Christie’s is pleased to present the collection of Lois B. Torf, one of the most significant collections of Prints and Multiples in the United States. This autumn, more than 350 prints she amassed during her lifetime will be offered in a series of single-owner auctions at Christie’s: A Graphic Dialogue: Prints from the Collection of Lois B. Torf on 15 September in New York and A Graphic Dialogue: Prints from the Collection of Lois B. Torf Online from 2-16 September.
The collection comprises important works in the print medium from every decade of the 20th century, including a rare impression of Cy Twombly’s Untitled I, a major selection of German Expressionist Prints, Robert Rauschenberg’s Booster, significant holdings of Cubist prints by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, and American Pop highlights such as Andy Warhol Marilyn and early prints by Roy Lichtenstein.
In addition to donating and loaning countless works for exhibitions, Torf served on boards and committees of many art institutions in the Boston area. She was a Trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for over 30 years (in 1983, the museum named a gallery in honour of the Torfs’ contributions), as well as Trustee of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston for over 20 years. Additionally, her academic committee involvement included Harvard’s Fogg Museum, Boston University School of Fine Arts and the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University.