On April 14th, Rago/Wright presents Treasure Hunting: 40 Years of Lost City Arts. This curated event celebrates New York-based gallery Lost City Arts which, since its founding in 1982 by James Elkind, has distinguished itself as a world-renowned source for mid-century art and design. From its initial location in Soho to its current home in the New York Design Center, Lost City Arts is a go-to destination for collectors, designers, and architects seeking singular works by leading makers of the 20th century. 

From metalwork and jewelry to fine art and furniture, James Elkind's exceptional eye for finding treasures is seen throughout this special auction. Highlights include works by Harry Bertoia, Mary Bauermeister, Irving Harper, Max Ingrand, Angelo Mangiarotti, Gio Ponti, Jay Spectre, Hans Wegner, and Adja Yunkers.

Musical Art: The Sounding Sculptures of Harry Bertoia

This auction will be accompanied by a full-color catalog.

40 Years of Lost City Arts

Jim Elkind, founder Lost City Arts—of one of the most influential design galleries in New York City—has design in his DNA. Elkind grew up in a modernist house full of mid-century modern furniture and spent many weekends traveling into New York with his mother, visiting museums and exploring the city. He fondly recalls her pointing up at the skyscrapers and their architectural details, encouraging and instilling in him a curiosity about his surroundings and an attention to detail that would go on to shape his future career.

The idea to open a gallery originally came to Elkind during a visit to the annual juried art show at University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he attended college. The vetted show featured several hundred artists, many of whom, he realized, were extremely talented but would never make it into the mainstream art world. Taking a page from his entrepreneur father’s book, Elkind imagined opening a gallery in New York called the Gallery of the Unknown Artist where he would feature work by up-and-coming artists from universities around the country.

Treasure Hunting: 40 Years of Lost City Arts

Preview / Lambertville
7 – 14 April 2022
Monday – Saturday, 11 am – 4 pm

Auction / Lambertville
14 April 2022
11 am eastern

For more information:
609 397 9374