What Can You Purchase From Joan Didion’s Artwork Assortment?

Joan Didion, esteemed writer, reluctant model icon, and documentarian of Sixties California, handed away final December on the age of 87. She spent her closing years in New York Metropolis, and in two weeks, the contents of her Higher East Aspect Residence will go underneath the hammer at Stair Galleries in Hudson, New York.

Whereas the public sale catalogue features a characteristically stylish assortment of vintage furnishings, desk ornaments, plate ware, and typewriters (and a pair of Celine tortoise-shell sun shades), it additionally consists of a powerful array of visible artwork. Like Didion’s writing, the artwork she selected to reside with toed the road between the intensely private and the deeply elegant, starting from novice images to works by Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Rauschenberg.

The gathering additionally consists of a number of household portraits. In two photos captured by Vogue photographer Annie Leibovitz in 1989 and 2003, Didion holds her daughter Quintana Roo and performs playing cards along with her husband John Gregory Dunne and his brother and son. Dunne handed away later that yr. In {a photograph} by Mary Ellen Mark, Dunne places his arm round Didion of their New York Metropolis condo. One other portrait by painter Les Johnson portrays Didion alone on the age of 43.

Annie Liebovitz, “Joan and Quintana” (1989)

The writer’s property additionally consists of framed images taken by her daughter, Quintana Roo, who handed away in 2005. Didion documented her daughter’s sickness in The Yr of Magical Pondering (2005), the devastating account of the aftermath of her husband’s dying and the small household’s wrestle with Quintana Roo’s failing well being. The memoir was printed solely months after Quintana Roo handed away on the age of 39.

Quintana Roo Dunne, “The Seashore” (1994)

Different works spotlight Didion’s relationship along with her hometown of Sacramento, whereas some exemplify the writer’s standing as a nationally famend image of Sixties and Nineteen Seventies California. After Didion printed Slouching Towards Bethlehem (1968), her meeting of brief tales about California life, photographer Julian Wasser captured a collection of images of the writer for Time journal. The enduring photos depict Didion along with her Stingray Corvette, her hair down, sporting an extended, loose-fitting gown, and holding a cigarette.

Richard Diebenkorn, “Twelve” (1986)

Whereas many works in Didion’s assortment provide a glimpse into the writer’s private life and relationship along with her personal superstar, some converse to bigger artwork world traits of the second half of the twentieth century. Amongst work by different well-known artists, the sale will embody prints by Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly, Ed Ruscha, and {a photograph} by Patti Smith, with a be aware that reads “To Joan with love.” The public sale’s costliest merchandise, nonetheless, is a print by artist Richard Diebenkorn, an essential cultural power within the mid-century San Francisco that Didion so famously documented.

Patti Smith, “Milan Easter” (undated)

Joan Didion fought Parkinson’s illness within the closing years of her life, and the public sale’s proceeds will go towards Columbia College’s analysis and look after folks residing with motion problems. The sale can even profit her hometown by way of donations to the Sacramento Historic Society and Sacramento Metropolis School’s scholarship for girls in literature.

Stair Galleries will maintain the public sale at 11am on November 16, and can place the works view in an exhibition opening November 4.

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