Exclusive Preview of MassArt Auction Pieces for Sale

Bid for an original William Wegman, Alex Katz, and Kara Walker on April 14 and support Boston's art community.

Lalla Essaydi Les Femmes du Maroc #19 (7 of 15) Chromogenic Print 30” x 40” Lalla Essaydi was raised in Morocco and spent many years in Saudi Arabia. Her first major photographic series depicted Islamic women and children in an unoccupied house where Essaydi was once confined for long spells as a child, whenever she was disobedient. The next series, Les Femmes du Maroc (2005-7), explored the charged rhetoric of veiling and revealing Islamic women.

Looking for great art and a way to support Boston’s amazing fine art community? Discover the thrill of the paddle at MassArt’s annual art auction, coming up in a few weeks at the school’s Boston gallery. Collectors, patrons, and designers feast on this single-night event, taking home all kinds of goodies including works by major artists (some shown here) and less expensive works by up-and-comers. Will you discover the next Damien Hirst? You can bid against the big boys or enjoy the thrill of watching others spend for a cause. Last year, the auction raised over $700,000 to enhance academic programs, provide awards and scholarships for talented students, and introduce art to Boston-area schoolchildren through community outreach. This year, the Auction will be held on April 14. Doors open at 6:30 PM, and live auctioning starts at 8. Works by 315 artists will be auctioned, and 40 of those will be live auctioned that night by Karen Keane, CEO of Skinner, Inc. Click “MORE” to see additional major works for sale.

Alex Katz Reflections, 2012 (12 of 50) Color Silkscreen 58” x 58” Alex Katz is a leading figure painter of the new realism movement in contemporary art. He is best known for his realistic portraits of friends and family, notable for their relaxed attitudes and uncomplicated bearing. Katz was born in New York City, and studied art at the Cooper Union from 1945 to 1949. Katz’s work is in public collections worldwide, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, where he will have a solo exhibition this spring.

William Wegman Farmer and Son (2 of 7) Archival Pigment Print 24” x 30” William Wegman received a B.F.A. in painting from MassArt in 1965 and an M.F.A. in painting from the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana in 1967. While teaching at California State College, Long Beach, Wegman got his dog, Man Ray, with whom he began a long and fruitful collaboration. Man Ray, known in the art world and beyond for his endearing deadpan presence, became a central figure in Wegman's photographs and videotapes. In 1981, Man Ray died. It was not until 1986 that Wegman got a new dog, Fay Ray, and another collaboration began marked by Wegman's extensive use of the Polaroid 20 x 24 camera.

TRIIIBE Malus domestica, Golden Delicious Pigment Print in Mahogany Frame 27” x 36” In 2006, performance artists, identical triplets, and 2001 MassArt graduates Sara, Alicia, and Kelly Casilio and photographer Cary Wolinsky formed the collective TRIIIBE to create political and social commentary art. TRIIIBE raises critical dialogue in their work through usurping stereotypes, borrowing outward signs of observed identities. Like the identity chameleon Nikki S. Lee, TRIIIBE takes dress-up to an uncompromising, passable extent. Their work also relates to the persona shifting of icon Cindy Sherman, however, the tripling of TRIIIBE’s dress-up brings a whole new measure of disruption to identity politics.

Wolf Kahn Barn Dominating, 2003 Pastel on Paper 17” x 14” Wolf Kahn is one of the most important colorists working in America today. Born in Stuttgart, Germany in 1927, Wolf Kahn immigrated to the United States by way of England in 1940. In 1945 he graduated from the High School of Music and Art in New York after which he spent time in the Navy. Under the GI Bill he studied with the well-known teacher and abstract expressionist Hans Hoffman, becoming Hofmann’s studio assistant. In 1950 he enrolled in the University of Chicago from which he graduated in 1951 with a BA.

Julian Opie Maria (2) (11 of 40) Inkjet Print Dry-mounted to Aluminum 41

Jowhara AlSaud Fan (1 of 8)C-Print30” x 40” Jowhara AlSaud (b. 1978) holds a BA in Film Theory from Wellesley College and an MFA in FineArts from The School of The Museum of Fine Arts/ Tufts University. AlSaud was runner-up for the2008 Aperture Foundation Portfolio Prize, Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2010: EmergingPhotographers finalist and The International Photography Awards 2010 finalist. She has exhibited herwork internationally in group and solo shows, most recently in a group show at the Duolun Museum ofModern Art in Shanghai, China, Scope NYC 2011 art fair and Scope Miami 2010.

A preview reception will be held on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, 6-8 PM. The preview and auction are at Bakalar & Paine Galleries, South Hall, MassArt. Tickets: $175/person in advance, $200/person at the door.