Auction

This evening features one of the most exciting auction events in the city, offering one-of-a-kind photographic commissions by internationally renowned artists
 
Not able to make it to Snap? You can bid remotely via telephone or by downloading an absentee ballot. Contact us at snapagala@artic.edu to learn more.

David Hartt. Stray Light, 2011. HD video. © 2015 David Hartt. Courtesy the Artist, Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago and David Nolan Gallery, New York.

David Hartt

David Hartt, a longtime Chicago 
artist now based in Philadelphia, has
 a brilliant solo exhibition, Interval, currently on view at the Art Institute. Interval shows off Hartt’s sophistication at explaining the meaning of place. Hartt can make us see and love 
a building (Johnson Publishing Company offices), a city (Montreal, Athens, Detroit)—or your own home.

David Hartt will make a unique 3- to 5-minute film based on a location of your choice.

Estimate: $15,000–$20,000

Final Product
The final product that the purchaser will receive is a 3- to 5-minute video with sound, titled Location. The video will be based on a location chosen by the artist following a conversation with the winning bidder. The video will be in an edition of 1 with 1 artist proof. The final video will be delivered as a digital file on a portable drive, and the artist will suggest an appropriate display method for the video.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions
The purchaser will provide the artist with several options for the location of the video. The purchaser will be responsible for the artist’s travel and accommodations costs to the mutually agreed upon location for a period of 1–4 days. The purchaser is responsible for production costs, estimated at $3,500. The artist will provide a certificate of authenticity upon completion of the work.

Donation courtesy of David Hartt.


Roe Ethridge. Deborah Muller with Tripod, 2008. Chromogenic print. © 2015 Roe Ethridge.

Roe Ethridge

A photograph by Roe Ethridge
is confoundingly seductive. His portraits and still lifes, in particular, are alluring, sumptuous, polished—yet also intriguingly odd. Ethridge shows worldwide with Andrew Kreps, Greengrassi, Petzel Capitain, Barbara Gladstone, and Gagosian galleries. The Art Institute bought his work in 2007, and it can also be found in the collections of MoMA, Tate Modern, and MOCA, among many other institutions.

Roe Ethridge will make a portrait of you or someone close to you—or a still life using personal objects.

Estimate: $30,000–$50,000

Final Product
The final product that the purchaser will receive is a portrait or still-life photograph. The final subject (person or object) will be determined following a conversation with the purchaser. The photograph will be a dye sublimation print in an edition of 5 with 2 artist proofs. The minimum dimension of the photograph will be 33 x 44 in.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions
The photographic session will take place at the artist’s studio, located in Brooklyn, New York. The purchaser will be responsible for all travel and accommodation costs. The purchaser is responsible for equipment rental and an assistant estimated at a maximum of $2,500 for one day. The purchaser is responsible for any arrangements or charges related to hair and makeup. The purchaser will be responsible for production, framing, and shipping costs, estimated at $1,500.

Donation courtesy of Roe Ethridge and Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York.


Dayanita Singh. File Room, 2012. Pigment prints and teak. © Dayanita Singh. Courtesy of the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London.

Dayanita Singh

Dayanita Singh’s work reflects on 
the ways in which we relate to the photographic image. Her recent series integrates handmade structures and photographs into mobile museums; her Museum of Photography (2013), for instance, features images of other photographs in everyday surroundings. Singh’s work has been shown in recent years at the Art Institute (2014); the Hayward Gallery, London (2013); and the Venice Biennale (2013), and is owned by museums and collectors the world over.

Dayanita Singh will make a unique structure containing three of her own photographs, each incorporating one of your family portraits.

Estimate: $35,000–$45,000

Final Product
The final product that the purchaser will receive is a unique museum/box holding three photographic works. To create these three images, the purchaser will provide a selection of personal or family portraits. Singh will then choose a single image and re-photograph it in different locations during her travels in India. The final object will be three black-and-white inkjet prints, housed in a handmade teak box measuring approximately 40 x 40 x 10 centimeters.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions
The purchaser is responsible for sending the artist a selection of personal or family portrait photographs, provided as digital high-resolution files. The artist will select a single image to be featured in the final product. The purchaser is responsible for production, framing, and shipping costs, estimated at $2,000.

Donation courtesy of Dayanita Singh and Frith Street Gallery, London.


Wolfgang Tillmans. Greifbar 19, 2015. Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner, New York; Maureen Paley, London; Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris; Galerie Buchholz, Cologne/Berlin.

Wolfgang Tillmans

There is perhaps no contemporary art photographer more sought after today than Wolfgang Tillmans. The speaker at the Art Institute’s inaugural Hugh Edwards Lecture (June 2015), Tillmans is showing this year at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the National Museum in Osaka; and David Zwirner. His European dealers, Daniel Buchholz (Berlin) and Maureen Paley (London), will soon join that list, and a retrospective is planned for 2017 by the Beyeler Foundation.

Share any private information you wish with Wolfgang Tillmans, and—in a donation unprecedented for him—he will make a large abstract photograph exclusively with you in mind.

Estimate: $90,000–$120,000

Final Product
The final product that the purchaser will receive is an abstract photograph. The purchaser is invited to reveal as much information about themselves to the artist as they wish. The photograph will be a unique chromogenic print in an artist’s frame. The final dimension of the work will be approximately 71 x 93 inches.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions
The purchaser will be responsible for production, framing, and shipping costs, estimated at $10,000.

Donation courtesy of Wolfgang Tillmans and David Zwirner, New York.