“There was going to be no more poverty, no more ignorance, no more disease. Art Deco reflected that confidence, vigor and optimism by using symbols of progress, speed and power.”
~ Robert McGregor
“Art Deco is for luxury and leisure, for comfort and conviviality. It is an exciting style and should, like the archetypal drink of the period, the cocktail, be enjoyed while it is still laughing at you.”
Art Deco was a movement in the decorative arts and architecture that originated in 1920s Paris and developed into a major style in western Europe and the United States during the 1930s. Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion. Its products included both individually crafted luxury items and mass-produced wares. In either case, the intention was to create a sleek and anti-traditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication.
The distinguishing features of the style are simple, clean shapes, often with a streamlined look; ornament that is geometric or stylized from representational forms, and the nude female body. It is an eclectic style that combines traditional craft motifs with Machine Age imagery and materials. The style is often characterized by rich colours and lavish ornamentation. Deco emphasizes bold geometric shapes: spheres, polygons, rectangles, trapezoids, zigzags, chevrons, and sunburst motifs. Elements are often arranged in symmetrical patterns. Among the formative influences on Art Deco were Art Nouveau, the Bauhaus, Cubism, and Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes.
American Art Deco conveyed both beauty and strength in a time when economic depression left much of the country unemployed and embittered. During the 1930s many public buildings were decorated in the Art Deco style, exuding nationalism through massive structures with great coloring, inspiring murals and strong sculpture reminiscent of Roman republicanism.
Deco emerged from the interwar period when rapid industrialization was transforming culture. One of its major attributes is an embrace of technology. This distinguishes Deco from the organic motifs favored by its predecessor Art Nouveau. During its heyday, Art Deco represented luxury, glamour, exuberance and faith in social and technological progress. Although the style went out of fashion in most places during World War II, beginning in the late 1960s there was a renewed interest in Art Deco design. Into the 21st century, Art Deco continues to be a source of inspiration in such areas as decorative art and fashion and jewelry design.
Featured artists in BNO’s Art Deco auction include: David Edward Byrd, Tamara de Lempicka, Fernand Leger, Paul Colin, Abby Modell, and George Hurrell.
“There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”
― Ansel Adams
“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.”
― Henri Cartier-Bresson
In our Photography: Intimate Nature auction, we explore the use of photography to capture the interaction of nature or people, against a complementary and/or contrasting background -- either organic or man-made. We present and celebrate the interaction of the shared intimacy/conflict between man and nature that a professional photograph can capture so perfectly.
Intimate Nature Photography is a combination of great camera technique and a number of creative elements of artistic vision—in sum, composition, aesthetic balance, light, how the photographer sees the world, what he or she thinks is important in life, and what he or she is trying to communicate in the pictures.
Both nature and humanity in all their multitude of forms, whether beautiful, seductive, ominous or destructive, have inspired the world’s greatest painters for centuries. Master photographers have accepted the challenge of interpreting the awesome wonders of nature and human beings through the magic of their lenses. Through their motivation, vision, passion and inspiration, they excel at converting their visual peak experiences--moments of extraordinary human and natural beauty that evoke a sense of wonder and awe--into stunning images that elicit the same awestruck emotion in their viewers. These images, as interpreted by these highly creative artists, continue to inspire and uplift us. This is a rare opportunity to own very special works of photography by true artists working at the height of their creativity.
We are delighted in this auction to offer a carefully curated selection of works from the following masters of Intimate Nature Photography: Ansel Adams, Zara Aleksanyan, Gunnar Plake, Andy Katz, Harun Mehmedinovic, Katie Osborn and Nathaniel Perales.
Attention, bargain-hungry car bidders! Our very first Close-Out Auto Auction has been created exclusively for you. The dealers would love to sell these quickly and have priced them with that in mind. Their impatience is your gain!
Location of Items: Los Angeles County
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Sports Lovers Collectibles
When Mark McGwire’s 70th-home-run-baseball goes for $3 million at auction and Honus Wagner’s baseball card from 1909 gets $2.8 million, you can bet that sports memorabilia is one of the hottest areas of collecting around. Not all items, of course, go for such out-of-the-ballpark prices, making this an appealing and accessible arena for many sports aficionados.
In this auction, we feature items from Bruce Sulzberg and Muhammad Ali, as well as other appealing sports collectibles.
Innovation and art come together in Bruce Sulzberg’s Three-Dimensional Art on Glass. Sulzberg has created a unique style that gives life to the concept of viewing a painting in layers as opposed to one flat image. This medium breathes life, motion and depth into his work that cannot be captured on canvas or paper. One of Sulzberg’s specialties is the world of the sports hero, where a moment in time can be immortalized through the motions of a paint brush. Included in this auction are Sulzberg’s:
Muhammad Ali is one of the most exciting and controversial athletes of all time and
is considered among the greatest heavyweights in the sport's history. At a time when most fighters let their managers do the talking, Ali thrived in—and indeed craved—the spotlight, where he was often provocative and outlandish. He was known for trash talking, and often freestyledwith rhyme schemes and spoken word poetry, both for his trash talking in boxing and as political poetry for his activism, anticipating elements of rap and hip hop music. A controversial and polarizing figure during his early career, Ali is now highly regarded for the skills he displayed in the ring plus the values he exemplified outside of it: religious freedom, racial justice and the triumph of principle over expedience. Included in this auction are:
Sports fans will find a treasure trove of collectible delights in our knockout of an auction. We proudly present a number of unique and rare items from the exciting worlds of boxing, baseball, tennis, football and basketball, featuring items from Bruce Sulzberg and Muhammad Ali, guaranteed to enhance your home, office man cave or woman cave. Whether you’re bidding for these as a gift, an investment, or simply for your own aesthetic pleasure, take advantage, because once these limited-edition collectibles are gone, they’re going once, going twice, gone!
"Sometimes I really want to paint somebody and I don't get a photograph that I want to work from".
“All art is but imitation of nature.”
--Lucius Annaeus Seneca
BNO is proud to present a specially curated collection dedicated exclusively to Photorealism.
Photorealism is an art genre and style in which a painting or drawing has been created so realistically that it is virtually indistinguishable from an actual photograph. The movement, which flourished during the 1970s, came about within the same period and context as Conceptual art, Pop Art, and Minimalism, and expressed a strong interest in realism in art, over that of idealism and abstraction.
The genre encompasses painting, drawing and other graphic mediums, in which an artist studies a photograph and then attempts to reproduce the image as realistically as possible in another medium. Photorealistic artists paint from photographs or depict objects and people as close to real life as possible, including every minute detail. However, the true subject of a photorealist’s work is the way we unconsciously interpret photographs and paintings in order to create a mental image of the object represented.
The photorealist style is tight and precise, often with an emphasis on imagery that requires a high level of technical prowess and virtuosity to simulate. As a result, contemporary American painters have achieved a degree of detail that significantly exceeds anything produced by the great Renaissance artists, like Jan van Eyck, Leonardo or Titian.
Highlighted artists in this auction include:
Irina worked for years on ships. Boats and the harbor skyline are favorite subjects in her work. She paints with almost clockwork precision the stars of the sea. The same realism can be found in her city landscapes. In her portraits, a more surrealistic touch can be found. Irina Volova lives and works for the moment in The Netherlands.
Erlend Steiner Lovisa
Erlend paints still life portraits of females in his own stage-managed settings. He stage sets the scene with the subjects taken out of their everyday surroundings and placed on a beach or in a wood or a field or even on a wall. Erlend takes advantage of the natural play of light and shadow the sun gives him, preferably the late afternoon light, and incorporates this play of light onto his canvasses.
Other notable artists in this auction include:
In Ray’s work, the larger than life close-ups are depicted with all their infinite color and details.It’s as if he held a magnifying glass up to his subject and painted what he saw. The subjects seem so real, we believe we can reach out and touch them.
Harun is a Bosnian-American director, screenwriter, photographer, professor and author. Through his work, Harun presents the viewer with the bittersweet nature of life, the moments of beauty, and the sublime.
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