2017 Gala Auction


2017 Auction Catalogue

Alyson Shotz
Black Fold #7, 2017
Hand crushed and painted aluminum with painted steel base
32 x 24 x 20 in. (81.3 x 60.1 x 50.8 cm)

Black Fold #7, a lively monochromatic sculpture by artist Alyson Shotz, is part of the artist’s Black Fold series, which she describes:

…comes out of my long-standing interest in folding, and the potential energy that is created by folding a flat sheet of material. The Black Fold sculptures are inspired by the notion of matter being crushed inside of a black hole or neutron star. This series began with folded metal origami-inspired sculptures, but as I progressed, I became more interested in crumpling and crushing, which I see as a chaotic form of folding. I fold and crush and unfold and re-crush these sculptures many times, changing the inherent malleability of the metal and its shape. The crumpled folds are created by force and the materiality of the metal itself. I don’t control or predetermine their shape.

Shotz’s Mirror Fence, 2003 (refabricated 2014), is part of Storm King’s permanent collection and is one of the Art Center’s most celebrated works. It was featured in Storm King’s 50th Anniversary exhibition, 5+5: New Perspectives, in 2010. Shotz was commissioned to make a permanent work at Stanford University, Three Fold, 2013, that hangs from the second floor ceiling of the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge. She has also been commissioned to make site-specific sculptures for private collections and public spaces, and her work is found in numerous major museums and collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Estimate: $16,000 – $30,000
Courtesy of the artist and Derek Eller Gallery

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Chakaia Booker
Blurred Emotions, 2007
Wall relief, Rubber tires and wood
30 x 30 x 14 in. (76.2 x 76.2 x 35.6 cm)

Chakaia Booker works almost exclusively with recycled tires—slicing, twisting, stripping, weaving, and riveting rubber and radials to create and exaggerate the textures, prickled edges, and torqued forms of her radical refashioning. Whether she is creating small-scale wall reliefs resembling ballistic blowouts, provocative pedestal sculptures, or colossal landscape-like tableaux, Booker transforms tires—iconic symbols of urban waste and blight—into extraordinary compositions of renewal. This wall relief, Blurred Emotions, demonstrates the artist’s mastery over her chosen medium, as the strips of rubber tires expressively explode and curve off the wall, making visible the powerful emotions suggested by the title. Storm King showcased Booker’s work in a solo exhibition in 2004, and the monumental sculpture, A Moment in Time (2004), is now part of its permanent collection.

In 2010, the artist created a new large scale sculpture, Foci (2010) (30 x 8 x 8 ft.), featured in Storm King’s 50th Anniversary exhibition, 5+5: New Perspectives. In addition to Storm King’s collection, Booker’s work can be found in numerous national and international permanent collections, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, D.C.; the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, Michigan; and the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, New York, among others.

Estimate: $20,000 – $30,000
Courtesy of the artist

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Four Prime, Center Orchestra Tickets for “Springsteen on Broadway”

Making his Broadway debut, American icon and twenty-time Grammy award winner Bruce Springsteen will perform an intimate, solo set at the Walter Kerr Theater on Broadway in New York City. Enjoy four center orchestra tickets* to experience this once-in-a-lifetime show!

Known for his powerful and poetic lyrics, Springsteen has been called “one of the greatest music storytellers of our time.” Springsteen has said that he wanted to do a show that was “as personal and as intimate as possible.” In Springsteen’s own words, “My show is just me, the guitar, the piano and the words and music.”
Don’t miss out on this unique experience to be captivated by a true American treasure!

*Tickets are available for a performance between January 9 and January 20, 2018.

Estimate: Estimate: $6,000 – $10,000
Courtesy Debby and Rocco Landesman

Huma Bhabha
Untitled, 2017
Ink and Pastel on Paper
14 ⅞ x 11 in. (37.8 x 28 cm)

Though Huma Bhabha’s practice spans printmaking, collage, drawing, and photography, she is probably best known for her arresting sculpture, which she has exhibited both nationally and internationally since the early 1990s. Bhabha’s large-scale bronze work, The Orientalist (2007), is on display at Storm King for its 2017 season. Born in 1962 in Karachi, Pakistan, and now living and working in Poughkeepsie, New York, Bhabha employs found materials to create textural and often figurative two- and three- dimensional works that question traditional art historical portrayals of the human form—reinventing the bust, the reclining figure, or the portrait. In this vibrant yet ominous pastel and ink drawing, a horned demon-like face, scratched out from gestural purple, black, and white lines, peers confrontationally from a glowing red background.

In addition to being featured in All the World’s Futures, curated by Okwui Enwezor at the 56th
Venice Biennale in 2015, Huma Bhabha’s work can found in numerous prestigious private and public collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; the Museum of Modern Art, New York, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut, among others.

Estimate: $8,000 – $12,000
Courtesy of the artist and Salon 94, New York

Johnny Swing
Storm King Bench
2017 Welded nickel coins
64 x 16 x 20 in. (162.56 x 41 x 51 cm)

Made exclusively for Storm King’s 2017 Annual Gala and Live Auction from thousands of carefully- welded nickel coins, this is the first bench ever created by Johnny Swing, whose Butterfly Chair (2002) and Nickel Couch (2001) are amongst Storm King visitors’ favorite interactive works. Swing spends months hand-crafting the thoughtfully-designed biomorphic shapes of these unique seats in foam and epoxy resin to ensure that guests can sit comfortably in them. As part of the design process, Swing describes:

…nickels are welded together on top of the mold, and when that part of the process is complete, the result appears like a delicate lace shell. The next step in the process is adding the structure and legs to the bench, which is a free form process and often the most entertaining for me in the shop.

Hours of intensive labor yield a playful and seemingly weightless surface for Swing’s furniture. In addition to Storm King Art Center, Swing’s work can be found at Chatsworth House, Derbyshire, England, and other collections. His work has also been on view in numerous museum exhibitions, including most recently at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; Long House Reserve, East Hampton; and the Museum of Arts and Design, New York.

Estimate: $25,000 – $50,000
Courtesy of the artist and R & Company

Siah Armajani
Tomb for Adorno, 2012
Felt pen and metal on graph paper
Unframed: 36 x 24 in. (91.4 x 61 cm)
Framed: 41.2 x 27.25 (104.6 x 69.2 cm)

With nearly one hundred projects realized internationally since the 1960s, Siah Armajani is recognized as a leading figure in conceptualizing the role and function of public art. A comprehensive retrospective of
the artist’s work will be on view at the Walker Art Center September through December 2018 before travelling to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, opening February 2019.Born in Tehran in 1939, Armajani attended The University of Tehran studying Philosophy from 1958-1960, before moving to the United States in 1960 to attend Macalester College in Saint Paul, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy in 1963. He now lives and works in Minneapolis. In this drawing, Armajani depicts a theoretical structure dedicated to Theodor Adorno that acts as a space for reflection and contemplation. Collaged onto the paper is a fragment of common sheet metal, representing the material that would be used on the exterior of the structure were it to be realized. Adorno (1903–69), was a German philosopher, sociologist, musicologist, and critical theorist, and throughout his lifetime published seminal texts that broached the topics of the Enlightenment, the Culture Industry, and modern music, among many others. Most influential on Armajani has been Adorno’s moral philosophy, which critiques how modern society has undermined morality by placing it in the realm of subjective, rather than objective, thought. Tomb for Adorno is part of a larger series that Armajani has recently explored, the “Tomb Series,” which is comprised of sculptures and drawings that pay tribute to philosophers, activists, poets, and critical writers who have been foundational voices to Armajani’s art and ideology. The Series embodies the humanist, democratic, and populist ideals that have defined Armajani’s multi-faceted vision for over forty years.Part interactive sculpture, part architectural structure, Armajani’s Gazebo for Two Anarchists (1992), in Storm King’s permanent collection, allows viewers to enter the open truss-work of a walkway connecting two rigid chairs.

Estimate: $30,000 – $40,000
Courtesy the artist and Alexander Gray Associates, New York

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Weekend Escape to Storm King and the Hudson Valley for Four*

See why people are spending so much time in the Hudson Valley with this fantastic weekend trip for four people!

Spend two amazing nights at the breathtaking, premier luxury hotel Glenmere Mansion in Chester, NY, where you will enjoy 5-star dinners on both nights and amazing breakfasts each morning. On your first full day, you will experience a spectacular, behind-the-scenes tour of Storm King Art Center with John P. Stern, President, and David R. Collens, Director and Chief Curator. Your tour will be followed by a delicious lunch on Storm King’s grounds, featuring Hudson Valley fresh and locally-grown ingredients prepared for you by the innovative and talented Fresh Company. Before you head home, enjoy a private tour at Dia: Beacon’s stunning former Nabisco box-printing facility on the banks of the Hudson River, and a locally sustained lunch by Chef Terrance Brennan at The Roundhouse, a unique historic property overlooking waterfalls in Beacon, NY.

*Reservations based on availability. Certain restrictions apply. Available through October 2018.

Estimate: $5,000 – $7,500
Courtesy Dia Art Foundation, Fresh Company, Glenmere Mansion, The Roundhouse, and Storm King Art Center

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For more information about the Storm King Art Center Annual Gala Dinner and Live Auction, or if you would like to submit a pre-bid, please call Amanda Burris at 845.534.3115 x7105 or Amy Zaltzman at 845.534.3115 x7109 or email gala@stormkingartcenter.org
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