Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend!

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Just in time for Mother’s Day, Gray’s Auctioneers will showcase many brilliant diamond and precious gemstone pieces in their spring fine jewelry auction, on May 10th. The auction opens with a striking 18kt. yellow gold cuff bracelet. A very detailed ram’s head design encompasses the 2.25” wide front panel. In lot 2, panthers are on the prowl on this cuff bracelet. Yellow gold panthers are set against a white gold background, with 18KP and PGW markings. Lot 4 continues the…

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Julian Stanzcak

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Julian Stanzcak (1928-2017) Julian Stanczak was born in Borownica, Poland in 1928. At the beginning of World War II, Stanczak was forced into a Siberian labor camp, where he permanently lost the use of his right arm. He had been right-handed. In 1942, aged thirteen, Stanczak escaped from Siberia to join the Polish army-in-exile in Persia. After deserting from the army, he spent his teenage years in a hut in a Polish refugee camp in Uganda. In Africa, Stanczak learned to write and paint left-handed…

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Spring Has Sprung!

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  Our spring auction opens with an early work from 1955 by Julian Stanczak (1928-2017). This painting is untitled, mixed media on masonite, and is painted with a muted complimentary palette. The subliminal influence of Josef Albers, Stanczak’s teacher at Yale, can be seen in this paintings geometric structures and logical, chromatic combinations of color. Stanczak was born in Poland and moved to the US settling in Ohio in 1950. In 2007, Stanczak was interviewed by Brian Sherwin for Myartspace….

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Meet me in St. Louis! World’s Fair, 1904

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St. Louis World’s Fair, 1904 Gray’s auction on March 13th takes us back over 100 years to the Louisiana Purchase Exposition, informally known as the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair. The fair celebrated the centennial of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The grand scale of the exposition featured advances in science, agriculture and introduced audiences to exotic, far-away lands with travel exhibits. This auction’s catalogue features a wide ranging collection of memorabilia and souvenirs. The auction opens with a group of…

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1893 Chicago World's Fair White City

Chicago World’s Fair Columbian Exposition 1893

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Up to the moment that the Chicago World’s Fair opened to the public on May 1, 1893, crews scrambled to replant landscaping that had been washed away in a torrential rain storm. Puddles drowned the newly sodded lawns and some paint was still wet, but to the eyes of that day’s fairgoers, it was nothing short of a photo finish. The few remaining pieces of the Fair dazzle today’s viewers just like they did over a century ago.

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Conceptual Art & the Millennials Era Video

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All is Art and Thinking Makes it So – Video Preview of September 28 auction

Curator as Conceptual Artist

Bill Radawec’s prescient collection of conceptual art is featured at Gray’s September 28 Modern, Contemporary & Conceptual Art Auction. The era of conceptual art blossomed with the advent of the millennial demographic. The era of online, of disrupters and the broadening of the socio-economic divide has spawned artworks that challenge our quotidien expectations and opinions.

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Bill Radawec - Out of the Blue

Modern, Contemporary and Conceptual Art

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Gray’s is honored to represent the estate of Bill Radawec (1952 – 2011), a nationally renowned Cleveland artist, curator and collector. The auction on September 28 consists of Bill’s own work, conceptual works of art collected through his relationships with other artists together with artwork from the collections of other notable collectors. Up for auction are many of the works exhibited at Shaheen Modern and Contemporary’s “Bill Radawec Retrospective” exhibit in November 2011. “The show was a fitting introduction, and tribute, to an artist known for having an odd, quirky and eccentric sensibility, liberally spiced with a well-developed sense of whimsy.”

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Gray’s Fun Summer Auction

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Cleveland, Ohio 6/2/16 This month Gray’s summer collection ranges from intricate traditional oil paintings, bold contemporary works, to a stunning collection of gold pocket watches, and ends with a selection of furniture. Opening with traditional oils, lot 2 is by William Henry James Boot, titled Elvington Hall and Church, Yorks. An English born artist, William traveled and depicted the landscape from Europe and North Africa, as well as his homeland. Another skilled landscape is lot 16 by Stanislav Chimienski, titled…

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Grasp of Order - Circular Hexagram

The Grasp of Order

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Stephen Calhoun’s collection The Grasp of Order was developed by playing and experimenting with his camera and his surroundings. Stephen gathers information in the form of photos from the streets, forgotten spots of Cleveland, from yard sales and parking lots to natural areas. He then manipulates and works the image, mirroring, blurring, and sharpening. Stephen works the objects until just bits and pieces are recognizable, opening a mental space for reflection on nature and the city of Cleveland in today’s world.

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