George Eastman House 2011 Benefit Auction set for Oct. 3; online portion is live Sept. 26 The George Eastman House Benefit Auction 2011 is live in NYC at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3 and online Sept. 27-Oct. 7. More than 230 photographs donated to support museum. Visit eastmanhouse.org
News-Antique.com - Sep 30,2011 - George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film's second benefit auction of photographs takes place in New York City at Metropolitan Pavilion at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3. Denise Bethel, senior vice president and director of the Photographs Department at Sotheby’s New York, will again volunteer her services as auctioneer, as she did for last year’s inaugural benefit auction — which raised more than a half-million dollars in less than two hours for Eastman House.
All items for auction are donations; none are from the Eastman House collections. The George Eastman House Benefit Auction 2011 also will feature an online portion, hosted again this year by iGavelAuctions.com, live Sept. 26 through Oct. 7.
The works donated to the auction by artists, dealers, and collectors include photographs by contemporary artists, among them: Shelby Lee Adams, Richard Avedon, Roger Ballen, Robert Bourdeau, Jeff Bridges, Wynn Bullock, Ed Burtynsky, Carl Chiarenza, Mark Cohen, Barbara Crane, Walker Evans, Ralph Gibson, F.C. Gundlach, Robert Heinecken, Todd Hido, Ed Kashi, Michael Kenna, Mark Klett, Robert Mapplethorpe, Steve McCurry, Bea Nettles, Lori Nix, Mark Osterman, Olivia Parker, John Pfahl, Alison Rossiter, Victor Schrager, Cindy Sherman, Alec Soth, Arthur Taussig, George Tice, Alexey Titarenko, Larry Towell, Charles Traub, Arthur Tress, Brian Ulrich, Hiroshi Wantabe, Alex Webb, William Wegman, and Jack Welpott.
Historic works will again be featured, including photographs by Alvin Langdon Coburn, Frank Eugene, Frederick H. Evans, Walker Evans, Gertrude Käsebier, André Kertész, Eadweard Muybridge, George H. Seeley, Aaron Siskind, Edward Steichen, and Edward Weston.
The George Eastman House 2011 Benefit Auction will feature a two-day preview of the photographs, enhanced by live artist conversations moderated by Dr. Anthony Bannon, the Ron and Donna Fielding Director at George Eastman House. The conversations will feature Douglas Crimp, Ralph Gibson, Robert Longo, Amanda Marchand, Arno Minkkinen, and Arthur Tress. They will take place on site at Metropolitan Pavilion between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, and between noon and 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 3 (details at end of release).
The conversations are free and open to the public, as are the live auction and auction previews. Previews are 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, with a walk-through at 11 a.m. Monday, led by Willis “Buzz” Hartshorn, the Ehrenkranz Director of the International Center of Photography (ICP). The Eastman House and ICP have enjoyed a long-standing alliance. The live auction will be preceded by a reception.
The auction photographs feature a wide range of subjects, including iconic athletic figures such as John MacEnroe in action at the 1980 Wimbledon match, and the Kentucky thoroughbred racing legend Secretariat; and artistic figures such as Frida Kahlo by Nickolas Muray and a street photograph by Bruce Weber featuring Richard Avedon in the act of making a photograph; social documentary topics include an image of a child's dress entangled in a border fence between Israel and Egypt by Natan Dvir, plus Pictometry aerial images of the Ground Zero site and the Statue of Liberty on