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American Fine Art Magazine - September/October 2015


Western Classics: Wildlife and Western scenes dominate the ninth annual Jackson Hole Art Auction in Wyoming

The Jackson Hole Art Auction returns for its ninth sale September 18 and 19 in Jackson, Wyoming. The auction will feature historical Western works from a variety of major artists. The sale will take place across two sessions: the first, a smaller more intimate sale at partner Trailside Galleries on September 18 at 130 E. Broadway, and a second larger sale at The Center for the Arts on September 19.

“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 Jackson Hole Art Auction. “We have only one sale a year so we limit our lot number to the couplehundred 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 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. And it has stayed in Sublette County [Wyoming] for those 50 years, so it has a chance to stay right here for another 50 years,” she says. “We’re thrilled to have a piece of the Wind River Range, something that resonates with Jackson Hole residents with that strong Wyoming connection.” Other top lots include Rungius’ wildlife landscape Grizzly Bear, which
is expected to sell between $250,000 and $450,000, and Kuhn’s Cheetahs on a Termite Hill, estimated at $200,000 to $400,000.

Other auction highlights are Tom Lovell’s elaborate winter scene Sundown at Fort Union, estimated at $150,000 to $250,000; Frederic Remington’s A Trooper, set at $30,000 to $50,000; a menu designed by Charles M. Russell that’s expected to sell at $40,000 to $60,000; E. Martin Hennings’ portrait Untitled (Indian Smoking), set at $40,000 to $60,000; and Eustace Paul Ziegler’s Mt. McKinley Landscape with Indian Encampment, at $40,000 to $60,000. Strong works by Frank McCarthy and James Reynolds will also hit the auction block.

Although the sale is geared toward Western themes and subject matter, a number of other works without strong ties to the West will be offered, including Norman Rockwell’s Portrait in Profile, estimated at $10,000 to $20,000, and Stanley Meltzoff ’s underwater scene 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.

The auction falls near the end of the famous Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival, a citywide celebration of arts and culture that brings out thousands of art enthusiasts, collectors and tourists. Jill Callahan, coordinator for the auction, says that the combination of Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival and Jackson Hole Art Auction makes Wyoming a key destination in 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.”

Works Referenced

Lot 179
Eanger Irving Couse (1866–1936)
Umatilla Wickiup with Waiting Pony (ca. 1897)
oil on canvas
15 x18 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 183
Frederic Remington (1861–1909)
A Trooper (1894)
watercolor and gouache on paper
12 1/2 x 7 in
Lot 209
Carl Rungius (1869–1959)
Grizzly Bear ()
oil on canvas
30 x 40 in
Lot 193
Bob Kuhn (1920–2007)
Cheetahs on a Termite Hill ()
acrylic on masonite
22 x 40 in
Lot 140
Tom Lovell (1909–1997)
Sundown at Fort Union ()
oil on canvas
24 x 36 in
Lot 186
Charles M. Russell (1864–1926)
Menu (Cafe Noir) (ca. 1896)
watercolor and pencil on paper
6 x 4 (sight) in
Lot 187
E. Martin Hennings (1886–1956)
Untitled ()
oil on canvas
18 1/2 x 15 1/4 in
Lot 180
Eustace Paul Ziegler (1881–1969)
Mt. McKinley Landscape with Indian Encampment ()
oil on canvas
34 x 34 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 189
Norman Rockwell (1894–1978)
Portrait in Profile ()
oil on board
10 x 8 in