AHA! Annual Hallwalls Auction
Auction has international flair
Josh Dorman's work is included in the auction.
Image courtesy of hallwalls
Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, 341 Delaware Avenue
Would-be art collectors here have excellent opportunities to buy original works by artists who are working locally, nationally, and internationally. The best way to do it? In person. The most exciting way to do it? At a live auction.
Though local galleries offer new exhibitions year-round, the best annual and biannual auctions are worth attending for the buzz that surrounds the whole process, from the first opening bid to the final thud of the auctioneer’s gavel. Our favorite auctions are offered by two local artist-run galleries that have both been operating for more than forty years. CEPA Gallery is taking a year off in 2019, but Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center is holding AHA! (Annual Hallwalls Auction) on May 30.
The briskly paced event opens with an hour-long cocktail hour, giving attendees time to socialize and get a first look at the artworks. After that, forty paintings, photographs, drawings, and mixed media works go up for bid. The artists include many who showed work at Hallwalls early in their careers and then went on to success in other parts of the world. There are also many artists who live and work here. At presstime, the participating artists included Bruce Adams, Rebecca Aloisio, Nando Alvarez, Alan Belcher, Shary Boyle, Kathe Burkhart, Charles Clough, Josh Dorman, Marion Faller, Erin Finley, Pam Glick, Robert Hengeveld, Biff Henrich, Jed Jackson, Richard Kern, David Kramer, Katherine Kuharic, Heather Layton, Robert Longo, OGRE, Joshua Reiman, Aura Rosenberg, Christy Rupp, Kurt Von Voetsch and Adam Weekley.
The auction proceeds benefit Hallwalls programming, with artists receiving as much as thirty-three percent of the sale prices, if they choose.