Contemporary Art Society’s “The Art Auction”

Make your reservations today for this black-tie event, hosted by the Museum’s Contemporary Art Society (CAS). Build your collection with museum-quality works—paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and videos—by artists Alex Katz, Lucien Clergue, Kiki Smith, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, Tara Donovan, Taryn Simon, Anish Kapoor, Zevs and many, many more. The silent and live auctions feature works valued from $300 to $55,000, all of which reflect the impeccable, informed taste of the curatorial staff and the CAS auction committee. This year’s featured work is Untitled (Mylar) by Tara Donovan.

Two events complement and anticipate the gala. A Preview Party provides you with an opportunity to see the artworks for the live auction, attend an informal discussion about the pieces, and begin bidding on those “must-have” items in the silent auction. All of the art will remain on view in the Contemporary Galleries until the close of silent auction bidding, at the end of the gala. The Gallery Talk is your chance to learn more behind-the-scenes details about contemporary art and artists in a relaxed, social setting.

The gala traditionally attracts nearly four hundred Members from the Museum donor community. The number of attendees is limited, so begin coordinating your table now.

Buy It Now: Several auction items are available for purchase in advance. Artworks labeled Buy It Now may be acquired for the Patron Bid amount, as listed, without any further bidding. Sales are granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Purchase auction items in advance Download CAS Auction Catalog
Tara Donovan, Untitled (Mylar), 2011. Mylar and hot glue. Courtesy Tara Donovan and Pace Gallery. Photo by: Kerry Ryan McFate / Courtesy Pace Gallery

Individual Reservations
  • Benefactor: $2,000
  • Sponsor: $1,000
  • Patron: $500
  • Individual: $300
Table Reservations
  • Benefactor: $20,000
  • Sponsor: $10,000
  • Patron: $5,000
  • Friend: $3,000

When and where

Contemporary Art Society: The Art Auction Preview Party
Thursday, October 25, 2012, 5:30–8 p.m.
RSVP to CAS.Auction@mam.org or 414-224-3296

Gallery Talk: CAS Art Auction
Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 1:30 p.m.
Contemporary Galleries

Contemporary Art Society Benefit Art Auction
Saturday, November 3, 2012, 6:00 p.m.
Reservation required.

To receive more information about the event or make reservations, contact Lydelle Abbott at 414-224-3296 or CAS.Auction@mam.org.

Bidding instructions:

Works of art for the Live Auction and the Silent Auctions will be on view in the Contemporary Galleries (Main Level) of the Milwaukee Art Museum, October 25–November 3, 2012.

The Milwaukee Art Museum will provide the pre-sale estimate on all property included in the auctions. This estimate is an approximate value based on comparable market values and reserves set by the galleries. Prices include costs incurred from transportation to the Museum and applicable framing.

Bids on silent auction items may be placed throughout the preview period at the Museum. Bids on all auction pieces may be placed in advance by completing the Absentee Bid Form before October 31. Absentee Bid Forms require credit card information and a maximum bid amount in order for a Museum representative to place bids for the absentee. Please fax or call 414-224-3296 with this information to keep it secure.

A Patron Bid amount will be listed for each Silent Auction bid slip. The first bid at the Patron level will win the piece and close the bidding on that work.

Download the Conditions of Sales.

Event sponsored by: BMO Private Bank

Auction Chairs

  • Honorary Art Chairs
  • Janice and Steve Marcus
  • Art Chairs
  • Joanne Murphy
  • Kathy Yuille
  • Event Chairs
  • Mary and James Connelly
  • Margie Freeman and Peter Kudlata

Auction Committees

  • Art Selection
  • Donna Baumgartner
  • Julie Gardner
  • Wyatt Jaffe
  • Tom Lacy
  • Joanne Murphy
  • Andy Nunemaker
  • Christine Symchych
  • Kathy Yuille
  • Art Advisors
  • General
  • Daniel Keegan
  • Brady Roberts
  • Photography
  • Lisa Hostetler
  • Art Auction Assistant
  • Lydelle Abbott
  • Table Captain Chairs
  • Karen Drummond
  • Andrea Grant
  • CAS Donations
  • Anthony Krausen
  • Finance
  • Stephen Brink
  • Design and Decorations
  • Connelly Interiors
  • Flagstone Landscaping
  • Preview Party Chairs
  • Mary and James Connelly
  • Margie Freeman and Peter Kudlata
  • Preview Party Hosts
  • Janice and Steve Marcus
  • Kickoff Party
  • Andy Nunemaker
  • In-Kind Support
  • Dean Derge Ornamental Ironworks, Inc.
  • Front Room Photography
  • La Tulipe
  • Music
  • North Coast Orchestra