Edward Albee's collection up for auction
Sotheby’s New York will offer some 100 works from The Collection of Edward Albee in a dedicated auction on Sept 26. The works are touted to offer an insight into the playwright, regarded as one of the greatest creative minds of the 20th century.
The full proceeds of the sale will benefit The Edward F. Albee Foundation, which provides residency stints for writers and visual artists in Montauk, Long Island.
One of America’s most-treasured cultural figures, Edward Albee (1928–2016) was a keen observer of modern life in the United States whose piercing dialogue and constant experimentation helped reinvent and define post-war theatre internationally. Beginning with The Zoo Story in 1958, the dozens of plays he wrote over the following five decades include such icons as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1962), A Delicate Balance (1966), Three Tall Women (1991), and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (2000).
Sotheby’s Sept auction will offer a new window into Edward Albee’s life and creative mind. Sourced from artists, friends and galleries over several decades, the majority of the 100+ works on offer adorned the walls of Albee’s Tribeca loft, which he rehung often to explore new artistic connections.
In keeping with his constant experimentation as a playwright, the collection focuses on the birth and evolution of Abstraction in 20th century art, and a highly-personal intellectual pursuit of the ephemeral and the elusive – from a stunning figural work by Milton Avery, to a whimsical relief by Jean Arp, a Bauhaus work by Wassily Kandinsky, and a group of geometric abstractions by John McLaughlin.