rosenthal on Saturday, September 25 at 10 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will feature many impressive pieces from the Rosenthal home in Southampton, N.Y. “We are grateful to the artist’s estate for the opportunity to bring this truly outstanding artwork into the public sphere,” says Bill Roland of Roland Auctions NY.
Tony Rosenthal and his wife Cynthia made Southampton their home for more than 25 years. The artwork offered in this single-artist auction constitutes Tony Rosenthal’s “private reserve”, his complete and intact personal collection. The artwork in the collection, spanning the early 1960s through the 2000s, also had the dual function of acting as “filaments” to illuminate or spark Tony Rosenthal’s inexhaustible creative exploration and experimentation with material form, and light. These artworks have not been offered publicly before and are a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate in and celebrate the legacy of Tony Rosenthal’s essential and influential career.
The estate of Tony Rosenthal, in line with the intentions of the artist himself, has directed that these sculptures should enter the public arena. Roland NY is pleased to introduce the collection and will be working with the estate to represent the personal collection of Tony Rosenthal during the next five years. All pieces come with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by Cynthia Rosenthal.
Featured throughout the September 25 auction are many iconic works ranging from small scale cast bronzes to mid-size maquettes and large outdoor sculptures. One highlight is one of Rosenthal’s favorite pieces, Lovers. Fashioned from brushed aluminum, the unsigned, undated relief sculpture features juxtaposed geometric forms and carries an estimate of $30,000-$50,000.
Rosenthal was possibly best known for his 15-ft high rotating sculpture known as the Alamo cube on New York City’s Astor Place. He designed the piece in 1967, when it was accepted as the first permanent contemporary outdoor public sculpture by the City of New York. Other variations of the iconic cube included in this auction are Untitled (Tony Rosenthal’s Cube), a circa-2008, signed, polished bronze variation on the artist’s iconic cube sculptures. It was the most prominently displayed sculpture in the Rosenthal home occupying the entrance foyer, and it is estimated at $5,000-$7,000,
Other highlights of the collection include Big Red, a large, signed, circa-1998 welded and painted aluminum free-standing lattice sculpture, estimated at $10,000-$15,000. This sculpture is illustrated in an earlier state on page 17 of the 1999 book Tony Rosenthal by Edward Albee and Sam Hunter.
Also of note is Mandala Variation, a signed, circa 1994-1995 circular painted wood construction with steel bolts, steel base and black and white accents, created as part of his Ring series. It is estimated at $7,000-$9,000.
Works by Tony Rosenthal are represented in dozens of important museum and institutional collections, including the Albright-Knox Art Gallery; The Baltimore Museum of Art; The Chrysler Museum; Cranbrook Art Museum; the Guild Hall Museum; the Israel Museum (Jerusalem); the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA); The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA); the National Gallery of Art; Princeton University; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Whitney Museum and Yale University. His sculptures are also found in notable corporate and private collections.
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