The New York-based art advisor Nicole Bray talks about her favorite works from the January selection of limited-edition prints on Platform.
In their own words
Nicole Bray is the Founder of Mercer Contemporary, an art advisory, appraisal, and legacy planning firm based in Manhattan, Montauk, and Connecticut. Nicole and her team advise private collectors and estates on acquiring, selling, managing, and displaying their collections. Nicole was awarded the Emerging Curator Fellowship by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in 2014. In 2016 she was awarded a Curatorial Residency in Mexico by the Curatorial Program for Research. Nicole is USPAP certified and an Accredited Appraiser with the American Appraisal Association. She lives in New York with her husband and two little boys.
Mamma Andersson, Sundial, 2013Color sugar lift and spit bite aquatints with hard ground etching printed on gampi paper chine collé. 24.5 × 18.0 inches. Edition of 30. $3000
Both romantic and psychological, Mamma Andersson’s textured brushwork and confident lines have always drawn me into her complex and layered narratives. Browse the work.
Helen Frankenthaler, Lilac Sweep, 2006Lithograph in 7 colors on Fabriano Artistico natural white paper. 22.3 × 27.5 inches. Edition of 35. $9000
I live on 9th Street in Greenwich Village, right by the former Cedar Tavern and New York Studio School (the first home of The Whitney Museum. The history of the neighborhood, and particularly the Ninth Street Women, hold a special place in my heart as an especially inspiring trailblazing group of American female artists. Browse the work.
James Rosenquist, Light Catcher, 2005Lithograph in 10 colors on Coventry Rag paper. 37.5 × 37.5 inches. Edition of 48. $7000
I have loved the work of James Rosenquist for a long time – his palette, movement, and the collage-like effect of his pieces are eternally visually interesting. Browse the work.
Lisa Yuskavage, Hippies in Tit Heaven, 2015Lithograph in 12 colors on Coventry Rag. 38.6 × 34.8 inches. Edition of 45. $8000
This work is gentle, ethereal, and absolutely magical. It is such an iconic portrayal of Yuskavage’s signature figures. Browse the work.
Robert Rauschenberg, Eagle Eye (Ruminations), 1999Intaglio in 2 colors with etching on Arches En Tout Cas paper. 49.75 x 38 inches. Edition of 46. $8000
I wrote my MA thesis on Rauchenberg and the Semiotician, Umberto Eco’s text, The Open Work, in addition to my appointment at the Rauschenberg Foundation as their Emerging Curator in 2014. I consider him my art world mentor - who I’ve never actually met. Browse the work.