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Olivia Arnone is Auction Coordinator for the George Eastman House Benefit Auction.

Auction: Redux!

Posted by on May 05 2011 | Other, Photography

Spring Greetings!

George Eastman House returns to NYC to host benefit auction this fall

With the success of our 2010 Auction and the need to be find creative, proactive ways to fundraise, we had to ask ourselves, how could we NOT? Last year’s online and live auctions featured more than 300 photographs, books and cameras donated by artists, collectors and dealers, and ultimately raised more than $650,000— constituting the largest fundraiser in our museum’s history. Thank you so much to all of you out there who helped support the auction by contributing or bidding, or even just spreading the word. Every bit of participation has helped maintain our collections, educational programs and Landmark museum site— ensuring the continued preservation of these works for years to come.

What is in store for our 2011 Auction, you ask?

Our live auction and reception will be held Monday, Octg. 3 at Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, a Mecca of art galleries, museums, restaurants, boutiques and markets. Denise Bethel, Senior Vice President and Director of Photographs at Sotheby’s, New York will once again bring vigor and grace to the event as our auctioneer. Accompanying the live auction at 7 p.m., there will be an online auction, a two-day preview exhibition, and a series of conversations with artists to kick off the event beginning on Sunday, Oct. 2.

So far, more than 175 artists, dealers and collectors have agreed to participate. Among the offerings are works by veterans of photography like Vik Muniz, Barbara Morgan, Larry Towell, George Tice, Carl Chiarenza, and F.C Gundlach, as well as works by mid-career and emerging artists- Brian Ulrich, Roger Eberhard and Doug Menuez, to name a few. There will also be another Kodak Colorama up for bid in the live auction!

In the coming months I will be bringing you updates and highlights, and will also be inviting guest bloggers to talk in depth about some of the artist’s works featured in this year’s auction. In closing, and until my next post, here is a sneak peek of a work by one of our 2011 contributing artists:

Amy Stein, Threat from the series “Domesticated”, 2005



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Wish You Were Here Travel Photography at Benefit Auction

Posted by on Oct 01 2010 | Photography

Our popular Wish You Were Here Travel Photography Lecture Series is celebrating 10 years with the beginning of a new season next month. While looking over the list of the more than 60 photographers who have spoken to our audiences at the Museum, I couldn’t help but notice how many of these artists were generous contributors to our Benefit Auction.

I know those of you who have been transported around the globe during their talks will recognize some of these names:

John Sexton, Steve McCurry, Ed Kashi, John Pfahl, Douglas Kirkland, Sally Mann, Larry Towell, Elliot Erwitt, Jonathan Moller, Gerd Ludwig, Joel Meyerowitz, Ben Fernandez, Chris Usher, Denis Defibaugh, David Plowden, Teru Kuwayama, John Divola, Douglas Menuez, Sylvia Plachy, and Stephen Wilkes.

Todd Hido, #2632, 1996. From the series Househunting.

And for everyone who has seen Andrew Moore and Todd Hido’s amazing photographs, they are also representing at the Auction and will both be at Eastman House this fall/winter as part of the series.

Editor’s Note:  You can read more about Andrew Moore in Olivia\’s August 10th blog.

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Auction Prep at Sotheby’s

Posted by on Sep 29 2010 | Behind The Scenes

As many of you know, I have been blogging about our Benefit Auction for months… and now and it’s finally here! There’s still alot to do as you can see from these pics below, but it’s really been coming together. We’re thrilled about the response the Auction has gotten so far….from photo lovers as well as some ‘related’ interests’ we’ll be highlighting in upcoming posts.  In the meantime, join me for some backstage unpacking:

Shhh… be very, very quiet… auction of American painting happening about 30 feet away

One of the two colorama prints in the live auction (safely tucked away!)  awaiting hanging

One portion of the online auction contents being sorted in preparation for hanging

And don’t forget…our Online Auction is going on right now!!!

Editor’s Note: You can see the latest behind-the-scenes pics on our Sotheby\’s Benefit Auction Facebook Photo Album.

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The ‘Spirit’ of Giving

Posted by on Sep 09 2010 | Other

When word of our benefit auction reached public ears, Susan Spiritus  [of the Susan Spiritus Gallery] immediately rose to the occasion with momentous and sincere enthusiasm. She rallied her gallery artists to donate, helped spread the word on Facebook and Twitter, and no sooner did photographs begin arriving at George Eastman House.  She volunteered a print from her personal collection, by none other than the acclaimed printmaker Thomas Barrow, in addition to coordinating donations of the works of 17 artists, totaling 18 photographs that are the backbone of our online auction (which runs from Sept 27 – Oct 7 at iGavelauctions.com).

 As I look through all of the works by artists who are represented by Spiritus, I notice I love them all, perhaps because I am partial to images with an “organic” or “natural” theme, which seems to be the common thread. Natural can mean nature, like this elegant image of sand dunes in Colorado titled Orchestral Winds, by Adrian Davis.

Organic can translate into materials used by a photographer, such as Celine Wu’s image PB 10 (Presence in Between), which is printed on traditional handmade Japanese washi paper (which also uses nature in a metaphorical sense to communicate a state of mind).

A luscious Cibachrome print by Christopher Burkett, was highlighted in an earlier blog post because I sincerely love it. Christopher Burkett is considered a master of this printing technique, in which images are exposed using color transparencies (or slides), thus producing pure, saturated colors.            

This contemporary and gorgeously scientific Xrayograph titled Nasturtium (2004) is by Albert Koetsier who works solely with this process, which usurps the Xray as a portal for artistic image making. They can’t help but pay tribute to Dr. Dain Tasker who is credited as the first to recognize the creative potential of this applied science in the 1930s.

Other notable “organic” permutation is this beautifully hand painted gelatin silver print by Dar Spain, titled A Plate of Pears (2007).

These are only a few of the fantastic works featured in the online auction. Ms. Spiritus extended her time and good will to help us, and there are few words, other than Thank you, that could express our sincere gratitude!

To see more featured donations from the Susan Spiritus Gallery, visit our auction site.

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Auction Preview!

Posted by on Aug 25 2010 | Photography

Hold onto your hats, folks! You can now preview all of the featured items in our online and live auctions at our website.

The auction on October 4 is open to all who would like to attend! So bring yourself, and bring your friends! If you won’t be in New York, you can still bid on the items in the live auction using our absentee bid form. And of course, don’t forget to browse through the incredible selection of over 200 items in our online auction, which runs from September 27 through October 7 at iGavelauctions.com.

Email any and all questions and/or comments about the event or any of the featured items to me, and I will be happy to answer. Enjoy!

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