On March 14th, Roland Auctions NY will offer the Collection of Aviva and Jacob Baal-Teshuva. A breathtaking assembly of precious and highly accessible modern and post-war art, collected over a lifetime. Artists including Yaccov Agam, Menashe Kadishman, Marc Chagall, Christo & Jean-Claude, Wifredo Lam, Sonia Delaunay, Benjamin Levy, Alexander Calder, and others were counted among the Baal-Teshuva family’s close friends.
Dr. Robert C. Morgan, art critic, art historian, curator, and longtime friend of the Baal-Teshuva family, wrote of Jacob:
“Born in Jerusalem in 1929, Jacob Baal-Teshuva, in the course of his career, has become one of the most distinguished international editors and appraisers of modern and contemporary art. His studies in art history and international affairs began at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and later at New York University. Following his studies, Baal-Teshuva would eventually establish his credentials as a leading independent and international curator and freelance critic of art. Upon his arrival in New York in 1954, Baal-Teshuva began working as a freelance correspondent at the United Nations. At the same time, he was a full-time graduate student at New York University. Shortly after, he served for eight years as Editor-in-Chief of The Appraiser, the monthly publication of the Appraisers Association of America and eventually became a member of its Board of Directors. This was followed by his appointment on the editorial board for the Art Economist. For several years, he was the American correspondent for the major French magazine, Galerie Jardin des Arts, in Paris. Years later, he eventually became the United States Bureau Chief for Cimaise, what many consider the oldest and most distinguished art magazine in France.
In recent years, he was inducted into the American Section of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). Most of this work as an editor and writer was done after he became an American citizen, residing on the Upper East Side for more than four decades. During this time, he has written and edited numerous monographic studies on artists, while functioning as a consultant and appraiser for other eminent collectors and institutions, The Jewish Museum, New York; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, and artists including Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, and Richard Anuszkiewicz.”
The works offered in the auction cover a wide variety of values, and will provide opportunities for collectors of all budgets to bid.
The auction and preview will be held at Roland Auctions NY, located in Greenwich Village: 80 E 11th St, New York, NY 10003.
Public preview will be open Thursday March 9th, Friday March 10th, Saturday March 11th, and Monday March 13th, from 10 AM to 7 PM.
The auction will be Tuesday, March 14th, beginning at 11 AM.
The catalogue is currently available online at www.rolandauctions.com