40 for 40 (for $40)
An image of Sherman—photographed by Longo—graces the cover of the auction's catalog. Both artists were founders of Buffalo's Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center.
It may seem that Buffalonians can attend an art auction at least once a month—almost every fundraising party or gala has some kind of silent or live auction that includes a few paintings, photography, sculpture, and mixed media artworks.
However, there are very few art auctions here that a true collector would take seriously. A proper art auction contains nothing but art (no gift baskets), includes work by artists with national reputations, and is run by art professionals. By those standards, good art auctions are few and far between in Buffalo.
That’s why local collectors are excited about Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center’s 40 for 40 anniversary auction, happening on Thursday, June 11 in Asbury Hall. It contains work by all six founders of the seminal art space: Robert Longo, Cindy Sherman, Charlie Clough, Diane Bertolo, Michael Zwack, and Nancy Dwyer. It also offers lots by such internationally renowned artists as Jim Dine, Layla Ali, Ellen Carey, and Linda Benglis, as well as work by locally based artists who are making a splash beyond Buffalo—people like A.J. Fries, Kyle Butler, Rodney Taylor, and Millie Chen.
The best thing about the auction is that are just forty works. That’s a tight group, so expect the bidding to be fast and furious and the level of excitement to remain high over a scant ninety minutes or so of bidding. The auctioneer is Chris Mahoney of Sotheby’s, who did a splendid job at CEPA’s biannual auction last year. Even if you don’t win a piece, it is worth the price of admission to see some of these jaw-dropping lots go under the hammer—like Cindy Sherman’s Untitled, 2010/2012, which is valued at $60–80,000, but could go for more, given that works by this artist have easily surpassed the million-dollar-mark in previous sales.
This is a benefit event for Hallwalls, supporting their continued programming in visual arts, media arts, literature, music, and performance.
With excellent fare (including a broad selection of cheeses, a bruschetta bar, and more from the award winning Buffalo Catering Company) and an open bar (including fine wine and beer and two signature cocktails from Ristorante Lombardo’s Tommy Lombardo), it’s easy to see the value of this $40 ticket is better than average. A handful of tickets are still available; see you there!
AJ FRIES, Monopoly Cars, acrylic on canvas
JED JACKSON, Liberté, 2006, gouache on paper
DIANE BERTOLO, Marking Time—October 2012, Paper, vintage paper, archival inkjet print
SUZY LAKE, Imitations of the Self (Study #1), 1973, 2012, c-print, edition of 10
A full list of the artists with works up for auction:
Emily Vey Duke & Cooper Battersby