Art Notes: Silver Eye ready for annual auction


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One of the benefit auctions most watched by collectors is that of nonprofit Silver Eye Center for Photography that will be held next Sunday.

Photography -- more affordable and more available than Old Master paintings, more conversant with contemporary audiences -- has become very collectible.

The offerings at Silver Eye regularly draw the attention of institutions and private collectors for their range and quality. Auctions typically include works by photographers who have been featured in Silver Eye exhibitions; images by emerging and mid-career Silver Eye members from Western Pennsylvania and beyond; and vintage prints.

This sixth edition includes, for example, works by Duane Michals, W. Eugene Smith, Charles "Teenie" Harris, Aaronel deRoy Gruber, Mark Perrott, Henry Horenstein, William Wade, Charlee Brodsky, Harold Edgerton; Pittsburgh-based National Geographic photographers Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson and Pulitzer Prize winner Martha Rial; and Silver Eye Fellowship winners Katrina d'Autremont, Elijah Gowin and Dylan Vitone.

Novel is the "Pittsburgh G-20 Summit Book Commissioned by President Barack Obama" to give to assembled world leaders, by Duane Rieder.

New is the opportunity to bid on a fine art portrait session with John Fobes or Carol Maurin, or an architectural portrait session with Richard Stoner.

The 100-plus images are hung at Silver Eye and may be perused in person through April 21. The auction catalog is on the website, where absentee bidders may register and pre-bid (www.silvereye.org).

Complementary programs include "The Story Behind the Picture," 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, with curator, critic and collector Graham Shearing and Silver Eye executive director Ellen Fleurov; and "Auction Highlights," 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, with BNY corporate collection curator Brian Lang and Ms. Fleurov (free, reservations recommended).

An 11 a.m. brunch precedes the live auction April 25, which starts at 12:30 p.m. and will be conducted by Sam Berkovitz. Tickets in advance are $50, Silver Eye members $45; a limited number at the door will be $55 and $50. Information: 412-431-1810.

Blogging from Cuba

The next best thing to going to Cuba this week with a six-member Mattress Factory delegation is to follow the blog, "Viajes Artisticos" ("Artistic Travelers"), that Jeffrey Inscho, museum media and public relations director, is posting on the PG website (http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/mattressfactory).

The occasion is the opening of the exhibition "Queloides/Keloids: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art" at the Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art in Havana. When the show closes, exhibiting artists will come to Pittsburgh to create new works in residence for a Mattress Factory fall exhibition.

Barnes film

"The Art of the Steal," a documentary about the controversial move of the suburban Philadelphia Barnes Foundation paintings, has been extended through April 22 at the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill.

Benefiting Chile

A screening of Chilean films to benefit earthquake victims will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday at Pittsburgh Filmmakers' Melwood Screening Room, 477 Melwood Ave., North Oakland. Works from the 17th International Festival of Short Films, Santiago, will be served up with Chilean food, beverages and "typical intellectual conversation." $10 donation (www.pghfilmmakers.org).

Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925.

One of the benefit auctions most watched by collectors is that of nonprofit Silver Eye Center for Photography that will be held next Sunday.

Photography -- more affordable and more available than Old Master paintings, more conversant with contemporary audiences -- has become very collectible.

The offerings at Silver Eye regularly draw the attention of institutions and private collectors for their range and quality. Auctions typically include works by photographers who have been featured in Silver Eye exhibitions; images by emerging and mid-career Silver Eye members from Western Pennsylvania and beyond; and vintage prints.

This sixth edition includes, for example, works by Duane Michals, W. Eugene Smith, Charles "Teenie" Harris, Aaronel deRoy Gruber, Mark Perrott, Henry Horenstein, William Wade, Charlee Brodsky, Harold Edgerton; Pittsburgh-based National Geographic photographers Melissa Farlow and Randy Olson and Pulitzer Prize winner Martha Rial; and Silver Eye Fellowship winners Katrina d'Autremont, Elijah Gowin and Dylan Vitone.

Novel is the "Pittsburgh G-20 Summit Book Commissioned by President Barack Obama" to give to assembled world leaders, by Duane Rieder.

New is the opportunity to bid on a fine art portrait session with John Fobes or Carol Maurin, or an architectural portrait session with Richard Stoner.

The 100-plus images are hung at Silver Eye and may be perused in person through April 21. The auction catalog is on the website, where absentee bidders may register and pre-bid (www.silvereye.org).

An 11 a.m. brunch precedes the live auction next Sunday, which starts at 12:30 p.m. and will be conducted by Sam Berkovitz. Tickets in advance are $50, Silver Eye members $45; a limited number at the door will be $55 and $50.

Information: 412-431-1810.

Blogging from Cuba

The next best thing to going to Cuba is to follow the blog of a six-member Mattress Factory delegation that has been visiting there since last Wednesday. The blog, "Viajes Artisticos" ("Artistic Travelers"), by Jeffrey Inscho, museum media and public relations director, is being posted on the PG website (http://community.post-gazette.com/blogs/mattressfactory).

The occasion is the opening of the exhibition "Queloides/Keloids: Race and Racism in Cuban Contemporary Art" at the Wifredo Lam Center for Contemporary Art in Havana. When the show closes, exhibiting artists will come to Pittsburgh to create new works in residence for a Mattress Factory fall exhibition.

Barnes film

"The Art of the Steal," a documentary about the controversial move of the suburban Philadelphia Barnes Foundation paintings, has been extended through Thursday at the Manor Theater in Squirrel Hill.


Post-Gazette art critic Mary Thomas: mthomas@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1925. First Published April 18, 2010 4:00 AM


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