Further art discussions and notifications for the artwork of Sam Thorp

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


The PERSAD art auction is usually a big deal.

Artsy events with wine & hors d'oeuvres in the Carnegie Ballroom WOULD be very glamorous no matter what.
There seemed to be some after effects of the economic crash (thanks W!)
The carnegie was charging for parking and i swear we didn't have to last year.
Also no more open bar, so having to pay for alcohol weren't properly liquored up to pay for art.
At least not my art. No, sadly there were no bids when i last looked. It's a bit disappointing.

The signature artwork of the event Scott Ward's Alesbian Gothic sold for $2100 (valued at $1200). The take on Grant Wood's American Gothic follows up his similar piece from last year American Gaythic, which also quoted the often quoted American Gothic. And that piece too, was nice. Charity event's like this.... nice is good.... go with "nice"... nice , safe, nice. Let's hope PERSAD goes in a fresh direction next year. Scot Ward from Seattle is a nice artist, but why not pick a new nice artist? Preferably a local Pittsburgh artist? Surely one of us has to be nice enough?

An event like this can shed some light on PGH's taste in art. The most money bid (as far as i can tell) was on a photograph of the Thunderbolt at Kenny-wood, by Mark Perott for $3100. That sold higher than the Keith Haring. At least he is local.

Meanwhile, an original sketch by Bob Kane sat in the back corner with one bid for $300.

Remember how I said Vanessa German was THE artist to watch for? That she was on the verge of busting out? (well, i did.) Her sculpture won the juror's grand prize and the auction of hers started at $400 toped off at $2,600. A jump like that could translate in to how badly it was desired. Good for her and great for PERSAD.

Mahogany showed up in full drag looking fierce as usual. Many patrons thrilled at getting their photo taken with Mo and even Vaughn Michael.

Even though my work didn't sell like i would have wanted, I'm not going to take it personally. I'm moving on to the next project. I sold 2 other paintings later that same night. I have a show in Texas and one at Artforms this week as well. Sure, not everything is going to work out as planned; but the key is to keep going.

seattle artist scott ward is a feature for the auction due to sirani gallery in sq hill being involved (they represent him).

in my opinion (and i'm not the only one) there are way too many pieces of art flooding that auction (at least last year when i donated). it's an amazing org and cause but i think artists are on the losing end of this type/size of auction.

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