Sotheby’s announces auction of O’Keeffe, Stieglitz artworks

A selection of paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe is led by her widely exhibited and reproduced ‘Nature Forms – Gaspé’ from 1932, inspired by the natural forms and organic shapes the artist encountered while traveling along the Gaspé Peninsula, a peninsula along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River (estimate $4 million-$6 million). Sotheby’s image

NEW YORK – Sotheby’s will present property from the collection of artist Juan Hamilton in a dedicated auction in New York on March 5, which features artworks and personal effects from the estates of Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, as well as Hamilton’s own work.

The auction, titled “Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Juan Hamilton: Passage,” will offer 100+ works of art and personal ephemera illuminating the lives and decades-long careers of these celebrated artists – from rare paintings, sculpture and photographs, to books, manuscripts, artifacts and memorabilia. Underscoring the importance of this unique collection, many of the works on offer will be shown together for the very first time this spring, having never-before been exhibited publicly or offered at auction. A selection of highlights from across the sale is below.

Appearing at auction and exhibited publicly for the first time this spring, the collection is highlighted by a group of exceptional sculptures by O’Keeffe.

Alfred Stieglitz made several studies solely of O’Keeffe’s hands, including ‘Georgia O’Keeffe – Hand and Wheel’ an iconic image of her braceleted hand delineating the curve of the spare tire of her Ford V-8 (est. $300,000-$500,000). Sotheby’s image

In addition to the items on offer this spring, select works and personal effects of O’Keeffe and Stieglitz remaining in Hamilton’s collection will be donated to private institutions later this year.

“Alfred Stieglitz, Georgia O’Keeffe, Juan Hamilton: Passage” will be on extended public exhibition in Sotheby’s York Avenue galleries from Feb. 22–March 4.

“It is a privilege to bring to auction this incomparable trove of works tracing the artistic and personal lives of Georgia O’Keeffe, Alfred Stieglitz and Juan Hamilton,” said Kayla Carlsen, Sotheby’s head of American Art. “This is a time capsule collection that affords an unprecedented view into the shared histories of some of the most celebrated names in modern American art history, and represents an unprecedented opportunity for both collectors and admirers of these iconic figures.”

Artist Juan Hamilton commented: “It has been a privilege to live with and care for these works for many years. But it is now time to allow others the opportunity to enjoy and learn from these treasures. I hope that they will inspire a new generation of admirers and collectors of O’Keeffe, Stieglitz, and their inimitable circle, as they have long inspired me.”