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Event Date18 May 10:00 AM EDT | Live auction 20518

Fields of Vision: The Private Collection of Artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Live Sale

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Fields of Vision: The Private Collection of Artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason Live Sale

Sale Overview

Fields of Vision: The Private Collection of Artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason features Modern, Post-War and Contemporary paintings, works on paper, prints and sculptures, which reflect the many friendships the couple developed with other artists in their lifetimes. This dynamic collection is characterized by the inquisitive and nurturing natures of Mason and Kahn who, outside their own studio practices, acquired meaningful works of art by their peers and artists they deeply admired.

Proceeds will benefit the Wolf Kahn | Emily Mason Foundation and the Emily Mason | Alice Trumbull Mason Foundation, preserving their artistic vision through exhibitions, research, and philanthropy.

The collection is led by Georgia O’Keeffe’s striking oil painting Autumn Leaf with White Flower of 1926. The couple acquired the piece in celebration of Kahn’s first sold-out show at the Grace Borgenicht Gallery in the late-1970s. Other highlights include the 1957 still life Cups II by Richard Diebenkorn, with whom Kahn and Mason formed a friendship when Kahn was a visiting professor at UC Berkeley in 1960, as well as two 1959 canvas and steel sculptures by Lee Bontecou, a fellow Fulbright scholar who Mason befriended en route to their studies in Italy in 1956. The auction will also include Interior with Yellow Lamp by Milton Avery, who was a close friend of Mason’s mother, the pioneering abstract artist Alice Trumbull Mason.

Highlights of the auction will be exhibited in New York during Christie’s 20th /21st Cenury Week beginning Friday, 30 April 2021, with the full auction preview in our galleries during American Art Week from 15-17 May 2021. Should you wish to secure a reservation time please click here.

We also invite you to explore the Fields of Vision online auction open for bidding 6-20 May 2021.



Auction times
18 May 10:00 AM (EDT) Lots 1-27

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Fields of Vision: The Private Collection of Artists Wolf Kahn and Emily Mason

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Paige Kestenman

Paige Kestenman

Specialist | American Art

Paige Kestenman, a Specialist in Christie’s American Art department, is responsible for sourcing and sale curation for the American Art auctions in New York. Paige regularly provides clients with market updates, valuations and proposals for sale, and she works with a wide array of collectors on both auction and private sale acquisitions.

Since joining Christie’s in 2013, Paige has worked on several important consignments by American Modernist masters, including the world-record Abstraction by Marsden Hartley ($6.7 million), Edward Hopper’s Windy Day ($1.2 million) and Norman Lewis’s Street Scene (a record for a figurative work by the artist at $440,000). Other notable auction sales include Boston School Impressionist Frank Weston Benson’s The Reader ($2.9 million), iconic illustrator Norman Rockwell’s The Christmas Coach ($1 million) and Hudson River School painter Sanford Robinson Gifford’s Mansfield Nose ($519,000). Paige has also assisted clients with private treaty transactions for artists ranging from Rockwell, Milton Avery, Jacob Lawrence and Andrew Wyeth to John Singer Sargent and George Inness.

Paige earned her Masters in History of Art and Art World Practice: Art, Style and Design with Distinction from Christie’s Education London. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Princeton University with High Honors and is a member of the Sigma Xi Research Society and Phi Beta Kappa Society.
Allison Immergut

Allison Immergut

Junior Specialist | Post-War & Contemporary Art

Allison Immergut is a Junior Specialist in the Post-War and Contemporary Art department in New York. She began her career at Christie’s in 2015 as a Cataloguer for the Andy Warhol Foundation property, which she continues to oversee. She has also held roles as a Cataloguer for both the Private Sales team and the Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Sale, responsible for cataloguing, researching and conducting expertise on works. A native New Yorker, Allison received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Lisa Machi

Lisa Machi

Junior Specialist | Prints & Multiples

Lisa Machi joined the department as a cataloguer in 2018 after starting at Christie’s in 2017. She is responsible for researching and cataloguing the works for sales ranging from Modern through Contemporary printmaking, while supporting the department’s business-getting efforts and international sales. Her particular interest is in Surrealism and the avant-garde movements and artist’s books. Prior to joining Christie’s, she received her Master’s Degree with Distinction in the History of Art and Archaeology from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University in 2017 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Classics and Art History from Villanova University, Pennsylvania in 2015.

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