Ettore Sottsass (Italian) (Born in 1917) who was born of Italian parents in Innsbruck, Austria. Considered to be one of the most important designers of the 20th century, he studied architecture at the Polytechnic of Turin. After World War Two he began to challenge the status quo. Using plywood and plastic, metal sheet and rod, he broke from functionalism and began to work with organic Design styles more typically associated with the Art Nouveau period. The early years were those of artistic experimentation and laid the groundwork for Sottsass' move into product design. The search for a way to create a new relationship between objects and their users led him to George Nelson. Mass consumption and the idea of instant value along with Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism reinforced his interest in the immediacy of design. The late 1950s saw the beginning of his work with Olivetti. His famous red "valentine" typewriter typifies the fruit of that collaboration. Sottsass was a leader of Post-Modernism, but he also moved easily between art, craft and design, which made him a forerunner of Anti-Design. In 1981, along with a group of other cutting edge designers, he formed the highly influential avant-garde design group called Memphis. His works are rated between $ 10,000 and 50,000.
Thomas Struth (German) (Born in 1954) who attended the Kunstakademie Dusseldorf, studying with Gerhard Richter, Peter Kleeman, Peter Kleeman and
Bernhard Becher. Struth's detached photographs of families, urban architecture and museum visitors are coolly analytical in their constructed objectivity and photographic precision. He has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions. He lives and works in Dusseldorf. His works are rated between $ 10,000 and 100,000.
James Turrell (American) (Born in 1943) who attended the Pomona College at Clairmont, California where he majored in psychology, mathematics and art history. Completing his studies of fine arts, he graduated from the University of California in 1965-66 and from Clairmont graduate school in 1973. His family background provided him with first insights into the technologies involved in aircraft construction, flight navigation and photogrammetry. His work has been exhibited in many major institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, ARC, Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris and the Nagashima Contemporary Art Museum in Japan. He lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
His works are rated between $ 8,000 and 80,000.