“Italian architect Gio Ponti‘s ‘Parete Organizzata’ illuminated wall organizer would ordinarily be categorized as Design, primarily due to the fact it has an obvious function, whereas, curiously, Kasimir Malevich‘s design for a ceiling, in spite of the fact that it too has a function, is normally categorized as Art. Flat Art is normally hung on the wall; Design rarely is. Yet in our installation of these two works at Phillips, the Ponti is mounted on the wall, and the Malevich is placed on an easel, in space. As a result, are they both ‘re-departmentalized’? Do we allow the wall to become a determining factor in establishing what is Art and what is not?”

-Murray Moss, in the incredibly beautiful catalogue for “Moss, the Auction: Dialogues Between Art and Design,” on view through October 15 at Phillips de Pury & Company in New York