Cary Leibowitz: If I had to shoplift one work under my jacket it would be lot 73, the Ed Ruscha Twenty Six Gasoline stations, from bookcovers. The reference is to his self-published photography books, showing off what a truly special draughtsman he is. In this lithograph, the banality of a book cover is tweaked with the leaking gasoline — for the right historian, this could be a surrealist narrative or a commentary on car culture in Los Angeles...I'll take it either way.
I am also a “quantity” sort of collector — I always want more! Our Day Sale has over 300 lots and some works that I have coveted for a long time, such as lot 315
by Robert Goberand and lot 317
by Félix González-Torres, two very different works by very different artists that I consider "time to buy" at these prices right now.
And finally, lot 285 by Jonathan Borofsky, entitled I dreamed I found A Red Ruby from 1984: When I was young and MTV was new, Borofsky was a major influence and really had a strong impact on me — he still does. I think he had a strong influence on the whole California school with artists like Mike Kelley, Paul McCarthy, and Reymond Pettibon. With its brutal magical honesty, I think lot 285 is perfect.