Celebrated for their compassion, élan and generosity, Ruth and Jerome Siegel were unwavering proponents of the creative process. For the Siegels, fine art served as an integral component of daily life — a source of inspiration and insight that informed their many years together.
At the Siegel residences, an assemblage of works from David Hockney, Sean Scully, Robert Indiana, Anish Kapoor, Fernando Botero and Robert Delaunay, among others, lined their walls. Their collection reached across period and style, juxtaposing contemporary abstract sculpture with monumental Pop masterpieces and fluidly integrating the work of younger artists with established figures. Mrs. Siegel, in particular, championed emerging talent as an art consultant and founder of the Art Latitude Gallery and the Ruth Siegel Art Gallery in New York.
The Siegels’ passion for the arts was embodied in their support of art institutions in New York, most notably, MoMA PS1, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE) and Sarah Lawrence College, Mrs. Siegel’s alma mater, where the couple underwrote the construction of a visual arts centre and financed the renovation of a dining and social centre named in her honour.
Together, Ruth and Jerome Siegel supported the betterment of community through their philanthropic efforts in education, medicine, personal empowerment and the arts. Their legacy is found in an extraordinary collection of masterworks by some of the greatest names in recent art history.
The majority of the collection will be sold in New York across Christie’s November sales of Post-War and Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern and Latin American Art, as well as its March First Open auction.