RELEASE: Christie’s Presents The Doris Wiener Collection at Asian Art Week on March 20

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New York

New York On March 20, Christie’s is proud to present The Doris Wiener Collection, a sale of nearly 400 lots of sculpture and paintings from Gandhara, the Himalayas, India and Southeast Asia, assembled by the renowned gallerist and collector.  As a leading figure in the field, she placed important works in top collections and institutions throughout the world.  This outstanding group of exceptionally rare and beautiful works is a testament to Ms. Wiener’s discerning eye.  The sale will present connoisseurs with the opportunity to acquire masterpieces handpicked by one of the most distinguished tastemakers in this collecting category.

Over the five decades since her first show in 1961, Doris Wiener became a well-known and passionate collector and dealer of Indian and Southeast Asian art in New York.  She visited the region early on and fell in love with its arts, developing her eye and expertise well before others became aware of their existence.  From her gallery across from the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Fifth Avenue, she introduced both students and connoisseurs to the vast wealth of paintings, sculpture and textiles from this part of the world.

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