Saturday April 28, 2012, 7:30 - 10:30 pm


 

 

Featured Live Auction Experiences

Architectural Collage of Your Home by Rashmi Talpade

Outdoor Sculpture by Jonathan Waters

Portrait of You or a Loved One by Jonathan Weinberg

Invite your friends to a private viewing of Melva Bucksbaum & Raymond Learsey's Art Collection

Andy Warhol Weekend Getaway

Be a Spy and go behind the scenes at the studio of acclaimed children's book author Walter Wick

Contributed Live Auction Works of Art

Josef Albers
MMA Pillars

William Bailey
Cleveland

Gregory Crewdson
Untitled (Production Still from Beneath the Roses Hatch #1)

Ken Grimes
Mistakes In Accounts of Project Ozma

Cham Hendon
Niagra 2

Constance LaPalombara
The Brewery

Gerard Malanga
Patti Smith in NYC Subway

Donald Margulies
untitled

Sam Messer
DJ + the Pirate

Pablo Picasso
For Aimé Césaire, "Mot"

Leo Rubinfien
Leaving NY

Cary Smith
Splat #12

Andy Warhol
Pia Zadora


Featured Live Auction Experiences

Architectural Collage of Your Home by Rashmi Talpade


Rashmi Talpade, Mixed Media artist, will capture your home from multiple perspectives to create a one of a kind signature portrait. This unique amalgamation will be comprised of actual photographs, multiplied to the point of abstraction, cut and painstakingly assembled into a complex framed work. Talpade has exhibited in Bombay and Dehli and has been the recipient of numerous commissions by Indian government agencies and private collectors seeking to capture the essence of a specific time and place. She is a recipient of the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism's artist fellowship and serves on the Visual Arts Committee at Artspace and on the Visual Arts Advisory Board at the Arts Council of New Haven. She has been the subject of a one person show at the Mellon Center for the Arts at Choate Rosemary Hall.

Other examples of her photo-collages here.

Value $TBA.


 

Outdoor Sculpture by Jonathan Waters


An outdoor sculpture, approximately 16 feet x 16 feet x 12 feet, specially made for your property by Jonathan Waters.

Waters received his MFA from Yale in 1977 and is active as both a curator and sculptor. He has worked in the studios of some of the 20th Century's most renown sculptors including Richard Serra, Mark DiSuvero, and David Von Schlegell (who was, for nearly 20 years, the head of the sculpture department at Yale School fo Art). A similar offering, a sculpture that was similar in size and character, was a popular item at The Country School's recent auction in Madison, CT.

More about the artist here.

Value: $20,000 


Portrait of You or a Loved one by Jonathan Weinberg
Sit for one of New Haven’s most original portrait painters, the art historian and artist Jonathan Weinberg. For more than a decade, Weinberg has been making portraits of important members of the art world including artist Kenny Scharf, curator and former Museum president Lowery Stokes Sims, and the architectural historian and Sterling professor Vincent Scully. Jonathan’s paintings have been the subject of over 21 one-person shows, and are found in the collection of several museums.

Weinberg is a noted scholar on contemporary American visual culture, and teachers at RISD and at Yale. The recipient of a 2002 Guggenheim Fellowship and a grant from the Creative Capital/AndyWarhol Foundation to pursue research for his forthcoming book Pier Groups: Art and Identity along the New York Waterfront, 1971-1983, Weinberg is also an active curator and has organized The Piers: Art and Sex along the New York Waterfront, which is currently on view at the Leslie-Lohman Museum in NY.

The experience will take place in Weinberg’s art-filled brownstone in Wooster Square, where the winner will enjoy the experience of sitting to a great painter and raconteur. Along with your portrait, you will receive a collection of Yale University Press art books on portraiture.

Value: $1,500

 

(L-R) Lowery Sims, 2007; Robert Storr, 2007

Invite your friends to a private viewing of Melva Bucksbaum & Raymond Learsey's Art Collection

Private tour for 12 of one of the most important private collections of contemporary art in the US.   The Granary is a private exhibition space that houses works from the collection of Melva Bucksbaum and Raymond Learsy. Located on a beautiful, bucolic property in Sharon, CT, the Granary was designed by architect Steven Learner and completed in the fall of 2009. The current set of exhibitions feature a wide array of modern and contemporary art from the collection and include an installation of non-figurative painting and sculpture with work by Agnes Martin, David Hammons, and Richard Long among others; an exhibition of German art from the 1980s featuring the work of Gerhard Richter, Joseph Beuys, and Anselm Kiefer; and a selection of contemporary landscape photography by artists such as Gregory Crewdson and Justine Kurland. In addition, the property includes an art library and outdoor sculpture by several artists including Eric Fischl and Bryan Hunt, all of which can be seen weather permitting.
Photo: Brian Wilcox


Andy Warhol Weekend Getaway

Spend the weekend in intriguing and dynamic Pittsburg with Eric Shiner, Milton Fine curator of the Andy Warhol Museum, who will offer a private tour of Factory Direct: Pittsburgh, an exhibition based on Artspace's Factory Direct exhibition of 2005, where Eric cut his teeth while a PhD candidate at Yale.  The package includes a two-night stay in a hotel near the Museum, roundtrip airfare from NY on JetBlue, exhibition catalogues and a bottle of Warhol Dom Perignon to celebrate the getwaway.
Value: Priceless


Image of Any Warhol Museum, photo by Paul Rocheleau


Visitors interacting with Silver Clouds (1966) installation


Jeanette Doyle, Warterpainting 1: 2012, © Jeanette Doyle, 2012.
For Factory Direct: Pittsburgh, after Factory Direct: New Haven


Be a Spy and go behind the scenes at the studio of acclaimed children's book author Walter Wick


Enter the magical world of I Spy with a private visit of Walter Wick's Studio and Art Collection of Linda Cheverton Wick. Located in a formerly abandoned firehouse, the studio is where all the sets are built for the elaborate images which appear in Wick's best-selling children's picture books.  Tour for up to 15 guests. Included is a complete set of I Spy & Can You See What I See? books, each signed by the author.


Contributed Live Auction Works of Art

Josef Albers


MMA Pillars (1928)
1970
Screenprint on Arches papers
Courtesy of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation
Artist’s edition of 15 signed
Catalogue Raisonné : cat no. 199 on page 143
Image: 11 ½ x 10 ¼ inches (29.2 x 26 cm)
Sheet: 19 ¼ x 17 5/8 inches (48.8 x 44.8 cm)
The following is printed across the lower edge of the sheet below Albers’ signature:
“The aim of life is living creatures
The aim of art is living creations J.A.
Josef Albers Pillars 1928            
In commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of The Metropolitan Museum of Art”
Estimated Value: $4,700


William Bailey

Cleveland
Etching
AP 7/20
Signed, Framed

William Bailey was born in Iowa in 1930. He received his BFA and MFA at Yale,  studying under Joseph Albers. Currently, he is the Kingman Brewster Professor (Emeritus) of Painting at Yale School of Art. He continues to work in Connecticut and maintains a studio in Italy.

Bailey's exceptional draftsmanship is well demonstrated in his prints. In these still life dramas, which he likens to theatrical interplays between recurring parts, Bailey creates an atmosphere that is subtle and spatially enigmatic. Working from memory, without the aid of photography, he produces prints of great sensitivity and control. Gradually built up through several states of short etches, his line work achieves a luminous quality not unlike silverpoint drawing. Bailey's vigilance in execution echoes the conceptual quality of the images. His prints of the still life or figure seem suspended in memory, timeless and metaphysical.

William Bailey has been included in several important exhibitions, and has had numerous solo shows throughout the United States and Europe. A 30-year survey (from 1973 to 2003) of his prints and drawings, William Bailey: Prints and Drawings, showed at the Legion of Honor of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco in 2003-2004. Among numerous awards and honors, he received a Guggenheim Fellowship in Painting in 1965, a Yale Arts Medal for Distinguished Contribution in Painting in 1985, was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome in 1983-84, and has been, since 1986, an elected member of The American Academy of Arts and letters.

This signed etching, (Artist Proof 7/20) was commissioned by the venerable Cleveland Print Club of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Bailey's works are in several public and private collections, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the St. Louis Art Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas; and the Yale University Art Gallery. William Bailey is represented by Betty Cuningham Gallery, New York.

Studio visit with the arist:


Estimated Value: TBA


Gregory Crewdson


Untitled (Production Still from Beneath the Roses Hatch #1)
Archival pigment print
Dimensions: 17 x 22 inches
Edition 15/20
CREWD 2007.0052
Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery

Gregory Crewdson chairs the Photography department at Yale School of Art and is celebrated for choreographing elaborate images with the eerie feel of movie stills. The series Beneath the Roses was created using a Hasselblad Sinar 8x10 camera and shots--later composited in the studio--set in gritty spots across the Berkshires.The artist has said "There are these very ordinary situations, and the light is being used as a narrative code to reveal the story. It also provides some possibility of transformation of the ordinary, which gives the images a certain theatricality."   This lot is accompanied by a signed copy of Crewdson's coffee-table book, Beneath the Roses, that brings together the entire photographic series.

More about the artist:
http://art.yale.edu/GregoryCrewdson

Estimated Value: $5,000


Ken Grimes


Mistakes In Accounts of Project Ozma (1999)
Paint on canvas
Dimensions: 48 x 60 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Ricco/Maresca Gallery

This particular work encapsulates Grimes' research around the errors and inconsistencies, many generated by noted scientists,  surrounding Project Ozma. This was the pioneering experiment led by Cornell University Astrophysics professor Frank Drake that used a radio telescope to find signs of life in the solar system.  The project was named after the ruler of the land of Oz--popularized by the Frank Baum book. All of Grimes's work is concerned with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. The painting is accompanied by a detailed letter from the artist chronicling his research, much of it taking place in libraries in and around New Haven.

More about the artist at Wired Magazine & Ricco/Maresca Gallery

Estimated Value: $6,000 


Cham Hendon

Niagra 2
Acrylic & Rhoplex on canvas
Dimensions: 45 x 43 inches

Cham Hendon was included in the seminal and provocative exhibition, Bad Paintings, curated by Marcia Tucker at the New Museum in 1978. It was notable for being one of their first shows of artists who rejected traditional concepts of draftsmanship in favor of new, often irreverent, and highly idiosyncractic styles of representation. Hendon was included in numerous shows organized by other important curators working at that time. This work, and his other paintings are created without brushes, through a technique of pouring and manipulating an acrylic mix to creating a dense, layered and unique view of the world. Since moving to New Haven in 2006 he has been actively showing locally, and was recently recognized with a Pollock-Krasner Foundation award. He is now represented by Giampietro Gallery.

More here.

Estimated Value: $5,500


Constance LaPalombara


The Brewery
Oil on linen
Dimensions: 14 x 20 inches

Constance LaPalombara is a painter of landscape, still life and interiors, who works from direct observation. Her interest in landscape developed during several extended trips to Italy, an experience that continues to  influence  her work, particularly with regard to the quality of light.  This is immediately apparent whether in the urban landscapes, the landscape of coastal Maine, or in her still lifes.  Reviewers of her work have typically hailed her sense of light and color as hallmarks of her paintings.

Group exhibits in 2011 include “Static Verve” a still life show at Rockwell Galleries; “Pathways to Landscape,” Ridgefield Guild of Artists;  in New Haven, the Connecticut Watercolor Show at John Slade Ely House; and  “Stone Works: Artist’s Encounter with Hard Places,” curated by Stephen V Kobasa,  was on view  at the Library Institute in New Haven  earlier this year.  Last summer she had a solo show of Maine paintings in Southwest Harbor, Maine,  and  this past fall, a show of cityscapes and still lifes,  “In Translation” at Jonathan Edwards College,  Yale University.

In the fall of 2010 Ms. LaPalombara had a Residency fellowship at the Heliker Lahotan Foundation, Maine. She is one of the artists included in  “Artists Next Door: A Great City’s Creative Spirit “(Cheever Tyler, ed.) 2007.   An article about her work, “Everytown USA”  appeared in The Artist Magazine, 2009 . Recent reviews include the New Haven Independent,  Painting Perceptions. com., Connecticut Arts Scene.com.  Her MFA is from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

More information about the artist: www.constancelapalombara.com

Estimated Value: $2,400


Gerard Malanga


Patti Smith in NYC Subway (1971)
Silver gelatin print
Dimensions: 16 x 20 inches
Courtesy of the artist.
Gerard Joseph Malanga is an American poet, photographer, filmmaker, and curator who is closely associated with Andy Warhol's Factory, serving as Warhol's assistant and later as an actor in Warhol's films. Accompanied by a signed copy of Malanga's book, Screen Tests/Portraits/Nudes 1964-1996 (Steidl Collectors Books, 2000), which includes the Patti Smith image on p. 71.
Estimated Value: $2,000


Donald Margulies

 

untitled
Collage
Donald Margulies is the author of many plays, including Brooklyn Boy, Collected Stories and Dinner with Friends, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is Adjunct Professor of English at Yale. Before turning to writing, he was a graphic design major in college and supported his early writing years as a freelance graphic designer for firms including Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Hearst Magazines, the National Lampoon, and Avon Cosmetics.

untitled (Collage) is accompanied by signed copies of Shipwrecked! An Entertainment--The Amazing Adventures of Louise de Rougemont (as Told by Himself), 2009, and Time Stands Still (2010).

More about the artist


Sam Messer

 

DJ + the Pirate
Etching
Dimensions: 34 1/4 x 26 inches

Novelist Paul Auster has said that if he could paint, “these are the pictures I would dream of doing.” Sam Messer’s lush, character-driven portraits of everyday subject matter – people, typewriters, trees, animals, buildings, furniture – can be deceptively light in tone. Their bold, playful surfaces reveal the process of painting but also the attitude of the painter, which Ben Harman notes “at times is confident, at times silly, and occasionally even severe and concerned.”

Coming out of ‘80s neo-expressionism, Messer turned away from allegory and portentousness and toward compositions with a magical psychology that, through vibrant coloration and intuitive brushwork, are immediate and deeply affecting. As art critic Donald Kuspit writes: “One can say that Messer revitalizes our sense of the power of the unconsciousness by making the picture borderline—hallucinatory—through his use of the ‘fantastic’ gesture.”

Messer studied at the Cooper Union and received an MFA from Yale University School of Art. He has received grants from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Ford Foundation, and has exhibited his work at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Sculpture Center in New York, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles, among others. His work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts; Paine Webber, New York; Museo Rufino Tamayo in Mexico City; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was appointed senior critic in painting at Yale University School of Art in 1994.

This etching was made for his good friend, the novelist and poet Denis Johnson. Johnson won the National Book Award a few years ago;  these etchings are part of a book Messer and he are doing and will be part of an animation based on a short story " Denis the Pirate". Some of the other collectors of Messer's work are authors Susan Sontag, Michael Cunningham, and Danielle Steele.

Estimated Value: $1,100



Pablo Picasso


For Aimé Césaire, "Mot" edition 207 (1950)
Dimensions: 15.5 x 22 inches
Value: TBA
Own a piece of art history. This Pablo Picasso print hung for many years in the home of a Connecticut collector.  A print from this same edition was seen most recently in the Yale Art Gallery exhibition "Picasso and the Allure of Language," from the 1950 artists' book "Corps Perdu," with a text by poet and political leader Aimé Césaire. Césaire is considered the most influential Francophone Caribbean writer of his generation, and one of the founding fathers of Negritude, the black consciousness movement that sought to assert pride in African cultural values. According to scholars, this print has particular appeal for its place in Picasso's book work. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, he was actively making such book plates.

This lot is accompanied by a private tour of the Renee and Chaim Gross Foundation, led by Susan Fisher, PhD,  curator of the exhibition "Picasso and the Allure of Language." The Foundation holds a trove of works on paper by Picasso and a renowned African art collection.


Leo Rubinfien

Leaving New York, 1993
Varnished pigmented inkjet print.
Dmensions: 42 3/4 x 35 1/8 inches

Leo Rubinfien has had one-person shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Seattle Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2011, this print of Leaving New York was exhibited at the Yale University Art Gallery as part of the Gallery's commemoration of the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Taken from a plane window at sunset, this dramatic view, which registers the Twin Towers with subtlety and poignance, was used as the first and last image of Rubinfien’s acclaimed 2008 book Wounded Cities (a signed copy of which is also included with this lot).     

Rubinfien has published essays on photography that have appeared in books and magazines, including Art in America. Currently, he is serving as curator of SFMOMA's upcoming retrospective of Garry Winogrand. He is represented by the Robert Mann Gallery, NY, and Taka Ishii Gallery, Tokyo.

Estimated Value: $6,000
 


Cary Smith


Splat #12
Colored pencil on Fabriano watercolor paper
Dimensions: 13 x 13 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Estimated Value: $3,000
More about this artist


Andy Warhol


Pia Zadora
Silver gelatin print
Signed by the artist in pencil on the verso. Matted and framed.
Dimensions: 8 x 10 inches

In addition to the Polaroid portraits for which he is best known, Warhol took 35mm black and white shots of his subjects as a visual diary to document people in his life and to serve as studies for his more ambitious and ambiguous paintings and silkscreens. Among the many people he was drawn to, Pia Zadora epitomized the beautiful starlets that were famous for 15 minutes or a bit longer.  She was active as a singer and actress in the 1980s, and appeared in such ironically iconic Hollywood films as Hairspray and Naked Gun 33 1/3.
Warhol could have been speaking about this very image when he said:  "My idea of a good picture is one that's in focus and of a famous person doing something unfamous." Zadora is once again in the conversation as her iconic close-up, Warhol'd Polaroid version, is on view through June at the Berkeley Art Museum, in the show Andy Warhol: Polaroids/Matrix 240.

This particular image was an unusual discovery among the correspondence of Harvey Tucker, the esteemed poet and publisher whose Black Sun was a small, avant-garde literary magazine published in Brooklyn, New York from 1965-1969. Along with his wife Linda, he also ran Black Sun Books (157 East 57th, NY), dealing in rare books and manuscripts. Contributors to Black Sun included Diane Wakoski, Ben Hiatt, Richard Morris, Barbara Holland, David Antin, Elizabeth Ritchie, Alice Ransom, Hugh Fox, and Duane Locke, among many others.

Courtesy of William Reese.

Value: $ 1,500

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