WAAM benefit auction’s gavel hits

Untitled (Figures on Boat) by John Fenton.

Untitled (Figures on Boat) by John Fenton.

Lucky 13. At least that’s how any serious art collectors in the area should feel looking at what the 13th annual auction to benefit the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum is offering up. It will all happen when event co-sponsor, curator and auctioneer James Cox sounds the gavel starting the proceedings at 1 p.m. sharp Saturday, October 17 at WAAM, 28 Tinker Street.

Among the items available this year are pieces, in various media, by Auguste Renoir, Alice Neel, Antoine-Louis Bayre, Robert Motherwell, Philip Guston, Franz Kline and many more.

“Perhaps because Woodstock is a 110 year old art colony the supply and quality of art never seems to abate,” Cox noted, describing nudes by Emil Ganso, a rare line drawing by sculptor John Flannagan, a pen and blue ink piece by Milton Avery, and a portrait by Eugene Speicher as among the “best he’s seen” for sale by classic Woodstock artists in years…if not ever.


There’s jewelry up for bidding by Manette Van Hamel, a handwoven tapestry by designer and muralist Anton Refregier and various landscapes of the immediate area, as well as three 19th century Hudson River School pieces…233 lots in all.

Buyers may bid live, on line or in real time via liveauctioneers.com or invaluable.com, a new platform that has been added for this year’s sale. An online catalog can be accessed through both auction services.

And to add to the unique nature of the weekend, there’ll also be special Friday evening arts panel discussion, entitled “Connections: Enduring Themes in the Art of the Hudson Valley Region” with the Dorsky Museum at SUNY New Paltz’s curator, Daniel Belasco, River Crossings co-curator and Marymount Manhattan art history professor Jason Rosenfeld, and Woodstock-based artist and independent curator Norm Magnusson talking about recent shifts in the local scene, as if in preparation for the next afternoon’s auction.

It all takes place at WAAM, 28 Tinker Street in the center of Woodstock, with the auction starting at 1 p.m. sharp Saturday, October 17.

For more information contact WAAM at 679-2940 or ulsterpub.staging.wpengineart.org; or James Cox Gallery at 679-7608 or www.jamescoxgallery.com.