The Deal: Fine art photography auction at Kopeikin Gallery


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Wide-eyed owls and dolls and sad but sweet monkeys are among the fine art photographs being put on the block at Kopeikin Gallery in West Hollywood on Friday at 7 p.m. The subject matter is particularly apt, as proceeds from this fifth annual auction will benefit the Larchmont Charter School. Gallery owner Paul Kopeikin says that the works will have starting bids of up to 70% off the artists’ customary asking prices. If bidding on pieces reach a certain price, Kopeikin may offer multiple prints to interested parties.

Among the highlights is ‘Owl Girl,’ above, a 24-by-20-inch archival digital print by the Los Angeles-based team Davis & Davis, which has a starting bid of $1,200.
Bidding for Hiroshi Watanabe’s ‘Big With Monkey Doll, Suo Sarumawashi,’ a 14-inch-square toned silver gelatin print, right, will start at $1,100.


In a work of vérité cuteness, Lara Regan’s ‘Adrift’ depicts a puppy floating on an inflatable raft at the bottom of a nearly drained swimming pool. The starting bid: $980. (See it after the jump.)

Other photographs document the geometric patterns found in nature and architecture. Two of the wittiest come from Andy Freeberg’s 2006 series of the reception areas in New York’s Chelsea art galleries. Defined by monolithic white desks that obscure all but the tops of employees’ heads, ‘Cheim and Reid’ and ‘Metro Pictures’ ($1,700 to start) are minimalist abstract compositions -- ideal for clean modernist homes or industrial lofts. (Get a glimpse after the jump.)

A free preview of the work is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday at the gallery at 8810 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. Or see the online preview here. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Attendance is not necessary to participate in the auction, which will accept advance bids until 7 p.m. Friday by phone or e-mail.

Lara Regan’s 26-inch-square ‘Adrift’

Andy Freeberg’s ‘Metro Pictures’ and ‘Cheim and Reid’

-- David A. Keeps

Photo credits, top to bottom: Davis & Davis, Hiroshi Watanabe, Lara Regan, Andy Freeberg