William Chadwick (1879 – 1962), “The Ginger Jar,” oil on canvas
William Chadwick (1879 – 1962), “The Ginger Jar,” oil on canvas

The 200 pieces offered for sale include work from artists’ estates the gallery represents, among them Elaine Wesley, Joseph Garlock, Konrad Cramer, Margery Ryerson, Ed Baynard, and more.

From the gallery:

Art lovers world-wide will have an opportunity to bid on a diverse group of paintings, prints, sculptures, and ethnic works at an online only auction conducted by the James Cox Gallery in Woodstock, NY, on Monday, December 30. The auction will begin promptly at 1 p.m.

In addition to Live Auctioneers and Invaluable, the auction will be carried on a new platform powered by Auction Mobility, which offers live video streaming. Bidders can access this service by visiting the “Auctions” section of the James Cox Gallery website and clicking on the Auction Mobility logo or through the Apple App Store.

Julia Margaret Cameron (1815 – 1879), “Portrait of Charles Darwin,” albumen print
Julia Margaret Cameron (1815 – 1879), “Portrait of Charles Darwin,” albumen print

A veteran art dealer, Cox has been conducting auctions for over 25 years. He is known in the Woodstock area as a gallerist and auctioneer who adds his valuable expertise to the auction experience. “Live video streaming will provide the wider audience with the ability to benefit from James’s 50 years of experience in the art world,” gallery assistant Corrine Race observed.

The 200 pieces offered for sale include work from artists’ estates the gallery represents, among them Elaine Wesley, Joseph Garlock, Konrad Cramer, Margery Ryerson, and Ed Baynard. Cox is especially excited to offer work by a new discovery, Jason McWhorter, who worked as an illustrator at the renowned Push Pin Studios in New York. Like many commercial artists, McWhorter also created fine art pieces. “His off-beat still lifes, landscapes, sculpture, interiors, and portraits are extraordinary,” Cox observed. “We are honored to introduce him to the wider world of art enthusiasts.”

Ellen Key Oberg (1905 – 1989), Abstract Female Figure, carved cherrywood
Ellen Key Oberg (1905 – 1989), Abstract Female Figure, carved cherrywood

The James Cox Gallery also represents the estate of Ben Wigfall, a beloved art professor at SUNY New Paltz, who was an astute collector of African art. “We have included several outstanding pieces from Ben’s collection in the sale,” Cox said.

Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore in Kingston, NY, is the beneficiary of proceeds from the sale of oils by Robert Van Vorst Sewell. The local charity turned to Cox for advice when a large group of the artist’s work was donated to the organization. “We are cleaning and framing these remarkable paintings,” Cox explained. “The results have been enthusiastically received by the art-buying public.” Sewell landscapes of California will be offered in the December sale.

Jason McWhorter (1943 – 2018), “Jimi Hendrix,” oil on canvas
Jason McWhorter (1943 – 2018), “Jimi Hendrix,” oil on canvas

Historic Woodstock art is always well represented in the Cox Gallery sales, and the December 30 event is no exception. Popular artists from the early days of the art colony, including John F. Carlson, Carl Walters, and Marion Greenwood, will be featured, as well as contemporary Hudson Valley artists Jane Bloodgood Abrams, Zhang Hong Nian, Lois Wooley, Donald Elder, and Mary Anna Goetz.

Other twentieth-century artists include a unique Joan Snyder, a Will Cotton landscape — an unusual subject for this artist — and a striking Louise Nevelson etching. Serigraphs by Agam and Victor Vasarely represent the strong focus on modern precisionist pieces in this sale, Cox noted.

Conrad Kramer (1888 – 1963), Untitled, Sympalmagraph
Conrad Kramer (1888 – 1963), Untitled, Sympalmagraph

Race observed that a wide-ranging group of works on paper will also be offered, including prints by David Sequeiros, Gunter Grass, Raoul Dufy, and Maurice de Vlamick. Works by well-known photographers also provide an exciting dimension to the sale. Of note in this group are a portrait of Charles Darwin by 19th-century photographer Juliet Margaret Cameron, a group of historic photos of Thomas Edison, and a portrait of Billie Holiday by Dennis Stock.

In addition to African pieces from the Wigfall estate, other ethnic and tribal works include a First Nation carved rondel, pueblo pottery, and three tempera paintings by renowned Kiowa artist Woody Big Bow.

The public will have an opportunity to preview the auction from now until the day of the sale. The full catalog is on view at the gallery website, jamescoxgallery.com. For more information contact the gallery at 845-679-7608 or info@jamecoxgallery.com.


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