Trio of deaccessioned Georgia O’Keeffe work might make over $30m at Sotheby’s
Three work by the American Modernist Georgia O’Keeffe which have been deaccessioned by the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, will come to public sale at Sotheby’s in New York this November. And, surprisingly, whereas two of them, A Road (1926) and Calla Lillies on Pink (1928), can be within the up to date artwork night sale on 14 November, the third, Cottonwood Tree in Spring (1943), can be included in Sotheby’s American artwork public sale on 16 November. Not one of the works are, as but, assured.
The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum additionally deaccessioned Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 (1936), which made headlines when it set a file for any work by a feminine artist, promoting at Sotheby’s in Could 2014 for $44.4m—triple its excessive estimate.
As compared, the three tons on the market this November are modestly priced and collectively are anticipated to usher in upwards of $21.5m to profit the museum’s acquisitions fund.
In an official assertion, the director of the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Robert A. Krets says: “Eradicating an art work from the gathering isn’t a straightforward factor for any museum to do, however it’s an integral a part of good collections administration to repeatedly construct and refine our holdings.” He provides that the three works at Sotheby’s have been chosen to deaccession after “very cautious and considerate consideration”.
Of the three at Sotheby’s, Calla Lilies on Pink is the one flower portray—for which O’Keeffe is greatest recognized—and is predicted to make between $8m and $12m. Previous to the sale of Jimson Weed, the file for an O’Keeffe was set by an identical work, Calla Lilies with Pink Anemone, when it introduced in $6.2m at Christie’s in 2001.
A Road, a muted and angular New York Metropolis scene by the artist, is valued at $12m to $18m. The choice to incorporate the work together with Calla Lilies on this 12 months’s night up to date sale somewhat than its Impressionist and Fashionable public sale stems from a want to spark “dialogues between O’Keeffe’s work and that of artists spanning the 20th and 21st centuries,” says Grégoire Billault, the top of Sotheby’s up to date artwork division in New York.
Although thought of a part of the artist’s Southwest-influenced oeuvre, Cottonwood Tree in Spring is a lush, semi-abstract foliage examine. With a excessive estimate of $2.5m, will probably be included within the public sale home’s American sale.
The three work are on view this week in Sotheby’s Los Angeles galleries earlier than heading to SITE131 in Dallas’s Design District, then to Sotheby’s New York from 2 November.