Hind­man’s Arts of the Amer­i­can West

Den­ver, CO

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On Novem­ber 7, Hind­man will present its next Arts of the Amer­i­can West auc­tion with more than 400 lots of West­ern and Na­tive Amer­i­can art­work com­ing to the mar­ket. Ap­prox­i­mately one-third of the sale will be ded­i­cated solely to the West­ern pieces, with paint­ings from Joseph Henry Sharp, Emil

Bist­tram, Edgar Payne, Harold Von Sch­midt and Nick Eggen­hof­fer be­ing among the items avail­able. “The other two-thirds of the auc­tion is a very nice se­lec­tion of Amer­i­can In­dian art and ar­ti­facts in­clud­ing Navajo rugs, bead­work, pot­tery and South­west­ern/amer­i­can In­dian jew­elry,” the auc­tion house shares.

Lead­ing the West­ern lots are Sharp’s 1931 paint­ing Ditch Work­ers, which is ex­pected to sell be­tween $50,000 and $70,000, and the 1960 paint­ing Taos Moun­tain, by Bist­tram, es­ti­mated to achieve $18,000 to $24,000. In the con­tem­po­rary por­tion of the sale, col­lec­tors will make note of an un­ti­tled panoramic land­scape

by Phoenix-based artist Ed Mell. The work, which fea­tures the artist’s sig­na­ture ab­stracted shapes and bold desert col­ors, has an es­ti­mate of $12,000 to $18,000. A piece by Robert Daugh­ters, who passed in 2013, is also ar­riv­ing at auc­tion. Ti­tled Long House Path Ban­de­lier (est. $3/5,000), his paint­ing shows a dirt path­way along the edge of steep canyon.

Con­tem­po­rary Na­tive Amer­i­can paint­ings and sculp­ture are also note­wor­thy in the sale. Lead­ing the group is Al­lan Houser’s 59-inch bronze He Will Be Home Soon be­ing sold to ben­e­fit the Al­bu­querque Mu­seum Foun­da­tion. The work has a pre­sale es­ti­mate of $30,000 to $50,000. Kevin Red Star’s Bad Bear and His Medicine Shield also hits the mar­ket with a price of $12,000 to $18,000.

Art­work from Colorado is also prom­i­nent in the sale with seven works by Vance Kirk­land hit­ting the auc­tion block. Kirk­land’s

artis­tic out­put ranged from re­al­ism to ab­stract ex­pres­sion­ist mix­tures of oil as well as tex­tured dot paint­ings in oil. The seven pieces mark the largest group­ing of the artist’s works to come to auc­tion at the same time.

Hugh Grant, ex­ec­u­tive of the Vance Kirk­land Es­tate and the found­ing director and cu­ra­tor of the Kirk­land Mu­seum of Fine & Dec­o­ra­tive Art in Den­ver, says, “All seven of the Kirk­land works of­fered by Hind­man, from pe­ri­ods 1, 3 and 5, are ex­cel­lent ex­am­ples within their se­ries, as fol­lows.”

Sev­eral works from Colorado land­scape artist Charles Par­tridge Adams also are avail­able for bids in­clud­ing Yel­low­stone Canyon (est. $6/8,000) and Haystacks – Mount Meeker and Longs Peak near Long­mont, Colorado. There also will be a se­lec­tion of works ben­e­fit­ting the A.R. Mitchell Mu­seum avail­able dur­ing the sale.

“This sale in par­tic­u­lar rep­re­sents the most di­verse and var­ied of­fer­ings we have had in the past few years,” says Maron Hind­man, the auc­tion house’s vice pres­i­dent of West and South­west. “We are very ex­cited about the broad spec­trum of gen­res and price points and think our bid­ders are go­ing to con­sider it a real barn burner.”

A pre­view of the Arts of the Amer­i­can West sale will take place Novem­ber 2 at the Den­ver showroom.

Joseph Henry Sharp (1859-1953), Ditch Work­ers, oil on can­vas, 20 x 24” Es­ti­mate: $50/70,000

Emil Bist­tram (1895-1976), Taos Moun­tain, oil on can­vas, 32 x 36” Es­ti­mate: $18/24,000

Ed Mell, Un­ti­tled Land­scape, oil on can­vas, 24 x 62” Es­ti­mate: $12/18,000

Robert Daugh­ters (1929-2013), Long House Path Ban­de­lier, oil on can­vas, 18 x 24” Es­ti­mate: $3/5,000

Kevin Red Star, Bad Bear and His Medicine Shield, 1989, oil on can­vas, 44 x 44” Es­ti­mate: $4/6,000

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