October 4, 2023


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Phillips to Provide Property from the Assortment of Rosa and Aaron Esman

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Works from twentieth Century & Modern, Pictures, and

Editions to be Offered in Upcoming New York Auctions


Robert Rauschenberg

Bathtub, 1964

Estimate: $400,000 – 600,000

To Be Provided in Could twentieth Century & Modern Night Sale


NEW YORK – 21 MARCH 2023 – Phillips is happy to announce Property from the Assortment of Rosa and Aaron Esman, a set of over 150 works from their Manhattan residence. Iconic masterworks of the Nineteen Sixties by Josef Albers and Robert Rauschenberg, together with a formidable assemblage of recent works on paper, pictures, and prints representing the breadth of the gathering, will likely be provided in upcoming New York twentieth Century & Modern, Pictures, and Editions gross sales. Essential works by artists akin to Roy Lichtenstein, Sol LeWitt, René Magritte, Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Joan Miró, and lots of others will likely be included all through gross sales. Choose works will likely be on view on the Phillips Los Angeles gallery as part of our twentieth Century & Modern World Highlights Tour this April, with additional particulars to return.


Rosa and Aaron Esman assembled an excellent array of Trendy, Submit-Conflict, and Modern artwork over the course of their seventy-year marriage. Dr. Esman, a psychoanalyst, started amassing artwork as a mirrored image of his fascination with creativity and the workings of the human thoughts. These pursuits guided his amassing exercise all through his life. The couple’s shared ardour for artwork was evident from the early days of their courtship as they visited galleries and museums collectively. The gathering they constructed over the a long time, wealthy in Modernism, Dada, Russian Constructivism, and American Pop Artwork, displays each Mrs. Esman’s profession as a gallerist and print writer and Dr. Esman’s voluminous writings on artwork, creativity, and the thoughts.


Rosa and Aaron Esman, Madrid, 1963

Picture courtesy the Esman Household

Mrs. Esman was a ground-breaking print writer who initiated portfolios of superb artwork prints and editions of 3- dimensional multiples with the long-lasting artists of the Nineteen Sixties and Seventies, together with Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, Lee Bontecou, Robert Rauschenberg, Eva Hesse, Tom Wesselmann, Sol LeWitt, Robert Motherwell, Helen Frankenthaler, and others. Main publications created underneath Tanglewood Press or Authentic Editions embrace New York Ten Portfolio, 1965 and 1969, Ten from Leo Castelli, 1967, Seven Objects in a Field, 1966, and 11 Pop Artists Volumes I, II, and III, 1966. As well as, throughout the Seventies, Rosa Esman joined with artwork e-book writer Harry Abrams to create Abrams/Authentic Editions, producing portfolios and particular person prints by Saul Steinberg, Pink Grooms, and others. Her impressed imaginative and prescient, which grew out of the couple’s personal want to gather works by artists they may not in any other case afford, helped pioneer the sector of Submit-Conflict artists’ editions and multiples.


Past her publishing actions, Rosa Esman’s eponymous gallery exhibited in Manhattan for over twenty years, and she or he was a founding accomplice of Ubu Gallery, which continues to be in operation at the moment. Her profession as an artwork supplier predated her publishing work, starting in 1957 when she and a good friend established the Tanglewood Gallery in Norman Rockwell’s former artwork studio on Principal Avenue in Stockbridge, MA.


Joan Miró

Femmes devant le soleil (Girls in Entrance of the Solar), 1942

Estimate: $200,000 – 300,000

To Be Provided in Could twentieth Century & Modern Day Sale



Jasper Johns

Goal, 1967

Estimate: $25,000 – 35,000

To Be Provided in April Editions Sale

As collectors, the Esmans had been a well-known sight on the gallery scene starting within the Nineteen Sixties, once they spent Saturdays touring New York galleries, usually assembly up with artists and different collectors at Leo Castelli Gallery within the late afternoons. As New York’s artwork scene moved to 59th Avenue, SoHo/Tribeca, and Chelsea, Dr. & Mrs. Esman adopted; Saturday gallery visits remained an important a part of their lives properly into their 90s. The 2 particularly appreciated Trendy artwork and picked up all kinds of prints and multiples together with a 1912 Cubist etching by Pablo Picasso, Joan Miró’s livres des artistes, and works by El Lissitzky, Wassily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock, Marcel Duchamp, and Meret Oppenheim, amongst others, in addition to these by extra modern artists from Warhol and Lichtenstein within the Nineteen Sixties to Vik Muniz, Kiki Smith, and Allen McCollum within the Nineteen Nineties – 2000s. The couple’s assortment additionally mirrored their admiration of Jasper Johns’ work, particularly his Scent, 1975-76, and Goal from 1967, spectacular photographs created with Tatyana Grosman at ULAE. The gathering additionally options editions by Josef Albers, Ellsworth Kelly, Claes Oldenburg, Sol LeWitt, Gerhard Richter, and Mel Bochner, reflecting the Esmans’ deep ardour for and involvement within the artwork of their time.



Jackson Pollock

Untitled (after Quantity 22, 1951) (O’C. & T. 1095), 1951

Estimate $30,000 – 50,000

To Be Provided in April Editions Sale

One other spotlight of the gathering is Robert Rauschenberg’s Bathtub, 1964, to be provided within the twentieth Century and Modern Night Sale this upcoming Could. Created within the latter a part of Rauschenberg’s celebrated Combines interval, the work straddles the road between portray and sculpture, combining discovered objects with brilliant oil paint and transfers of newspaper clippings on a Plexiglass floor – a mirrored image of Rauschenberg’s dictum that “portray pertains to artwork and life… I attempt to work within the hole between the 2.” Bathtub captures the colourful, playful, and culturally engaged persona of the artist that the Esmans admired, and certainly, are qualities that permeated most of the works of their assortment. The couple bought the piece at an public sale to profit the Congress of Racial Fairness in 1964, the artist’s participation during which displays his dedication to the facility of artwork to create social change.


Images additionally performed a big function within the Esman assortment. A number of of those works will likely be provided as a bit inside Phillips’ April 4th Pictures public sale and can embrace an vital number of avant-garde pictures from the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties by Man Ray, Alexander Rodchenko, and Jaromír Funke, amongst others, together with modern work by Sol Lewitt, Hiroshi Sugimoto, and Vik Muniz. Additional data relating to this portion of the sale could be discovered here.

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