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A Cornucopia of Great Art at TCLF’s Annual Silent Auction

Registration is open and bidding has begun at The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s (TCLF) 16th Annual Silent Auction, taking place exclusively online through October 5, 2020. Along with a triptych of hand-colored drawings by Lawrence Halprin, a luminous photograph by Michael Kenna, and a stunning new painting by Camille Warmington—whose work is some of the most eagerly sought after each year—there are also works by eighteen artists who have never participated previously.

Lawrence Halprin, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial (detail), hand watercolored triptych of prints of pen and ink drawings, Signed, October 30,1996, 12” x 38” (Framed), Image courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

The silent auction has long been a highlight of the ASLA Conference on Landscape Architecture. For the past fifteen years, dozens of works of art would be displayed on or adjacent to the convention floor, hundreds of people would gather, and the auction’s final moments were characterized by frenzied bidding. Because of the novel coronavirus, the 2020 annual auction will be held exclusively online.

Jeffrey Milstein, Paris Place des Vosges, Archival inkjet photographic print, Signed, 2019, Edition 1 of 10, 20” x 20” (Unframed), Image courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

This year’s auction features 64 works including paintings, drawings, photographs and mixed media. Highlights include award-winning landscape photographer Millicent Harvey’s seductive color photo of Tommy Church’s iconic Donnell Pool, Jeffrey Milstein’s exquisite limited-edition aerial image, Paris Place des Vosges, and Amy Lamb’s dazzling, and seemingly extra-terrestrial Morning Glory.

New comers include: installation artist Janet Echelman, whose work has been subject of extensive coverage in The Dirt; photographer and environmental artist Elyn Zimmerman, who contributed a dreamy photomontage, Halong Bay, Vietnam; and Beijing-born painter Zheng Lu, who created a luscious watercolor, Lily Pond, in homage to Claude Monet.

Bidding for most lots starts at a mere $100. Once a bidder is registered on the secure site managed by Onecause, bidding can be done on one’s computer and/or smartphone. Bidders are automatically notified when they are outbid; bidders can also set a maximum bid (“set it and forget it”), and, for those who don’t want to risk losing a work they must have, there is the “Buy It Now” option. Unless otherwise noted, winners are responsible for shipping and handling costs; most works are sold unframed to save on shipping costs, prevent damage, and to provide the winning bidder with the flexibility to frame the work as he or she sees fit.

Amy Lamb, Morning Glory (detail), Limited Edition Photograph, Signed, 2001, Edition 2 of 25, 24” x 34” (Unframed), Image courtesy The Cultural Landscape Foundation.

Proceeds benefit the Pioneers of American Landscape Design® Oral History Project, an ever-growing, award-winning series of videotaped first-person interviews with significant practitioners. In 2003, TCLF launched the Pioneers of American Landscape Design® initiative in partnership with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), with the goal of documenting, collecting, and preserving the unique, first-hand perspectives of renowned landscape practitioners. The project includes oral histories with Laurie Olin, Lawrence Halprin, Cornelia Oberlander, and more than a dozen others.

TCLF’s Silent Auction is made possible by Presenting Sponsors ABC Stone, Bartlett Tree Experts, Country Casual Teak, Maglin, and Victor Stanley, and Educational Partner ASLA.

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