Sunday, March 27, 2016

20th art auction with David Dike Gallery

Deforrest Judd

Date of auction was in January 2016.

Deep in the Design District, David Dike with be celebrating their 20th art auction at Wildman Art Framing on 1715 Market Centre Blvd. The gallery has ventured down to the district before to do their annual auctions, but this year it seems the gallery is making an extra effort for their 20th year. If you don’t know much about David Dike Gallery, they specialize in early, mid-century modern, and some contemporary Texas art. Their gallery is located in Midtown Dallas and when I visit, I often see landscapes, still life paintings, and some cubist abstractions on the wall.

The 20th anniversary auction features much of what you might see on their gallery walls, but the number of artworks in the auction would never fit in their gallery space. I find the works on paper particularly interesting. Verda Ligon’s Galveston Harbor print from the 1940’s has lines (real and implied) that move your eyes vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. The lights and darks are compelling as well. Ed Curry’s wild lithograph perspective piece titled The Trees puts you off balance. The two male figures also add to the delightful strangeness of this picture.

Paintings are an important part of the auction, and sure, there are a few bluebonnet landscapes that populate the lots. After all, Impressionist style came to Texas as it did the rest of the world. Texas had to be translated by our artists in the same way the French had to paint their landscapes. You will also find other Impressionist landscapes without our signature flower and Regionalist style art at the auction. The auction features a few relatively contemporary pieces as well. David McManaway’s 1986 assemblage is going to take your breath away. Either you will love it or hate it, but his collection of objects stacked in an orderly fashion keeps you looking. Little treasures are hidden all over this work and thankfully they are left bare to see. I enjoyed Sam Gummelt’s minimal collages which use the city of Waco as part of his titles. Having once lived in Waco, I get these pieces. A more calm, quiet, and realist style of painting is Ancel E. Nunn’s work The Secret Place, which is reminiscent of Andrew Wyeth’s painting Christina's World. I love how the figure is stretched out near the horizon line. Three bronze animal sculptures populate the lots. Douglas Clark and Jack Bryant are both contemporary artists working in Texas and both have their own interpretation of the Texas longhorn. Clack also has cast a hare that looks a bit surprised.

The art auction will be live this Saturday, on January 23rd. Bidding starts at 1:00 PM, but I would advise to go early and see the works in person. Even if you plan to bid online, you should see these works in person to get a real sense of the work you like. Online images never really do art work justice. You can also phone absentee bid as well. All information about the auction and the online catalog is at

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