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Across the West, art auctions have become increasingly popular with dedicated collectors in the past five to 10 years. Acknowledging this trend, Larsen Gallery launches its first art auction on Saturday, October 26. Having been in the secondary art market for about 20 years, the progression seems a natural one for the gallery, which has as its mission to continually expand its services to clients. The gallery also boasts an array of top contemporary artists in its stable while maintaining a thriving art-rental business.
This year’s inaugural auction focuses on 20th-century art including paintings, sculptures, photographs, and limited-edition prints. The event features works by nationally known artists as well as regional favorites. Collectors can expect to view about 150 lots by more than 70 artists who create works in a wide range of subject matter and styles. There is something for every taste, including colorful landscapes by Wolf Kahn, modernist figurative works by Philip Pearlstein, whimsical animal portraits by Tom Palmore, and abstract sculpture by Richard Serra. Works by top contemporary Native American artists such as Tony Abeyta, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Dan Namingha, Kevin Red Star, and Emmi Whitehorse are also on the auction block, as well as works by western painters Bill Schenck, Don Crowley, Curt Walters, Ed Mell, and Nelson Boren.
“Even though there are several successful western art auctions in this region, the Larsen Art Auction is poised to capture the contemporary art market,” says gallery director Logan Browning. “Collectors in the Southwest are no longer just interested in cowboys and landscapes, but they also are interested in collecting serious contemporary art. And we look forward to providing this region with an auction that satisfies that niche, too.”
An auction preview takes place October 22 to 25 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the gallery. On the day of the auction, collectors may bid online, by phone, or in person beginning at 1 p.m. Absentee bidding is also available. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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