Christie's New York Announces Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts: The Collection EXCEPTIONAL AMERICAN PAINTINGS, IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART, AND 20TH CENTURY DECORATIVE ARTS TO HIGHLIGHT CHRISTIE’S MAJOR SPRING SALES IN NEW YORK
News-Antique.com - Mar 04,2010 - This spring, Christie's is honored to present Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts: The Collection as a highlight of its major sales of Impressionist and Modern Art, American Paintings, and 20th Century Decorative Arts. Featuring over 175 exceptional items from the collections of fine art dealer Bernard Goldberg’s New York gallery, highlights of the sales will include paintings, sculpture and works on paper by Jacques Lipchitz, Edward Steichen, Elie Nadelman, Marsden Hartley, and Guy Pène du Bois, among others, as well as 20th century decorative items by George Washington Maher, Gustav Stickley, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Samuel Yellin.
A private collector of American art for over forty years, Mr. Goldberg established Bernard Goldberg Fine Arts after a successful career as an attorney and real estate developer. As one of the first boutique hoteliers in New York, he pioneered the practice of displaying museum-quality artworks in his hotels’ public spaces and private rooms. In 1998, using his personal collection as inspiration, he launched his retail gallery business, focusing on the leading artists of the Ashcan, Urban Realist, Abstract, Social Realist and Regionalist genres of American Art, as well as superb examples of 20th century design. More than 70 artists are represented, and the gallery has presented focused exhibitions on the work of Charles Burchfield, Oscar Bluemner, John Marin, the Stieglitz circle, and Marguerite and William Zorach, among others.
Eric Widing, Head of American Paintings at Christie’s, comments: "Bernard Goldberg has long been admired as a collector and more recently as a dealer with exceptional taste and a discerning eye. Now, as he prepares to retire from the commercial side of the art business and prepare for the next phase of his career, he has honored Christie’s with the sale of this renowned collection. These auctions are unique opportunities for collectors around the world to acquire a wealth of superb works that have been carefully selected over time and with a connoisseur’s passion for quality and aesthetics.”
Impressionist and Modern Art Highlights
Among the highlights of the collection is Spanish Dancer, 1914 (pictured right estimate: $400,000-600,000), an elegant two-foot tall bronze by the French artist Jacques Lipchitz (1891-1973) that is signed, numbered and marked with the artist’s thumbprint. It has previously been featured in exhibitions at New York’s Jewish Museum, and retrospectives of the artist’s work at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art and the National Galerie in Germany. It will be included in Christie’s Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale in New York on May 4. Additional highlights include La Verseuse, 1916 by Robert Delaunay (estimate: $200,000-300,000) and Dozing Woman, by Gustav Klimt, a work on paper in blue chalk executed circa 1898-1900 (estimate: $60,000-80,000), both of which will be featured in Christie’s Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale on May 5.
American Art Highlights
The majority of the Bernard Goldberg Collection – over 70 extraordinary works by artists working in the period from 1900 to 1950 – will be featured in Christie’s sale of Important American Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture on May