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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Spring Estates

Spring Estates Auction

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The Spring season has brought an abundance of estates to auction. Gray’s May 11 auction is no exception. The auction opens with Scott Miller’s “Snow Bird” an elegiac lament for the past winter season. George Snyder is a painter who is known for his masterful and dynamic geometric abstracts. Lot 2 is one of his colorful ‘tube’ paintings which combine the sculptural with the elegance of a painting on canvas

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timeless to hip

From Timeless to Hip

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A diverse and eclectic collection of 451 lots of fine art, furniture and decorative art goes up for auction at Gray’s on April 6. Fine art on offer spans traditional oils such as lot 7, Bear Hunters by François-Auguste Biard, to a group of op and contemporary art by well-known artists. Lot 15 is an early oil on board still life by Richard Anuszkiewicz, dated 1949, when the artist was still studying at Yale with Joseph Albers…

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Picasso and His Women

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In a fully illustrated talk Dr. Carol Salus will explore how, despite his fame, Picasso’s fears of aging and death haunted him. Picasso led a decades-long star-studded career and these fears have been kept from his public image. Numerous examples will be provided to illustrate how these anxieties affected his most critical life events. As he aged his choice of lovers and wives became increasingly younger. He would not acknowledge…

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