The Dia Art Foundation, one of the world’s preeminent contemporary art institutions will be offering historic works by Cy Twombly, John Chamberlain, and Barnett Newman at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art sale in New York this November. The proceeds from the sale will be used to establish an endowment for acquisitions that will strengthen its permanent collection.
The highlights from the Dia artworks include the Cy Twombly works Poems to the Sea (1959), Idilli (1976 triptych) and Untitled (1976 diptych), with Poems to the Sea being the most significant work offered. This suite of 24 drawings is not only acknowledged as one of the artist’s foremost triumphs but as a critical early touchstone for the subsequent evolution of his entire career.
Other notable works include Genesis – The Break (1946) by Abstract Expressionist master Barnett Newman and Candy Andy (1963) by John Chamberlain, known for his crushed metal structures and who has been closely associated with the Dia Art Foundation since it was founded in 1974. Before the pre-sale exhibition opens in New York on 9 November, highlights will be shown in Chicago, Los Angeles, Doha, London and Zurich beginning in September.
All images courtesy of Sotheby’s