Nick Albertson, White Napkins, 2012
37 1/2 x 30 inches
Edition 1 of 3 & 2 APs
Courtesy of the artist and Aspect / Ratio

Retail Price: $2,800
Starting Bid: $1,400

Nick Albertson repurposes mundane objects that occupy our everyday life, creating his compositions from mass-produced objects such as rubber bands, plastic straws and paper napkins.  A graduate last year of Columbia College’s MFA program, Albertson’s work has been shown in Chicago, Portland, Seattle and New York as well as internationally.  In his photograph, White Napkins, Albertson creates a minimal sleek composition out of something as common as white napkins, recalling modernist abstraction yet with distinct photographic properties. 

*This work is committed to appear in a temporary traveling exhibition.

Julie Blackmon, Olive and Market Street, 2012
Pigment Print
22 x 29 1/2 image on 24 x 31 3/4 inches paper
Edition 3/15
Courtesy of the artist and Catherine Edelman Gallery

Retail Price: $3,500
Starting Bid: $1,800

Featured on the cover of photograph magazine in 2012, the picture has drawn comparisons to the work of surrealist painter Balthus and 17th century Dutch painting.  Frequently the chaos of bustling family life filled with children is the subject of Julie Blackmon’s playful compositions, inspired in part by both by her own family life as the oldest of nine and mother of three. Of her work, Blackmon has said: "
“As an artist and as a mother, I believe life’s most poignant moments come from the ability to fuse fantasy and reality: to see the mythic amidst the chaos.” Blackmon studied art education and photography at Southwest Missouri State University and her work is included in the collections of the MoCP, the George Eastman House, Rockester, NY, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Musée Français de la Photographie, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR, and the Toledo Museum of Art among others.


Dawoud Bey, Mr. Moore's Bar-B-Que, 125th Street from the series Harlem, USA, 1976 (Printed in 2011)
Gelatin Silver Photograph
7 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches, 16 x 20 inches framed
Edition 1/10
Courtesy of the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery

Retail Price: $3,000
Starting Bid: $2,500

Columbia College’s longtime Professor Dawoud Bey is know for his command of portraiture over his almost forty year career.  A graduate of Yale’s MFA program (1993), Bey has won numerous notable fellowships and commissions as well as having his work shown in at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Brooklyn Museum among a long list of others.  This image is a part of one of his most renowned series, Harlem, USA (1975 - 1979).Bey describes his Harlem photographs as “a homecoming of sorts,” for though he had never lived in Harlem, his parents had met there, and the family drove in from their home in Queens to visit friends and relatives.  The camera became a means for him to bond with the individuals who became his subjects...He was in Harlem not merely as an observer, but as a participating presence, within and without the community at once…

Corinne Mae Botz, Blue Bedroom (dresser), 2004
C-Print
11 × 14 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,500
Starting Bid: $800

Grisly dollhouses built by the first female police captain, Chicagoan Francis Glessner Lee, are the subject of Corinne Mae Botz work.  These dollhouses were built in the 1940s and 50’s to train detectives to evaluate visual evidence by recreating violent crimes in vivid detail.  Botz’s subject matter creates a dystopian view of the traditional notions of the domestic realm, by implementing the traditionally feminine practice of miniature. A featured artist in the 2012 MoCP show Crime Unseen and a graduate of Bard’s MFA program, Botz’s work has been shown both nationally and internationally. Botz’s images, such as Blue Bedroom (dresser), invite the viewer to imagine their own crime narrative. 

Brasserie by LM Lunch and Private MoCP Tour

Your party of 8 will enjoy a private tour of the MoCP followed by a meal at Brasserie by LM, located just south of the museum. Brasserie by LM is a modern French Brasserie serving traditional French food. The menu features Brasserie Steak with Frites and Beef Bourguignon as well as a three-course prix fixe menu that includes soup or salad, entrée and dessert. The Bar offers domestic, French and German draft beers, and a wine list with domestic and French options.

Retail Price: $400
Starting Bid: $200


Antonia Contro, AND-AUS: Astronomy, 2006
Digital Print
 9.75 x 8.5 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,600

Starting Bid: $800

Antonia Contro’s surreal collages grapple with issues of travel, discovery and equilibrium, informed by her Venetian heritage.  Known primarily as a painter in her early career, Contro began experimenting with photography in the mid 90s.   Much of her practice is concerned with the approach and interpretation of knowledge, subjects that are echoed in her role as Executive Director as Marwen.  Here in AND-AUS: Astronomy Contro draws her inspiration from early 1900s encyclopedias and dictionaries. Her work is in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Fogg Art Museum, and the Block Museum, among others.



Barbara Crane, From the series Coloma To Covert: Other Worlds (#0193), 2007/2010
Digital Pigment Print
30 x 40 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $3,500
Starting Bid: $1,800

One of Chicago's most widely exhibited and collected artists, Barbara Crane creates highly formal, usually abstract, scenes in her constructed photographs. Rephotographing earlier photographs in the series Coloma To Covert: Other Worlds (#0193), Crane plays with the perception that photography is a two dimensional medium.  Crane holds a BA in art history at New York University and later received her MS from the Institute of Design (at the Illinois Institute of Technology). She taught for 28 years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The recipient of a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in Photography grant, two National Endowment for the Arts grants, and an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award in Photography, Crane has participated in 170 group exhibitions and mounted 75 solo exhibitions; her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art; Art Institute of Chicago; and Museum of Contemporary Photography.




Barbara A. Diener, Smoke, 2012
Archival Pigment Print
24 x 36 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1150
Starting Bid: $600

A German expat, Barbara Diener photographs small towns in the United States  that are demographically similar to her native hometown. Diener graduated from Columbia College’s MFA program last spring, and is a rising star, exhibiting widely.  Smoke is from her series Sehnscucht, which refers to the German word describing a feeling of complex longing. Her work draws from the purity and simplicity of a rural lifestyle, for which she feels both longing and alienation. This piece depicts a beautiful fall afternoon disrupted by the presence of ominous smoke from an unknown source.  


Odette England, Dad #16 (Right Foot), 2012
Pigment Print on Museo Rag
27 x 36 Inches on 31 x 40 inch sheet
Courtesy of the artist and KLOMPCHING Gallery, Brooklyn

Retail Price: $2,000
Starting Bid: $1,000

Odette England sees her camera as a time machine. Using such items as expired film and vintage negatives, her work explores the instability of time through the medium of photography. England was a featured artist in the MoCP’s 2013 Of Walking show, where this piece was exhibited. She had her parents walk around the grounds of a farm they once owned -- but were forced to sell -- when when she was a teenager. Negatives of the farm were attached to their shoes, which she then printed pictures from. Her work has been exhibited
widely including at the Three White Walls Gallery, Birmingham, UK, The Space, Brighton, UK, Durham Art Gallery Durham, UK, Lennox Contemporary, Toronto, Canada, The Bargehouse London, UK, Joyce Gordon Gallery, Oakland, CA, and the Newspace Center for Photography, Portland, OR, among others locations.


Terry Evans, Oak Street Beach, Chicago, 2004
Pigment Print
15 x 15 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $2,200
Starting Bid:$1,100

Known for her successful career photographing nature and the landscape, Terry Evans turned her camera to Chicago in her series and book Revealing Chicago (2005).  Photographing the city from above to reveal its complexity, beauty and diversity, her work shows the city as few have seen it before. In Oak Street Beach, Chicago, Evans abstracts a familiar Chicago place, challenging us to look with new eyes on our everyday surroundings. Evans is last year's honoree as recipient of the MoCP's Silver Camera Award; her work is collected in marquee institutions worldwide.

Geissler and Sann, You Won't Fool the Children of the Revolution (No.2), 2012
Inkjet on Exhibition Fiber, Edition 3/5

37.4 x 31.5 inches
Courtesy of the artists

Retail Price: $4,800
Starting Bid: $2,200

The artistic team of Beate Geissler and Oliver Sann make work that often focuses on the role of technology as a mediator between humans and the world. This piece comes from an exhibition titled You Won’t Fool the Children of the Revolution, which paired beautiful images of chrysalises and a floor made of computer screens. Within the context of the exhibition title, the work can be read as a proclamation of humanity in a transformative state, empowered yet perhaps dehumanized by the cyber revolution. The chrysalis has almost a metallic sheen, underscoring the link between biology and technology Their work has been included in exhibitions at Neue Gesellschaft fur bildende Kunst, Berlin; the Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; Gallery ftc, Berlin; the Renaissance Society, Chicago; among others.
Private Fine Art Consultation by Patti Gilford
Patti Gilford, a recognized Chicago-area art expert, will provide the recipient with one hour of fine art advisory services.  Patti Gilford is the founder of Patti Gilford Fine Arts (PGFA), which has advised individuals, architects, interior designers and corporate clients in art acquisitions for over 30 years. PGFA helps clients consider, select, procure, install, refit and deaccession a wide range of artworks in all media and a variety of markets. 

Patti Gilford Fine Arts
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Retail Price: $275
Starting Bid: $150

Michelle Grabner, Untitled, 2013
Black and White Print
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $3,200
Starting Bid: $1,600

As an artist, curator, critic, educator, gallerist, and professor, Michelle Grabner is a force in Chicago's art world, recognized in part by her appointment as co-curator of the upcoming 2014 Whitney Biennial. Untitled is a cell phone photograph of Grabner’s television that shows Green Bay Packer's quarterback Aaron Rodgers preparing for a faceoff. The image is one of ten photographs by the artist that were featured in the MoCP’s acclaimed 2013 show Spectator Sports For Grabner, the act of watching professional sports and the expectations that we bring to the experience are deeply informed by family and gender, topics that have been the focus of her art practice for over two decades. The picture’s frame has a slight green tint with a nod to her native Wisconsin's home team. Her work is in the collection of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, Milwaukee Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; DaimlerChrysler Collection, Berlin; Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg Mudam Museum, Luxembourg; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Jefferson Hayman, Chicago 11, 2007/2014
Pigment Print
14 x 9 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,200

Starting Bid: $600

Jefferson Hayman’s images may look antique, but in fact they are contemporary images made with early photographic techniques. Seeing his work as a type capsule of sorts, Hayman’s images employs the visual language of vintage photographs to explore themes of nostalgia and memory. Turning his lens on Chicago, Hayman has captured the timeless architecture of our city in his signature vintage style, artfully interrupted by the presence of a contemporary traffic light.
His work can be found in many public collections, most notably The Museum of Modern Art and The New York Public Library.


Julie Henry, Going Down "You'll Never Walk Alone" with Song Sheet
12 x 16 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,650
Starting Bid: $800

A featured artist in the acclaimed 2013 MoCP show Spectator Sports, Julie Henry’s work examines the relationship between fans and the teams they root for.  Here, she pairs a fan’s hopeful prayer at an English soccer match with a song sheet for an often repeated anthem that follows the tune of the well-known song “You’ll  Never Walk Alone.”  The juxtaposition cleverly depicts the strong emotions and intense insults that are prevalent in sports stadiums across England. A graduate of Central St. Martin's School of Art and Design, her work has been shown in Berlin, London, Jerusalem, and Cincinnati. Her work has since been included in exhibitions at the Botanischer Gardens & Museum, Berlin; amd Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow; in addition to solo shows held at the Garden Museum, London; and Gallery 33, Berlin (2008) among others.



Janna Ireland, An Egg on Its End, 2013
Pigment Print
30 x 20 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $800
Starting Bid: $400

Artist Janna Ireland sees herself as a character in fantasy life emerging off the pages of 1980s-era Ebony Magazine. The winner of the MoCP’s competitive Snider Prize -- which hails a submission by the top emerging artist finishing grad school – Ireland’s images channel the display of wealth and affluence with a distinctly Los Angeles vibe, an aesthetic she picked up from her time in the prestigious UCLA visual arts program (MFA 2013).  Pulling her inspiration from commercial fashion spreads circa the 80s and Renaissance painting alike, Ireland’s image An Egg on it’s End, exudes simple elegance.  Here she documents this vignette from the kitchen once used by her husband's grandmother simultaneously as an outsider and an insider in an exploration of femininity, domesticity, isolation, and black identity.



Dave Jordano, Man Sitting at the Bar, Kovacs Tavern, Detroit, 2010
Archival Pigment Print Mounted to Diebond
24 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,500
Starting Bid: $800

While the rest of the world watched postindustrial Detroit crumble, Dave Jordano took a different view, photographing the power of the human spirit thriving in his hometown despite circumstances.  With exhibitions in both the United States and abroad,  Jordano’s ongoing work in the series Detroit: Unbroken Down continues to generate accolades.  Featured in the MoCP’s own Midwest Photographers Project, Jordano’s documentary images range from portraits to street scenes to landscapes painting a wide ranging picture of the city. Jordano's work can be found in the collections of the MoCP, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Museum of Fine Art, Houston, and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University. 


Taiyo Onorato & Nico Krebs, Neon Motel, 2006
C-Print
Courtesy of the artists and Peter Lav Gallery

Retail Price: $5,150
Starting Bid: $2,600

As outsiders, the Swiss duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs took on the a longstanding tradition of photographing America on a cross-country road trip in their series The Great Unreal
(2009).  The artists carefully staged and manipulated works that equally questioned the cliché of the American west and the medium of photography itself; a project featured as part of the MoCP’s 2012 show Peripheral Views: States of America.  In Neon Motel, a rustic cabin is sharply juxtaposed with neon lighting and a cell phone tower, undermining this traditional symbol of the American west.

Lisa Lindvay Commission
Retail Price: $2,200
Starting Bid: $1,100


Successful bidders will receive an intimate photographic portrait by Lisa Lindvay taken at their home. This is your opportunity to collaborate with an artist to create a unique, personal piece of art. The final product will be a 20”x 24” unframed photograph.  

* The patron will be required to arrange transportation for the artist to and from the session.



Sandro Miller, Death In The Garden Of Eden, 2013
Archival Pigment Print
33 x 33 inches

1/5 + 2AP
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $4,400
Starting Bid: $2,200

Sandro Miller has two portfolios in the MoCP’s Midwest Photographer’s Project and is known for his portraiture work and award-winning advertising campaigns alike.  In Death In The Garden Of Eden, Miller portrays a dead bird with all the technical perfection and elegance of the studio portraits he is known for.  At the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in July 2011, Sandro was acknowledged with a Saatchi & Saatchi Best New Director Award for his short video "Butterflies" featuring John Malkovich. For the past five years, in juried competition within the industry, Sandro has been voted one of the top 200 advertising photographers in the world.


New York Trip
Retail Price: Priceless
Starting Bid: $2,500

Winning bidders of this auction item will meet an MoCP Curator in New York from May 2-4 for an exciting weekend of photography. Stay at the fabulous James Hotel, go behind-the-scenes for a tour of MoMA and the Robert Heinecken exhibition, visit artist Christian Patterson’s studio, and meet Dawoud Bey for a tour of his exhibition at Mary Boone Gallery (his work is also currently on view at the Whitney Biennial). Airfare not included.




Heidi Norton, Black Light/White Light/Grow Light/Dappled Light, 2013
Archival Pigment Print
20 x 16 inches
Edition 1/5 + 2 AP
Courtesy of the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery

Retail Price: $2,000
Starting Bid: $1,000

Heidi Norton has taken the houseplant off the in windowsill and into the studio, to examine issues of display, time and the life cycle.  This graduate of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MFA program sees a parallel between light’s role in photosynthesis and it’s role in photography. Letting live plants decay over the course of her solo show at the MCA Chicago in 2012, Norton’s work exists across various mediums. Her photographs document her plant subjects somewhere between growth and decay persevering a moment in their lifecycle, as in Black Light/White Light/Grow Light/Dappled Light. Her work is in the collections of the Midwest Photography Project at the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Joyce Foundation.



Vesna Pavlović, Traveling, 2010
Endura Metallic Color Print
16 x 20 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,600
Starting Bid: $800

A 2007 graduate of the prestigious Columbia University MFA program , Vesna Pavlović questions the common impulse felt by many vacationers to take pictures of tourist destinations that have already been extensively documented. In Traveling, she photographs selections of found slides from an American family’s world travels in the 1960s, drawing attention to the labels and other hand-recorded information that personalize otherwise generic sightseer imagery. Her work is included in major private and public art collections, Phillips Collection and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, in Washington DC, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrade, Serbia, among others.


Phaidon Contemporary Photography Collection

Enhance your personal library with a curated selection of limited edition and classic Phaidon contemporary photography titles. Titles include Rene Burri Photographs, Steve McCurry Untold, Nan Goldin: Eden and After, Joel Meyerowitz Aftermath, Danny Lyon Deep Sea Diver, Stephen Shore Road Trip Journal, Helen Binet Composing Space, and Magnum Stories.

Retail Price: $1,300
Starting Bid: $700


David Plowden, Storm--Stanton County, Nebraska, 2008
Ink Jet Print
13 x 19 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $2,000
Starting Bid: $1,000

David Plowden has charged himself with the task of documenting rural America over his fifty-year career.  Concerned with recording the country’s disappearing landscapes and the vestiges of its industrial age, this Guggenheim Fellow has published over twenty photography books and was the subject of retrospective at MoCP in 1998.  His images are rigorously formal and nostalgic without being sentimental.  Storm--Stanton County, Nebraska, is a classic example of Plowden’s work: formally beautiful, but quintessentially Midwestern. 



Colleen Plumb, Nungesser Elephant, 2010
Pigment Print
18 3/4 x 18 3/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,500
Starting Bid: $800

Colleen Plumb’s images investigate our complicated relationship with animals in her series and book Animals are Outside Today (2011). Contemplating how we simultaneously coexist with and exert control over animals, plumb’s images diverge dramatically from more standard depictions of the animal kingdom, instead alluding to a wide range of attitudes towards the creatures around us, both positive and negative.  Plumb is a Columbia College Chicago MFA graduate (1999), current faculty member, and a member of the MoCP Museum Council; her work is held in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Fidelity Collection in Boston, and the Southeast Museum of Photography in Daytona Beach.  Nungesser Elephant was shot in New Orleans during the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  It takes its name from Billy Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish President, who advised Plumb on where to photograph the destruction of the marshland.

Michael Robinson, Hexenbesen, 2013
Paper, Rubber Cement
11 x 8 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Carrie Secrist Gallery

Retail Price: $1,200
Starting Bid: $600

Robinson is a filmmaker, photographer, and artist working with collage who often appropriates found material to inform his art. He pulls his imagery from such disparate sources as 80s computer graphics to manuscripts related to fruit tree diseases and composing such surreal works as Hexenbesen that uses an idyllic landscapes as the backdrop.  After earning his MFA from University of Illinois at Chicago, Robinson has gone on to exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art P.S.1, the 2012 Whitney Biennial, and the Walker Art Center.



Allison Ruttan, Bearded Lady (WAP) from the series Individuation
in Bonobo Grooming Habits
, 2006
Archival Inkjet Print and Ball Point Pen
10 5/8 × 9 3/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,200
Starting Bid: $600

Ruttan’s series Individuation in Bonobo Grooming Habits examines ape behavior that is ordinarily thought to be distinctly human. While spending time at Wild Animal Park in San Diego, Ruttan noticed what zookeepers at the facility have long known—bonobo apes in captivity pluck and groom their hair to cultivate individual hairstyles. Intrigued, she began taking portraits of the bonobos, later reducing the color palette of the pictures and drawing over the head and facial hair of each subject with pen ink. By accenting an uncanny similarity between the bonobos’ grooming habits and our own, Ruttan’s works playfully articulate the likelihood of a common ancestor. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago’s MFA program, Ruttan’s work was featured in the 2011 Our Origins show at the MoCP.  Ruttan has exhibited nationally and internationally, including at Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Ampersand International Arts, San Francisco, CA; Gallery Wit, Wageningen, the Netherlands; Directors Lounge, Berlin, Germany; and The Drawing Center, New York, NY. 




Ross Sawyers, Untitled, 2011
Inkjet Print
24 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $2,000

Starting Bid: $1,000

One of Columbia's photo professors and a member of the MoCP's Museum Council, Ross Sawyers (MFA U. of Washington 2007) makes small scale models of residential housing interiors. Taken during the midst of Chicago's housing slump, this work is about the fracture of the great American dream of home ownership, done in Sawyers' distinctive style that is both technically adept and formally gorgeous.  Beautiful but invasive white light engulfs a domestic interior -- an unintended tenant who occupied far too many spaces in the depths of the recession.

Michael Schmelling, Untitled (Ripped Jeans), 2013
Archival Inkjet Print
14 1/16 x 10 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,000
Starting Bid: $500

Shot at a dance party on Chicago's West Side, Untitled (Ripped Jeans) is part of a year-long commission by the MoCP that will culminate in an exhibition in fall of 2014 titled Your Blues that features the work of artist Michael Schmelling. While exploring Chicago's musical landscape, Schmelling has focused on the overlooked and off the beaten path scenes, frequenting house party shows and searching out niche and local acts that are not widely known. Schmelling is in high demand for such publications as The Fader, W, Wired, Details, NY Magazine, The Wire, and The New York Times Magazine.  He earned a Grammy for his work on the cover of the band Wilco's epic A Ghost is Born (2004) and was the photographer for the acclaimed Wilco Book (2004).



Art Shay, Nelson Algren in Chicago, 1949
Silver fiber print
11 x 14 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Ann Nathan Gallery

Retail Price: $1,700
Starting Bid: $900

With a seventy-year career, Art Shay is one of Chicago’s most prolific and renowned photographers. For his work, the MoCP is honoring his accomplishments this year with the SIlver Camera Award.  From exploring the city of Chicago with his camera and author Nelson Algren to photographing nine U.S. presidents and shooting thousands of magazine covers, Shay has been collected by major museums and the subject of many monographs.  Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick has remarked "Chicago writers like Terkel, Kogan, Royko and Algren gave us a voice. Art Shay gave us a face."

Shay reflects of this photograph of Nelson Algren: "[It was] shot for but not used in Life Magazine. [A] vintage print, [it was] part of my series on Algren that covered 8 years. We had just been shooting in a gambling joint on Division near Damen, the epicenter of Algren's and his Man with the Golden Arm locations."

Art Shay, Liberace Throwing Football to Wives of Chicago Bears, 1956
Silver fiber print
11 x 14 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Ann Nathan Gallery

Retail Price: $1,700

Starting Bid: $900

With a seventy-year career, Art Shay is one of Chicago’s most prolific and renowned photographers. For his work, the MoCP is honoring his accomplishments this year with the SIlver Camera Award.  From exploring the city of Chicago with his camera and author Nelson Algren to photographing nine U.S. presidents and shooting thousands of magazine covers, Shay has been collected by major museums and the subject of many monographs.  Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick has remarked "Chicago writers like Terkel, Kogan, Royko and Algren gave us a voice. Art Shay gave us a face."

In this image of Liberace 'throwing' a football to wives of the Chicago Bears at a charity event at the Ambassador East Hotel in 1956, Shay remembers asking if Liberace liked football. His reply was "I love the huddles."



Art Shay, Rock Throwing Brando, 1950
RC Silver print
10 x 8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Ann Nathan Gallery

Retail Price: $1,500

Starting Bid: $900

With a seventy-year career, Art Shay is one of Chicago’s most prolific and renowned photographers. For his work, the MoCP is honoring his accomplishments this year with the SIlver Camera Award.  From exploring the city of Chicago with his camera and author Nelson Algren to photographing nine U.S. presidents and shooting thousands of magazine covers, Shay has been collected by major museums and the subject of many monographs.  Chicago artist Tony Fitzpatrick has remarked "Chicago writers like Terkel, Kogan, Royko and Algren gave us a voice. Art Shay gave us a face."

Part of a shoot of Marlon Brando for Life at his parents' farm in Libertyville, Shay recalls the day: "We threw rocks at insulators high on power poles and discussed whether women put out for men they really liked or who could do something for their careers. The problem rarely came up for me in real life, but alas, the question flummoxed Marlon completely."

Laurie Simmons, Walking John Hancock (Chicago), 1992
14 x 11 inches
Edition 43/200
Courtesy of the artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery

Retail Price: $2,500
Starting Bid: $1,300

Laurie Simmons has spent her more than forty-year career engrossed in a miniature world.  Using dolls, puppets and elaborate costumes as her subjects, Simmons' photographs are about memory and nostalgia.  In Walking John Hancock (Chicago), she turns one of Chicago’s own landmarks into a whimsical character in motion on two legs. A practice she has used in her work throughout her career, with such objects as a birthday cake, a camera, and a house to name a few.  Simmons has shown at P.S. 1 and MoMA, twice at the Whitney Biennial, and her work is held more 25 notable collections across the globe. 




Guillaume Simoneau, Grasshopper on Rose, Kennesaw, Georgia, 2008
C-print
20 x 16 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,200
Starting Bid: $600

Guillaume Simoneau’s tumultuous on-again, off-again relationship with Caroline Annandale lasted before and following her deployment to Iraq and is the subject of his series Love and War (2000-2008).  Using a variety of ephemera as subject, including photographs taken when they first met, text messages, and handwritten notes, Simoneau’s work was featured in the 2013 MoCP exhibition Backstory. Grasshopper on Rose, Kennesaw, Georgia, was taken in Annandale's home state of Georgia. This sweet vignette is tainted by light leaks caused by the TSA screening that affected Simoneau's negatives, underscoring the impact of the war on his relationship as well as his work. Simoneau's work is held in such major collections as SFMOMA, the Museum of Fine Art in Houston and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.   



Daniel Shea, Lock from Blisner, Ill., 2012
Archival Pigment Print
11 x 13 3/4 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Andrew Rafacz Gallery

Retail Price: $800
Starting Bid: $400

Last year, Daniel Shea was Digital Artist in Residence at Columbia College Chicago, where he produced his limited edition artist book Blisner, Ill. The MoCP hosted the release reception for this book, which focuses on a fictional town suffering the all too real effects of deindustrialization that have devastated manufacturing communities throughout the rustbelt. Shea's Lock was made from a different era and the key is long gone, like the decline of American industry, unlikely to return.


Matt Siber, Heliograph from the Idol Structures series, 2012
Archival Inkjet Print
20 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,200
Starting Bid: $600

Matt Siber's work is concerned with advertising and the structures that hold these commercial messages. Although advertisers intend for the support structures that hold signs and messages to be invisible, Siber is interested in their form and aesthetics, subjects that he explores in the series Idol Structures.  In Heliograph, Siber photographs a billboard base where the advertisement itself can't be seen due to reflecting light. The structure becomes almost a Minimalist monument that subverts the message of the advertiser. The title further underscores his intent, referring to a device that reflects sunlight to send Morse code messages. Siber is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s  MFA program and currently an adjunct instructor at the college, and a member of the MoCP's Museum Council.




Katja Stuke, London, from the Supernatural series, 2008; printed 2012
Pigment print
45 x 37 1/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Value: $1,700
Starting Bid: $900

This work is drawn from Katja Stuke’s series Supernatural, a project for which she has photographed her television screen during the summer Olympics gymnastic competition since 2000. The image captures  the moment of concentration just before 2012 American gymnast McKayla Maroney launched into one of her routines on a world stage.  A featured artist in the MoCP’s acclaimed 2013 show Spectator Sports, Stuke’s images are concerned with how athletes become extensions of our own national pride and sense of self as we watch them perform on television.


Sonja Thomsen, Demarcate, 2013
Archival Ink Jet
29 x 24 inches
Courtesy of the artist

Retail Price: $1,700
Starting Bid: $900

Like the medium of photography itself, Sonja Thomsen’s art practice is concerned with time, light and the experience of seeing. To create Demarcate she enlists a rainbow—which contains the entire spectrum of visible color—to consider the nature of human perception and also the limits of what the human eye can sense.  The child pictured is both blinded and illuminated by light as Thomsen illustrates the wonderous pleasures of seeing and also the edges of perception in a single gesture.  A multidisciplinary artist, Thomsen’s work is featured in the MoCP’s Midwest Photographer’s Project, as well as in the collections of the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Reykjavik Museum of Photography, Iceland.




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