WOODSTOCK, N.Y. – The Woodstock Artists Association & Museum presents the 16th annual WAAM Fine Arts Benefit Auction on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, 28 Tinker St. Absentee and Internet live bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.
The auction will be available for preview onsite at WAAM during October 17, 18 and 19 from noon-5 p.m. A preview party will take place on Friday, Oct. 19, from 6-8 p.m. The preview will feature a walkthrough of highlights of the auction presented by Dr. Bruce Weber, curator and 19th- and 20th-century American art scholar. All events are free and open to the public.
The annual auction has always served as a benefit for the Woodstock Artists Association & Museum to support its many programs and events. Proceeds from the auction contribute support for the WAAM’s landmark permanent collection and archives, contemporary exhibition program and educational outreach program that serves over 700 students throughout Ulster County.
This year’s auction consists of over 140 lots representing an exciting array of paintings, prints, sculpture and objets d’art by historic Woodstock artists, contemporary American artists and European artists. The work of many historic Woodstock artists are represented in selections that include works by Konrad Cramer, John Bentley, Lucile Blanch, Edwardo Chavez, John Fenton, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Ethel Magafan, John McClellan, Walter “Bud” Plate, Paul Rohland Andree Ruellan and Rolph Scarlett. Highlights include a small but striking abstract portrait by Herman Cherry (1909-1992); a magnificent paper silhouette of a stylized matador and bull by William Hunt Diederich (1884-1953) and an untitled carved wood sculpture by Raoul Hague (1904-1993).
There are many fine prints represented in this year’s auction that include contemporary works by Audrey Flack, Mary Frank, Peter Max, Larry Poons, Joan Snyder and Paul Wunderlich, and early 20th century prints that among them include a lithograph of a classic boxing scene by Fletcher Martin titled Lullaby, circa 1942 and Yasuo Kuniyoshi’s 1927 lithograph titled The Bather. A rare printer’s proof of the silkscreen by the artist Marisol (1930-2016), Untitled, Paris Review, dated 1967 is among the special works in the sale. The print is one of a series of commissioned prints for the Paris Review, a project that was launched in 1964, designed to promote the print medium and to publicize and benefit the magazine.
Other highlights include a 1925 and 1926 edition of the historic Woodstock publication The Hue and Cry that chronicled the artistic and literary achievements of the community with original tipped-in plates by artists Winold Reiss, Paul Rohland, Konrad Cramer and Louis Bouche among others. Also of note is a 1964 watercolor by the abstract painter Paul Feeley (1910-1966) and an expressive mixed media figurative work by Julio De Diego. (1900-1979).
Serving as this year’s auctioneer is George Cole of George Cole Auctions.
For further information about the auction contact WAAM at 845-679-2940.