The Contemporary Art Society Announces the Tenth Benefit Art Auction

Posted on August 14th, 2007

Milwaukee, WI, August 14, 2007-The Contemporary Art Society proudly announces the Tenth Benefit Art Auction for the Milwaukee Art Museum on Friday, November 2, 2007, at 6:30 p.m. Featuring approximately 140 museum-quality works by artists such as Sigmar Polke, Christo, Chuck Close, and David Hockney, the auction offers attendees a unique opportunity to support the acquisition of contemporary art for the Milwaukee Art Museum, while acquiring world-class contemporary art for their own collections at one of the country’s most prominent museums and architectural landmarks.

Generously sponsored by M&I Wealth Management and with additional support provided by Sotheby’s, the gala event includes cocktails and hors d‘oeuvres, dinner catered by Shully’s Cuisine and the Museum’s own Café Calatrava, and dancing in Windhover Hall. The silent and live auctions items, selected at the discretion of the Milwaukee Art Museum curatorial staff and the Contemporary Art Society Auction Committee, include paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints in a wide range of prices. All proceeds benefit the Contemporary Art Society Acquisition Fund for the Milwaukee Art Museum.

“Due to the Contemporary Art Society’s successful biennial auction and its significant contributions to the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Museum has been able increase the breadth of its contemporary art collection,” notes Joe Ketner, Milwaukee Art Museum chief curator. “Recent acquisitions include work by artists such as Matthew Barney, Bruce Conner, and Bruce Nauman. Through the years, the Museum has also acquired works by Jasper Johns, Julian Schnabel, Martin Puryear, and Bill Viola, among many others.”

Two complementary events anticipate the gala: the Preview Party on Thursday, October 25, and a Gallery Talk on Wednesday, October 31. Both events are free; however, reservations are required. Also, beginning September 10, 2007, six prints by renowned artists Francis Bacon, William Wegman, Sally Mann, Bruce Nauman, Roy Lichtenstein, and Richard Serra will be for sale online at www.mam.org. The online BUY IT NOW is a new addition this year to the gala events, and will run through October 24, 2007.

Tickets for the auction gala begin at $300 per person and may be purchased online at http://www.mam.org/ or by phone at 414-224-3266. R.S.V.P. by October 19. To receive an invitation to the event, contact the Contemporary Art Society at 414-224-3266.

The Benefit Art Auction Committee includes art chairs Tony Krausen and Kathy Yuille, vice art chair Joanne Murphy, and Patty and Steve Brink, event chairs.

Preview Party
Thursday, October 25
5:30-8:00 p.m.
Contemporary Galleries

The Preview Party provides auction attendees with an exclusive opportunity to view the artworks for sale, attend an informal discussion on the pieces with Chief Curator Joe Ketner, and begin bidding in a silent auction. The art will remain on view in the gallery and the silent auction will continue until the live auction on November 2. The event is free with general admission; however, reservations are required at 414-224-3266.

Gallery Talk
Wednesday, October 31
1:30-2:30 p.m.
Contemporary Galleries

An engaging gallery talk with Chief Curator Joe Ketner encourages Museum visitors to learn more about contemporary art and artists in a social and informal setting. The event is free with general admission; however, reservations are required at 414-224-3266.

About CAS
The Contemporary Art Society’s mission is to acquire contemporary works of art for the Milwaukee Art Museum. Contemporary Art Society also provides a forum for emerging enthusiasts, dedicated collectors, and interested Milwaukee Art Museum Members to increase their knowledge of and appreciation for contemporary art. Members of this Museum support group view and experience the best of the contemporary art world.

About the Presenting Sponsor
Marshall & Ilsley Corporation (NYSE: MI) is a diversified financial services corporation headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with $58.3 billion in assets. Founded in 1847, M&I Marshall & Ilsley Bank is the largest Wisconsin-based bank, with 192 offices throughout the state. M&I also provides trust and investment management, equipment leasing, mortgage banking, asset-based lending, financial planning, investments, and insurance services from offices throughout the country and on the Internet (www.mibank.com or www.micorp.com). M&I’s customer-based approach, internal growth, and strategic acquisitions have made M&I a nationally recognized leader in the financial services industry.


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