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Western Art Collector - September 2015


Complete Package: A diverse offering of works from major Western artists will be sold over two sessions at the Jackson Hole Art Auction.

Returning for its ninth year, the prestigious Jackson Hole Art Auction will once again bring major historic and contemporary Western artworks to the auction block in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

The sale will take place across two sessions: the first, a smaller more intimate sale at partner Trailside Galleries on September 18, and a second larger sale at the Center for the Arts on September 19. Both sessions will feature top-tier Western works from as early as the mid-19th century right on through to works created this year by respected masters such as Z.S. Liang, Martin Grelle, Ken Carlson and others.

“We are very happy with the diversity of the works available this year, which are represented across many genres. Because it’s Jackson Hole, we’re also quite proud of the wildlife works, including pieces by Bob Kuhn and Carl Rungius as well as others,” says Roxanne Hofmann, managing partner at the Jackson Hole Art Auction. “We have only one sale a year so we limit our lot number to the couple-hundred range, and throughout the year we vet out what we choose to put in the sale. In addition to the wildlife works, we’re also quite excited for the historical works, which are difficult to find sometimes but are always being sought out by our clientele.”

Hofmann says one of the top lots, and the one that’s generating some of the most pre-show buzz, is Albert Bierstadt’s luminous landscape Wind River Country Wyoming, which was painted sometime around 1860. “That painting was purchased over 50 years ago and has been in one family since then,” Hofmann says. “And it was has stayed in Sublette County [Wyoming] for those 50 years, so it has a chance to stay right here for another 50 years.”

Additional top lots include Rungius’ wildlife landscape Grizzly Bear, which is expected to fetch between $250,000 and $450,000, and Kuhn’s Cheetah’s on Termite Hill, estimated at $200,000 to $400,000. Kuhn has a number of works in the sale, including images depicting rams, King of the Hill (est. $40/60,000); elk, Elk in Down Timber (est. $35/55,000); moose, Autumn Itch (est. $25/35,000); and buffalo, A Battle of Titans (est. $25/35,000).

Other auction highlights are Tom Lovell’s elaborate winter scene Sundown at Fort Union, estimated at $150,000 to $250,000; Howard Terpning’s Native American piece Good Medicine, estimated at
$100,000 to $150,000; Terpning’s winter tracking scene Empty Handed, set at $75,000 to $100,000;
and a menu designed by Charles M. Russell that’s expected to sell at $40,000 to $60,000.

G. Harvey has three major works up for grabs: The Hope of the Confederacy (est. $125/175,000), Jeb
Stuart’s Return (est. $100/150,000) and Another Good Day (est. $50/75,000). Stanley Meltzoff’s White Marlin 7 - Three White Marlin and Needlefish is expected to hammer between $25,000 and $35,000—the Jackson Hole Art Auction holds a Meltzoff world record for a piece that sold last year for $52,650. Grelle also has several major works, including a still-unfinished piece depicting Plains Indians that will be inserted into the catalog as an addendum. Works by Frank McCarthy, Frederic Remington, James Reynolds, E. Martin Hennings, Eanger Irving Couse, and Olaf Wieghorst will also be crossing the auction block.

In addition to the sale, the Top Tier Competition is returning for its second year. The competition will present new work by William Acheff, John Banovich, Ken Carlson, Guy Coheleach, Jenness Cortez, Z.S. Liang, Bonnie Marris, and Mian Situ. A threeperson jury will pick a Top Tier piece for a $10,000 cash prize, after which all the pieces will be sold at auction. This year’s jury features curators of private and corporate collections: Emily Kapes, from Raymond James Financial; Natasha Khandekar of the William I. Koch Collection; and Sue Simpson, owner of Simpson Gallagher Gallery.

The auction falls near the end of the famous Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, a city-wide celebration of arts and culture that brings out thousands of art enthusiasts, collectors and tourists. Jill Callahan,
coordinator for the auction, says that with the one-two punch of the Jackson Hole Fall
Arts Festival and Jackson Hole Art Auction, Wyoming is the place to be September. “There is such a great spirit of collaboration between the Jackson Hole Chamber of Commerce, the National Museum of Wildlife Art and all the galleries. Everything is timed perfectly, too, which is great for collectors who want to enjoy all the events,” Callahan says. “This is one of the best times to be in Jackson Hole.”

Lots Illustrated

Lot 148
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
King of the Hill ()
acrylic on board
15 3/4 x 20 in
Lot 186
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Menu (Cafe Noir) (ca. 1896)
watercolor and pencil on paper
6 x 4 (sight) in
Lot 184
Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902)
Wind River Country Wyoming (ca. 1860)
oil on canvas
28 1/4 x 39 1/2 in
Lot 133
Howard Terpning (1927–Present)
Good Medicine ()
oil on canvas
18 x 24 in
Lot 209
Carl Rungius (1869–1959)
Grizzly Bear ()
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
Lot 169
Stanley Meltzoff (1917–2006)
White Marlin 7 - Three White Marlin and Needlefish (2006)
oil on board
22 x 31 3/4 in
Lot 193
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Cheetahs on a Termite Hill ()
acrylic on masonite
22 x 40 in
Lot 206
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Summer Range - Pronghorns ()
acrylic on board
9 1/2 x 12 in
Lot 144
Martin Grelle (1954–Present)
Courtship (2014)
oil on linen
42 x 34 in
Lot 183
Frederic Remington (1861–1909)
A Trooper (1894)
watercolor and gouache on paper
12 1/2 x 7 in
Lot 179
Eanger Irving Couse (1866–1936)
Umatilla Wickiup with Waiting Pony (ca. 1897)
oil on canvas
15 x18 in
Lot 192
Jenness Cortez (1944–Present)
Four American Visionaries (2015)
acrylic on mahogany panel
33 x 39 3/4 in