A Century of World’s Fair

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A Century of World’s Fair Cleveland, Ohio – (July 21, 2017) Gray’s July 31 World’s Fair auction contains collectibles, memorabilia, and ephemera from various fairs including The Columbian Exposition: Chicago 1893, A Century of Progress: Chicago 1933-34, The New York World’s Fair: 1939-40, Pan-American World’s Fair: Buffalo 1901, among many others. Over a century has passed since the first exhibitions shared the latest advancements in science, art, travel and technologies of the time. The fairs gave rise to the souvenir,…

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Jim Dine, (b. 1935) - The Kindergarten Robe, 1983, from the corporate collection of the Richard E. Jacobs Group

Richard E. Jacobs Group’s Art Collection

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Gray’s to auction Richard E. Jacobs Group’s Art Collection Gray’s Auctioneers is honored to have been selected to auction the remaining corporate art collection of the Richard E. Jacobs Group, Westlake, Ohio.  Dick Jacobs, along with his brother David, were national real estate developers.  They were also hailed by many as hometown heroes, having been instrumental in the renaissance of downtown Cleveland with the development of the tallest skyscraper in Ohio, Key Tower, in 1991. Richard E. Jacobs Dick and…

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Paul Hermann Wagner, (1852-1937) - Two Siblings

Rare Paul Hermann Wagner Oil at Gray’s

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The 19th century German figure and landscape painter, Paul Herman Wagner (1852-1937), is best known for his poignant portraits of children. Wagner’s paintings seldom come up at auction, lot 56 is entitled Siblings. This oil on canvas by Wagner, showcases the cherubic features of two siblings playfully enjoying each other’s company. The upper right of the portrait is signed ‘Paul Wagner Munchen’. There are several other paintings of interest including: lot 54, oil on canvas by Marian T. MacIntosh titled…

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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 diamonds 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 Stanczak

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Julian Stanczak (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 Sprung Stanczak!

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Stanczak 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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