What with Mossgreen-Webbs bringing over for a weekend viewing of a comprehensive selection of Max Dupain photographs (a first of its kind) for photography collectors on this side of the Tasman sea, and Art + Objects large (240 lot) New Collectors Art sale on 1st of June, a few hundred metres of Australasian fine art and photography have been consumed by the needy, the committed and the brave
Auckland's notorious weather and some confusion over dates contributed to the small crowd at the International Art Centre's auction on the night of 24th May, but the Art Fair the following night saw the best of Auckland's art and party goers getting damp and windswept at the opening in the ''Cloud'' on Auckland's waterfront.
Perhaps the now infamous ''Cloud'' is not such a good venue to hold a major art event after all, but alternate venues are limited in New Zealand's biggest city with all its recent growing pains.
International Art Centre's auction featured just over 150 lots of mid to late 20th century and a healthy smattering of 21st century New Zealand painting and prints.
Max Gimblett also sold well with his Both Light (2009) (Lot 25 ) selling for $55,000 and one of his classic quatrefoils entitled Fra Angelico-The Golden Rule (2007) (Lot 27 ) selling for $47,000, while a large format Dick Frizzell oil on canvas from 2007 entitled Red Sea (Lot 32 ) sold to a prominent dealer in the rooms for $34,000.
Post auction sales have upped the total sales for the auction to around the $650,000 mark with a couple of key works still under negotiation
The sale gave auctioneer Richard Thomson the opportunity to announce the news of a pending relocation in the spring to new purpose built rooms and gallery further down Parnell Road at number 202. What with this breaking news and a new expanded website now on line they must be doing something right on the night and during the daylight hours.