Rago’s Fine Art Auctions on May 18 Featuring Property from the Collection of Joshua Smith Rago’s to Offer Two Sessions of Fine Art at Auction on May 18, 2013 Featuring Important Property from the Collection of Joshua Smith.
is located midway between New York City and Philadelphia. Directions online at ragoarts.com.
• Telephone, absentee, online bidding available for those unable to attend.
• Printed catalogues: Post-War/Contemporary Art: $20; 19th/20th C. American and European Art: $20 (or both for $30). Available by calling 609.397.9374 or e-mailing a request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
• View a complete online catalogue with color images at ragoarts.com as of April 26.
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• About Joshua Smith: Joshua Smith began collecting art in the early 1980’s in East Village galleries when buying was inexpensive and contemporary photography appreciated as art by only a handful of people like Lee Witkin and Howard Greenberg. Smith, an amateur collector, had been taking and developing his own photographs since high school. He knew materials and had a ready eye. He also had a knack for finding fresh good things in out-of-the-way places before others did, making the most of limited financial resources. He established relationships with top dealers who would contact him first when work became available. He traveled to meet artists in their studios in Europe, South America and Russia long before the phenomenon of the Art Fair. Smith was a champion of tough art that challenged and ultimately changed what people would be willing to look at. He bought from artists who were forward-thinking in their technical approach. He bought from artists who played with form and with meaning. Buying from artists in whom he believed, encouraging them in their work and seeing them acknowledged was his greatest satisfaction. Rago’s first sold property from the Collection of Joshua Smith in 2007 - a single owner auction of 350 lots. We’d like to thank his children David and Rebecca for again inviting us to represent their father and their family.
• About Rago Arts and Auction Center: Since 1994, Rago's has served thousands of sellers and buyers with a singular blend of global reach and personal service. Originally specialists in 20th century design, today Rago's expertise covers centuries of fine art, decorative arts, furnishings, jewelry and ethnographic property. It is a world-class venue through which to buy and sell. It is also a destination for those who seek to learn and share knowledge about art, antiques and collecting, offering free valuations for personal property (from a single piece to collections and estates), appraisals and auction exhibitions in house and online. Rago's, the largest and leading auction house in New Jersey, is located midway between Philadelphia and New York.
• Next Fine Art Auctions: Saturday, November 16, 2013.