Autumn Art Auction
October 17 until Auction time
Saturday, November 1, 2014
The Museum inaugurated the Auction in order to develop a buyer's market for artists living in North Dakota and the surrounding region. Importantly, although a benefit for the Museum, the artists benefit first. They set their minimum prices, which must be reached before the Museum receives anything. Since the beginning in 1999, a diverse audience of people who want to live with original art has come into being. Established collectors as well as young buyers just beginning to collect have expanded the market. A gala party, the Autumn Art Auction is an annual live auction celebrating artists from the region and those from elsewhere with ties to the Museum. Wine and hors d'oeuvres are served at 6:30 pm. Live auction begins at 8 pm. All works to be auctioned are displayed in the Museum galleries.
Thursday, October 30, 7 pm
Laurel Reuter, Auction Curator, will lead an informal discussion about works in the auction.
$40 Museum Members, $50 Non-members
Call 701.777.4195 to order tickets.
November 16, 2013 - Ongoing
Barton Lidice Benes lived in a magical apartment in New York City. It was filled with over $1 million in African, Egyptian, South American, Chinese and contemporary art, plus much more as touted in the New York Times when it announced Barton’s intended gift to North Dakota (2/6/05).
Barton Benes and his treasure trove spent decades tucked away in a glorious boxcar space in Westbeth, the artist community in New York’s West Village. There, rare works of art joined ranks with the arcane, the wistful, the amusing, the deeply serious, and a “maddening and morbid array of things” (a human toe found on New York’s Williamsburg Bridge, a stuffed mink wearing a mink coat, an eight-foot giraffe head). This temporary installation suggests the drama and mystery embedded in Barton’s private wonderland. Continue reading...