Next month, Sotheby’s will bring over 450 works from the collection of late Denver philanthropist Ginny Williams to the auction block. An avid photographer, Williams began collecting classical figurative photography before developing a passion for Abstract Expressionist and Contemporary art. Leading the contemporary evening sale will be a selection of exemplary works by pioneering female modernists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell and Helen Frankenthaler.
Top offerings from the upcoming sale will include Mitchell’s 1976 Straw, carrying an estimate of up to $7 million USD, Krasner’s Re-Echo canvas from 1957, valued at $4 million to $6 million USD, as well as Agnes Martin’s Mountain Flowers I, slated to make $3 million USD. Five works by Bourgeois will also be offered; the most expensive is a bronze sculpture titled Observer, which is estimated to fetch $2 million USD.
The contemporary sale comes at a time when the art market is finally giving attention to the group that has been historically undervalued in comparison to their male counterparts. Only in 2019 was Krasner the subject of a major solo show at London’s Barbican Centre. Mitchell’s retrospective will launch at the Baltimore Museum of Art at the end of this year.
Check out select works from the upcoming sale in the images above. The evening auction will be held in New York the week of June 29.
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Today we announced that we will present 450+ works from the collection of Ginny Williams across a series of auctions beginning this June in New York. Williams’s collecting journey began with classical figurative photography, which led her to open the Ginny Williams Gallery in Denver in the 1980s. She later developed a passion for collecting Abstract Expressionist and Contemporary art, with a particular focus on the work of pioneering female modernists such as Agnes Martin, Joan Mitchell, Lee Krasner, Alice Neel, and Louise Bourgeois, whose career she impacted as both patron and friend. By the time of her passing in 2019, Williams had assembled the largest collection of works by Bourgeois in private hands, set the auction record for Helen Frankenthaler, and amassed an extensive collection in which the majority of works are by women artists. Pictured here: Joan Mitchell’s ‘Straw’ from 1976, which will highlight a dedicated evening sale of works from Williams’s collection this June. #SothebysContemporary #SothebysPhotographs