SHOWS, AUCTIONS & EXHIBITIONS
The Eclectic Eye: The Barry Friedman Collection at Christie's New York
Barry Friedman began his career in the art business in the 1960‘s, and within a decade had become one of the top dealers of Art Nouveau furniture. In subsequent years, Friedman has become a pioneer of many mediums, introducing fresh artists to important collectors, and single-handedly establishing markets for new and previously overlooked artistic movements. The Barry Friedman Collection is, among many things, a celebration of his extraordinary vision, and the exquisite objects that have been brought to light as a result.
Christie‘s is honored to present The Eclectic Eye: The Barry Friedman Collection. Taking place 25-27 March, four auctions encompassing the collection will coincide with the retirement of the celebrated dealer, and the closure of his namesake gallery. Friedman is known for making markets for countless artists and art forms as a result of his insatiable curiosity and his keen eye for distinct brilliance. The auctions will represent the diversity of mediums and periods that Friedman has presented to the marketplace over the course of his career, including Decorative Arts and Design from the 20th and 21st centuries, Contemporary Art, Photography and Ceramics as well as Italian and Contemporary Glass. The sales will include a combined total of approximately 400 lots, with estimates ranging from $2,000-120,000.
On 27 March, The Eclectic Eye will continue with a standalone auction of Italian Glass. Friedman began collecting 20th-century Murano glass in the early 1980's, preceding the market. Since then, Barry Friedman, ltd. has staged several acclaimed exhibitions of early 20th Century Italian Glass, both on its own, and within the greater context of its influence on contemporary glass. The Italian Glass Sale represents Friedman‘s long-term commitment to the medium with works by Napoleone Martinuzzi, Vittorio Zecchin, Fratelli Toso, Flavio Poli and Tobias Scarp.
The final sale of the Eclectic Eye, will focus on Contemporary Glass, taking place on the afternoon of 27 March. Friedman‘s interest in contemporary glass was sparked with the discovery of the work of Michael Glancy in 1996. From that point, Friedman distinguished himself from other studio glass dealers by defining this medium as a ―ontemporary Decorative Art.‖In addition to Glancy, Friedman has represented Laura de Santillana, Toots Zynsky and Yoichi Ohira, whose work, among others, will be included within the sale.
Christie’s has a global presence with 53 offices in 32 countries and 12 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Mumbai. More recently, Christie’s has led the market with expanded initiatives in growth markets such as Russia, China, India and the United Arab Emirates, with successful sales and exhibitions in Beijing, Mumbai and Dubai.
*Estimates do not include buyer’s premium. Sales totals are hammer price plus buyer’s premium and do not reflect costs, financing fees or application of buyer’s or seller’s credits.