ARTmonday: Center for Maine Contemporary Art Auction

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art, is a really great contemporary arts institution in Rockland, Maine, that supports local and national emerging and established contemporary artists who have associations with Maine.

CMCA’s Art You Love Auction is online now via Paddle8. Bidding opened on February 14 and closes on Friday, February 28, at 5 p.m. Some pieces are affordable artworks. Proceeds from the CMCA auction support its contemporary art exhibitions and educational programming.

Here’s a sampling of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art auction offerings:

CMCA Paddle8 Contemporary Art Auction Abstract Painting

Kate Russo, Odd Couple #4, 2013
Oil on panel, 6 x 6 in 

CMCA Paddle8 Contemporary Art Auction Still LIfe Painting

Tracy Miller, Blackberries, 2019
Oil on canvas, 10 x 10 in

CMCA Paddle8 Contemporary Art Auction Woodblock Print

Meghan Brady, GG, 2019
Woodcut on kozo, Edition of 10, 10 x 8.5 in

CMCA Paddle8 Contemporary Art Auction Abstract Painting

Peter Halley, Exchange, 1996
Screen print with texture plate, 52 of 100, 22 x 30 in 

CMCA Paddle8 Contemporary Art Auction Fiber Arts Mixed Media

Gail Skudera, Portrait VWoolf/Desert Bloom 3, 2018
Loom woven-photo & color print on paper with cotton, linen, & chenille fibers
8.5 x 11 in 

CMCA Paddle8 Contemporary Art Auction Still Life Painting

Jenny Brillhart, Jade, 9:55am, September, 2019
Oil on Yupo paper, 26 x 20 in 

CMCA Paddle8 Contemporary Art Auction Landscape Painting

Greta Van Campen, August Greens, 2019
Acrylic on panel, 6 x 6 in 

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ARTmonday: Center for Maine Contemporary Art Online Auction

The Center for Maine Contemporary Art in Rockland, Maine is currently hosting an online auction on Paddle8 through February 28, 2018 at 5pm. All proceeds from the auction support CMCA.

Initially founded as an artists’ cooperative called Maine Coast Artists in 1952, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art functioned as a series of pop-ups for the first 15 years, having no permanent site. Early shows included works by Alex Katz and Louise Nevelson.

In 2016, the center moved to a new glass and corrugated metal space in downtown Rockland, designed by architect Toshiko Mori. CMCA remains a non-collecting institution, which means it does not maintain a permanent collection Instead, it shows work by national and emerging artists associated with Maine.

The auction offers up 50 works by 50 artists. Here are a few of my favorites. As they say, bid now, bid often here.

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Abstract Still LIfe Maine Artists

Emilie Stark-Menneg, Love Potion, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Abstract Landscape Maine Artists

Ingrid Ellison, Open the Floodgates, 2016 • Courtesy of CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Butterfly Maine Artists

K. Min, Summer #45, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Abstract Map Maine Artists

John Bisbee, Midsize American Grid, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Abstract Painting Maine Artists

Brooke Nixon, Snowy Day, 2017 • Courtesy of CMCA

Center for Maine Contemporary Art Nude Portrait Maine Artists

Elizabeth Fox, Changing Room, 2009 • Courtesy of CMCA

ARTmonday: 14 Artworks from the MassArt Auction 2015

Like the School of Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts College of Art & Design holds a sale, in this case an auction, to benefit scholarship and academic programs. The 26th Annual MassArt Auction 2015 takes place in Boston this Saturday, April 11th at 6:30. Karen Keane of Skinner will be presiding.

In addition to the many paintings, photos, drawings, sculptures, and multimedia works for auction, there are three special commissions: a portrait sitting with William Wegman (1965) at his home in Chelsea, NYC, a custom evening gown by Jeury Roasario (2003), and a commission of products in your pantry by Rachel Perry Welty.

Here are 14 artworks I love from the MassArt Auction 2015, all open for online bids now on Paddle8 through April 10.


Gaston Ugalde


Nona Hershey


Rick Fox


Christopher Sullivan


Kathleen O’Hara


John Steck Jr.


Michael Cappabianca


Brittany Roberts


Jennifer Liston Munson


Melissa Krok Horton


Rebecca Doughty


Mike Gower


Dana Mueller


Katrina Majkut

ARTmonday: 17 Artworks from Paddle8

Paddle 8 is an online art marketplace that partners with galleries, art fairs, foundations, and museums to offer a curated selection of artwork and content surrounding it. The site launched in April of last year, though it wasn’t really on my radar until co-founder Alexander Gilkes emailed me this past winter to say they had secured substantial VC funding. Tons of interesting galleries from across the globe, including Brooklyn, Mexico City, Vienna, Helsinki, Istanbul, New Delhi, and Sao Paulo  are represented, as well as art fairs, like Nada Miami Beach and The Armory Show Piers 92 & 94. There’s a lot to look at. Last night I went through just one section, Paddle8 For Good, a new initiative that supports select non-profit arts with unique and collaborative projects. Here’s what I turned up.

Hisham Akira Bharoocha
Bibi and Joey, Upstate NY , 2009
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Karen Margolis

Auscultation, 2012
Watercolor, gouache, graphite,
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Dan Tague

Monster, 2012
Burned paper
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Barbara Kruger

Untitled (Another Year), 2010
Lenticular pigment print
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Dan Colen

Not All Right, 2012

Flowers on belched Belgian linen
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Will Cotton

Will Cotton / Nancy Gonzalez, 2012

Crocodile with suede lining and acrylic polymer
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Ho Tzu Nyen

The Bohemian Rhapsody Project, 2006

single-channel HD video, stereo sound
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Heidi Elbers

Bend, 2012

oil on paper
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Antony Gormley

Hold V, 2012

3mm square section stainless steel bars
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Michael Lin

After Sonia Delaunay, 2011
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Kirsten Deirup

Front II, 2012

Gouache on paper
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Margaret Boyer

Patriarch, Age 79, 2010
Chromogenic color print
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Gillian Wearing

Me Wearing Mask of Lily Cole, 2012

c-type print
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 Deedee Cheriel

Untitled, 2010
Handpainted, 4 color silkscreen
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Tracey Emin

Trust Me, 2011
Neon (Super Turquoise)
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Glenn Ligon

2000-2099, 2011
Epson UltraChrome K3 Print on Museo Max 365 GSM Paper
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Co-founders Alexander Gilkes & Aditya Julka