Pop Filter Hot Pick: Mattress Factory marks 35th anniversary with art auction
Why you should go:
It's your chance to bid on one-of-kind works of contemporary art, and it only comes around every five years at the Mattress Factory
. This Thursday, October 10th, contemporary art lovers in the Burgh and around the globe are invited raise a paddle and bid on works by an impressive roster of established and emerging artists, while also supporting a pioneering museum in our own backyard.
It's been a history making two weeks for art in Pittsburgh—from Florentin Hofman's giant duck and the Festival of Firsts, to the Carnegie International and VIA. Adding to this momentum, the Mattress Factory is marking 35 years as Pittsburgh's top spot for world class contemporary art, with its highly anticipanted anniversary auction
No longer just a place to see and literally step into art, the Mattress Factory is giving the public the rare chance for one night only to purchase works that would otherwise be tightly controlled by the forces of commercial galleries, art dealers and market prices. And, this opportunity only comes around once every five years at the Northside venue, so don't miss this chance to turn your home, apartment, loft, or office into a conversation starter.
Continuing its 35th anniversary programming
, Thursday's festivities
kick off at 6 p.m. with a preview and cocktails and hors d'oeuvres by Bob Sendall of All in Good Taste Productions. The art action really revs up when the live auction starts at 7 p.m. Serving as auctioneer for the night is Concept Art Gallery's Sam Berkovitz.
Featuring work by 78 renowned artists, the auction showcases works from a wide range of media, including photography by James Turrell, Carrie Mae Weems, Nicola Kuperus and Buzz Spector; sculpture and mixed media by John Latham, Ryder Henry, Winifred Lutz and Emil Lukas; drawings by Kiki Smith, William Anastasi and Lynn Yamamoto; and painting by Alexis Esquivel and Than Htay Maung. Based in Pittsburgh, across the country and around the globe, all of the 78 featured artists have exhibited at the Mattress Factory, or have been involved in its programming.
With estimated values ranging from $200 to $16,000, the eclectic auction offers works for those just starting a collection and for savvy established collectors alike. The Mattress Factory is making the bidding process accessible to art lovers worldwide; perspective buyers can bid live at the event, on the web via live auctioneers, on the phone, or even by absentee bid. The museum reports that bidders have already registered in locations around the globe.
"The most important thing to know is that even though you're buying a piece of work for yourself, you're really supporting future works and exhibitions at the Mattress Factory," says museum co-director Michael Olijnyk, who co-founded the Mattress Factory with Barbara Luderowski in 1977. Echoing the museum's populist spirit he adds: "There's something in this auction for everyone."
Reflecting its staunch artist-centered approach, the auction serves as an important fundraiser for the museum. Held every five years, the art auction typically raises $100,000 to support the Mattress Factory’s award-winning artistic programs, exhibitions and education outreach. The event also underscores the meaningful, unique and lasting relationships the museum has carved out with a global community of artists.
"I think the generosity of the artists donating work comes from the ongoing relationship the Mattress Factory has with them. And also from the fact that we work very closely with all of our artists in residence--by providing the support for them to produce interesting, sometimes difficult works. We feel that the history we share with so many of them is why they’re willing to donate work that will, in fact, help the next generation of Mattress Factory artists," adds Olijnyk.
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