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Avant Garden 2013 Auction Items

Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen, Sketchbook Page: Apple Core Gazebo, 2001

The artistic team of Claes Oldenburg (b. 1929) and Coosje van Bruggen (1942-2009) has to date executed more than forty large-scale projects, which have been sited in various urban surroundings in Europe, Asia and the United States. The now-iconic Spoonbridge and Cherry (1985-1988) is the centerpiece of Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, one of the Twin Cities’ most beloved cultural destinations. This sketchbook drawing, entitled Apple Core Gazebo, was created as a study for a garden sculpture.

Value: $30,000

Courtesy the artists and Paula Cooper Gallery

Jenny Holzer, Selection from Survival: You are trapped on the earth…, 2006

Jenny Holzer has been using text in her work since the mid-1970s. Using words as her artistic medium, Holzer has been disseminating her provocative messages—“truisms”—into public spaces: on posters, on stickers placed on parking meters or telephone booths, on electronic display signboards from Times Square to Caesar’s Palace. Holzer was the first woman artist to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale in 1990, and her work is featured in the collections of the Guggenheim Museum; the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Museum of Modern Art; and the Walker Art Center, including her sculptural installation It Takes a While Before You Can Step Over Inert Bodies and Go Ahead With What You Were Trying To Do… in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden.

Value: $100,000

Donated by: Jenny Holzer Studio

Richard Serra, Double Level I, 2009

One of the most significant artists of his generation, Richard Serra is renowned internationally for his monumental sculptural works. Serra has been exploring the properties of mass and gravity in sculpture since the late 1960s. In an early work in the Walker Art Center collection, a 60-inch-square sheet of lead is designed to be held flat against the wall and three feet off the ground solely by means of a lead pole that leans against it. Like the best Minimalist art, Serra’s sculptures, in spite of their seeming austerity, engage the viewer in intimate acts of discovery. The title of Serra’s massive work in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden—Five Plates, Two Poles —succinctly describes the elements of its construction: two poles along the ground prop up five enormous flat plates of Cor-Ten steel. Serra’s work has been featured in numerous major exhibitions, including recent shows at the Museum of Modern Art; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Value: $18,000

Donated by: Gemini G.E.L.

Willie Cole, Virgin of Enlightenment (ascending/descending), 2013

Willie Cole is best known for assembling and transforming ordinary domestic and everyday objects such as irons, ironing boards, water bottles, and high-heeled shoes into imaginative and powerful works of art and installations. Through the repetitive use of single objects in multiples, Cole’s assembled sculptures acquire a transcending, almost spiritual vibration, and a renewed metaphorical meaning that often become a critique of our consumer culture. Cole’s work is generally discussed in the context of postmodern eclecticism, combining references and appropriation ranging from African and African American imagery, to Dada’s readymades and Surrealism’s transformed objects, and icons of American pop culture. During his childhood, Cole’s grandmother and great-grandmother worked as housekeepers and often asked him to fix their irons. For Cole, common household appliances have a number of rich connotations, and in his past work, iron patterns have recalled African tribal markings and shields; ironing boards have represented slave ships. Cole’s Virgin of Enlightenment was created in an edition of nine screenprints in collaboration with Highpoint Center for Printmaking.

Value: $4,700 (print $3,500; frame $1,200)

Donated by: Highpoint Editions; framing services donated by Artserve

Alex Olson, Sum, 2013

Alex Olson, whose work is currently featured in the Walker Art Center exhibition Painter Painter, makes abstract paintings that provoke an extended sense of time and elicit prolonged consideration. Working on canvases of modest size, she deftly moves among an array of bold visual cues to create surfaces that speak to their own making and repossess abstract material experimentation as sign. Applying oil paint layer by layer, Olson evaluates her surface and chooses her gestures based on what the preceding surface offers, wending between a desire to obscure or highlight with each subsequent application. Olson, who lives and works in Los Angeles, received a BA from Harvard University in 2001 and an MFA from CalArts in 2008. Her work has been featured in recent exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, as well as solo shows at Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Laura Bartlett Gallery, London; and Lisa Cooley, New York.

Value: $12,000

Donated by: The artist; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Lisa Cooley, New York

Gary Hume, Bird with Pink Beak, 2009

Part of the internationally celebrated group of Young British Artists that studied at London’s Goldsmiths College in the late 1980s, Gary Hume has gone on to become one of Britain’s most highly respected painters. Known for figurative and abstract paintings featuring innovative use of color, line, and surface, Hume was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1996. He represented Great Britain in The Venice Biennale in 1999 and in 2001, and was elected as a Royal Academician. Hume’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the São Paulo Bienal; Whitechapel Art Gallery, London; the National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin; Tate Britain, London; the Louisiana Museum, Denmark; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2001) Hume’s Front of Snowwoman—on loan from the collection of Peggy and Ralph Burnet—was recently installed in the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden to celebrate the Garden’s 25th anniversary.

Value: $3,000

Donated by: The artist, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery

Bharti Kher, Untitled, 2013

Known for her extensive use of everyday, found objects and imaginatively transforming their identity, Bharti Kher empowers her often otherworldly creations to present themselves unabashedly as if they were a natural part of our culture and environment. Kher’s work often explores the notion of the self as a multiple, open to interpretation and shape-shifting. Her practice is intimately intertwined with her life, not only because she borrows motifs and artifacts for her work, but also because she has an inquisitive mind and a strong desire to understand sociological issues. Born in London, England, Kher now lives and works in New Delhi, India. Her sculptural work, Some Days It’s Easy, is part of the Walker Art Center’s permanent collection and is currently featured in the Walker exhibition Midnight Party. Kher’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo; the Tel Aviv Museum of Art; The Saatchi Gallery, London; and at the New York and London venues of Hauser & Wirth Gallery.

Value: $45,000

Donated by: the artist courtesy Hauser & Wirth

Kris Martin, Mandi XXVII, 2013

Kris Martin’s practice is poetic, deeply contemplative and yet always situated within the traditions of conceptual art. With his monumental and small-scale sculptures, drawings, photographs, performances and interventions, he draws attention to the notion of time, often by attempting to mark, halt or transcend its inevitable passing. Frequently, his work engages in humankind’s most fundamental issues with a wry sense of humor and play. From a church bell without a clapper to a pile of broken wristwatches, an enigmatic bomb promising to explode in 2104 to a blank train information flapboard, Martin’s works represent the processes and passage of time. The Walker Art Center collection includes five works by Martin, including For Whom…, the most recent addition to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden; a sculptural work consists of an enormous bell that swings back and forth in a mesmerizing rhythm without tolling. Martin’s work has been featured in exhibitions at the Kunstmuseum Bonn; Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, San Francisco; the Aspen Art Museum; the Museum of Modern Art; the Centre Pompidou, Paris; and Tate Modern, London.

Value: $8,700

Donated by: The artist, courtesy Sies + Höke Gallery

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Autorretrato jacarandoso con las manos ocupadas, 2010

Currently on view in the Walker exhibition Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites, this work will be part of the upcoming international tour which includes presentations at Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany (January–May 2014); Fundación/Colección Jumex, Mexico City, Mexico (October 2014–February 2015); and Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico (October 2014–February 2015). The winning bidder will be acknowledged as an exhibition lender, receiving recognition at each touring venue. The winning bidder will also receive invitations to opening events in Munich and Mexico City. The work is accompanied by an artist certificate as well as a copy of the Abraham Cruzvillegas: The Autoconstrucción Suites catalogue, signed by the artist.

Value: $40,000

Donated by: The artist, courtesy kurimanzutto

Rock the Garden 2014 VIP package

Take part in the concert event of the summer with VIP Skybox tickets to Rock the Garden on June 21, 2014. This package includes four VIP tickets, the opportunity to go backstage, and a chauffered towncar provided by Uber to take you to and from the music festival in style. VIP benefits also feature complimentary drink tickets, delicious bites from Modern Events by D’Amico, and an unparalleled view of the concert. Be the first to reserve your Rock the Garden tickets!

Value: $950

Walker behind-the-scenes tour

Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes at the Walker? This is your opportunity to find out! Executive director Olga Viso will lead your party of 10 guests through the nooks and crannies of the Walker Art Center campus, including the photography studio, frame shop, and office spaces. This special access tour culminates with a rare visit to the art storage areas. (Fine print: Must be scheduled within a year. Expires on September 20, 2014. Please allow for advance notice for the best availability.)

Value: priceless

Private tour of Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take

Get an insider’s perspective on the exhibition Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take. Walker Art Center executive director and exhibition co-curator Olga Viso will lead a private exhibition tour for your party of 15 guests.

Must be scheduled during the run of the exhibition, February 15 – May 11, 2014. Please allow for advance notice for the best availability.

Value: priceless

Walker curator installs your personal collection

Description: Achieve perfect artistic harmony at home with the help of the Walker Art Center team. Our curators and expert art handlers will work with you to design and install your collection.

Curator consultation 4 hours maximum; art handlers available 1 work day.

Value: priceless

Walker Art Center Patrons’ Circle membership

Love Avant Garden and the Walker Art Center? Stay connected throughout the entire year with a fully loaded Walker Art Center Patrons’ Circle membership including Collectors’ Council membership and complimentary tickets to exclusive Patrons’ Circle events.

Value: $2,950

Film Fan - Walker Art Center Sponsor membership

Delve into the Walker Art Center’s Film/Video program with a Sponsor. This package includes two complimentary tickets to all Contributing Member & Walker Film Society events for the year. You will also receive an autographed and framed poster from the 2009 Regis Dialogue and Retrospective with Joel and Ethan Coen.

Value: $895

Best of Performing Arts – Walker Art Center ticket package

Experience the best of the Walker Art Center’s 2013-2014 performing arts season! Home to the one of the largest contemporary performing arts programs in the US, the Walker offers music, dance, and theater. You and your guest will receive a selection of performing arts tickets selected by Philip Bither, McGuire Senior Curator of Performing Arts.

Value: $606

Design Trifecta

Whether you’re moving into new digs or refreshing your current abode, this design package will have your home looking its best! This generous offering includes up to $5,000 of products from WD Flooring, up to $5,000 of products from Blu Dot, and up to $5,000 consultation from James Dayton Design.

Value: $15,000

Terra Valentine Wines

Description: You will always be prepared to entertain with these two cases of wine from Terra Valentine. Located in St. Helena, California, Terra Valentine is guided by the belief that great wine begins in the vineyard and oversees every aspect of farming from planting to harvest. The winning bidder will receive a case each of the 2012 Sauvignon Blanc and 2008 Wurtele Estate Cabernet.

Value: $1260

Mark Heithoff Portrait Session

Photographs by Mark Heithoff, a native of Minneapolis currently residing in New York City, have appeared in New York Magazine, Vanity Fair, Esquire, and Details magazines. His solo show The Lake is currently on view at the Burnet Gallery in Le Méridien Chambers Hotel. The winning bidder will receive a signed copy of Heithoff’s book The Lake and have the opportunity for a portrait session with the artist.

Value: $5,000

Lunalux Limited Edition Letterpress Poster Party

Create a limited edition letterpress poster at Lunalux in Loring Park! Learn more about letterpress from owner Jenni Undis as she hosts a private event for your group of five to create one poster design to print and take home.

All participants must be at least 16 years old. To be scheduled at a time when Lunalux is closed to the public.

Value: $600

Floral Logic

Description: Lifelong Minneapolis resident Eric Sandstrom’s award-winning projects and unique vision make Floral Logic a perennial go-to for beautiful floral designs. The winning bidder will receive a year’s worth of floral arrangements delivered to your door monthly!

Value: $480

Fall Break Survival Kit

Description: Wondering what to do with the kids during MEA weekend? Elizabeth Larsen to the rescue! Larsen is co-author of Unbored The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun, an activity book ages 8 and up that encourages children to use their natural curiosity to be creative. She will work with the winning bidder to design a fun-filled weekend of activities.

Value: priceless

Roots Salon Package

Description: With two convenient locations in St. Paul’s Selby neighborhood and Linden Hills in Minneapolis, Root Salon features expert stylists whose consultations are tailor-made to fit you and your lifestyle. This salon package includes a haircut from owner Jim Koktavy, 4 blowdrys with a stylist, and an assortment of their most popular products.

Value: $325

Mrs. Meyers

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day® believes in a better way to get a good Clean. Chock full of plant-derived ingredients and essential oils, their household cleaning products are powerful against dirt and grime. Their garden-fresh scents uplift your mood while adding a spring to your step. Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day is donating a six month supply of their aromatherapeutic household cleaning products. Each month will include a different mix of products and fragrance. In addition to their standard offerings you will also receive limited time Holiday scents as we approach the holiday season.

Value: $310


Caldrea was founded on a simple and powerful idea – that caring for the home and body should be a beautiful experience. Caldrea Aromatherapeutic Body starts with ingredients that respect your body and ends with soft and softly scented skin. Each product is crafted to suit your daily routine. Try the entire collection in all three debut fragrances; aloe water apricot, tea olive lime, and coconut fig leaf.

Value: $372

Oscar de la Renta

You and your family will always be dressed to the nines with this generous package from leading fashion designer Oscar de la Renta. The winning bidder will receive the Grafton python clutch, necklace, and $350 gift certificate towards the children’s trunkshow in the Twin Cities.

Value: $3,500

Phone and proxy bidding available on all items

Please contact Masami Kawazato in the development office at 612.375.5838 or patrons@walkerart.org to place a phone or proxy bid.