Orange County Museum Art Auction –

Orange County Museum Art Auction –

ceasarThe Orange County Museum of Art will be holding their 2009 auction of contemporary art on the 28th of March at 7:30pm. The live auction will begin at 8:30 pm but bids can be placed online for selected items up until the day before the live auction. More than 30 works of art by some of America’s top established and emerging artists will be auctioned including works by Richard Serra, James Rosenquist, Elger Esser and Jedediah Caesar. Each work of art has personally been selected by OCMA Director Dennis Szakacs and Curators Karen Moss and Sarah Bancroft. Bids can be placed online for works being auctioned at the live auction with the highest online bid for each work to be used as the starting bid for each work at the live auction. There will also be a “Buy it Now” option for selected pieces which will become available on the 16th of March.

The works being auctioned by the Orange County Museum of Art (OCMA) are quite nice although the lack of lower priced items may limit interest. I particularly like the work by Jedediah Caesar which consists of random found objects from the artists studio and travels which have been encased in resin, cut into thirty 3 x 3 x 6 inch rectangles and then polished so the trapped objects can be seen. The thirty rectangles can be arranged any way you like which means that the owner of this work will have a transformable work of art. According to Caesar ““Encasing everything in resin puts things at the same material level, but reveals a pre-functional object materiality. It’s like destroying the meaning of a thing and reengaging with another meaning of it at the same time.”

Caesar’s work is currently on show as part of the California Biennal and was also included in the 2008 Whitney Biennial which is quite an achievement. With an opening bid of $7000 and an estimated value of $14,000, the work by Jedediah Caesar seems like it will be a pretty good buy.

You can see more on Caesar and his work here:

and find more information on the Orange County Museum Art Auction here:

Jedediah Caesar
Untitled, 2008,
Polyester resin and collected material,
Dimensions variable, 30 parts, approximately 3 x 3 x 6 inches each

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