Monday, April 4, 2011

Make a wall of art

We went to the Christie's Interiors preview in New York over the weekend for the auction April 5th and 6th. When not looking at individual items, I often find inspiration in their staging.

One of the things that I like is how the pictures are hung. Hanging multiple works of art on the wall looks so interesting. There happens to be an article in the May issue of Town & Country on exactly that. They profile a company, Lost Art Salon, that sells art, but also will create an installation.

Auctions can be a great way to buy art work to create your own art installation. 

This work by Bill Sullivan is offered in the Christe's sale (Lot 54).  This is an oil on canvas and measures 11" x 24". It has an auction estimate of $400 - $600.

This gouache on paper is by Tammy Park Crenshaw. It measures 22" x 30" and has an auction estimate at the Christie's sale of $500 - $700.

It's good to have different sizes, colors, and mediums in a grouping. This Willy Heeks is a bit more brroding than the previous two selections. This is titled 'Farmer' and measures 30" x 25". This is Lot 63 in the Christie's sale with an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200.

Adding something less modern further mixes it up. This 19th century style oil was painted by George Arthur Hays. This is Lot 15 in the Doyle New York American Furniture and Decorative Arts sale April 5th. It measures 14" x 20" and has an auction estimate of $700 - $1,000.

You may want to collect over time or want to jump in and create a wall installation right away. Either way, auctions have some great options. If you're planning to buy multiple works of art to get started, set a budget and plan to attend the auction in person to take advantage of opportunistic purchases. You might be surprised by a piece that you like, but no one else does, and you can get it for well below the estimate range. When that happens, it can be exhilarating!

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