Modern & Contemporary Art Shines in Gray’s Stellar Two-Day Fall Auction Modern and contemporary art offered in Day One of Gray's fall two day auction. Furniture, Decorative Art and Rugs offered in Day Two.
News-Antique.com - Oct 25,2012 - Modern and Contemporary Art Shines in Gray’s Stellar Two-Day Fall Auction
Cleveland, October 25, 2012 – For Immediate Release
In a stellar two-day auction event taking place Wednesday, October 31 and Thursday, November 1, Gray’s Auctioneers in Cleveland, OH will feature an exciting selection of fine and decorative art objects -- with a number of spectacular modern and contemporary artworks headlining the show.
Among the most notable of these works is Lot 35, a piece entitled The Girl and The Doll by the Spanish Realist painter Xavier Bueno. Art historians count Bueno among a talented group of Modern Realist artists flourishing throughout Europe in the mid-twentieth century. Often featuring women and children in his art, Bueno’s paintings demonstrate both a melancholic tone and sense of social consciousness in the vein of Goya and Delacroix. In keeping with the greatness of these modern masters, Gray’s will also offer a rich, limited-edition color lithograph by Marc Chagall (Lot 180) in this special two-day fall sale.
Highlights from a spectacular group of more contemporary artworks featured in the auction include a large-scale graphic painting by famed New York artist Allan D’Arcangelo called Constellation No. 2 (Lot 12). D’Arcangelo first achieved recognition as an artist for his participation in the mid-century modern Pop Art movement. His works can be found at the Tate Gallery in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among numerous other public and private collections worldwide. Yet another famous New Yorker appearing in Gray’s fall sale is legendary caricaturist Al Hirschfeld, known for his black and white portraits of Hollywood celebrities and Broadway stars. Lot 141 is one such image, depicting a backstage gathering of actors and actresses, some of whom have been identified as David Niven and Peter Sellers. Hirschfeld reportedly included the name of his beloved daughter Nina in every cartoon. Can you spot it?
In addition to works by artists with widely recognizable names, Gray’s is proud to introduce a number of rising stars to the world art stage. The auction house has had huge success over the past several months in establishing markets for previously less recognized artists, many from the greater Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania areas. Last May, Gray’s sold a collection of lyrical abstractions by the reclusive Cleveland artist Ronald Meaux with extremely impressive sales results. In September, they paid tribute to local Outsider Art phenomenon, Reverend Albert Wagner, with an exclusive, career-encompassing sale. The Reverend’s works went to several major museum and gallery collections nation-wide with over 95% of lots sold.
Now, in this fall auction, Gray’s is thrilled to yet again have collections from local artists waiting to be discovered on a national stage. Included in the collection is a second round of watercolors and pastels by Pittsburgh native Nate Dunn, whose first performance at Gray’s last July surpassed all expectations in prices achieved and number of lots sold. The auction house hopes to have similar success with original paintings and superb silkscreen prints by the Erie, PA artist Roy Ahlgren,