New York art auctions. Modern Design Visionaries at Sotheby’s on December 18, 2013. Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere!
On 18 December 2013, Sotheby’s New York is pleased to present Modern Design Visionaries: The Yurcik Collection, a dedicated auction of modern and contemporary design assembled by Joseph and Sheila Yurcik. The sale comprises a broad range of masterworks of iconic American Studio, Scandinavian and Contemporary design. Highlights of the collection include works by three American design legends, Harry Bertoia, Paul Evans and George Nakashima. The entire collection will be on view in our York Avenue galleries beginning on Saturday, 14 December 2013.
One of the top lots of the sale is a signature piece by Paul Evans, a rare “Sculpture Front” Cabinet (est. $100/150,000) from 1969. A world auction record was achieved for the artist when the Yurciks acquired this piece from Sotheby’s New York in 2005. The cover lot of the catalogue, also by Paul Evans, is a striking “Sculpture Front” wall panel from 1974 (est. $50/70,000). The sale features outstanding pieces by George Nakashima, including a magnificent free-form “Minguren II” coffee table (est. $100/150,000) as well as a custom-designed rosewood “Kornblut” cabinet (est. $30/50,000). These pieces epitomize Nakashima’s use of dynamically figured woods. Also on offer is a strong selection of works by Harry Bertoia, highlighted by a large-scale “Sound Sculpture” circa 1970 (est. $80/120,000). These American design masterworks are complemented by a select offering of iconic Scandinavian and Contemporary design, including a rare “Drop” Chair from the Snack Bar at the Royal Hotel, SAS House, Copenhagen (est. $20/30,000) designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1958, and defining works by Judy Kensley McKie, Ron Arad and Shiro Kuramata.