Cleveland, OH, United States
DoneThu, Sep 20, 2012 3:00 PM UTC
The Estate of Reverend Albert Wagner
Gray's Auctioneers is proud to official welcome bidding on artworks from the estate of Cleveland's most recognized Outsider artist, the Reverend Albert Wagner. Reverend Wagner achieved a fair amount of notoriety for his art beginning in the 1990s, and in the wake of his passing 6 years ago the entire inventory of his house museum, consisting of approximately 800 artworks, is now coming up for auction. Albert set himself apart in artistic circles with a strong focus on spiritual themes and African American history. His revelatory insights are expressed with bold and colorful liveliness that is both beautiful and obscure, and yet controversial all at once. Featured in the award-winning 2008 biographical documentary, "One Bad Cat," his work has also been publicized in The New York Times, LIFE Magazine, and by the Folk Art Society of America. The Reverend's works are on display at the American Visionary Art Museum and in several prominent private collections. This month, Gray's is thrilled to be able to offer the artist's life's work to local, national, and international audiences in this historic sale.