MEDIA ALERT | PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF DR. HERBERT KAYDEN AND DR. GABRIELLE REEM

20TH CENTURY MODERNIST COLLECTION FEATURED ACROSS NEW YORK NOVEMBER SALES

New York

Collection Highlights on Public View Starting October 10-14 in New York

“There is no question that if you’re taken up with art, the art world, and artists, that it can be enormously gratifying and satisfying; it’s an opportunity to step into a different world

and if you are lucky enough to have the door open, you ought to seize it, and take it and enjoy it and revel in it.”

 – Drs. Kayden & Reem

New York – Christie’s announces that Property from the Collection of Dr. Herbert Kayden and Dr. Gabrielle Reem including work by signature 20th Century modernists, both European and American, and contemporary artists, will be featured across several November New York auctions and that highlights of the collection will be on public view October 10-14. Many of the works were acquired directly from artists the Kaydens had befriended, presenting a unique opportunity for collectors today to acquire carefully chosen works fresh to the market. The collection includes significant work by Josef Albers, Alexander Archipenko, Mary Bauermeister, Pol Bury, John Chamberlain, Stuart Davis, Mark Di Suvero, Arthur Dove, Fernand Leger, Jacques Lipchitz, Henry Moore, Arnaldo Pomodoro, Charles Sheeler, Max Weber, among others. Comprised of more than 160 works, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Jensam Foundation.  

ARTS & SCIENCE

  • Drs. Kayden and Reem's passion for learning and discovery manifested itself in the world class art collection they built starting in the 1950s. They sustained deep friendships with the artists they collected, such as Henry Moore, Stuart Davis, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Charles Sheeler, Jacob Lawrence and Arnaldo Pomodoro.  
  • A native New Yorker and graduate of Columbia University and New York University College of Medicine, Herbert “Herb” Kayden served as a U.S. Navy physician during the Second World War, and then secured a chief resident position on what is now Roosevelt Island. Dr. Kayden was a respected cardiologist and professor at NYU’s Langone Medical Center.
  • Dr. Gabrielle H. Reem was born in Vienna, raised in Jerusalem and studied medicine in Basel before immigrating to the United States. A venerated scientist and physician, she was a professor of pharmacology at NYU.

PHILANTROPHY

  • Drs. Kayden and Reem served as active as patrons of scientific research. They extended ground breaking financial support to science programs at underserved New York City public schools and funded graduate laboratories at institutions such as the Rockefeller University, the Hebrew University, and Bard College.
  • In an expression of the Kayden’s deep commitment to the artists they collected and to progressive education, Herbert Kayden donated nearly sixty works by Jacob Lawrence, and one by his wife, Gwendolyn Knight, to Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center in memory of Dr. Reem, who had died in 2011.

SALE DATES

Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Sale

Wednesday, November 11

Impressionist & Modern Art Evening and Day Sales

Thursday & Friday, November 12-13

American Art

Thursday, November 19

*Further sales will be announced in 2016

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