Scottsdale Art Auction Exhibition Gallery, April 4-5
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The Scottsdale Art Auction celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. More than 350 paintings and sculptures by some of the country’s finest artists are up for bid. The extensive selection includes masterworks in the western, wildlife, and sporting genres. As usual there are works in a variety of styles by legendary artists, such as Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Frank Tenney Johnson, Joseph Henry Sharp, Nicolai Fechin, William Herbert “Buck” Dunton, and Ernest L. Blumenschein. In addition to works by classic western artists, paintings by the early California Impressionists and the Taos Society of Artists are also featured. Howard Terpning, Martin Grelle, Kenneth Riley, Bert Phillips, John Coleman, Richard Schmid, Philip R. Goodwin, Roy Andersen, and Bob Kuhn are among the contemporary masters with works on the auction block.
The auction was founded in 2005 by Michael Frost of New York City’s J.N. Bartfield Galleries, Jack Morris of Morris & Whiteside Galleries in Hilton Head, SC, and Brad Richardson of Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ, Bozeman, MT, and Jackson Hole, WY. The art dealers have more than 100 years of western art experience between them, and under their stewardship, the annual event has grown from $7 million to a high-water mark of $16.6 million in sales, becoming one of the most important marketplaces of the year for serious collectors. These days the auction attracts more than 500 collectors from across the country to its state-of-the-art salesroom in the heart of Old Town Scottsdale.
The auction is fast gaining a reputation for setting records for both living and deceased artists’ works. According to Morris, the auction is now the record-holder for more than 147 artists. For example, in last year’s auction, Frederic Remington’s PACK HORSE MEN REPELLING AN ATTACK BY INDIANS, which was estimated to sell for $500,000-$700,000, sold for $1,035,000—a record for the artist’s black-and-white oils. Likewise, Martin Grelle’s PRAYERS OF THE PIPE CARRIER, which was estimated to sell for $200,000-$300,000, sold for $488,750, setting a new record for that artist’s work, too.
The auction is open for a public preview from 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, and every day thereafter. An auction preview and evening party takes place on Friday, April 4, and the bidding begins on Saturday, April 5. There are two auction sessions. The first session commences at 9:30 a.m., followed by the second session starting at 1 p.m. Full-color catalogs accompany the auction. And the knowledgeable staff is on hand to assist bidders by providing condition reports and information on the artists as well as expediting shipping of the works after the sale. For collectors who cannot attend in person, there is online, absentee, and phone bidding available. —Bonnie Gangelhoff
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