The 2012 Guild Hall Summer Gala featured a live auction of fine art from prominent contemporary artists Ross Bleckner, George Condo, Paul McCarthy, Malcolm Morley, Bruce Weber, William Wegman, and Ai Weiwei, plus a special opportunity to sit with Alec Baldwin for a SummerDoc screening in 2013. Alexander Gilkes, Co-Founder of Paddle8, served as auctioneer.
Sit With Mr. Baldwin in His Guild Hall Box, 2013
You And A Guest Can Sit Next To Mr. Baldwin in His Guild Hall Box
During A SummerDoc Screening Courtesy of Mr. Baldwin
10’X 10’ (Includes Two Tickets to the Screening TBD)
Estimated Retail Value: $500
Growing up in the 1960′s on Long Island I wasn’t at all prepared for what might happen or how to handle it once I left George Washington University to attend the undergrad drama program at NYU. Once in New York, acting, I got a job on a soap opera, The Doctors, at 30 Rock, the fabled NBC headquarters. I had been to acting school, and a good one, for a year. Yet, I had no idea what I was doing. I went to LA, to work in prime time TV. I did Knots Landing and got my first taste of what it was like to actually reach a large audience. I boarded an airplane one day and everyone in the cabin seemed to be reading The Cardinal of the Kremlin or Red Storm Rising or The Hunt for Red October. Within months of that plane ride, I was cast as Jack Ryan. I made more movies. I made bad movies. A couple of good ones. I rushed back to New York, whenever possible, to perform on stage. Prelude to a Kiss, A Streetcar Named Desire, Macbeth, Gross Points at Bay Street in Sag Harbor, The Twentieth Century, Entertaining Mr. Sloane, Guild Hall’s Equus. The night Streetcar closed, I wept, knowing I would likely never say Williams’ great words on stage again. All of my fondest memories, without question, have been in the theatre.
- Alec Baldwin, June 2011
Oil on paper mounted on aluminum
50 x 37 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Estimated Retail Value: $35,000
Ross Bleckner was born in New York City and raised in Hewlett, NY, a Long Island suburb. Bleckner received a Bachelor of Arts from New York University in 1971, a Master of Fine Arts from Cal Arts in 1973, and has taught at many of the nation’s most prestigious universities. This year, Bleckner, a professor at New York University and a UN Goodwill Ambassador, will be celebrating a new edition of his book, My Life in The New York Times, coming out this winter. Bleckner, a quintessential Hamptons artist, lives in the Sagaponack hideaway once owned by literary recluse Truman Capote. He received the Guild Hall Academy of the Arts Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. Works by Bleckner are also held in esteemed public collections worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo; Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Guild Hall of East Hampton; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. In addition, his work has been aquired by many esteemed East End collectors.
George Condo has been influential in the art scene for nearly three decades. Beginning his career in the early ’80s with various exhibitions in East Village galleries, he also worked at Warhol’s Factory in silkscreen production, applying diamond dust to Warhol’s Myths series. His popular works have been shown at The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museu d’Art Contemporani, Barcelona; the Kunsthalle Bielefeld in Germany; The Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Monterrey, Mexico; and Moderne et d’Art Contemporain, Nice, France. In 1999, Condo received an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he received the Francis J. Greenberger Award in 2005. In 2011, The New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York opened a mid-career retrospective of Condo’s work titled Mental States. Condo is represented by Skartsedt Gallery, New York, Galerie Andrea Caratsch, Zurich, Sprüth Magers, Berlin and Simon Lee Gallery, London.
Paul McCarthy is a performance artist, sculptor, and video artist originally from Salt Lake City. Inspired by the artists Allan Kaprow and Yves Klein, McCarthy explores themes of childhood innocence, adult sexuality, and the relationship between the two—often incorporating the human body and pop culture references. McCarthy received his BA from University of Utah in 1969 and went on to get his BFA in painting at the San Fransisco Institute of Art. He then studied film, video, and art at University of Southern California where he received his MFA. McCarthy has had exhibitions at institutions that include The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Haus der Kunst, Munich; Moderna Museet, Stockholm; Zachęta National Gallery of Art, Warsaw; Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; and the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. McCarthy is represented by Hauser & Wirth, New York, London and Zurich.
Artist Painting Man, 2009
Watercolor on paper
22.5 x 18 inches
Courtesy of the artist
Estimated Retail Value: $6,500
Born in London in 1931, Malcolm Morley studied at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal College of Art. In 1958 he moved to the United States. In addition to being awarded the inaugural Turner Prize for British artists in 1984, Morley has had numerous solo exhibitions, including retrospectives at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (1993); Fundación “la Caixa, Madrid (1995) which traveled to Astrup Fearnley Museet for Moderne Kunst, Oslo (1995-96); the Hayward Gallery, London (2001); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, Florida (2006). Morley’s work is in public and private collections worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden; National Gallery of Art, Washington DC; Tate, London; and Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid. Morley is represented by Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York.
Johnny and Pal, Santa Barbara, CA 2000, 2000
Archival silver gelatin print
11 x 14 inches
Edition 5 of 15, Courtesy of the artist
Estimated retail value: $6,500
Born in rural Greensburg, Pennsylvania in 1946, Bruce Weber became the preeminent photographer of the fashion industry in the 1980s and continues to be one of the world’s most popular and influential photographers. Working for Calvin Klein, Karl Lagerfeld Gianni Versace, Ralph Lauren – and more recently, Abercrombie & Fitch – Weber pioneered a nostalgic, aspirational style that redefined the industry. He is widely considered to have introduced a new level of artistry to commercial photography. He resides in Florida and has a home in Montauk. His photographs are in the permanent collections of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Weber has exhibited at the 1987 Whitney Biennial in New York City, Musee de l’Elysee in Lausanne, Switzerland, Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, the Florence Biennale, the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Parco Exposure Gallery in Tokyo, Fahey/Klein in Los Angeles, Galeria Corso Como in Milan, and the Russell Senate Building in Washington, DC and in “Our Town Contemporary Photograph” in the Guild Hall Museum.
William Wegman lives and works in New York and Maine. He received his BFA from Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and his MFA from the University of Illinois. Wegman’s photographs, videos, paintings, and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries internationally. His work is held in the permanent collections of Australian National Gallery, Canberra; The Brooklyn Museum of Art; the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Minneapolis Institute of Art; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among others. His film The Hardy Boys in Hardly Gold premiered at the 1996 Sundance Film Festival. Wegman is represented by Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, and his work is collected by many in our community.
Porcelain with glazes
15 x 15 x 15 inches
Estimated Retail Value: $60,000