Thank you for considering our incredible auction works! Proceeds from this benefit support BAM/PFA exhibitions and programs. If you would like a high resolution photograph, or to view a work in person, please contact Sara Sackner, director of development, (510) 643-2194 or email@example.com.
- Tauba Auerbach
- Robert Bechtle
- Rosana Castrillo Diaz
- Daniel Clowes
- Chris Duncan
- Kota Ezawa
- Barry McGee
- Ryan McGinley
- Trevor Paglen
- Cindy Sherman
- Tantric Art
- Anna Von Mertens
- Lawrence Weiner
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Auctioneer extraordinaire George McNeely helms this year’s auction. George is senior vice president, business development, at Christie’s. BAM/PFA is most appreciative of Christie’s support!
2012 Gala Auction
Tauba Auerbach: Plate Distortion II, 2010; color aquatint etching, edition of 35; 44 x 33.5 in. Photo: Paulson Bott Press.
Plate Distortion II
Born in San Francisco in 1981, Tauba Auerbach received her B.A. from Stanford. Many of her paintings explore the illusion of flatness and three-dimensionality, including the sold-out Plate Distortion series (2010). Auerbach was a 2008 SECA Art Award winner and her trompe l’oeil “folded” paintings were featured in the 2010 Whitney Biennial. She received a 2011 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship to document the history of human color vision and its measurement. Auerbach’s extraordinary drawing, printmaking, and painting skills, coupled with her expansive intelligence, are realized in the ethereal Plate Distortion II.
- Courtesy of Paulson Bott Press
- Estimate: $6,000–7,000
- Framing Courtesy of Studio Frameworks, Oakland
Robert Bechtle: Covered Car–Missouri Street, 2002; color soft ground etching with aquatint; TP1 (trial proof one), edition of 40; 16 x 23 in.
Covered Car—Missouri Street
A master of painting, drawing, and printmaking, Robert Bechtle transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Born in San Francisco in 1932, the artist received both his B.A. and M.F.A. from the California College of Arts and Crafts, now CCA. Bechtle exhibits internationally and his works are in the collections of institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., as well as in many important private collections. Bechtle’s seminal painting '60 T-Bird (1967-1968) is in the BAM/PFA permanent collection. Covered Car–Missouri Street seduces the viewer with its strong representational image, then transports with color, line, and—as only Bechtle can capture it—Northern California light.
- Courtesy of the artist
- Estimate: $3,000–4,000
Rosana Castrillo Diaz: Untitled, 2011; mica and rice paper on paper; 18 x 18 x 3 in.
Rosana Castrillo Diaz’s mysterious and ephemeral works challenge the viewer to consider quietude in the midst of our visually demanding world. Castrillo Diaz brings profoundly focused aesthetic to her paintings, tape drawings, and murals. The artist received her M.F.A. from Mills College in 2003 and lives in San Francisco; she was a 2004 SECA Art Award winner. Castrillo Diaz’s works are in many collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Whitney Museum of Art, New York; and BAM/PFA. This enigmatic work offers the viewer a new way of seeing with each encounter.
- Courtesy of Celeste and Anthony Meier, Anthony Meier Fine Arts, San Francisco
- Estimate: $10,000
Daniel Clowes: Self Portrait, 2011; colored pencil on paper; 11 x 14 in.
Internationally recognized for his award-winning illustrations and writing, Daniel Clowes is lauded for elevating the graphic novel, and rightly so. With Terry Zwigoff, he adapted his work for the films Ghost World (2002, an Academy Award nominee for Best Adapted Screenplay) and Art School Confidential (2006). His most recent graphic novel, The Death Ray, was published in 2011. Born in 1961, Clowes received his B.F.A. from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, and currently lives in Oakland. The first major survey of his work, Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, opens at the Oakland Museum of California this spring, and then travels to several museums across the country. Self Portrait captures the intensity and craft of this visionary artist.
- Courtesy of the artist
- Estimate: $1,500–2,000
Chris Duncan: Summer Painting 2, 2011; mixed media on panel; 48 x 48 in.
Summer Painting 2
One of the most versatile and exciting young artists working in the Bay Area, Chris Duncan is currently in the M.F.A. program at Stanford. Born in 1974, he received his undergraduate degree from the California College of the Arts. Duncan’s artistic practice spans painting, sculpture, book art, zines, music, and sound. His tour-de-force work Untitled (The Painting) (2010) is in BAM/PFA’s permanent collection and was featured in our recent Abstract Now and Then exhibition. Summer Painting 2 echoes that work, drawing the viewer into the vortex and dazzling with energy.
- Courtesy of the artist and Eli Ridgway Gallery, San Francisco
- Estimate: $12,000–14,000
Kota Ezawa: Parking Lot, 2011; Duratrans transparency and lightbox, edition of 5; 26 x 26 x 2 in.
Born in 1969, Kota Ezawa attended college in his native Germany and now makes his home in the Bay Area, where he received his B.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute and his M.F.A. from Stanford. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.; and BAM/PFA, among many others. Ezawa is a 2006 SECA Art Award winner whose bold, graphic, alluring work captures the zeitgeist of our times. Ruscha is classic Ezawa, simultaneously pop and evocative.
- Courtesy of the artist and Haines Gallery, San Francisco
- Estimate: $7,500–10,000
Barry McGee: Untitled, 2012; latex and gouache on six wood panels; 39.5 x 25.5 in.
Barry McGee began sharing his work in the 1980s, not in a museum or gallery setting, but on the streets of San Francisco, where he developed his skills as an artist, often using the tag name Twist. Born in 1966, McGee, a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute, draws his vocabulary from comics, hobo art, sign painting, and graffiti to address a range of issues, from individual survival to social malaise to alternative forms of community. He has become one of the Bay Area’s most widely known and sought-after artists: included in the 2009–10 Lyon Biennale, 2008 Carnegie International, 2001 Venice Biennale, and 1996 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Art Award exhibition. His work has also been exhibited at the Fondation Cartier, Paris, and the Fondazione Prada, Milan. McGee’s much- anticipated midcareer retrospective opens this August at BAM/PFA. This wonderful six-panel work was created especially for the BAM/PFA auction!
- Courtesy of the artist and Ratio 3, San Francisco
- Estimate: $35,000–40,000
Ryan McGinley: Amanda (Breeze Meadow), 2011; c-print; 2/3; 48 x 72 in.
Amanda (Breeze Meadow)
The intimacy of Ryan McGinley’s early work—documenting his friends and colleagues—permeates his current photographs and videos, whether his subjects appear in lush landscapes or stark studio settings. Born in 1977, McGinley received his B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design, New York. His work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions in America and Europe, as well as published in many monographs and anthologies. His photographs and films are in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; and Saatchi Collection. Amanda (Breeze Meadow) is simply McGinley at his best.
- Courtesy of the artist and Team Gallery, New York
- Estimate: $25,000–30,000
- Framing Courtesy of PKIRKEBY, San Francisco
NOYFB, 2006; fabric patch, 9/50; 11.25 x 11.25 in.
Trevor Paglen, a UC Berkeley grad, holds an M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Geography from UC Berkeley, where he is an affiliated researcher. Born in 1974, Paglen is currently an artist-in-residence at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His visual art, which was featured in a 2008 MATRIX exhibition, has drawn attention to America’s covert military and surveillance operations. NOYFB is based on a patch for the 22nd Military Airlift Squadron, which flew C-5 cargo aircraft out of Travis Air Force Base in Northern California. Part of the 22nd MAS’s mission was to conduct late-night operations picking up classified aircraft from aerospace plants in Southern California and delivering them to secret locations for testing and evaluation. When the 22nd MAS undertook these missions, its crews would take off their everyday heraldry and attach this patch to their uniforms. The black background and crescent moon on the patch represent the unit's night operations; the silver lining represents starlight. The letters "NOYFB" stand for what you think they do!
- Courtesy of the artist and Altman Siegel Gallery, San Francisco
- Estimate: $400–1,000
Cindy Sherman: Untitled, 1980/1987; 2 sepia toned photographs; unnumbered; 10 x 8 in. each
Recognized as one of the most important artists working today, Cindy Sherman, a MacArthur Fellow, brings keen insight and dark humor to her portrait photographs, primarily using herself as the subject. Sherman, born in 1954, challenges our assumptions about identity and culture whether she features herself as a B-movie star, subject of a Renaissance painting, or even a doyenne of Orange County. The artist exhibits worldwide and her work is in major museums and private collections. In 1996, the Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired a complete set of her seminal series Film Stills (1977-1980). MoMA’s retrospective of Sherman’s work travels to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art this summer. Untitled features Sherman as both doctor and nurse.
- Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York
- Estimate: $4,000–6,000
Anonymous: Untitled, 1993; gouache and watercolor; 13 x 9.75 in.
The process of painting these anonymous works from Rajasthan, India is part of a spiritual practice. Each painting holds specific qualities to guide private meditation. This lineage of Tantric art evolved from seventeenth-century texts, which were copied over the centuries, yet they share a striking affinity with modern abstract art and have been recognized and appreciated by modern and contemporary artists from Agnes Martin to Todd Bura. Contemplate the sublime Untitled to experience the infinite.
Includes catalog from the recent Santa Monica Museum of Art exhibition Tantra Song: Contemporary Tantric Paintings from Rajasthan, written by Frank André Jamme with an introduction by BAM/PFA Director Lawrence Rinder.
- Courtesy of Frank André Jamme
- Estimate: $2,500–3,500
Anna Von Mertens: Kurt Cobain's aura (Zoe's), after Elizabeth Peyton, 2009; hand-dyed, hand-stitched cotton; 13.75 x 11 in.
Kurt Cobain's aura (Zoe's), after Elizabeth Peyton
Anna Von Mertens, born in 1973, received her M.F.A. from the California College of the Arts and her undergraduate degree from Brown University. She makes exquisite works on fabric: “I use the stitch to follow these trails, tracing the paths with my fingers. The dotted line of hand-stitching is a marker of uncertainty, a way of exploring. The time invested in making the work, allowing for contemplation and internalizing, becomes a part of how the work is viewed.” Von Mertens exhibits nationally and her work is in the collections of many museums, including BAM/PFA, where she also exhibited in the MATRIX Program. Kurt Cobain's aura (Zoe's), after Elizabeth Peyton radiates with etherial, powerful beauty.
- Courtesy of the artist and Elizabeth Leach Gallery, Portland
- Estimate: $2,000–3,000
Lawrence Weiner: PUT ASIDE OR PUT AWAY, 2007 (exhibition component); standard-issue Hong Kong Lifesaver, black letters silkscreened on red and beige synthetic fiber, orange nylon rope, foam; 28 inches in diameter; signed: Lawrence Weiner Hong Kong.
PUT ASIDE OR PUT AWAY
Lawrence Weiner, born in 1942, is one of the pioneers of Conceptual Art, a movement that has had tremendous influence on countless artists working today. He is acclaimed for his wall installations, often featuring text, and he also creates video, sound, and performance-based work. Weiner’s 2007 retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York was beautiful, frequently funny, and revelatory. PUT ASIDE OR PUT AWAY was installed at the Star Ferry Terminal, Hong Kong during the 2007 exhibition Lawrence Weiner at Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong.
- Courtesy of the artist
- Estimate: $15,000–18,000
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