Smith & Singer

New York to Sydney

November 16, 2015

In 1967 Brett Whiteley won a Harkness Fellowship Scholarship to study and work in New York where he met other artists and musicians. 

New York 3 (estimate $50,000-70,000, lot 21) was drawn from Whiteley's window of the Chelsea Hotel, where he recorded a unique aspect of the Manhattan skyline.   The work was included in Whiteley’s breakthrough 1968 solo exhibition at the Marlborough-Gerson Gallery which propelled his international reputation.

‘A precursor to Whiteley’s synonymous views from his window at Lavender Bay, New York 3 provides a valuable insight into understanding his compositional structures and his appreciation of his domestic environment.  The work has been retained in a private New York collection since it was first exhibited in 1968.  Australian’s have the first opportunity to view this graphically stunning and detailed work by Whiteley of the Manhattan skyline.’ Said Geoffrey Smith, Chairman of Sotheby's Australia.

Never before seen in Australia, Brett Whiteley’s rare New York 3 (1968)  will be auctioned by Sotheby’s Australia on 24 November at the InterContinental Sydney. 

>View e-Catalogue entry for Brett Whiteley's New York 3 (1968)

>View Important Australian Art e-Catalogue


New York 3 (1968)
charcoal, pencil, ink and paper on composition board
122 x 131 cm
Estimate $50,000-70,000


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