SF Camerawork Benefit Auction 2008 – artmarketblog.com

SF Camerawork Benefit Auction 2008 – artmarketblog.com

112 Laurent Millet Untitled, 1999; from the series Mon Histoire Avec Les Pierres; toned gsp, 24 x 20,” AP, signed on verso, $1,800/2,800. Donated by Robert Mann Gallery, NY.

112 Laurent Millet Untitled, 1999; from the series Mon Histoire Avec Les Pierres; toned gsp, 24 x 20,” AP, signed on verso, $1,800/2,800. Donated by Robert Mann Gallery, NY.

The 2008 SF Camerawork benefit auction includes some absolutely fantastic works that should appeal to all collectors of photography and art investors. With 183 lots and a wide range of works there is sure to be something to interest anyone so take a look at the catalogue now to ensure that you don’t miss out.

Founded in 1974 San Francisco Camerawork encourages emerging and mid-career artists to explore new directions in photography and related media by fostering creative forms of expression that push existing boundaries. Camerawork has presented almost 400 exhibitions highlighting local, national and international contemporary photographers in its thirty year history. Camerawork is also instrumental in bringing traveling exhibitions to the Bay Area. In addition to photography, Camerawork exhibits artists working in installation, video, film and related media.

On the 6th of December SF Camerawork will be holding their annual benefit auction of vintage and contemporary photographic art the proceeds of which support SF Camerawork’s exhibitions and educational programs. https://secure.sfcamerawork.org/auction2008/index.html

Highlights of the auction include works by: Berenice Abbott, Uta Barth, Richard Barnes, Marco Breuer, Ellen Carey, Binh Danh, Judy Dater, Robert Dawson, Robert Doisneau, Kota Ezawa, Larry Fink, Jim Goldberg, Doug Hall, Ann Hamilton, Todd Hido, Pirkle Jones, Michael Kenna, Dinh Q. Lê, Michael Light, David Maisel, Richard Misrach, Herb Ritts, Jack Spencer, Catherine Wagner, William Wegman, Edward Weston, and many others.

Auction catalogs are free and available at SF Camerawork and other local galleries. Catalogs also may be ordered by telephone, fax, or e-mail.

Absentee bids may be submitted online via our new secure online bidding feature, or printed and faxed or delivered to SF Camerawork.

Auction Date:
Saturday, December 6, 2008 at 1 pm (Registration begins at 11 am)

Preview Exhibition – free
November 6 – December 5, 2008,
12 to 6 pm

Special Evening Reception – free
Thursday, November 6, 5 – 8 pm

Place:
SF CAMERAWORK
657 Mission Street, 2nd Floor
(between Third and New Montgomery Streets)

Admission:
$40 for the general public;
free for SF Camerawork members

The full catalogue can be viewed here:
https://secure.sfcamerawork.org/auction2008/auction.html

and absentee bid forms can be found here:
https://secure.sfcamerawork.org/auction2008/AbsenteeBidForm.pdf

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

Oz Art Auction Bargain Hunting – artmarketblog.com

Oz Art Auction Bargain Hunting – artmarketblog.com

wongWith the Australian dollar considerably weaker than it was six months ago at around $0.64 US dollars there are plenty of bargains to be had for international buyers whose dollar is in better shape than the Australian dollar. The New Zealand dollar is even lower than the Australian dollar at $0.55 US dollars but New Zealand doesn’t offer the same diversity and number of works to choose from as Australia does. There are quite a few art auctions due to take place in Australia and New Zealand during November so I have compiled some highlights from a few auctions that may be of interest to art collectors and investors from all over the world.  There are also some excellent works by Australian artists being sold but as they are probably not of that much interest to international readers I have focused on the international works.  With the Australian dollar expected to rebound next year however, it could be worth looking at the works by Australian artists which could then be resold into the Australian market if the Australian dollar rebounds as expected.

Mossgreen Auctioneers:
http://www.mossgreen.com.au/auctions/current.asp?idExhibition=988
Monday 24 November at 2.30pm The Estate of the Late William Bowmore Collection

Lot number: 1017
Triptych
Coloured lithograph
FOLLOWER OF VON AVONT, Pieter
Signed Francis Bacon lower right, numbered HC
46 x 99cm
$3,000-5,000
http://www.mossgreen.com.au/auctions/artwork-detail.asp?idImage=22096

Lot number: 1023
Study from the human body 1979,1980
Coloured lithograph
BACON, Francis
Initialled HC, Signed Francis bacon lower right
84 x 65cm
$3,000-5,000
http://www.mossgreen.com.au/auctions/artwork-detail.asp?idImage=22101

Bonhams and Goodman:
http://www.bonhamsandgoodman.com.au/auctions_catalogues.php?auction=248
Australian Fine Art
25 Nov 2008
Level 1, 540 Malvern Road, Prahran, Melbourne, VIC

Lot No. 8
John Russell (1858-1930),
Sydney Harbour (1925-1930)
oil on canvas, 50.6 x 70.5cm
Estimate on request.
http://www.bonhamsandgoodman.com.au/lot_details.php?lot=71864&auction=248

Lot No. 45
Tracey Moffatt (born 1960),
Something More 1 (1989)
cibachrome print on plexiglass, 118.5 x 152cm, Provenance: Ms Deborah Rando, Sydney
Estimate $55,000-$75,000
http://www.bonhamsandgoodman.com.au/lot_details.php?lot=71901&auction=248

Sotheby’s
http://browse.sothebys.com/?&cat=1&event_id=28869&g=1&i=1&sale_id=AU0724&nb=1&dp=Australian+Paintings
Important Australian Art
Auction Date
Session 1 | 24 Nov 08, 6:30 PM

LOT 75
ANDY WARHOL, AMERICAN, 1928-1987
MICK JAGGER
18,000—25,000 AUD
http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotDetail.jsp?lot_id=159504428

LOT 8
IAN FAIRWEATHER, AUSTRALIAN, 1891-1974
FAMILY GROUP
180,000—250,000 AUD
http://www.sothebys.com/app/live/lot/LotDetail.jsp?lot_id=159504434

Deutscher and Hackett
http://www.deutscherandhackett.com/catalogue6/index.html
important australian and international fine art auction
melbourne 26 november 2008

046 ANDY WARHOL
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (From the Reigning Queens series), 1985
(1928 – 1987, American)
colour screenprint on Lenox Museum Board
99.5 x 80.0 cm
edition: 5/40
signed and numbered at base of image
stamped verso: © Andy Warhol 1985
Printed by Rupert Jasen Smith, New York
Published by George C.P. Mulder, Amsterdam
ESTIMATE: $18,000 – 24,000
http://www.deutscherandhackett.com/catalogue6/lot_number46.html

048 FENG ZHENGJIE
Pinky #1, 2001
oil on canvas
26.0 x 22.0 cm
ESTIMATE: $10,000 – 15,000
http://www.deutscherandhackett.com/catalogue6/zhengjie_feng1.html

Art and Object NZ
IMPORTANT PAINTINGS + SCULPTURE
Thursday November 27 2008
http://www.artandobject.co.nz/Auctions/Details/ID/36

011
Brent Wong
Meditation
acrylic on board
title inscribed, signed and dated 1970
960 x 1210mm
$65 000 – $85 000
http://www.artandobject.co.nz/Auctions/Browse/ID/36/LotID/011

image:
Brent Wong
Meditation
acrylic on board
title inscribed, signed and dated 1970
960 x 1210mm

$65 000 – $85 000

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

The Rise of the Value of Surrealism – artmarketblog.com

The Rise of the Value of Surrealism – artmarketblog.com

royThere is no doubt that Surrealism is a highly undervalued and under appreciated movement that has the potential for a significant increase in desirability and value in the not too distant future for reasons that I will explain later on. The most famous Surrealist artist would have to be Salvador Dali with the other major Surrealist painters being Jean Arp, Max Ernst, André Masson, René Magritte, Yves Tanguy, Pierre Roy, Paul Delvaux, and Joan Miró. It is interesting to note that if you go to google and search for “dali auction record” (with quotation marks) you get no results but if you search for “warhol auction record” you get 47 results or if you search for “picasso auction record” you get 29 results. Even more interesting is the fact that the auction record for Picasso is US$104 million dollars and the auction record for Warhol is US$71 million dollars whereas the auction record for Dali is a mere US $3.6 million dollars. Is Dali any less important or an less talented than Picasso or Warhol? The other Surrealists don’t fair much better with Andre Breton, the father of the Surrealism movement, managing an auction record of US$3 million and most of the other major players achieving around the same prices for their Surrealist works with a few exceptions.

The most successful of those artists who dabbled in Surrealism based on the value of their work would have to be Joan Miro who has a current auction record of $16.7 million for the work ‘La caresse des étoiles’. According to the Christie’s catalogue entry for this work “It is a 20th century masterwork in the most profound sense, for in addition to its exceptional pictorial qualities as a work of art, it offers illuminating insight into the tragic drama of modern history in which it was created”. The phenomenal price achieved for ‘La caresse des étoiles’ can, however, be attributed to the history and provenance of the work, it’s cultural and historical significance as well as the fact that Miro chose not to become a fully fledged member of the Surrealist movement in order to remain free to experiment with other styles. For these reasons the price achieved for ‘La caresse des étoiles’ could be considered to be anomalous.

The main reasons that Surrealism has failed to achieve the same success as other art movements is that Surrealism is relatively ambiguous, ill defined and difficult to understand which make the works much less attractive. Also, many of the artists who produced work that is considered to be Surrealist were not solely dedicated to the pursuits of the Surrealist movement and did not adhere to the rules and regulations of the movement which makes the task of contextualising Surrealist artworks even more difficult. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica “The work of these artists is too diverse to be summarized categorically as the Surrealist approach in the visual arts. Each artist sought his own means of self-exploration”

Surrealism is, however, beginning to receive the attention and respect that it deserves which is being reflected in the market for Surrealist works.

to be continued…….

image:
Pierre Roy
A Naturalist’s Study 1928
Le Cabinet du naturaliste

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.

November 2008 Art Market Review Video – artmarketblog.com

November 2008 Art Market Review Video – artmarketblog.com

**Nicholas Forrest is an art market analyst, art critic and journalist based in Sydney, Australia. He is the founder of http://www.artmarketblog.com, writes the art column for the magazine Antiques and Collectibles for Pleasure and Profit and contributes to many other publications.