Public sale Motion In Santa Fe, N.M.
SANTA FE, N.M. – Amassed between 1968 and 2008, Santa Fe Artwork Public sale dispersed the Barbara and Ed Okun assortment in 306 tons on Might 1. The works included examples of artwork, American craft, ethnography and folks/outsider artwork. The Okuns had an esteemed pottery assortment, crammed to the brim with bowls, vessels, platters and vases.
It was in 1973 that Barbara Okun opened her first gallery in St Louis, the place she exhibited up to date work, sculpture and ceramics. It was the latter class that may draw her gaze, finally solidified within the 1979 partnership with Sissy Thomas and the Okun-Thomas Gallery. It was right here that most of the artists in her assortment would come to point out.
In 1992, Barbara and Ed opened the Okun Gallery of Modern Artwork in Santa Fe, the place the couple had moved a 12 months earlier. Barbara would cross away in 2007 and the private assortment they put collectively remained put in of their house in Tesuque, overlooking the New Mexican Badlands. Ed would cross away in 2019.
“Barbara and Ed Okun performed a nationwide function within the evolution of ceramic artwork and up to date craft,” curator Mark Del Vecchio wrote in 2020. “Engaged on the boards at quite a few establishments for over twenty years, and introducing new artwork in Barbara’s three galleries, they have been key figures within the growth of a better sophistication on the sector. Barbara launched many artists who are actually thought of masters of their respective fields and their dedication to aiding youthful artists helped to make sure that future generations would develop.”
The sale’s leaderboard was dotted with up to date artists. Alan Shields (1944-2005), whom The New York Occasions described as somebody who “concurrently resembled a harpooner out of Melville and a hippie from central casting,” made the highest lot at $44,250 for “Hemmi for Paula,” a web-like construction crafted from acrylic, beads, thread and string. The 1975 work was bought from Paula Cooper Gallery, which gave the artist his first present in 1969 after which continued his illustration for greater than 20 years.
Rising to $14,160 was an amorphous gold-glazed ceramic by Lynda Benglis (b 1941), 8Ã¼ inches excessive. “Wind,” a 1995 beaded determine by Joyce Scott (b 1948) would take $11,800. From Baltimore, the artist’s peyote-stitched beaded figures have earned her acclaim. “Wind” integrated each copper and agate inside a determine that whips up the earthly components into the air.
Ceramics featured prominently within the Okun assortment, together with quite a lot of examples from the ceramicists of the Bay Space’s Funk artwork motion. David Gilhooly (Canadian, 1943-2013) discovered his prime with “Frog Victoria,” a 1974 ceramic impersonation of the queen in frog type, 15 inches excessive, that introduced $7,080. The work had provenance to Loretta Yarlow, the director of the College Museum of Modern Artwork on the College of Massachusetts Amherst. So too did “Frog Dief,” a 13-inch-high frog in coat and tie that bought for $4,720. One other funk ceramicist was Sacramento artist Joe Mariscal (born 1948). “Flaco,” a 1981 work, featured a shirtless, tattooed Latino man carrying a headscarf and handlebar mustache as he strokes his chin. It introduced $1,062. Lots of Mariscal’s figures from this era bear no extra title than a correct identify, the identical as the one that impressed them. “Roach” is one other of his tattooed shirtless males, a 23-inch determine that went out at $885. In the identical class was Peter VandenBerge’s (b 1935) “Hen Canine,” a 2004 glazed earthenware work that includes a canine asleep with a tropical-looking chook atop his head. It bought for $2,091.
Betty Woodman (1930-2018) discovered favor at $4,248 with “Italian Basket” and $3,068 for “Quick Meals Server,” each of them produced in glazed white earthenware within the early Eighties. Useful works from Robert Turner (1913-2005) have been represented in six tons, the very best at $3,304 for an Ashanti lidded jar from 1978. It was solely seven years earlier that Turner grew to become enthralled by African sculpture, touring to West Africa the place he would turn out to be impressed to supply the Ashanti work and others that he named after African kingdoms and peoples.
Outsider and folks artwork have been well-regarded by the Okuns. At $2,832 was “If the tree might discuss it can inform you of a heavenly imaginative and prescient of Martin Luther King Jr,” by Mary L. Proctor (b 1960), a 1988 blended media work that includes a painted sheet steel e-book beside a sculptural bust of King on a pedestal. Proctor was drawn to color by way of a imaginative and prescient a 12 months after her relations perished in a fireplace. Her painted doorways caught the eye of curator Tricia Collins, who launched her work to the better artwork world. At $2,124 was an untitled 1976 portrait of a lady by Inez Walker (1911-1990), an artist who started to attract whereas on the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility serving out her sentence for criminally negligent murder. Upon her launch in 1972, Pat Parsons mounted a present and launched Walker to the market. Almost all of Walker’s works are portraits of ladies. At $2,124 was an embroidered thread on cloth work by Raymond Materson (b 1954). “Lords and Girls” dated to 1989 and featured the Aristocracy taking part in croquet on a inexperienced earlier than a fort with a moat round it.
Carved furnishings from Howard Werner was represented in two 1994 carved “Cottonwood” chairs. One introduced $3,936 and the opposite introduced $2,952. Werner direct carves his furnishings from giant tree sections.
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Ken Ferguson’s (1928-2005) “Inexperienced Hare Platter” bought for $5,664. The Midwestern potter was head of the ceramics division on the Kansas Metropolis Artwork Institute from 1964 to 1996.
Funk ceramicist David Gilhooly (Canadian, 1943-2013) made “Frog Victoria” in 1974. At 15 inches excessive, it introduced $7,080.
From Baltimore artist Joyce Scott (b 1941) got here “Wind,” an 8½-inch beaded determine that took $11,800.
Betty Woodman (1930-2018) was amongst those that exhibited with Okun throughout her profession. This work, “Italian Basket,” bought for $4,248.
Highest amongst any ceramic work within the sale was a sculpture from multidisciplinary artist Lynda Benglis (b 1941). The untitled work bought for $14,160.
In 1971, ceramicist Robert Turner (1913-2005) visited West Africa and have become impressed by the designs of these cultures. This Ashanti lidded jar is a product of that inspiration, produced seven years later. It bought for $3,304.
Mary L. Proctor (b 1960), produced a bust of Martin Luther King Jr and a painted sheet steel e-book in a piece titled “If the tree might discuss it can inform you of a heavenly imaginative and prescient of Martin Luther King Jr.” The duo went out at $2,832.
An untitled feminine portrait by self-taught artist Inez Walker (1911-1990) would promote for $2,124. The blended media on paper work measured 14- by 12¾ inches.
“Lords and Girls” was produced by Raymond Materson (b 1954) in 1989. Embroidered thread on cloth, 4½ by 3- inches. It bought for $2,124.
A bunch of 30 San Blas Islands carved wooden Uchus bought for $3,444. Within the Kuna tradition, they believed that good spirits may very well be trapped within the carved figures.
On Barbara and Ed Okun’s fiftieth wedding ceremony anniversary in 2004, they commissioned Donald Reitz (1929-2014) to create a set of 13 autobiographical glazed stoneware platters. Reitz taught on the College of Wisconsin-Madison for greater than 25 years. The platters bought for $2,337.
Funk ceramicist Peter VandenBerge’s (b 1935) produced “Hen Canine,” in 2004 of glazed earthenware. It bought for $2,091.
This footed bowl, produced by James Lovera (1920-2015), measured solely 3- inches excessive and bought for $2,006. Lovera taught ceramics at San Jose State College for practically 40 years.
Joe Mariscal (b 1948) produced “Flaco” in 1981. Largely a figural artist, Mariscal was a part of the Bay Space’s Funk artwork motion. The 25-inch glazed ceramic work bought for $1,062.
Studio craft furnituremaker Howard Werner carves his works out of tree sections. This “Cottonwood” chair took $3,936, one other bought for $2,952.
High lot within the sale was made at $44,250 for Alan Shields’ (1944-2005) “Hemmi For Paula,” an acrylic, beads, thread and string work.
There was no denying the type of this matte inexperienced teapot by Patrick Horsley (b 1943). It bought for $472.
Josh Garrett’s (b 1950) untitled beaded sq. basket would go on to supply $1,888. It measured 17½ inches throughout. Garrett relies out of New Mexico however teaches workshops on sculptural basketry all through the nation.