Archive for May, 2010

Ivey – Selkirk Auctioneers – Modernisn in St. Louis

May 6th, 2010 by


Exhibition May 9th – 13th

Auction May 15th & 16th

Antique Helper Auctions – Indianapolis Contemporary: Art & Design Auction

May 4th, 2010 by

Mindy Taylor Ross of Art Strategies, LLC and Christopher West of Christopher West Presents are seeking consignments in contemporary art and design for the first in a series of contemporary art auctions to be held on Friday evening, June 25, 2010 from 5pm to 8pm at Dan Ripley Auctions (2764 E 55th Place, Indianapolis, IN 46220). The auction will include lots consigned directly from artists as well as pieces from the secondary market and will include a mix of local, regional and national artists.

*** Please note if you are seeing this for the second time, the auction has been changed to June.  We have been overwhelmed by submissions and have decided to add a few weeks to our timetable to make our selections and make this the best auction possible.

For more information or to propose contemporary art or design for the auction, please contact either Mindy or Christopher by email using the information below:

Mindy Taylor Ross–

Christopher West–

Why are we doing this?

To support the growth of offerings in contemporary art in Central Indiana and to support the growth of our Indiana-based artists and organizations in this tough economic time. In addition to helping to generate sales for you, this initial auction has a charitable benefit–5% of the hammer price of each artwork will be donated by Ripley to the Contemporary Art Acquisition Fund at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. If you would like to talk about donating 100% of your proceeds to IMA, we’d be happy to help with that as well. Our friends in the arts are struggling, like many people, and we need to support them. This charitable contribution does NOT effect your net from the sale. It is a donation given by the auction house from their proceeds.

Why should you consider being involved?

For the same reasons stated above. You can turn your pieces of contemporary art & design that you may not be using anymore into cash, and maybe find something new at the auction, while supporting the local art scene. Additionally, this outlet offers you a new way to reach buyers outside of the Indianapolis-area through Ripley’s marketing efforts and his well established network of on-line and phone buyers.

What you can do to help?

Consign great pieces of contemporary art and design and tell your friends and family to come out and buy on June 25th! We’ll be crafting emails to potential buyers who may not know a lot about auctions. We want to demystify the auction process and to have everyone come out, have fun, and BUY SOME ART. This is NOT just for experienced auction buyers. Consign to us and help spread the word.

Here are the details:


.        All consignments will be published in a 4-color print and on-line catalogue

.        The auction will be advertised in local and national print publications and on prominent on-line sites such as

.        Sales results may be listed on

To propose consignments for the sale send us ASAP the following information via email to the addresses above. If you are unable to gather the below info, drop us an email anyway and we’ll arrange a time to come to you:

.        Digital images of work available for consignment. Please be sure each image is titled to match a corresponding description list. (There are no image size requirements but please be sure it is a good clear image of the work.)

.        A Word Document that contains descriptions of each artwork and which clearly corresponds with the names of the digital image files. Descriptions should contain as much of the following information as possible:

.                                Your contact information [include US mailing address, email address and phone number(s)]

.                                Title of the work, Year of execution

.                                Medium

.                                Dimensions

.                                The price that you believe you would normally be able to sell this work for in a gallery setting.

.                                Any descriptive information that you think would be helpful for our consideration and/or for a catalogue description

Again, if you are unable to gather the above information, call or email me and I’ll help! We will notify you about pieces we are interested in consigning. A consignment form will need to be executed for each artwork.

All artworks will need to be delivered to Dan Ripley’s auction house by Monday, May 24th, 2010 so they may be photographs and logged for the catalogue.

When is this Happening?

Thursday, June 24th, 2010–Preview party at Ripley’s Auction House (time TBD)

Friday, June 25th, 2010–Live auction here in Indy (time tentatively set for 5-8pm)

And where?

Dan Ripley Auctions

2764 East 55th Place

Indianapolis, IN 46220

Bonhams & Butterfields – SoMa Estate Auction – San Francisco

May 4th, 2010 by

May 9th, 2010

Featuring paintings and works deaccessioned from the Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, VA and the Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA.

Eli Wilner & Company Master Framers – New York

May 3rd, 2010 by

The Sotheby’s impressionist auction May 5, 2010, includes 6 Picassos, 2 Cezannes, 4 Miros, 3 Monets and 17 Wilners.

The area between where the painting ends and the wall begins is, indeed, of the utmost importance. It can make all the difference in how artwork is experienced. And, when it comes to historical expertise, craftsmanship and artistry, it’s an area in which Eli Wilner & Company truly excels. Which is why the finest art collections, museums and galleries, including the White House, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian and Sotheby’s, all turn to Eli Wilner & Company to craft masterpieces for their masterpieces.

Restoring antique frames to their former glory. Recreating frames to customize color, texture and size. Designing entirely new frames in collaboration with artists and collectors that become an integral part of the art. Eli Wilner’s team of skilled craftsmen and conservators have been creating frames at one with the purest artistic and historical vision, one at a time, for more than thirty years.

During that time, Eli Wilner’s own collection has grown to more than 3,000 antique frames and 10,000 historical photographs. Yet it is an uncanny ability to get inside the artist’s head, see the work through their eyes, feel the sensibility of their era, that has taken these exceptional resources to the next level. To maximize the beauty, historical accuracy and value of your next project, consult with Eli Wilner. And experience a perfect pairing of painting and frame that is an art form in itself.

Reyne Gauge: Think You Know Shoes? By Reyne Haines

May 3rd, 2010 by

Imelda Marcos showed women around the world what it meant to have a shoe fetish.  At one point, Marcos had acquired 3,000 pair of shoes.   Some of her impressive collection is now housed in a museum in the Phillippines.   The collection included shoes from luxury houses such as Charles Jourdan, Gucci and Ferragamo.

I remember parading around the house in my mother’s high heel shoes as a little girl, dreaming of the day they would be mine.   I wasn’t allowed to wear heels until high school, but as soon as that day came, I was hooked.

The other day I received a copy of the new book:  “Shoes”.  My friend and colleague, Caroline Ashleigh penned the book, and I had been counting down the days until my copy would arrive.  She was cruel, err I mean kind enough to show me the cover of the book early on.   Those boots screamed “Take Me Home” as I love boots and I had a small collection of checkered “Vans” when I was in high school.   If the cover was any indication of what eye candy would be inside, I was in trouble…BIG trouble.

Sure enough, the book arrived and I’ve been drooling ever since.  Who needs words when you have great photos? I’m sure there is great information touted in the book, but I won’t lie like a man reading a Playboy and claim “I get it for the articles”.  I’m here for the shoe party!

This book has 512 pages filled with full color images of some of the finest shoes known to women.  Men, hide your wallets.  If your significant other gets a copy of this book – you are doomed. You will not only need a second, but a third job just to afford her.

Apparently, I’m not the only girl who has a thing or two to say about her love of shoes.  This book is filled with quotes by celebrities, personalities, and shoe designers such as Jessica Simpson,  Nina Van Horn, Manolo Blahnik, Giuseppe Zanotti, Rachel Zoe… I could go on.  Had she asked for a quote from me, I could sum things up in one word “YUM”.

Whether you love shoes made yesterday, 25 years ago or 100 years ago, you’ll love this book!

This American Folk Art Painting Is Worth Its Weight In Gold!

May 2nd, 2010 by

Who says vintage American folk art isn’t worth its weight in gold? The scales are definitely tipped in favor of this delightful painting I found last weekend at the New England Antique Show’s Spring Fever Antiques and Design Show and Sale. Let’s take a listen – and a look – at this intriguing piece of nautically inspired artwork by Cape Cod artist Ralph Cahoon.

Click here to see a video discussion of this great piece of art!

What “hangs in the balance” here is a painting entitled “Weighing in the Catch.” The piece itself is oil on board and measures 13.75″ by 11.5″. The painting depicts an unfazed fisherman “weighing” a lovely, bejeweled mermaid, much like he would his daily catch of cod or flounder. But this take is clearly a dreamy “catch of the day!” Don’t you wonder what he’s REALLY thinking? The painting’s details include a folksy “no fishing” sign crookedly hammered to a tree, a calm ocean bay, and a lighthouse in the background.

It would be fair to say that Cape Cod and the Atlantic 0cean were pivotal influences in Ralph Cahoon’s life and career as an artist. Born in Chatham, Massachusetts in 1910, Ralph spent his early years on the beach, sailing, and fishing – and skillfully sketching these carefree pastimes for fun. In 1932, he married fellow Cape-Codder Martha Farham. Martha and her family were known for their talents in hand painting furniture. After Ralph and Martha married, they started their own very successful decorating and antiques business in Cotuit, Massachusetts. They would paint tables, chests, chairs, boxes, bookcases… just about anything that suited their fancy.  Their collector base for these one-of-a-kind items really started to expand.

Fast forward a few years to 1953 and the Cahoons started reeling in the big catch. Ralph and Martha’s work was noticed and promoted by the wealthy New York socialite, art dealer, and future co-owner of the New York Mets, Joan Whitney Payson.   Payson worked with the Cahoons to transition their talents from furniture decorating to wall art painting.  She framed some of their paintings and displayed their works in her upscale Long Island shop, called the Country Art Gallery.  They became a sensation among affluent New Yorkers, who loved them for their happy, innocent themes of carefree life by the sea.  Ralph’s works depicting playful, not-quite-risque mermaids became his “signature” pieces.   The Cahoons would go on to an almost 30 year career of commercial success, showing at galleries across the United States and through their own studio on Cape Cod.

Ralph passed away in 1982, at the age of 72. He continued to paint up until his last days.  Martha lived through 1999, and like Ralph, was an active artist until the end.   After Ralph died,  Martha sold their Cape Cod home and studio to Rosemary Rapp, a friend and local art enthusiast who converted the building to an art museum.  Today, the Cahoon Museum of American Art features works by both Ralph and Martha Cahoon, contemporary artists, as well as other well known 19th and 20th century artists including Alvan Fisher, Ralph A. Blakelock, Benjamin Champney, and Martin Lewis.  It is a wonderful destination for art lovers visiting Cape Cod and well worth the trip.

Today, Ralph Cahoon’s works continue to be of great interest for collectors. Recently, several larger pieces have sold in the $150,000 range.  This particular work, Weighing in the Catch, is available for $15,000 from Bradford Trust Fine Art of Harwich Port, Cape Cod.

Net-net, I would like to thank Roy Mennell of Bradford Trust Fine Art for hooking me up with this great piece of fishing-inspired American art. Bradford Trust Fine Art offers a wide selection of American and European 19th and 20th century art and specializes in artworks of coastal New England (including Maine and Boston area) and Cape Cod, particularly Provincetown.  For more information about this piece, please contact Roy at

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