Contemporary Art Society’s “The Art Auction” Happening This Saturday

Posted on October 17th, 2010

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Contemporary Art Society’s The Art Auction Happening Saturday, October 23
Silent and live auctions put over 150 items up for bid

Milwaukee, Wis. – October 18, 2010 – The Contemporary Art Society (CAS), a Milwaukee Art Museum support group, will hold its eleventh benefit auction to raise funds for the acquisition of contemporary art for the Museum’s Collection this Saturday, October 23. The Art Auction is open to the public and traditionally attracts nearly three hundred Members from the Museum donor community.

The Art Auction, a black-tie fundraiser, features over 150 museum-quality works of art in a wide variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, decorative arts, and video.  Works range in price from $500 to $120,000. 

“The Museum is pleased to host the eleventh CAS benefit auction,” said Dan Keegan, director of the Milwaukee Art Museum. “CAS plays an integral role in promoting the appreciation and collection of contemporary art, and we are grateful for their continued support. The 2007 auction set a record high of $1 million in art sales, resulting in over $400,000 in proceeds for new works of contemporary art for the Museum’s Collection.”

 All of the art is currently on view in the Contemporary Galleries until the close of silent auction bidding, at the end of the gala.

The Art Auction is presented by M&I Wealth Management. M&I Wealth Management has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Milwaukee Art Museum for many years, and sponsored the Contemporary Art Society’s 10th benefit art auction in 2007.

Reservations for the gala begin at $300 per person and may be purchased online at www.mam.org or by phone at 414-224-3266. To receive more information about the event, contact Rachel Vanderweit at 414-224-3883.
CAS The Art Auction Gallery Talk
Tues, Oct 19, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

CAS The Art Auction
Saturday, Oct. 23, 6 p.m.

The Contemporary Art Society (CAS) is one of several support groups at the Milwaukee Art Museum. CAS focuses on the art of today and offers its members unique opportunities to attend private lectures, visit exclusive collections, and meet with artists in their studios. CAS also contributes to Museum acquisitions of contemporary art; CAS-supported acquisitions have included work by artists such as Erwin Redl, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Robert Gober, Nikki S. Lee, and Christian Marclay.

The Milwaukee Art Museum’s far-reaching holdings include more than 20,000 works spanning antiquity to the present day. With a history dating back to 1888, the Museum houses a collection with strengths in 19th- and 20th-century American and European art, contemporary art, American decorative arts, and folk and self-taught art. The Museum includes the Santiago Calatrava-designed Quadracci Pavilion, named by Time magazine as “Best Design of 2001.” For more information, please visit www.mam.org.

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