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Hallwalls Celebrates 35th Anniversary with Benefit Auction

The year 2009 is very important for Hallwalls, marking their 35th anniversary.  To help celebrate this special milestone, Hallwalls has planned a massive two-part benefit art auction that will feature donated works from selected artists who either
got their start from Hallwalls or had exhibited work there early in their
careers.

The first part of the auction will be held on Thursday, August 6th at Asbury Hall.  The second part will held at Christie’s in New York City on Wednesday, September 23rd.  The art in the New York City auction will be a part of Christie’s “First Open” sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art.

Back in Buffalo, the gala affair will begin with a silent auction
at 6PM, followed by a live auction at 8PM, and will feature hors d’oeuvres, a full-service open bar (from 6-8PM)
and entertainment.  A full-color printed catalog with images of the all
the works from both auctions will be available.

Although Hallwalls conducted their first benefit auction back in April of 1981, this will be third auction Hallwalls has done in its entire history.  The previous auction was held seventeen years ago.  Like the ones before, the 2009 auction at Asbury Hall will feature numerous donated works by emerging and established artists, both local and national.  The art will represent all of Hallwalls’ history from their inception in 1974 to their recent exhibitions on display today.

Tickets are $35 general admission and $25 for Hallwalls members.  Pre-event tickets can be purchased at Hallwalls during gallery hours or online.

To find out more information about the event or view images of the works for sale, visit the Hallwalls’ website.

Top image: Richard Huntington, from Whereabouts Unknown: Max Beckman, “Der Strand” 1927, acrylic on paper, 37 x 44 in.
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