New Delhi: Christie’s is delighted to bring The Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann to New York in May.
Works from the collection will be sold live at Rockefeller Plaza during Spring Marquee Week, beginning with an evening sale for one owner only on Monday, May 9.
The evening sale features a curated selection of 36 masterpieces by major 20th century artists such as Robert Ryman, Francesco Clemente, Sturtevant and Cy Twombly, and is led by Andy Warhol’s “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn” – a painting set to be the most expensive 20th century work to be auctioned.
During Spring Marquee Week, in addition to the Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale, an additional group of works from the phenomenal Private Collection will be sold in a dedicated Day Sale. This sale will feature a wide range of 20th century examples at different price points, demonstrating the breadth and depth of the Ammanns’ collectible vision. Highlights include works by Brice Marden, Martin Kippenberger, and Mike Bidlo, among others.
This selection of just over 100 works from the two sales exemplifies the superior aesthetic of the Ammanns, conveying myriad deeply personal stories through 20th-century art.
To maintain clear lines between what they did as dealers and what they did as collectors, as Thomas explained, “You can’t collect what you want to sell – because then either either you sell all the good stuff, which isn’t fun, or you keep all the good stuff, which ruins you.”
Thomas and Doris Ammann were devoted friends of the artists they collected, championing them throughout their careers. When asked by Vanity Fair about his friendship with Thomas Ammann, Francesco Clemente declined to discuss it, calling the relationship “too personal, too sacred” for him to discuss publicly. Thomas devoted every spare minute of his time to visiting galleries and artists’ studios.
As he said in 1988, “What interests me in collecting is to see what is happening today. I buy young people, and I buy them very early. I hear about it, I buy what I see myself.”
The artworks available range from early 1960s pop to minimalism to the best of the 1980s. Together they demonstrate the impactful nature of the gallerist-artist relationship and the important role it played in the historical account of the world art market. The Ammanns were undeniably global art leaders and market makers for a generation of talented artists, many of whom became household names.
Among the works on display are works from the walls of Ammann’s iconic house, a Bauhaus masterpiece with stunning views of Lake Zurich, as well as works from their other residences. It is a curated capsule collection as well as an intergenerational inquiry into the definition of 20th century artistic practices.
Georg Frei, Chairman of the Board of the Thomas and Doris Ammann Foundation, comments: “Working with such wonderful people as Doris and Thomas for so many years has been an incredible gift. Turning their amazing legacy into charity work fills me with courage and gives me hope that together we can create a better world for so many suffering and disadvantaged children.”
Spring Marquee Week Sale Schedule:
. Monday, May 9, 7 p.m. – The Collection of Thomas and Doris Ammann
. Tuesday, May 10, 7 p.m. – 21st Century Evening Sale
. Thursday, May 12, 7 p.m. – The Collection of Anne H. Bass
. Thursday, May 12, 8 p.m. – 20th Century Night Sale