SANTA FE, N.M. – All eyes will be upon Santa Fe Aug. 13-14 when the most comprehensive group of works by Birger Sandzén (1871-1954) makes its way into the history books during the seventh annual Auction In Santa Fe. The 11 pieces were selected by the Bethany College Art Committee, then deaccessioned to be sold to support the general scholarship fund of the College and include one of the largest oils (60 inches by 80 inches) ever to be offered at auction.
A monumental work by Maynard Dixon (1875-1946), ironically entitled “The Monument” will also be a feature in the auction. Highly exhibited and featured in numerous books, including as the cover piece of “Maynard Dixon, Masterpieces from Brigham Young University and Private Collections,” published in 2007.
An extraordinary Indian subject painting titled “Spirits of the Sunrise” by Granville Redmond (1871-1935) will be sold. Commissioned by the Santa Fe Railway in 1903, it hung in the station in Albuquerque, N.M., and still bears the old SFR inventory tags.
Hundreds of other pieces of art and sculpture will also be offered during the two-day event, including a silver gelatin print by Ansel Adams and works by artists such as Procter, Kenneth Adams, Reed, Cassidy, deDecker, Stobie, Crumbo, Milan, Payne, Halbach, Ramon Kelley, Greer, Hazak, Abbrescia, McCann, Gary Johnson, and many more.
Another highlight will be an ensemble of Pueblo pottery pieces, also deaccessioned from Bethany College. More than 100 outstanding examples of pre-1905 pieces from the Acoma, Isleta, Zia, Zuni, Santo Domingo, San Ildefonso, Taos, Laguna, Cochiti, Tesuque and Santa Clara Pueblos will be sold.
Dozens of other Indian collectibles, including baskets (Western Apache ollas and trays), beadwork (moccasins, dresses and shirts, children’s items), weaponry, beaded and quilled bags and weavings will also be featured. Highlights include an 1860s Santee Sioux beaded bandolier bag, a rare Crow “keyhole” horse face ornament, a Cheyenne beaded rifle scabbard and an Osage “friendship wearing blanket.”
This selection of works (from 1910s to 1940s) strongly exhibits Sandzén’s distinctive style evolving on canvas, beginning with a “traditional” and fairly simple landscape painted in 1910 to a rare “pointillist” piece also painted in 1910, to the mature and master work of “Summertime in the Mountains” (1923) and “Lake In the Rockies” (1927).
Auction In Santa Fe is a subsidiary of Manitou Galleries (Cheyenne, Wyo., and Santa Fe, N.M.). This annual event is held at the Hilton Hotel-Mesa Ballroom, located just blocks from the historic Plaza in Santa Fe. To learn more about Manitou Galleries and Auction In Santa Fe, visit manitougalleries.com and www.auctioninsantafe.com.
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