ATLANTA – At the beginning of every month, ACN columnist Ken Hall delivers top auction highlights from around the United States and the world at large. Here’s his May 2021 Gallery Report. All prices include the buyer’s premium, except where noted.
HARTFORD, Conn. – An intimate look at Milton Avery’s longstanding connections to Connecticut, Milton Avery: The Connecticut Years focuses on the artist’s earliest works from the 1910s and 1920s, revealing their significance to his artistic development. The exhibit opens at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art on May 14 and continues through October 17. Two dozen sketches, watercolors, and oils illustrate his early interest in depicting landscapes, demonstrating how Avery’s time in Connecticut sparked his passion for exploring a sense of place through his work, a trait that remained a constant throughout his career.
NEW HAMBURG, Ontario, Canada – A Goodrich Tires Mountie porcelain sign from the 1930s, a pair of circular Supertest Service Station double-sided porcelain hanging signs, and a 1930s Good Year Tires double-sided porcelain flange sign – all Canadian in origin – are just a few of the headliners in Miller & Miller Auctions, Ltd.’s online-only Petroliana & Advertising auction, featuring the Bill McNevan collection, slated for May 15 at 9 am Eastern time. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
NEW YORK – Maps are beautiful, decorative, and functional. Not only do they put the world in your hands, they let you fold or roll it up and carry it with you, wherever you might roam. It’s not surprising that collectors’ appetite for maps has been, and continues to be, absolutely insatiable. On May 4, starting at 8 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will kick off its Premium Antiquarian Maps sale. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
BOCA RATON, Fla. – The passion for outsider art runs deep in Florida, where self-taught artists have forged an indelible mark of special attention on the creative landscape of the state. Against the odds, many of these artists created obsessively to escape from their worlds that were often full of deep conflict and personal struggles. The exhibition titled “An Irresistible Urge to Create: The Monroe Family Collection of Florida Outsider Art,” on view at the Boca Raton Museum of Art until September 5, marks the first time a museum has presented this definitive group of artists in an exhibition of this size and scope.
NEW YORK — Though his career was tragically cut short when he suffered a fatal heart attack on the day he turned 41, Joe Colombo’s passion for design lives on. Born Cesare Colombo and later embracing the nickname “Joe,” the Italian industrial designer created many items, but is best known for his futuristic, modular pieces of furniture.
NEW YORK — Swann Galleries’ spring offering of African American Art on April 22 was the second-highest-grossing sale in the 13-year history of the department, with its highest number of participants to date. “I am thrilled to see the continued growth in our African American art auctions with a tremendous sale. Three hundred and ninety eight registered bidders — not counting those on other platforms — competed for eight hours to bid on 220 lots. We set 13 artist records and saw high prices all around for many artists,” noted department director, Nigel Freeman. Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.
NEW YORK – We don’t need vinyl records anymore, but we definitely still want them. Sure, records take up physical space — there’s no way around that — but the sensation of holding your favorite artist’s best songs in your hands will always beat summoning them from the capacious memory of your computer. On May 4, starting at 4 pm, Jasper52 will auction 188 lots of 45s — the vinyl record format reserved for single songs — from several collectors, including a large group that comes from the estate of a former DJ. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
DENVER, Pa. – From May 11-15, Morphy’s will host a collectors marathon auction series featuring selections from several of today’s most popular collecting categories: antique and vintage coin-ops/music machines; advertising, petroliana/automobilia, and railroadiana. To accommodate the vast selection – more than 3,400 lots in all – the auction will span five consecutive days, with absentee and Internet live bidding available through LiveAuctioneers.
PHILADELPHIA — Freeman’s is pleased to announce the results of its April 27 American Furniture, Folk and Decorative Arts auction, which achieved an 82% sell-through rate. The auction’s top lot, Washed Ashore by Ralph Cahoon, a playful Massachusetts beach scene, sold for $32,760. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.