This year’s Jackson Hole Art Auction takes place Saturday, September 15, 2012 (the final full day of the 2012 Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival) at the Jackson Hole Center for the Arts. Presented by Trailside Galleries and Gerald Peters Gallery, the event is now realized as one of the West’s premier auctions of past and present masterworks of the American West. Last I heard, the number of lots at the 2012 auction was approaching 275. That means a six hour auction is possible! Last year’s auction realized well over $9 million in sales. Over 90% of the 250 lots offered soared over their estimates. Click here to see a catalog of 2011’s results.
In a previous post, this blog updated auction devotees that a coveted Terpning, as well as a Rungius, Remington and other works had already been consigned. A list of living artists with works in this year’s auction includes: William Acheff, Clyde Aspevig, Ken Carlson, Martin Grelle, G. Harvey, Z.S. Liang, Bill Owen, Kenneth Riley, Mian Situ, Howard Terpning, and Morgan Weistling.
“We’re also presenting important works by the Taos Society of Artists, the Santa Fe Art Colony, as well as historically recognized artists of the American West, including Albert Bierstadt, Oscar Berninghaus, Ernest Blumenschein, E. I. Couse, Nicolai Fechin, Frank Tenney Johnson, W. R. Leigh, Frederic Remington, Carl Rungius, Charles M. Russell, and more,” says the auction’s Brittany Campbell.
W.R. Leigh’s “Bucking Bronco with Cowboy”, 1910 (30 1/8 x 22 1/8, oil on canvas, estimate $300,000 – $500,000) from a private east coast collection is new to the market. Ken Carlson’s 24 x 36 oil painting “Yellowstone Excursion” estimates at $35,000 – $45,000, while Russell’s c. 1897 oil “Unbranded” is estimated to sell between $500,000 – $700,000.
For Civil War buffs, G. Harvey’s “Chancellorsville” estimates at $150,000 – $250,000, and a new 2012 painting by Andy Thomas, “Stampede Through the Mesquite,” (estimate: $25,000 – $35,000) depicts a scene from the book Log of a Cowboy by Andy Adams.
Jackson Hole Art Auction lots are on display at the auction offices, upstairs at Trailside Galleries, in Jackson. Catalogs are also available. To preview items, simply head upstairs inside the gallery, to the second floor. Walk to the rear and look for the Jackson Hole Art Auction sign. The auction offers many ways to bid: in-house, by phone, via absentee bidding or via on-line internet bidding on LiveAuctioneers.com. For further information, phone 866-549-9278, visit our website at www.jacksonholeartauction.com, or stop by Trailside Galleries at 130 East Broadway, in Jackson. Click here to see an updated 2012 on-line catalog.
According to local bookstores and visitor centers, no local author sold more books than Huntley Baldwin. “Local Color,” a sweetly illustrated ode to our valley’s big and small natural beauties, is a Jackson classic. That’s an understatement.
Baldwin passed away earlier this year, and on Thursday, August 30th, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, join the Art Association in a celebration of his life and vision. Festivities take place in the Center for the Arts Theater Gallery and Lobby–several of Baldwin’s paintings will be available for purchase. Also on display will be some of Huntley’s major advertising accomplishments and copies of his three popular published books.
The Art Association “is honored to announce the creation of its first Endowment Fund named in memory of Huntley, a gifted Wyoming artist and long time board member. Huntley’s family and friends designated memorial gifts to our organization to be used to provide a long lasting impact.” www.artassociation.org
My Santa Fe sources tell me the mood at that city’s recent Indian Market is noticeably improved—lots more money exchanging hands, much more buzz and activity. Perhaps we’re seeing a resurgence there, eh? Additionally, Santa Fe’s prestigious Canyon Road gallery Ventana Fine Art had a near sell-out situation at their latest John Nieto show! And Bill Schenck enjoyed terrific results at his one man show at the Manitou Gallery—the gallery staff was “very pleased” with results. Here in Jackson, you can see–and collect–work by both these artists at Altamira Fine Art.