The Youth Vote
Top Lots from Rago’s Young Collectors
15 August 2019
Young collectors love Rago’s Unreserved Auctions. They present a broad variety of property at very approachable price points, opening up the world of collecting to fledgling buyers. We sat down with some of the millennial members of the Rago team to find out which lots they are most excited to see cross the auction block on Saturday and Sunday, August 24 + 25.
Director, Digital Marketing + Events
Rago’s Unreserved Auctions present an excellent opportunity to acquire beautiful works of art, from original oil paintings to prints, editions and lithographs. My favorite category of art in the upcoming sale is the colorful assortment of rock and roll posters presented in lots 287-299. Vibrant and psychedelic, these eye-catching posters promote appearances from iconic musicians including the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, The Doors and more.
Among these lots are several “Bill Graham Presents” concert posters commissioned by legendary concert promoter and artist manager Bill Graham. Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1992, Graham is remembered for his music business acumen as much as his uncanny ability to fuse jazz and blues acts with psychedelic rock bands in genre defying concerts - first at the Fillmore Auditorium and Winterland Arena in San Francisco but later expanding across the country.
As most of these lots include multiple posters, one could line the walls of a hallway or music room to create a bohemian/hippie vibe. Or hang them together on one wall to build a striking, one-of-a-kind art installation in your own home. Whether you love the bands and their music, have nostalgia for the era, or simply enjoy the bright, bold colors, these posters add a splash of rock and roll to any interior.
Cataloguer, Unreserved Department
Lot 666, a vase titled Wind Drift by American ballerina-turned-ceramicist Anne Goldman, presents a striking representation of natural form. Goldman draws artistic inspiration for her work from nature and the world around her including seashells, waterfalls, volcanoes and even sand drifts – a clear inspiration in this piece.
I would love to own one of Goldman’s pieces because the organic elements of her work contrast perfectly with my personal industrial aesthetic. The artist uses multiple techniques, such as wheel throwing and hand carving, to achieve movement, precise textures and to mimic natural forms, allowing her to share a glimpse of her world through these imaginative creations. Lot 666 is a favorite of mine, and I have no doubt it will be a beautiful addition to anyone’s collection.
One of the few things in this world I appreciate more than good design is having a good sit. It should come as no surprise then that I’ve a bit of a love affair with quality designer seating. Lot 692 in Rago’s Unreserved Auction features an LC4 Chaise Longue by Le Corbusier, a paragon of stylish comfort aptly dubbed the “relaxing machine.” Designed in 1928 and sporting a sleek, industrial appeal well ahead of its time, the LC4 is among the most iconic modern lounge chairs ever produced. The one presented here in lot 692 is a late 20th century example produced by Cassina, the only manufacturer licensed to recreate this design in the modern age, and features a hide and leather seating surface stretched over a chromed and enameled steel base.
What I love most about this piece is its timeless allure and versatility. Whether your décor sensibilities lean toward the modern, the traditional, or anywhere in between, this lounge chair is a perfect (and super comfy!) addition to any room.
One of Roy Lichtenstein’s most iconic works is the Castelli mailer depicting Crying Girl, published to announce Lichtenstein's exhibition at Leo Castelli Gallery in 1963. This offset lithograph, lot 649, is a great entry point for almost any collector on a relatively modest budget. It is a great example of the pop artist’s work and his use of Ben Day dots to create a comic book-like effect. I love the way this artistic technique draws in the viewer. This is a must-have piece for me.