By all accounts our Paddle8 auction is doing well. The Jayson Musson, Joshua Abelow, Alex Da Corte, and Keith Mayerson works all have bids. And that’s no surprise. Musson is no longer making his Coogi sweater paintings—currently it’s the only one of its kind available. The sketches for Joshua Abelow’s hilarious stick man running painting were recently featured in The Believer. Da Corte and Musson have an opera up at the ICA right now. Mayerson is just coming off the 2014 Whitney Biennial. These are great works made by great artists at the height of their careers. What is a surprise, though, is that none of the women in this auction have received bids. None.
We know that women’s work generally sells for less at auction, but there is a way to curb this gender imbalance: Bid on art by women who you know make good work. This auction should make that easy. Take a look at the field.
Echo Eggebrecht has been showing with Horton for years, her shows receiving almost entirely rave reviews. We made her painting of an toy elephant wearing the Islamic crescent moon and star symbol the lead image of our auction because we believed it to be that visually compelling. We also like that the elephant is a symbol of the Republican party, so this image combines ideologies that are not normally brought to together.
Gianna Commito’s geometric abstraction is some of the most sophisticated we’ve seen, but don’t take our word for it; she has exhibited her work the Drawing Center, Wallspace, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, and is represented by Rachel Uffner.
And you don’t have to believe us when we tell you Aleksandra Domanović’s work is amongst the strongest we’ve seen too. The Guardian, The Art Newspaper, and Artforum have all lauded her work. The piece we have is a hugely successful work of conceptual art: “Untitled, (Plitvice)” stacks paper in the form of a totem or plinth as a monument to the former country of Yugoslavia and its .yu domain. An image of Plitvice Lakes National Park covers its sides.
Finally, we’re offering Ann Hirsch’s jailbroken iPad, a piece that uses app technology to emulate AOL’s interface of the late nineties. It creates a fully immersive experience through text and chat windows alone to unfold a story—in it, we see Hirsch, as a teenager, interact with with people nearly twice her age. Needless to say, these are great works and your bids support New York’s best art blog.