Christie’s is delighted to present the thoughtfully-composed collection lovingly assembled by the tastemaker, style icon, and connoisseur Ina Ginsburg.
Interiors – 25-26 August 2015
Post-War and Contemporary art day sale – 11 November 2015
Christie’s is delighted to present the thoughtfully-composed collection lovingly assembled by the tastemaker, style icon, and connoisseur Ina Ginsburg. The ensemble boasts Modern and Post-War fine art produced by blue-chip artists, including works by Andy Warhol, a personal friend and confident of Mrs. Ginsburg’s who painted her several times and even chose her as the Washington editor of his Interview magazine. The highlights of the collection which include works by Andy Warhol, Yayoi Kusama, Sam Gilliam, and Theodoros Stamos will be sold next November, the furniture, decorative objects, and other works of art will be presented at auction at the end of August in the Interiors sale.
From The White House and Supreme Court in Washington, to Andy Warhol’s Factory in Manhattan, few individuals so effortlessly navigated the spheres of both the old and the new as the Viennese-born collector and patron of the arts, Ina Ginsburg. Elegant, quick, and always charming, she exuded an Old World refinement that secured her place as one of Washington, D.C.’s most esteemed hostesses and public figures. Behind the Continental exterior, however, was a fiercely intelligent woman in conversation with many of the greatest artists, politicians, and thinkers; from dinners with President John F. Kennedy, to Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Andy Warhol, Treasury Secretary G. William Miller, or the Crown Prince of Lichtenstein. In her six decades as a doyenne of Washington society, Ina Ginsburg brought an international flair and, above all, a commitment to art and ideas that left the nation’s capital forever changed.
Ina and Andy
Ina Ginsburg’s life and legacy were forever changed by her close relationship with the Pop artist and provocateur Andy Warhol. The friends were first introduced at a dinner she agreed to hold for the artist in 1975. “I received a call from a young friend whom I liked very much to ask if I’d give a dinner for his friend Andy Warhol,” Ginsburg recalled. “Then I spoke to a couple of people and they were quite disapproving. They said, ‘Are you crazy? He’s so controversial,’ but then I thought I’d be crazy to not give a dinner for him!” Several days beforehand, orchids from the artist arrived at the collector’s door—“a sign of very good manners,” she laughed. The unexpectedly reserved Warhol and his hostess managed to speak privately during the dinner. “We just connected,” Ginsburg said. If the pairing of one of Washington’s most popular hostesses with an enigmatic American artist came as something of a surprise—“It was all so far removed from my world,” the collector remembered—it was their shared love of beauty, conversation, and new ideas that sparked an unwavering friendship. It was only natural that Warhol would depict Ina Ginsburg, a woman of beauty and distinction, in his celebrated ‘Society Portraits’ series.
Image above: ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987). Portrait of Ina Ginsburg. Acrylic and silkscreen inks on canvas 40 x 40 in. Estimate: $200,000-300,000
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