Objects and Apparitions: Christie’s Will Hold a Major Retrospective of Works by Ruth Asawa in May


Ruth Asawa’s first solo show in New York in 50 years– Objects and Apparitions– will take place at Christie’s this May, a retrospective timed to coincide with the auction house’s annual Post-War and Contemporary Art auctions. With 34 sculptures and numerous works on paper, it’s a first opportunity outside of San Francisco to view her woven wire forms-within-forms and tree-branch pieces together in the context of her long career, and most of the works will be for sale. The auction house has prepared a stellar catalogue for the exhibition– you can have a look at it here online– loaded with images, a scholarly overview of this San Francisco artist’s place in Post-War American art, plus contemporary photographs of Asawa and her works, some by her good friend Imogen Cunningham (above and below.)

Christie’s Post-War Art auction sales in New York are international events, with dealers and collectors from all over the world– but sadly, this exceptional show will not travel and we won’t see it here.  A major brass-and-copper wire work by Asawa, the monumental Untitled (S.108) will be offered at auction in the May 15th Evening Sale, where the 137-inch-tall “drawing in space” is expected to bring between $250K-$350K.


May 6 through 31, 2013
Christie’s Private Sales
1230 Avenue of the Americas, 20th Floor, New York, NY

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