Snap Auction Lots

LOT 1

Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell’s celebrated Art Institute of Chicago career retrospective is traveling this fall to the J. Paul Getty Museum and the High Museum of Art. The hit of the show was his full-room camera obscura pictures, for which Morell achieves surreal effects by projecting a view of the outside world onto an indoor setting. Add your own home to the fabulous locations in New York, London, Paris, and Venice that Morell has chosen for his otherworldly camera obscura photographs.

Morell will make a camera obscura photograph in a room of your choice.

Estimate: $12,000–$18,000

Final Product: The final product that the purchaser(s) will receive is an archival pigment print, first of a yet to be determined edition. The size of the photograph will be approximately 22.5 x 30 inches, plus four-inch white borders.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions: Bidders are encouraged to refer to the artist’s camera obscura work for examples of views that result in successful pictures. The room should have a modest number of windows that can be easily covered to fully darken the room (no skylights). The wall opposite the view should be simple and unobstructed. The best view is from a moderately elevated vantage point of clusters of buildings and/or nearby structures. The entire session should take approximately six hours. This lot includes two round-trip domestic US business-class tickets provided courtesy of United Airlines that can be used for the artist’s travel or at the winner's discretion. These tickets expire October 1, 2014, and are valid only for travel on United or United Express and not for any other code share or Star Alliance Flights. Redemption of the certificate is available only on United.com, and it is the sole responsibility of the winner to make all travel arrangements. If the shoot falls after this expiration date, the purchaser agrees to cover domestic business-class airfare for both the photographer and the photographer’s assistant. Purchaser agrees to cover per diems and hotel accommodation (maximum of two nights) for both the photographer and the photographer's assistant, plus the daily rate ($200) for assistant for up to two days. The purchaser agrees to pay all post-production, printing, mounting, framing, and shipping costs for the final print, estimated at $1,700.

Donation courtesy of Abelardo Morell, Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York, and United Airlines.
Comparative image:
Abelardo Morell. Camera Obscura: Camera Obscura: The Piazzetta San Marco Looking Southeast in Office, Venice, Italy, 2009. Inkjet print. The Art Institute of Chicago, gift of the artist in memory of David Feingold, 2013.1. © Abelardo Morell, courtesy of Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.


LOT 2

Tony Tasset

One of Chicago’s great talents, Tony Tasset has worked in photography, film, video, and sculpture. Describing his work as Pop Conceptual, he often relies on personal elements to fabricate his works—as he did in his monumental 2010 public installation, Eye. For his new series of Constellations, Tasset connects the sitter like a star to others with the same date of birth, forming surprising intellectual, cultural, and personal connections.

Tasset will create a customized portrait constellation of you and notable cultural figures who share your birth date.

Estimate: $10,000–$15,000

Final Product: The final product that the purchaser will receive is Birthday Constellation, [Name of Purchaser], an archival digital print, the only of an edition of one (1) with two (2) artist proofs. The size of the photograph will be approximately 42 x 30 inches.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions: The purchaser will be responsible for fabrication and framing, estimated at $2,500.

Donation courtesy of Tony Tasset and Kavi Gupta Gallery.
Comparative image:
Tony Tasset. Birthday Constellation, Kavi Gupta, 2013. © 2013 Tony Tasset. Courtesy of Tony Tasset and Kavi Gupta Gallery.


LOT 3

Jason Salavon

Chicago-based artist Jason Salavon is noted for photographs and video installations that unearth unexpected patterns in everyday images. Using software of his own design to reconfigure images and data, he sources material that ranges from high-school yearbook photos to popular films.

Salavon will create a suite of works from an algorithmic analysis of your personal photographs.

Estimate: $8,000–$12,000

Final Product: The final product that the purchaser will receive is a unique suite of four to six photographs, ranging in size from 4 x 6 inches to 11 x 14 inches. The work would be a unique set, with no additional editions produced. The artist will work with the purchaser to identify a selection of personal photographs and pertinent biographical information. The artist will then create a work that is based on a visual and algorithmic analysis of the images and biography.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions: The purchaser agrees to cover the related costs of one photographer’s assistant, estimated at $1,000 total. The purchaser agrees to pay all post-production, printing, mounting, framing, and shipping costs for the final print, estimated at $2,000.

Donation courtesy of Jason Salavon and Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York and Mark Moore Gallery, Los Angeles.
Comparative images:
Jason Salavon. The Top Grossing Film of All Time, 1 x 1, 2000. Chromogenic print. The Art Institute of Chicago, David C. and Sarajean Ruttenberg Arts Foundation Purchase Fund, 2005.219.


LOT 4

Moyra Davey

Moyra Davey’s mailers—sets of photographs selected by the artist that are printed, folded, and mailed through the post office—are among her most celebrated works. Each one is unique, and the artist sends them only to specially chosen friends and colleagues. The Tate, the Whitney, and the Museum of Modern Art have all featured these works, and the Art Institute owns a great one. Now you can too.

Davey will create a unique mailer piece to be mailed directly to you over the course of a year.

Estimate: $25,000–$35,000

Final Product: The final product that the purchaser will receive is a unique grid of twelve 12 x 18 inches chromogenic prints, folded, taped, addressed, and mailed directly to the purchaser at an agreed upon address. The work would be a unique set, with no additional editions produced. Exact title of the work is to be determined by the artist. The photographs comprising the work will be chosen from the artist’s archive by the artist in consultation with the purchaser.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions: The work is to be installed unframed and with pins, as specified by the artist. The purchaser will be responsible for any installation costs.

Donation courtesy of Moyra Davey and Murray Guy, New York.
Comparative image:
Moyra Davey. L'Image Phantome, 2013. Chromogenic prints, tape, postage, ink. Courtesy of Moyra Davey and Murray Guy, New York.


LOT 5

James Welling

Internationally acclaimed Pictures Generation photographer James Welling has influenced at least two generations of artists. Gorgeously printed architectural photographs have been important to Welling for decades and have been featured heavily in his latest retrospective (Cincinnati Art Museum, Hammer Museum, Fotomuseum Winterthur) as well as at the MCA earlier this year. You can have Jim Welling come to your own home to create his next stunning body of work.

Using the language of color and form for which he has become known, Welling will create a suite of images based on your home’s architecture or objects found within it.

Estimate: $30,000–$40,000

Final Product: The final product that the purchaser will receive is a color inkjet suite of six prints, approximately 15 x 23 inches each, or an equivalent variation thereof mutually agreed upon by the artist and winning bidder. The suite of prints will be the first of a yet to be determined edition. The artist or artist’s assistant will travel to the purchaser’s home to photograph the home’s architecture and/or objects found within the home. The artist will use these photographs as source images for a final color work.

Artist’s Terms and Conditions: The artist will not travel outside of the continental United States and will not fly on any small planes. This lot includes two round-trip domestic US business-class tickets provided courtesy of United Airlines that can be used for the artist’s travel or at the winner's discretion. These tickets expire October 1, 2014, and are valid only for travel on United or United Express and not for any other code share or Star Alliance Flights. Redemption of the certificate is available only on United.com, and it is the sole responsibility of the winner to make all travel arrangements. If the shoot falls after this expiration date, the purchaser agrees to cover up to two domestic business-class tickets. Purchaser agrees to cover any necessary per diems and hotel accommodation (maximum of our nights) for both the artist and the artist's assistant, plus the daily rate ($500) for assistant for up to three days. The purchaser agrees to pay all post-production, printing, mounting, and framing, costs for the final suite of six prints, estimated at $3,500. Shipping costs are to be determined once the work is complete.

Donation courtesy of James Welling, David Zwirner, New York/London, and United Airlines.
Comparative image:
James Welling. 0865, 2009. Inkjet print. Courtesy the artist and David Zwirner, New York/London. Philip Johnson Glass House is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.