Just when you think you have seen it all on the Noel Rockmore Project, we find out that he was friends in the mid 70s with Truman Capote and that they both shared time together at the Cafe des Artiste in New York City.
Capote in 1976
Capote in 1976
Truman Capote was a 52 year old New Orleans born recognized literary giant & public figure at the time struggling with alcoholism and following up his greatest work, "In Cold Blood." Rockmore was a 48 year old early prodigy NYC artist now a forgotten unrecognized outsider. Capote always looked at who you really were and what your talent level was and Rockmore easily fit his friend's criteria enough to do several portraits. This one coming up at Neal Auction is the finest one and comes from the estate of Ray Sterlini, proprietor of the Des Artist bar. The guess is that Sterlini was one of Rockmore's NYC patrons and bartender and that he built his collection through this association. This Truman Capote Painting will be a must have for future major exhibitions.
There are several other fine oils from the Sterlini estate that are coming up this auction including Hiran, a favorite waiter at the Des Artiste and a beautiful Jackson Square Nude at Night as well as the quite entertaining "Chest of Drawers" which shows off Rockmore's talent, obsession and humor all in the same work. This first auction since the Rockmore AP article will be an important test of the current Rockmore market and a good indicator of the direction it is heading. This is the first batch of quality Rockmore oils since Bryant Galleries liquidated their Rockmore's last year and flooded the NOLA art market. They have all been Estimated low ~$600 so they will sell to someone. The Truman Capote Painting would have garnered much more attention in NYC but that Auction House market has not been broken into by Rockmore .... yet!
|In the Wings - Gladys Rockmore Davis - Link|
Interesting that it has been broken into numerous times by Noel Rockmore's famous mother, Gladys Rockmore Davis, who has a work, "In the Wings" from her Life Magazine "Backstage Ballet" series (similar to Rockmore's Backstage Mardi Gras theme). This work will be coming up at Auction on this Friday Feb. 3rd at the Skinner Auction House in Boston. There is no doubt that as the Rockmore story keeps unfolding, Gladys & her famous husband & Rockmore's father, Floyd Davis, will recapture the Artworld attention that they dominated in the late 30s and early 40s. In this most competitive mother & son relationship it will be interesting to see who wins the battle of this coming Super Bowl weekend at the Rockmore vs Davis - Auction House shootout.
These Shirley Marvin Collection Rockmore works below will be available on eBay this Tuesday Jan 31st at 9PM Eastern Time. For those of you recently joining the eBay/Auction update - this is not a typical week with so many Rockmore's for sale at once. It is a GREAT opportunity to jump into being a Rockmore collector with several impressive works at a really great price before things start to change.
All the Rockmore boats have a chance to float up to new levels in the week ahead.
Good luck to all ,
Rich & Tee & Shirley Marvin
The Noel Rockmore Project Team