“Christo” Lithograph to Feature at Kaminski Auctions 20th Century Decorative Arts and Modern Sale, Sunday, January 12th at 10:00am

Beverly, Massachusetts (PRWEB) January 08, 2014

Kaminski Auctions is pleased to offer an outstanding Christo lithograph entitled Wrapped Trees, Project for Avenue de Champs Elysees, Paris. The beautiful artists proof lithograph is descended from Christo and Jean-Claude, prior to her death, as an outright donation benefiting Ovarian Cancer Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fundraising Auction in 2007.

The work of Christo & Jeanne-Claude has been widely followed, collected and critiqued throughout the last forty years of the twentieth century. The husband and wife team (born Christo Vladimirov Javacheff and Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon respectively) met in Paris in 1958 and quickly became inseparable.

Shortly thereafter, they began actively working together to fashion outdoor sculptures and temporary large scale, environmental installations. Initially the team worked only under the collective name of “Christo,” until it was decided in 1994 that outdoor sculptures and installations should be retroactively referred to as that of “Christo and Jeanne-Claude.”

Preparatory drawings, lithographs and collages done only by Christo, which were routinely sold to finance ongoing endeavors, preceded each installation. The aforementioned lithograph is one such preparatory work, differing only in that the original proceeds were donated to charity. Similar preparatory works routinely sell well into the thousands on the secondary market. No project has ever been funded through sponsorship or donations and installations are facilitated through the assistance of hundreds of volunteers. The finished projects consisted of “wrapping” well-known buildings, landmarks and landscapes such as the shoreline of an island with vast amounts of vibrantly colored fabric.

The duo maintained their artistic intent is only to encourage viewers to consider familiar landscapes in new ways while promoting joy and beauty, denying any deeper meaning to their work. This statement has and continues to incite controversy among art critics and collectors alike, particularly because Christo himself has classified the work as having “legendary character.” He attributes this characterization to the vanishing nature of the temporary installations. One such example is “The Gates: Central Park, New York City,” which was unveiled on February 12, 2005 after twenty-six years of preparatory work beginning in 1979. Seventy-five hundred saffron colored fabric panels, or “Gates” stretched across twenty-three miles of Central Park and remained for only sixteen days, attracting visitors from across the globe to the tune of approximately four million.

Born on the same exact date, June 13, 1935, the couple was notoriously close knit until Jeanne-Claude’s sudden death from a brain aneurysm in 2009. Christo and Jeanne-Claude maintained an intense loyalty not only to one another, but also to their work and demanded that each fly in separate planes in case one should crash. This would allow for work to continue under the direction of the surviving artist.

Christo himself continues to create large-scale installations and exhibits preparatory work regularly in well-known galleries and museums throughout the world. Upcoming exhibits of preparatory, small-scale work can be found at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and Art History from February 16th to May 4th, 2014 and at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego La Jolla from January 31st to April 6th, 2014.

Preview for this exciting sale is Thursday-Saturday, January 9th-11th !0:00am-5:00pm and day of sale beginning at 8:00am. Bidding is offered in person, online, by absentee or phone bid starting at 10:00am EST at the Kaminski Auctions gallery at 117 Elliott Street, Rte 62, Beverly, Massachusetts. For more information and to sign up to bid online through KaminskiLive go to http://www.kaminskiauctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

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Exciting Giacometti, Trova, and Calder Works Fetch High Prices at Kaminski Auctions

Beverly, MA (PRWEB) May 27, 2014

Kaminski Auctions of Beverly, Massachusetts is pleased to announce monumental success during the first session of their Twentieth Century Modern sale, two Saturdays ago on May 10th.

Early in the sale, a lithograph by Alexander Calder entitled Navarra attracted significant attention both online and by phone. Strong bidding competition nudged the final hammer price up to $ 2,100. Among the lithographs that performed well in this sale was a work by revered Japanese artist, Zao Wou-Ki. Created in the 1960s, the abstract piece achieved an admirable $ 5,000. Continuing the success for works on paper, was an etching by Peter Milton titled Les Belles et la Bete II, Before the Hunt, which performed considerably well at $ 1,200, well above the items conservative estimate.

Among the fine art sold was an unassuming watercolor, Lesbos, by Georges Rouault that clearly caught the attention of several collectors. Brought to the podium halfway through the sale, bidding began at $ 1,500 and maintained a steady rhythm until finally topping out at $ 7,000. Despite pre-sale interest, Two Lovers, a mixed media work by Antonio Lopez-Garcia, went unsold during the auction, but found post-sale success when it sold quietly for $ 40,000.

One hundred lots into the sale, bidders had the opportunity to secure an original bronze furnishing by Diego Giacometti, circa 1965. The patinated bronze Torsade Table garnered much pre-sale interest, and was subject to significant bidding competition. The piece ultimately sold for $ 150,000.

A small-scale edition of Walking Jackman, by Ernest Trova also sold well. The chromed steel sculpture featured six minimalistic armless male figures and sold appropriately for $ 6,000. The full-scale installation can be seen at 98 N. Brentwood Boulevard, in Trovas native St. Louis. Being re-offered from the January Modern sale was a similar maquette attributed to Alexander Calder. Thought to be a pre-installation model for Jeune Fille at sa Suite (Young Woman and her Suitors), the mysterious sculptural object was ultimately awarded to an anonymous phone bidder for an impressive $ 11,000.

Passed lots are now available for after-auction purchase and can be reviewed by accessing the prices realized link on kaminskiauctions.com. Kaminski Auctions is currently seeking new consignments for the upcoming September 28th, 2014 Modern sale. Sale dates and additional information regarding this sale are accessible via the company website.


Kaminski Auctions, located on the North Shore of Boston, has been serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years as a full service auction house and appraisal service for fine art, antiques and estates.

With two locations in Beverly, Massachusetts, including a new state of the art auction gallery located at 117 Elliott Street, and a historic 1850s barn and office facility at 564 Cabot Street, Kaminski Auctions hosts 25 auctions a year.

In todays highly competitive market of fine art and antiques, Kaminski Auctions provides its customers with bicoastal services and marketing with west coast offices in Beverly Hills and San Diego, California.

Kaminski Auctions offers specialty departments in Asian Art and Antiques, Silver, Glass and Lamps, Couture and Vintage Clothing, Photography and Modern Design. We have highly trained and knowledgable appraisers on staff that will help you determine the true value of your antiques, or entire collections. Free Appraisal days are offered every Tuesday from 10:00am-4:30pm at 117 Elliott Street in Beverly, Massachusetts & by appointment at our San Diego and New York City locations. We welcome emailed photos of your items! Contact consignments(at)kaminskiauctions(dot)com.

We would like to thank all of our customers, consignors and friends for voting Kaminski Auctions #1 Best Auctioneer on the Northshore – Reader’s Choice Award! “Kaminski has earned its gold-star reputation by serving the New England antiques market for over 25 years. Specializing in the sale of Asian art and antiques, silver, glass and lamps, couture and vintage clothing, photography, and modern design, the full-service auction house provides expert appraisal services. From its Beverly art gallery and historic barn comes a wealth of experience with fine art, antiques, and estates values.” – Northshore Magazine

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Auction Treasures Abound in April at Michaan’s Auctions

Alameda, CA (PRWEB) April 04, 2013

The Fine Art Department presents a collectible range of works from American and European artists. Pieces include oil paintings, etchings, watercolors, lithographs, ink drawings and serigraphs. Featured in the April offerings is a serigraph on paper by Leroy Neiman titled McRorys Whiskey Bar (lot 047, $ 2,000-3,000). The scene depicts a packed bar full of revelers, merrily taking delight in the festivities of the pub. Neimans signature style is apparent as the use of bold, saturated colors further bring a palpable energy to the image. Wildly popular the world over for his lively and vibrant paintings of sporting events and leisure activities, his work has been revered by millions.

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