The Art of the American West on Offer in New York and Los Angeles

Artwork featuring American West landscape and images will take center stage at the major auction houses later this month.

Bonhams will offer a selection of Western American art from the collection of Eddie Basha, former COB/CEO of Bashas’, a family-owned grocery store chain in Arizona. He died in Y 2013 at age 75.

During his lifetime, Mr. Basha assembled over 1,000 piece of contemporary Western American and American Indian masterworks by artists who were either current or past members of Cowboy Artists of America, 1 of the most influential artists’ groups. 

A specially curated 76 lots will be offered at a dedicated sale at Bonhams Los Angeles on 25 November.

A highlight of this sale is Martin Grelle’s 1996 painting Warriors, estimated to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000. The work depicts three Plains Indian warriors preparing for battle ride across a painterly mountain landscape, pictured above.

Also, Howard Terpning’s 1990 Crows in Yellowstone offered for sale fromBasha’s collection illustrates Crow warriors guiding their horses down a steep ravine to a rocky crossing point on the Yellowstone River. The painting has a presale estimate of between $400,000 and $600,000. 

Highlights of the sale will be available for public viewing at Bonhams New York galleries from 13-19 November and at its Los Angeles galleries from 22-25 November.

At Christie’s, about 150 American West landscape photographs by Ansel Adams (1902-84) will be offered, beginning with a live auction on 10 December at Christie’s Rockefeller Center galleries in New York, followed by an online auction in the Spring of Y 2020. 

Proceeds from this sale will benefit the Center For Creative Photography (CCP) at the University of Arizona, which Adams co-founded in Y 1975 and currently holds more than 110,000 works by over 2,200 photographers.

Included in the December live auction are Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico, 1941 (estimate: $30,000-$50,000); Clearing Winter Storm, Yosemite Valley, circa 1940(estimate: $30,000-$50,000); The Tetons and the Snake River, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming, 1942 (estimate: $20,000-$30,000); and Georgia O’Keeffe and Orville Cox, Canyon de Chelly National Monument, Arizona, 1937 (estimate: $12,000-$18,000).

All the works in this sale are duplicate gelatin silver (black-and-white) prints that were initially placed at the CCP by Adams and reside outside of his archive. 

We are continuing Adams’s legacy by using his work to grow and diversify the collection,” the director of the CCP, said in a statement. “By adding more 21st century photography to the collection, we are expanding our breadth and depth.”

Have a terrific weekend

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