The Mark Isaacson
and Greg Nacozy Collection

The Collection of Mark Isaacson and Greg Nacozy includes over two-hundred works from one of the most significant figures in mid-century collecting. Mark established the influential Fifty/50 gallery in New York in 1981 (later partnering with Mark McDonald and Ralph Cutler in 1983), which shaped the tastes and collecting habits of many and brought furniture, decorative arts and jewelry from the 1930s, 40s and 50s to the forefront of the market at a time when they were largely overlooked.
 

Greg Nacozy and Mark Isaacson in Venice, c. 1985 

Fifty/50’s and Mark’s legacy is most closely associated with bringing Italian art glass to the United States (Mark even advised the MET on their Italian glass collection) and raising the profile of mid-century furniture and American studio jewelry and ceramics; iconic examples of each are represented in this auction, including an early Rudder Stool by Isamu Noguchi, Charlotte Perriand’s and Pierre Jeanneret’s Bahut No. 2, a Gerrit Rietveld Zig-Zag chair, pottery by Edwin and Mary Scheier and Fausto Melotti, and Venini glassworks.

The most exciting aspects of this auction are the more intimate ones—the works from Mark's and Greg's personal collection that speak to Mark's eclectic taste, his boundless curiosity and sensitivity toward objects and art, and how generous he was in sharing his interests with others and letting them share with him. Standouts include several works by Robert Mapplethorpe—who was close friends with Mark, photographed several Fifty/50 catalogs and got many of the ceramics in his photographs from the gallery—the ecstatic wood construction Wild Plant by Leo Amino, a painting by Ralston Crawford of a spectacularly minimalist skyscraper façade, and photographic works by Man Ray, Edward Weston, Lynn Davis and Dorothea Lange.
 

Mark with Ed and Mary Scheier; Robert Mapplethorpe and Mark

This auction also features many works that tie together the thread of Mark’s collecting practices, going beyond the downtown New York sensibilities of the 1980s and showing the scope of eras and cultures that interested him; the sgraffito incisions on a 1940s Scheier vase echo the geometric features of a Senufo Kpeliye'e mask, the entrancing and complex shadows of a grain elevator in a photograph by Ralston Crawford contrast with the severe plainness of a New York City step-back building captured by Walker Evans, and the radical gestures of gay image making are seen in the works of George Platt Lynes, Paul Cadmus and Robert Loughlin. One of the artists in this sale, George Dureau, a photographer from New Orleans (where Greg is also from) who greatly influenced Mapplethorpe early in his career, perhaps best captures the spirit of this collection, saying about his own work:
 

“I live a warm, involved, humanist sort of life. There are lots of people passing through it. I have exciting experiences and learn things about people. They always go into my art. I cannot have an experience and it not go into my art.”
  
Mark and a friend at Brimfield; Mark's and Greg's apartment; Mark and Greg at The Armory Show

Fifty/50 gallery reshaped the collecting market during its twelve-year existence, closing in 1993 after Mark passed away from AIDS; his partner Greg has cared for the collection since.  The Collection of Mark Isaacson and Greg Nacozy offers an opportunity to see a short but impactful life lived through an enthusiasm for art and design, one that inspired many to see and appreciate objects and live with them as fully as Mark did.

Fulvio Bianconi 1915–1996

Born in Padua in 1915, Fulvio Bianconi initially rose to prominence as an illustrator, graphic designer and caricaturist working for Italy’s top companies during the 1930s. Designing for big names like Fiat, Pathé and Pirelli, Bianconi employed his passion for drawing as the creative mind behind one of Italy’s most prestigious publishing houses, Garzanti for over 30 years. However, it is perhaps his post-war collaboration with Paolo Venini and experimentation with glass which best defines his legacy as an artist.

Upcoming Lots Fulvio Bianconi

Auction Results Fulvio Bianconi

FULVIO BIANCONI, Con Macchie vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Con Macchie vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $197,000

FULVIO BIANCONI, rare and important Sirena vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

rare and important Sirena vase
estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $155,000

FULVIO BIANCONI, Important Con Macchie vase, model 4324 | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Important Con Macchie vase, model 4324
estimate: $90,000–120,000
result: $149,000

FULVIO BIANCONI, Sirena vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Sirena vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $125,000

FULVIO BIANCONI, Marghuerite vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Marghuerite vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $112,500

FULVIO BIANCONI, Con Macchie vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Con Macchie vase
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $108,750

FULVIO BIANCONI, Important con Macchie vase, model 4427 | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Important con Macchie vase, model 4427
estimate: $90,000–120,000
result: $102,400

FULVIO BIANCONI, Con Macchie vase, model 4325 | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Con Macchie vase, model 4325
estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $96,200

FULVIO BIANCONI, Con Macchia vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Con Macchia vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $68,500

FULVIO BIANCONI, Marghuerite vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Marghuerite vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $65,000

FULVIO BIANCONI, A Rete vase, model 4232 | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

A Rete vase, model 4232
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $52,500

FULVIO BIANCONI, Monumental Fasce Orizzontale vase, model 1522 | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Monumental Fasce Orizzontale vase, model 1522
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $46,250

FULVIO BIANCONI, rare Fasce Verticale vase, model 4404 | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

rare Fasce Verticale vase, model 4404
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $46,080

FULVIO BIANCONI, Con Macchia vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Con Macchia vase
estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $43,750

FULVIO BIANCONI, Bikini vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Bikini vase
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $42,500

FULVIO BIANCONI, Teatrino vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Teatrino vase
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $42,500

FULVIO BIANCONI, Rare Pezzato vase, model 3541 | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Rare Pezzato vase, model 3541
estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $41,600

FULVIO BIANCONI, Fasce Verticale bottle, model 4404 | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Fasce Verticale bottle, model 4404
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $39,000

FULVIO BIANCONI, Bikini vase, model 4333 | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Bikini vase, model 4333
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $39,000

FULVIO BIANCONI, Commedia dell'Arte figures, pair | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Commedia dell'Arte figures, pair
estimate: $30,000–50,000
result: $37,500

FULVIO BIANCONI, Monumental Fasce Orizzontali vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Monumental Fasce Orizzontali vase
estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $35,000

FULVIO BIANCONI, Rare Pezzato Americano vase, model 3541 | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Rare Pezzato Americano vase, model 3541
estimate: $25,000–35,000
result: $32,500

FULVIO BIANCONI, rare Cappello del Mago vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

rare Cappello del Mago vase
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $32,500

FULVIO BIANCONI, Con Macchie vase | wright20.com

Fulvio Bianconi

Con Macchie vase
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $32,400