The designers, architects, and artists of the middle of the 20th century onward created the material expression of how the world was fundamentally changed after WWII. Charles and Ray Eames, George Nakashima, Le Corbusier, Harry Bertoia, Miles Baughman, Arne Jacobsen - the work of these and many more both defined their era and became instant, timeless classics. The Leland Little Modern Art & Design Department showcases iconic pieces from this period of accelerating innovation that propelled us into the 21st century.
Auctioneer; Furniture, Modern & Glass Director
Luke Newbold’s very first job at the age of 14 was at an auction house and he’s been hooked ever since. Luke received a BA in Art History from the University of North Carolina Asheville. He spent time working with Museum Services at the Biltmore House, but returned to auction work because he enjoys the constantly changing subject matter. He has had a lifelong interest in art glass, and is drawn to the avant garde designs of Modernism. Luke earned his auctioneering license in 2012.
Whether in life or in craft, for George Nakashima the imperfections made all the difference.
Marcel Breuer really, really loved his bicycle. So much so, in fact, that he used it as the inspiration for his signature furniture. Nearly a hundred years later, we have to say it seems he was on to something.
In modern life, the sofa is the center of family life, the home theater, the conversation pit, the remote office, the place we relocate to when the bed isn’t working out.
"Diego was a catalyst in the literal sense of the word: something that precipitates or facilitates a change" (Raymond Foye, The Brooklyn Rail)
When I start a project, I have a rough idea in mind, but it really is a joint venture between the bamboo and myself. It could be a friendly partnership, or it could be a battle. Whichever the case may be, dialogue with the material and constant adjustments by the artist are essential to every part of the process. – Morigami Jin, 2018
Simplicity, Honesty in Construction, and Truth to Materials
Spend a moment with Luke Newbold, Director of Modern Design & Glass and listen as he describes the artistry and story behind Richard Jolley's modern glass sculpture, Translucent #7 . This spectacular work will be offered in our Spring Modern Art & Design auction on Thursday, May 19th.
From solo exhibitions at MoMA to current showings at Nasher Museum’s Reckoning and Resilience; artists in our May 19th Spring Modern Art & Design auction have impressive CV’s.
Spin, sparkle, repeat.
The blest land, the best land, the Old North State! - Leonora Monteiro Martin
The United Nations declared 2022 to be the International Year of Glass. Aligned with their vision to celebrate the past, present, and future of this material, our Modern Design & Glass Director, Luke Newbold, walks us through a collection of Steuben glass from the early to mid 20th century.
It was a night full of modern art, timeless design, and good company.
“By blending mysticism with magical realism, I work to express organic credibility through my botanical interpretations. Crafted in glass, I reference the continuum of nature and celebrate on an intimate level her primal beauty.” — Paul J. Stankard
Sunlight dances through our gallery in anticipation of our Signature Winter Auction this Saturday, December 3rd.
North Carolina Artists in Modern Art & Design
Trailblazing Art and Artists
For your inner audiophile — enjoy the high fidelity sounds of the Summer Modern & Contemporary Auction.
Explore our Summer Modern & Contemporary Auction.