DENVER – On Thursday, May 19, Hindman will hold its biannual Western & Contemporary Native American Art auction, which will be headlined by a Frederic S. Remington grisaille painting, a Joseph Henry Sharp Montana encampment scene, several works by Fritz Scholder and a significant group of contemporary Western paintings and bronzes from the collection of Barbara and Robert (Bob) P. Hunter, Jr. of Alpharetta, Georgia. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
Two of the sale’s top featured lots among the traditional Western art works are by Western illustrator and artist Frederic S. Remington and Taos Society founder Joseph Henry Sharp. Remington’s The Hold-Up is a grisaille painting depicting a stagecoach robbery, a classic Western theme. It carries an estimate of $200,000-$300,000.
Sharp’s oil on canvas, Fiesta Day (Squaw Winter, Crow Reservation-Montana), estimated at $150,000-$200,000, is accompanied by an original handwritten letter by the artist. According to Sharp, Fiesta Day was painted between 1902 to 1906 on the Custer Battlefield. The letter includes an amazing historic description about how it was painted at the Custer Battlefield site near where hundreds of Native Americans were camped before the battle.
Historic Western art will be followed by a strong collection of works from the Hunter collection, which features some of the brightest names in contemporary Western art. Highlights of the collection include illustrator C. Michael Dudash’s 2016 oil-on-canvas The Return to Summer’s Camp, estimated at $25,000-$35,000. Roy Andersen’s oil-on-canvas Kiowa Medicine, estimated at $8,000-$12,000, will also be a highlight. Andersen is known for the paintings he created of Crow, Cheyenne and Apache people, as well as having his work grace Time magazine covers.
“Bob and Barbara loved to travel the West, visiting other collectors, artists, galleries and museums along their routes. They had made friends in nearly every Western state on their collecting odyssey, but always came back home to live among their prized possessions in Georgia,” said Executive Director of the Booth Western Art Museum Seth Hopkins. He added, “They did not consider themselves the owners of the art, but rather the custodians for this generation.”
A vibrant selection of works by influential Native American artist Fritz Scholder will lead the Contemporary Native American Art session. His inventive use of color enlivens his eye-catching acrylic-on-canvas Indian on Horseback, making it the standout of the group. Its estimate is $50,000-$70,000.
The Contemporary Native American session will also feature paintings by Earl Biss; pottery by Richard Zane Smith, Nathan Youngblood and Tammy Garcia; a selection of contemporary Navajo textiles; and sculptures by Allan Houser, among them Chiricahua Love Song, a 1987 limited edition estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
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