One of the most important, eclectic and valuable private collections is dispersed at Christies New York; independent artists have their day (four days, actually) at an art fair designated exclusively for them; and a great American filmmaker cuts his teeth as a working photojournalist on the streets of his native New York.
(1) SALE OF THE CENTURY Who doesn’t want to live like a Rockefeller? Successful bidders with deep pockets (very deep pockets) get the chance when the collection of Peggy and David Rockefeller—more than 1,000 lots—goes on the block at Christie’s New York, with all proceeds benefiting selected charities. A highlight among the paintings, furniture, ceramics, silver and other works at auction is Henri Matisse’s 1923 masterpiece, “Odalisque couchée aux magnolias,” which occupied pride of place in the living room of the couple’s Hudson Pines residence. The painting is said to be the most important Matisse to come on the market in recent memory. | 20 Rockefeller Plz., 212.636.2000, exhibition (reservations required): April 28–May 8, online auction: May 1–11, live auctions: May 8–10
(2) NO MIDDLEMAN At The Other Art Fair, collectors buy directly from 130 emerging and independent artists, such as Joyce Pommer, whose mixed-media works on canvas are especially noteworthy—and collectible. | Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble St., Greenpoint, Brooklyn, nyc.theotherartfair.com, May 3-6
(3) PHOTOJOURNALIST FIRST Before he was an Oscar-winning filmmaker, Stanley Kubrick (“Dr. Strangelove,” “Lolita,” “2001: A Space Odyssey,” “Barry Lyndon”) was a staff photographer at Look magazine (1945–1950). Check out his human-interest stills, like that of young lovers on an NYC fire escape, in “Through a Different Lens.” | Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Ave., 212.534.1672, May 3–Oct. 28