Sotheby’s: The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman – The Life of a Visionary – New York, 4 November

A. Alfred Taubman assembled an extraordinary collection of works by the most revered artists of all time including Raphael, Gainsborough, Degas, Picasso, Matisse, Rothko, Johns, Pollock and De Kooning. Mr Taubman’s collecting philosophy was simple — he bought the works he liked — but the end result is a remarkable and diverse assemblage that reveals Mr Taubman’s architectural eye as well as his deep appreciation for the human figure, vibrant colour and above all, beauty.  The Collection of A. Alfred Taubman will be offered at Sotheby’s beginning 4 November in New York.  

A dedicated evening auction of property from the Estate of A. Alfred Taubman will be led by a selection of rare examples of Impressionist & Modern Art, foremost among them Amedeo Modigliani’s outstanding Paulette Jourdain, Pablo Picasso’s exceptional Femme assise sur une chaise, and an important pastel by Edgar Degas, Danseuses en blanc.  This distinguished collection also features stunning paintings and sculptures from the most influential figures in Contemporary and American Art: from Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, and Jackson Pollock, to Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, and Roy Lichtenstein, the Contemporary works in the Taubman Collection chart the course of artistic innovation in the 20th century.