Art collectors are driven by passion, not just for the art, but the history of art, the artist and their contemporaries, and endless connections between them.
In this regard, public art galleries and private collectors have much in common, and private collectors may go on to donate some or all of their own collection to a public museum, or even build their own art gallery.
You might have much more modest goals with your own art collecting. Whatever your motivations, building your own private art museum at home can be richly rewarding and also a lot of fun.
Importantly, you should buy in the right places, and the Menzies fine art auction on 10 August is a good place to start or continue your own museum at home collection.
For independent advice prior to any purchase, we can assist you with research and analysis, and also with experienced bidding on the night and after-purchase management. For more information, contact us on 02 9977 7764 or email [email protected]
To view the catalogue online now, head to the Menzies website.
The Sydney viewing takes place from 27 to 30 July at 12 Todman Avenue, Kensington.
In Melbourne, the viewing of all artworks is held from 3 to 9 August, at Stonington Mansion, 336 Glenferrie Road, Malvern.
The Menzies auction is on Thursday, 10 August, 6.30 pm, at 1 Darling Street, South Yarra.
Here are Dave’s select Faves from the beautiful offering of 154 lots.
Lot 5, Arthur Streeton, Venice Canal c1908, estimate $20,000-30,000. Bellissima
Lot 12 Cedric Morris, July Flowers and Wood Warblers 1929, est. $9,000-12,000. Wonderful Wood Warblers
Lot 17, Albert Namatjira, Untitled, est. $20,000-30,000. Tree-t yourself
Lot 20, Rick Amor, Boy on the Beach, 2000, est. $28,000-38,000. Time to score an Amor
Lot 27, William Robinson, Bright Day, Tallanbanna, 2000, est. $30,000-40,000. Blissful Bill
Lot 30, Sidney Nolan, Swamp, 1947, est. $40,000-60,000. Drain the Swamp
Lot 32, Brett Whiteley, Approaching Storm, 1979, est. $60,000-80,000. Green is for Go
Lot 37, Tim Storrier, Serendipity (Dance to the Music of Time), est. $140,000-180,000. Floral Symphony
Lot 38, John Olsen, Murray Flowing into Lake Alexandrina, 1980-82, est. $140,000-180,000. Get lost in the Landscape
Lot 57, Howard Arkley, Curlicue Console, 1998, est. $30,000-40,000. Somewhere to park your Arkley
Lot 58, Danie Mellor, A Point of Order (New Worlds from Old Power), 2010, est. $30,000-40,000. The Glittering Prize
Lot 60, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Untitled (Wildflower Dreaming), 1992, est. $30,000-40,000. Australia’s greatest Aboriginal artist
Lot 63, Minnie Pwerle, Awelye Atnwengerrp, 2000, est. $4,000-6,000. A Pearl of a Pwerle
Lot 69, Tom Roberts, Tasmanian Landscape c1926, est. $18,000-24,000. The King of Plein Air
Lot 84, McLean Edwards, Nighthead 2013, est. $12,000-16,000. His Blue Period!
Lot 85, S.T. Gill, Tracking, est. $4,000-6,000. Track this Down
Lot 91, B. E. Minns, The Harbour Bridge 1930, est. $5,000-7,000. The unabridged Version
Lot 94, Charles Blackman, Alice Drinking a Cup of Tea, 1957, est. $9,000-12,000. Iconic 50s Alice
Lot 109, John Coburn, Beast 1985, est. $12,000-16,000. Solid Gold
Lot 112, Elisabeth Cummings, Ingrid’s Place at Night 1998, est. $12,000-16,000. Ingrid Ignites