“We were completely stunned by the response we received,” Scaglione said. “I have never seen our collectors so enthusiastic and engaged in an auction. Everyone was incredibly passionate about helping Ukrainians during this dark time.”
Online art auctions featured a wide variety of classic and contemporary artists, many of whom had personal ties to Ukraine and Eastern Europe.
The auction unveiled the works of two acclaimed Romanian artists, the former child prodigy Alexandra Nechita and the late abstract artist András Markós. The online collector’s response to Nechita has been incredible and her works have been recovered $150,000 for the Ukrainian Red Cross, the highest total of the auction. Markos has also been embraced by collectors, bringing more $60,000.
The two artists who probably received the next warmest receptions from Park West collectors were Anatole Krasnyansky and the late Igor Medvedev, both from Ukraine. Krasnyansky was born in Kyivand his painting titled “Kyiv Red Sunset” and over 100 works of a hand-signed giclée edition of the painting have been sold, earning over $50,000 for the Ukrainian Red Cross. Medvedev, born in Kharkov, has sold more than 100 works, also bringing in more than $50,000 for the Ukrainian Red Cross.
Estonian-born, contemporary art superstar Mark Kostabi Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat – was also hugely popular with online collectors. His published painting “The Eternal Now” and a limited graphic edition of “The Eternal Now” with hand-signed drawings brought over $60,000 for the Ukrainian Red Cross.
Also noteworthy are some works from the collection of the Park West Museum, which included prints by the great Rembrandt van Rijn. “Originally, we only planned to offer one Rembrandt print for the charity auction,” Scaglione said. “But the demand from our collectors was so strong that we finally made eight works by Rembrandt available, which brought in more than $40,000.”
Other featured artists include more than 25 works by the Israeli icon Yaakov Agam were sold more $40,000and works by American artists James Colman and forest autumn brought in a combined total of more $50,000.
As the final hammer fell on Sunday March 13Park West had sold over 470 works to benefit the Ukrainian Red Cross, raising more than $500000,000 – an amount that surprised and delighted everyone present.
“I knew our collectors had big hearts, but I was truly touched by the warmth with which they embraced this cause,” Scaglione said. “We have been working with Ukrainian artists for a long time and we also have several Ukrainian employees, many of whom are currently in their home countries in a very unfortunate situation. So we have a little skin in this game, and that was important for us to step in and show what the arts community can do in this time of crisis.”
You can find more information about the Ukrainian Red Cross and its mission as well as links to donate directly to their efforts here: https://donate.redcrossredcrescent.org/ua/donate/~my-donation
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