Iconic Muses at Phillips’ Upcoming Auction: Women in Photography

Introducing several contemporary masterpieces from Sotheby’s upcoming evening auction in New York City on May 16.

LEE KRASNER, Louise Bourgeois, and Yayoi Kusama are just to name a few of the highly anticipated women being showcased at Sotheby’s contemporary evening sales this week. Krasner’s current auction record alone is at $5.5 million from her 2017 sale of Shattered Light at Christie’s, and is now expected to shatter Sotheby’s artist record at a whopping $10 – $15 million with her piece, The Eye is the First Circle. Here are the other top women contenders that we can’t wait to follow this Thursday.

Lee Krasner
THE EYE IS THE FIRST CIRCLE
Estimate $10,000,000 — $15,000,000
Yayoi Kusama
THE PACIFIC OCEAN
Estimate $2,000,000 — $3,000,000

Louise Bourgeois
ARCH OF HYSTERIA
Estimate $3,000,000 — $4,000,000

Jenny Saville
REFLECTIVE FLESH
Estimate $2,000,000 — $3,000,000
Joan Mitchell
L’ARBRE DE PHYLLIS
Estimate $3,000,000 — $5,000,000
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
NO WORDS OF GRATITUDE 
Estimate $250,000 — $350,000
Helen Frankenthaler
NEWFOUNDLAND
Estimate $1,500,000 — $2,000,000
Dana Schutz
CIVIL PLANNING
Estimate $300,000 — $400,000
Cecily Brown
CONFESSIONS OF A WINDOW CLEANER
Estimate $3,000,000 — $4,000,000
Julie Mehretu
ARCADE
Estimate $2,500,000 — $3,500,000
Agnes Martin
UNTITLED #12
Estimate $4,000,000 — $6,000,000

All images courtesy of Sotheby’s.

Cassidy is an American living in London, her favorite city in the world. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 2017 with a degree in Film Studies, Journalism, and French. She received her MA in Film Studies from Kingston University and is currently obtaining her second MA in Magazine Journalism. Cassidy has held several positions at a variety of magazines, spanning from ones about New England culture to the best organic luxury sportswear. Her favorite museums are the National Gallery in London and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Cassidy loves reading magazines, watching films, playing with her cat Benny, and petting strangers’ dogs.

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