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Berman Collection Part III Features Wide Awakes Memorabilia Sept. 26
DALLAS, TEXAS — A 3-inch, 1860 Abraham Lincoln hat badge — made for members of the avidly collected Wide Awakes campaign group — is expected to sell for $13,000 as Heritage Auctions offers more than 350 examples of rare political memorabilia in Part III of the Merrill C. Berman collection of Americana and Political Memorabilia. The September 26 auction includes political buttons, ribbons and ephemera from campaigns spanning George Washington to John F. Kennedy.
“Early material related to the pro-Lincoln Wide Awakes is very popular, and the Berman Collection kept this rarity off the market for nearly 30 years,” said Tom Slater, director of Americana auctions at Her- itage. “The Berman Collection Part II set a world record and we’re excited to see how collec- tors respond to this latest, com- prehensive offering.”
One of the earliest-known photographic campaign items ever produced, an extraordi- narily rare, 1852 daguerreo- type for Winfield Scott’s failed presidential campaign is one of just two known to exist. In immaculate condition, the pen- dant consists of a very clear image of Scott, set into a gilt- brass shell frame with “For President Winfield Scott” bold-
A rare, 1852 daguerreotype for Winfield Scott’s failed presiden- tial campaign, consists of a very clear image of Scott, set into a gilt-brass shell frame with “For President Winfield Scott” bold- ly incused in block letters.
A 21⁄4-inch “60 Million Work- ing” 1948 campaign button features Harry Truman, from his first campaign for the presidency.
A 3-inch 1860 Abraham Lincoln hat badge — made for members of the Wide Awakes campaign group — has been off the market for more than 30 years in the Berman collection.
ly incused in block letters ($20,000).
A highly-prized campaign ferrotype image of Horace Greeley, in the form of a quill pen to celebrate the candi- date’s career as one of Ameri- ca’s greatest journalists, appears at auction for just the second time in nearly 50 years ($15,000).
The collection’s extensive selection of campaign pinbacks includes the iconic 21⁄4-inch “60
Million Working” 1948 button featuring Harry Truman ($12,000); an 1896 jugate but- ton featuring cartoonish depic- tions of William McKinley and Garret Hobart riding a bicycle ($10,000); and a rare and important 11⁄4-inch jugate from 1920, featuring Presidents Warren G. Harding and Calvin Coolidge, one of the hobby’s most familiar and coveted designs ($10,000).
A few of the top lots which will
all cross the block with the same $8,000 estimate are: a large oval sulphide brooch fea- turing Martin Van Buren; a 11⁄2-inch jugate, with inward facing portraits of the 1924 Republican candidates that is inscribed “Coolidge & Dawes For The Nation’s Cause”; and one of two known examples of a rare variant of the key 1848 pewter rim medallion picturing the Democratic ticket of Lewis Cass and William Butler.
Rounding out the highlights is an unusual lithographed tin license plate attachment with portraits of the 1928 Democrat candidates, Al Smith and Joe Robinson, shown superim- posed on Smith’s trademark brown derby hat.
There will be a full preview at Heritage Auctions, 3500 Maple Avenue, on Friday, September 25. For more infor- mation, www.ha.com or 877- 437-4824.
A campaign ferrotype image of Horace Greeley, in the form of a quill pen with the quote “The Pen is Mightier than the Sword” is in raised letters to celebrate the candidate’s career as one of America’s greatest journalists.
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NEW YORK CITY — The 18th annual Friends of Friends Photography Auction will be held on October 6, at 7 pm, at the Metropolitan Pavil- ion. The highly anticipated photography event is present- ed by Friends Without A Bor- der, a nonprofit organization that provides urgently needed medical care to children in Southeast Asia.
Elliott Erwitt will be honored as “Artist of the Year.” The live auction will feature more than 100 works by leading artists, including Berenice Abbott, Mike Disfarmer, Elliott Erwitt, Louis Faurer, Lee Friedlander, Bob Gruen, Eikoh Hosoe, Kenro Izu, Annie Leibovitz, Saul Leiter, Leon Levinstein, Mary Ellen Mark, Richard Misrach, Daido Moriyama,
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NEW YORK CITY — “Chuck Close: Recent Work,” an exhi- bition of new oil paintings on view at Pace through October 17. Chuck Close continues his
investigation of the grid as an organizational device, explor- ing minimal information pro- cessing in portraiture. Close abandons the expressionistic brushstrokes that have char- acterized his paintings since the 1990s. Rather, he applies multiple thin washes of paint in each cell of the grid, layer- ing red, yellow and blue until they accumulate into extrava- gant full-color images.
The earliest works in the exhibition — portraits of Ceci- ly Brown and Cindy Sherman — reveal the beginnings of this process, leaving the paint- ing’s development visible.
Although the works repre- sent a new direction for Close, they are also a revival and reconsideration of processes he first used in the 1970s when he restricted his palette to three colors, coaxing differ- ent saturations of paint and hue into photorealist por- traits.
When viewed up close, the portrayed subjects disinte- grate into grids of color evoca- tive of Paul Klee’s Magic Square paintings. These works attest to a heightened interest in the effects of color and suggest a new way of challenging the processes
through which his portraits are constructed. It allows him to create distinct works from the same image through dif- ferent saturations and juxta- positions of hue.
Close has been the subject of more than 200 solo exhibitions in more than 20 countries, including major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid.
Pace Gallery is at 534 West 25th Street. For information, www.pacegallery.com or 212- 421-3292.
Chuck Close Oil Paintings On View At Pace Gallery
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“This Is Art: Part 1” by Alyson Vega, 2015, mixed media on paper, 31⁄4 by 5 inches. Courtesy Fountain House Gallery.
NEW YORK CITY — Fountain House Gallery, representing artists living with mental illness, is presenting the exhibition “Absence Of,” on view until October 21. This group show of works in black and white is curated by Kristin Sancken, a Brooklyn-based writer, curator and longtime sup- porter of the Outsider Art community.
The exhibition spotlights nearly 50 works. Among the mediums represented are pen and ink, acrylic, mixed media, collage and digital photogra- phy.
The show’s featured artists are Leonard Aschen- brand, Lyn Barlotta, Azure Bourne, Martin Cohen, Jonathan Glass, Ariella Kadosh, Julio Mendoza, Keith Pavia, George Penon, Annette Phuvan, Jas- mine Soto, Maura Terese and Alyson Vega.
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