CEPA offers a stellar auction (again)

John Pfahl, Cedar Mesa, Utah #2


Over the next few months, Western New Yorkers will have an unprecedented series of opportunities to start or build their art collections. Between echo Art Fair (May), the Hallwalls Annual Auction (June), the Burchfield Penney Art Auction and Gala (June), and, this month, the CEPA Biennial Art Auction, there is local art, nationally known art, historic art, challenging art, traditional art, and art that defies all categorization. 


Of these events, the CEPA Auction holds a special place. In 1992, CEPA offered attendees a live auction unaccompanied by basket raffles, an expensive sit-down dinner, or other items from the annual gala playbook. Instead, there was a professional auctioneer, some wine and hors d’oeuvres, and a line-up of high-quality contemporary photography that was disposed of in an atmosphere of exciting, serious fun. Such a professional auction experience was rarely available in Buffalo then—thanks in part to CEPA’s success, we have more such auctions in the twenty-first century than we had in the twentieth. 


Twenty-four years later, CEPA still offers this experience, now in its Market Arcade headquarters. Once again, the participating artists are among the best the gallery could find among its local, national, and international rosters. They include Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman, Reed Anderson, Charles Clough, Milton Rogovin, William Wegman, John Pfahl, Ellen Carey, Alice O’Malley, Julian Montague, Shasti O’Leary-Soudant, Joan Linder, Walid Raad and many more. The auctioneer is Dennis Mahoney, who has worked at Sotheby’s and has Buffalo roots.


There is an item being raffled, though it isn’t offered in a basket. Recently, CEPA has been holding a drawing for a work by the late Milton Rogovin (1909–2011) in conjunction with the auction. Tickets for this can be purchased at www.cepagallery.org and the winning ticket will be drawn the evening of the auction. Attendees can also expect a lavish spread and high-end bar offerings.  (There’s even a Rogovin Circle ticket level that includes more perks.)


The auction works are on view here or at CEPA now; the auction is being held Saturday, April 9, with a reception at 5:30 and bidding starting promptly at 7 p.m. Visit www.cepagallery.org or call 856-2717 for more information.    



Elizabeth Licata is editor of Spree.

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