Honoring founding Artspace Board Member Karyn Gilvarg.


Event Co-Chairs: Kimbirly Moriarty and Beka Sturges

Gala Committee: Kathy Battista, Sarah Fritchey, Chelsea Harry, Helen Kauder, Deborah Lehman di Capua, Lucy McClure, Rachael McNerney, Barbara Pearce, Tori Rysz, Christina Spiesel, Christopher Walsh, Carol Warner

Live Auction Lots

Josef Albers

Homage to the Square

1962

screenprint

Edition of 250

Printed at R.H. Norton, New Haven

Published by Ives-Sillman, Inc., New Haven

image: 11 x 11 inches

sheet: 16.5 x 16.5 inches

Courtesy Josef & Anni Albers Foundation

Value: $1,900

Josef Albers (1888-1976) is considered one of the most influential abstract artists of the twentieth century, as well as an important designer and educator. Albers's artistic career, which bridged European and American Modernism, consisted mainly of a tightly focused investigation into the perceptual properties of color and spatial relationships. Working with simple geometric forms, Albers sought to produce the effects of chromatic interaction, in which the visual perception of a color is affected by those adjacent to it. Albers’s precise application of color also created plays of space and depth, as the planar colored shapes that make up the majority of his works appear to either recede into or protrude out of the picture plane. In November 1933 the Alberses emigrated to the USA where Mr. Albers had been asked to make the visual arts the center of the curriculum at the newly established Black Mountain College near Asheville, North Carolina. They remained at Black Mountain until 1949. Mr. Albers continued his exploration of a range of printmaking techniques and took off as an abstract painter, while continuing as a captivating teacher and writer. In 1950, the Alberses moved to Connecticut. From 1950 to 1958 Josef Albers was chairman of the Department of Design at the Yale University School of Art.

There, and as guest teacher at art schools throughout America and in Europe, he trained a whole new generation of art teachers. Meanwhile he wrote, painted, and made prints. In 1971 he was the first living artist ever to be honored with a solo retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris is planning a major survey exhibition of the work of both Josef and Anni Albers for 2019.

Louise Dahl-Wolfe

Nude in Mojave Desert, California

1948, printed later

Gelatin silver print

25.4 x 23.9 cm (10 x 9 7/16 in.)

Gift of Yale University Art Gallery

Value: $5,000

Best known as a fashion photographer, Louise Dahl-Wolfe revolutionized the world of commercial photography with her use of natural light and integration of modernist aesthetics. During her 22-year career as a photographer for Harper’s Bazaar, she published 86 covers, as well as hundreds of other images in both black and white and in color. Her works are recognizable for their creative use of focus, as well as their strong compositions.

This lot will also include a copy of the book Louise Dahl-Wolfe
Text by Oliva María Rubio, John P. Jacob, Celina Lunsford, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, published by Aperture, 2016.

Mark Dion

The Trilobite

2016

Screenprint

11 1/4 x 15 inches

Courtesy of Artist

Value: $1,200

This lot will also include a copy of the book Mark Dion: Misadventures of a 21st-Century Naturalist
By Ruth Erickson, published by Yale University Press, 2017.

Mark Dion (American, b. 1961) is a conceptual artist, best known for his use of scientific presentations in his installations. Dion earned a BFA in 1986 from the Hartford Art School at the University of Hartford, Connecticut, and was also awarded an honorary doctorate in 2003. Dion was part of Artspace’s 2004 exhibition, For the Birds. He is the subject of the incuded monograph published by Yale Press, and a documentary on the PBS series, art:21. In 2012, Dion's work was included in dOCUMENTA 13, curated by Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev in Kassel, Germany, and has also been exhibited at MoMA PS1 in New York, Guggenheim Bilbao, Minneapolis Institute of Art, Tate Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art. Perhaps his best-known work is the Neukom Vivarium, an installation in Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle, WA. The artist has also has completed other public commissions which include Den, a site-specific installation for the National Tourist Routes in Norway (2012), An Archaeology of Knowledge for Johns Hopkins University (2012), and Ship in a Bottle for Port of Los Angeles Waterfront (2011). Dion received the ninth annual Larry Aldrich Foundation Award (2001), The Joan Mitchell Foundation Award (2007), and the Smithsonian American Art Museum's Lucelia Art Award (2008).

Ken Grimes

When We Are Ready As a World We Will Make E.T. Contact

2017

Acrylic on canvas

40 x 30 inches each

Courtesy of Artist and Ricco Maresca Gallery

Value: $3,300

For more than 30 years, Ken Grimes has diligently maintained a stark palette of black and white, which he believes is the most direct way of showing the contrast between truth and deception. The artist’s paintings, which oscillate between whimsical and stern—but are often both—are conceptual, never-ending variations on the themes of extraterrestrial intelligence and cosmic coincidence; a window to a world where aliens, flying saucers, UFOs, crop circles, radio telescopes and interstellar signals are an essential part of reality. Grimes’s artistic project strives to prompt viewers into thinking about the existence of aliens and the importance of making contact with them, a quest that in some of his works has resulted in fascinating text-only compositions. In the artist’s most recent works on paper—originally conceived as preliminary works for his larger Masonite compositions and since refined to autonomous pieces—Grimes interlaces excerpts from his favorite paranormal writers (from the likes of Carl Sagan and Frank Drake) with his unique narrative voice, thus creating a sense of the continuous thought process happening inside the artist’s brain.
Grimes’s distinct style has garnered attention throughout the Outsider and Contemporary arenas. In 1998, he was included in the group of 31 artists comprising the American Folk Art Museum’s travelling exhibition “Self Taught Artists of the 20th Century” and one of the four then still living—along with Thornton Dial, Purvis Young, and Lonnie Holley. His work in the permanent collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the American Folk Art Museum. His solo retrospective, at Chicago’s Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art, took place in 2007.

Mohamad Hafez

Blessings to a brother from another Mother (or Best friends are the siblings ِGod didn’t give us)

2017

Architectural model

6 x 16 x 4 inches

Courtesy of Artist

Value: $4,000

A Syrian artist and architect, Mohamad Hafez was born in Damascus, raised in Saudi Arabia, and educated in the Midwest. Expressing the juxtaposition of East and West within him, Hafez’s art reflects the political turmoil in the Middle East through the compilation of found objects, paint and scrap metal. Using his architectural skills, Hafez creates surrealistic Middle Eastern streetscapes that are architectural in their appearance yet politically charged in their content. 

Hafez’ life and work have been discussed in The New Yorker, The NY Times, Boston Globe, NPR, and Art New England and been exhibited at Yale Art Gallery, Fitchburg Art Museum, Greenwich Academy, the New Haven Museum, Real Art Ways, Artspace and at the United Nations. He will have a solo show at the Fairfield Art Museum in 2018. He is a practicing architect at Pickard Chilton, in New Haven.

Rachel Hellerich

The Energy Upstairs

2015

Acrylic on board

20 x 16 inches

Courtesy of Artist

Value: $3,500

Rachel Hellerich is a New Haven based painter, who works as a Senior Museum Preparator and Frame Conservator at the Yale Center for British Art. Growing up in a family of painters, she initially tried to distance herself from the medium, devoting herself to sculpture as an undergradute student at Southern Connecticut State University, and exploring fiber arts during her graduate studies at the Art Institute of Chicago. Ten years ago, she found her way back to painting, and has been working on 2D surfaces with acrylic and metallic paints ever since. Yet, an exciting impulse to work three dimensionally remains, and is evoked her most recent rhombus-shaped canvases and wall paintings.

James Montford

Native Goddess

2017

Mixed media on paper with oil crayon

12 x 13.5 inches

Courtesy of Artist & Howard Yezerski Gallery

Value: $2,000

James Montford was among the artists featured in Artspace’s Three Decades of Change exhibition, which revisited seminal moments in Artspace’s first thirty years of history. The Mills Gallery of the Boston Center for the Arts also accorded him a mid career survey and Take Magazine named him an artist to watch in 2016; his commitment to making work that grapples with themes of identity, violence and discrimination has given his oeuvres new urgency and significance in this moment of intense racial trauma and injustice. His constellation series, from which this work is drawn, makes the connection between the hands-up gestures of blacks stopped by the police given political prominence through the Black Lives Matter movement, and astronauts floating in space. From 1997 to 2005, he was coordinator for community programs at the RISD Museum. Since 2005, he has been the director of the Edward M. Bannister Gallery at Rhode Island College.

He is represented by the Howard Yezersky Gallery, Boston and has work in the collections of the RISD Museum, the Mashentucket Pequot Museum (CT), the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, the DeCordova Museum, and the Visual Arts Fellowship Archive at the Smithsonian Institution, among others.

Learn more about James Montford

Kenny Scharf

HORIZONTAL BLOCK HEADS

2016

7 Color Lithograph, Edition 20

22 x 30 inches

Courtesy of the Artist

Value: $2,900

Kenny Scharf was born in Los Angeles and rose to prominence alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring in the 1980s. One of the first artists to inject elements of street culture into contemporary art, Scharf has continued to pioneer projects like Cosmic Cavern—a legendary all-night DayGlo disco party held in the basement of a Brooklyn warehouse (2009-2010). He recently completed a large mural wall on the corner of Houston Street and Bowery (NYC), and spray-can paintings on 100 roll-up storefront shutters (NYC).

Scharf currently lives and works in Los Angeles, where he is represented by Honor Fraser. The artist's work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, Museum of Modern Art, P.S.1, and the Whitney Biennale, and is in the collections of major museums including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum Ludwig, Cologne; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam.

Jessica Stockholder

Body Of

2014

Pencil, ink and pencil crayon on rice paper

12 x 18 inches

Courtesy of the Artist and Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Value: $5,000

Jessica Stockholder has long broken down the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and architecture to explore the body in social and cultural space - using found objects intertwined with profusions of vivid colors. She has won international acclaim for her genre-defying multimedia installation pieces, which incorporate found objects and painting in bold, vibrant colors. In 2007, she received the Lucelia Artist Award, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s recognition of exceptional American artists under 50. Perhaps best known for her temporary site-specific installations, Stockholder’s work has been discussed in relationship to the works of assemblage artist Robert Rauschenberg, collage artist Kurt Schwitters, painters Henri Matisse and Paul Cézanne, as well as artists of the Cubist and Minimalist traditions. Important to her practice, however, is the connection to two-dimensional drawing, in this instance, a pencil and ink work on rice paper. She repackages her unique style and composition into an intimate piece unique to the medium of paper.

Stockholder’s work has been shown at the Dia Center for the Arts, the Whitney Museum for American Art, Museum of Modern Art PS1, the Venice Biennale, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, and most recently at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Her work is represented in the permanent collections of numerous museums including the Whitney; The Art Institute of Chicago; MoCA LA; SF MoMA; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The British Museum, London; and the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam. She is the recipient of major awards, including a 1996 Guggenheim Fellowship, Anonymous Was A Woman in 2012, and the 2014 Arts Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters.

Stockholder grew up in Vancouver, BC, studied at the University of Victoria and received an MFA from Yale University, where she taught sculpture and served as Director of Graduates Studies in Sculpture from 1999-2011. Currently, she is the faculty chair of the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.

Hear the Director of the Whitney Museum, Adam Weinberg explain why she is so influential.

Paul Villinski

Mistral

Courtesy of the Artist

Value: $4,000

Paul Villinski’s sculptures and installations engage with subjects both sublime and neglected. Influenced by a lifelong concern for environmental issues, his work re-envisions seemingly useless and discarded materials, often trash found on the streets of New York City, into uplifting and humanizing works of art. Thirteen major sculptures and installations created over the past few decades explore recurrent themes in the artist’s work: flight, community, the environment, and more intimate narratives such as addiction and recovery, all united by Villinski’s central preoccupation: transformation.

He received a BFA from the Cooper Union in 1984. His work has been included in numerous exhibitions nationally, recently including the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas; the Blanton Museum, University of Texas in Austin; and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, New York. His work is widely collected by institutions including the Museum of Arts and Design, New York; the New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; and the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He has been a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts grant and has been an Artist-in-Residence at the Serenbe Institute in Georgia; Socrates Sculpture Park, New York; the Millay Colony, New York; and the Villa Montalvo Arts Center, California among others. He is represented in New York by Morgan Lehman Gallery; in New Orleans by Jonathan Ferrara Gallery; in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, by Tayloe Piggot Gallery; and in Palm Desert, California, by Austin Art Projects. An experienced pilot of sailplanes, paragliders and single-engine airplanes, Villinski lives and works in New York.

His Mid Career retrospective, Paul Villinski:Farther, is on view through July 15, 2018 at the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA.

Paddle 8

Candida Alvarez

Lucky Charm, 2018
Screenprint with embossing and silicon carbide on Arches paper   
Work 22 x 22 in
Frame 32 x 32 in
W/P4
Courtesy of artist
Estimate $1,300

Keliy Anderson-Staley

Alexandra, 2016
Wet plate collodion tintype
10 x 8 in
Courtesy of artist
Estimate $2,800

Richard Benson

Photographs from the
Collection of the Gilman
Paper Company
, 1985
Book of photographs
18 x 16 in
Courtesy Yale University Art
Gallery
Estimate $3,500

Andrew Erdos

Moon Jar, 2018
Blown glass and aluminum
8 x 9 in
Courtesy of artist
Estimate $1,000

Zeph Farmby

Brainwashed (3), 2015
Acrylic on canvas
12 x 12 in
Courtesy of artist
Estimate $1,200

Maria Gaspar

Brown Brillance Darkness
Matter (Collage I)
, 2016
Hand-woven collage
Work 16.5 x 10.5 in
Courtesy of artist
Estimate $2,500

Eben Kling

Cow Tippin’ and Day Trippin’ -- Holden’ on to the Good ol’ Daze, 2016
Acrylic and graphite on canvas
61 x 50 in
Courtesy of artist
Estimate $1,400

Julie Langsam

Gropius Floorplan: Bauhaus, 2015
Watercolor on paper
Work 9.5 x 12 in
Frame 9.5 x 12 in
Courtesy of artist
Estimate $1,000

Linda Lindroth

Fab, 2018
Archival pigment print
37 x 24 in
1 of 12
Courtesy of artist and
Garvey|Simon Gallery
Estimate $3,500

Bradley McCallum

Nationalist - Slobodan Milošević ‘ Diptych’ (International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, February 12th 2002, appearance, after a photo by Raphael Gaillarde; died in custody, trial terminated), 2015
Inkjet on archival paper
17.25 x 24 in
AP outside of main edition
Courtesy of artist
Estimate $1,600

Sarah Meyohas

Chamomile Speculation, 2017
Archival inkjet print
60 x 40 in
1 of 6 + 2 APs
Estimate $11,500

Sarah Meyohas

Station 08 / Session 02 / No. 1001, 2018
Inkjet print on archival matte
paper   
22 x 17 in
1 of 1 + 1 AP
Courtesy of artist
Estimate $2,500

Federico Solmi

The African Butcher– Idi Amin, 2015-2017
Ink on paper
10.25 x 8.25 in
Courtesy of artist and Luis De Jesus Gallery

Kim Weston

Journeying, 2014
Digital print
60 x 35 in
AP outside of main edition of 5
Courtesy of artist
Estimate $3,500

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