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Avant Garden 2012 Auction Items

Cindy Sherman, Untitled, 2002/2008, 5/10

Own this color photograph by Cindy Sherman, one of the most important and influential figures in contemporary art. She has assumed countless roles over the course of her 35-year career, which was recently highlighted in a retrospective on the artist at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. The exhibition will be on view at the Walker in November.

Value: $60,000–$80,000

Donated by: Metro Pictures

Sam Reveles, Eight, 1999

Enjoy an original painting by critically acclaimed New York artist Sam Reveles. His work can be found in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Dallas Museum of Art, and among others.

Value: $7,500

Donated by: Michael J. Peterman and David A. Wilson

Julie Mehretu, Entropia (review), 2004, 15/45

Incorporating the dynamic visual vocabulary of maps, urban-planning grids, and architectural forms, the work of painter Julie Mehretu combines abstract forms with the familiar in intricately layered fictional landscapes. This special-edition print commemorates Mehretu’s yearlong residency at the Walker. Copublished with Highpoint Editions, Entropia (review) weds screenprint and lithographic techniques to faithfully translate her luminous imagery to the medium of printmaking. Also included is an artist-signed catalogue.

Value: $23,000

Donated by: Laura and John Taft

Louise Bourgeois, Art Is a Guarantee of Sanity, 1999, 24/25

This print comes from Louise Bourgeois’ portfolio What Is the Shape of This Problem? Louise was a French-born American artist who gained fame only late in a long career, when her psychologically charged abstract sculptures, drawings, and prints had a galvanizing effect on the work of younger artists, particularly women. The artist’s work has been featured in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Value: $6,500

Donated by: Carol and Kim Bemis

Angela Strassheim, Untitled (Breaking up), 2006

This photograph is from Angela Strassheim’s series titled Pause. In it, she is trying to capture a significant moment in time for the woman and girls featured in the photographs. Whether this is a moment of awkwardness or distress. Angela is a New York–based artist, whose work is in the collections of the Walker, the Guggenheim Museum, New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and among others.

Value: $9,000–$16,000

Donated by: Peggy and Ralph Burnet

Alec Soth, Enchanted Forest, 2010

One of the most compelling voices in contemporary photography, Minneapolis-based Alec Soth transforms offbeat scenes of everyday America into powerful narrative vignettes. Working in a photographic tradition of road photography, his images offer insight into broader sociologies while forming an unexpected portrait of the country. Published on the occasion of his 2010 Walker exhibition From Here To There: Alec Soth’s America, this limited-edition photogravure derives from the artist’s series, Broken Manual, which documents individuals who seek to flee civilization for a life “off the grid.”

Value: $2,200

Donated by: RBC Wealth Management

Frank Gaard Portrait

This is a rare opportunity to join Frank Gaard’s pantheon of portrait subjects, which filled a room of the Frank Gaard: Poison & Candy survey at the Walker last winter. The winning bidder will have the chance to visit the artist’s Southwest Minneapolis studio to pose for Gaard while he paints your likeness.

Value: $1,000

Host a Cocktail Event at a Chelsea Gallery

This item is a unique way to reconnect with friends in New York. Welcome up to 25 people for cocktails at a classic Chelsea art gallery with a view of the High Line park. You and your guests will enjoy a private tour of the exhibition on view. The party includes gallery staff, bartender, cocktails, sparkling water, and hors d’oeuvres. Scheduling to be coordinated with Alexander Gray Associates, based on availability. Please note that the exhibition or promotion of artists, artworks, or products that are not affiliated with the gallery will not be permitted. Red wine is not permitted in the gallery.

Value: $5,000

Design Your Own Flavor of Prairie Vodka

Prairie invites a vodka enthusiast to unleash your artistic connoisseurship by designing your own flavor of vodka. Working alongside the master distiller, you’ll be able to choose from an eclectic range of ingredients with which to infuse your personalized vodka. Prairie Vodka is a locally crafted and certified organic. Must be used within one year of the auction.

Value: priceless

Private Tour and Cocktail Reception at the MIA with Liu Yang

Enjoy an evening with your friends at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for a cocktail reception and private tour of China’s Terracotta Warriors: The First Emperor’s Legacy with curator of Chinese art Dr. Liu Yang. The exhibition will feature 120 rare objects, including eight terracotta figures, and will include the birth and rise of the First Emperor, his quest for immortality, and his death, burial, and legacy. This private event must take place on a Thursday evening. The exhibition will be on view October 28, 2012 through January 20, 2013.

Value: $1,000

Roundtable Luncheon with Twin Cities Executives

Have the chance to meet and get advice from some of the Twin Cities leading business professionals. Over lunch a group of executives from a diverse set of companies will discuss the local and national employment market and how best to go about identifying and applying for jobs. The roundtable currently will include Andrew Duff, Chairman and CEO of Piper Jaffray, Deb Hopp Publisher at MPLS.ST.PAUL Magazine, Chris Killingstad, President and CEO of Tennant Company, Jennie Carlson, U.S. Bank’s Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Jodee Koziak, Executive Vice President, Human Resources of Target, and John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management – US. This luncheon is sponsored by RBC Wealth Management and will be hosted at Gather by D’Amico at the Walker Art Center on Monday, October 29 from 12-1:30 p.m. Limited number of seats available.

Value: $250 per person

Four VIP Tickets to Rock the Garden 2013

Take part in the concert event of the summer with four VIP tickets to Rock the Garden on Saturday, June 15, 2013. Some past VIP benefits have included great bites from Modern Events by D’Amico, drink tickets, access to a cash bar, convenient parking, and a premiere spot from which to view the bands. Be the first to officially reserve your tickets to Rock the Garden 2013 with this special advance package offer.

Value: $700

Curate Your Own Guthrie Theater Package

Curate your own series of Guthrie performances with VIP treatment for four separate shows for the 2012–2013 seasons. Each performance you choose will include two tickets and access to the Kitchak Donor Lounge. During intermission, you and your guest can enjoy a beautiful view of the riverfront as you indulge yourself at the bar, and you’ll appreciate the lounge’s private amenities. This package is one that you can continue to enjoy throughout the year.

Value: $520

Walker Curators Install Your Personal Art Collection

Achieve perfect aesthetic feng shui at home with the help of a team of Walker curators who will install your collection with an expert team of art handlers. Whether you have just moved, or want to rethink your current collection, Walker curators can put you mind at rest with their helpful advice.

Value: priceless

Architecture Consultation by Peterssen/Keller

Let your imagination take form when the talented Lars Peterssen and Gabriel Keller makes a house call to see how you can make your renovation dreams a reality. Whether you want to add a terrace or a room, or redesign your home or office, Lars Peterssen and Gabriel Keller’s innovative and sophisticated taste will make your dreams a reality. This item is good for a four-hour consultation and may be used anytime.

Value: $600

Mary Hickey Interiors Custom Consultation and Garden Stool

Take pleasure in owning this delightful signature Mary Hickey Interiors piece, a treasured garden stool. It’s a versatile item that can be used in various ways throughout the home—as a seat, a bedside table, and more. Let this be the beginning point to a room in your home. A four-hour custom design consultation with Hickey will be spent talking about a paint color, wall covering, window treatments, and ways to incorporate this artistic piece into your home.

Value: $1,400

Michael Cohen Art Lighting Consultation

Lighting is key for photography and film, but shouldn’t you be blessed with designer lighting in your everyday life? Let the keen aesthetic eye of Michael Cohen of Schuler Shook Lighting Designers “enlighten” your art collection, or just enliven your home or office.

Value: $500

Winter Pots by Landscape Love

When it’s the season to welcome back Old Man Winter, Landscape Love will deliver some gorgeous evergreens to spruce up the area around your front door. You provide the two urns or window boxes and Landscape Love will do the rest! Whether you are decorating for a holiday party, or just want festive ambience, the Evergreen containers will be the perfect accent for the winter season. Must be used between November 1–December 31, 2012.

Value: $500

dpHue Color Party

Gather your friends in a relaxing, trendy environment complete with experienced professionals for a chic makeover extravaganza and the latest vogue in custom hair color by dpHue Color. The host will receive one complimentary color kit, and the rest of the party will have the opportunity to purchase color kits in addition to complimentary bottles of the fabulous dpHUE Oil Therapy. Delicious appetizers and margaritas will be provided by Barrio. The party can include up to 12 guests.

Value: $700

A Wow Social by the Wow Bar Blow-Dry & Style Bar

Experience the blow-dry bar sensation with a private party at the Wow Bar in Edina. Over the course of 90 minutes, you and seven friends will enjoy blowouts, libations, and nibbles as well as complimentary gift bags including shampoo and conditioner.

Value: $560

Prada Purse

Own this new stylish black leather Prada purse with studs from one of Italy’s premier fashion labels.

Value: $2,195

Loro Piana Clutch

This brand new pochette wallet is made of Fjord, a sturdy leather from Norway that has a grainy touch and is resistant to scratching and liquids. A zip closure and small handle allow the pochette to be used as a clutch. Perfect for those who prefer a larger-size wallet.

Value: $1,100

Vincent A Restaurant Gift Card

Enjoy a meal at one of Minneapolis’ finest restaurants, Vincent. Head chef Vincent Francoual is known for creating delicious French cuisine with a contemporary American influence. This gift card can be used anytime, whether for causal lunches or a special night out on the town.

Value: $500

Lawn Bowling Party at Brit’s Pub & Eating Establishment

Relax at the popular Twin Cities rooftop patio at Brit’s over a game of lawn bowling with your friends. This package includes two hours for 16 guests and two complimentary pints for each participant. Lawn bowling reservations are subject to availability, and must be used before September 2013.

Luxury Pajamas by Sophia Graydon

An elevated approach to luxury pajamas, our Lowry Collection has a refined fit and subtle color blocking on the Pajama Shirt and tuxedo striping on the Pajama Pants. The winning bidder may choose from one of two colorways: platinum or midnight blue. If you prefer, you may visit the Sophia Graydon atelier to select your size. Sophia Graydon is a new Minneapolis-based company founded by Monica Nassif, and is devoted to luxury loungewear.

Value: $995.00

Avant Garden 2012, the Walker Art Center’s annual benefit, takes place on Saturday, September 8.