Hindman’s Fine Art specialists provide expert consultations for buyers and consignors to address all their fine art needs. They work with collectors and buyers around the world to curate exceptional sales and provide clients with the opportunity to sell their artwork confidentially through private sales. Our specialists are always available for complimentary and confidential valuations of single works or entire collections.
One of the specialties of the Fine Art Department is work by international artists created in the second half of the 20th century and by the leading artists of today’s generation. Postwar and Contemporary Art sales include paintings, drawings, sculptures, and videos by 20th-century masters, including Harry Bertoia, Lee Bontecou, Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Joan Mitchell, Kenneth Noland, Pablo Picasso, Peter Saul, and Tom Wesselmann. They are are held in Chicago three times a year.
The Fine Art Department also specializes in American and European works of art from the Renaissance through World War II. American and European Art sales feature work by artists ranging from Old Masters and Impressionists to Regionalists, Fauvists, Surrealists, and early modernists. The department’s research team, network of experts, and careful curation of sales allow it to reach thousands of active collectors around the globe.
From Albrecht Dürer and Rembrandt van Rijn to Andy Warhol and David Hockney, the artists featured in our Prints and Multiples auctions span over five centuries. These sales prominently feature prints from modern masters such as Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso, as well as works by established 20th- and 21st-century artists like Jean Dubuffet, Helen Frankenthaler, Damien Hirst, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Motherwell, Ed Ruscha, Wayne Thiebaud, and Tom Wesselmann. Prints from esteemed studios such as Tyler Graphics, Gemini G.E.L., ULAE, and Crown Point Press are also frequently highlighted in our sales.
The Fine Art Department holds three Prints and Multiples auctions annually, along with further curated online sales. Often an entry point for budding Old Master and contemporary collectors, these auctions cater to both clients looking to start a collection and seasoned collectors in search of works of the highest quality. The process of buying and selling prints requires an extraordinary level of service in order to ensure the works and their condition are exactly as described. Our specialists are always available to provide condition reports, auction estimates for works you are interested in selling, or advice on new acquisitions and the growth of your collection.
The Western and Wildlife Art Department specializes in handling Historic and Contemporary Western Art including works by Western pioneering artists, Taos Society Founders, living and deceased Cowboy Artist of America, New Mexico modernists, and established Southwestern artists. Other regional landscape and figural works by artists from the Western states and Colorado are among our featured consignments. The department also focuses on African and North American Wildlife paintings and bronzes. Our auctions will often showcase other authentic vintage cowboy accoutrement, saddles, furniture by important western designers and other themed material. With the help of all the Hindman regional offices quality consignments and enthusiastic buyers find their way to our Denver saleroom from across the country and abroad.
Joe Stanfield is the director of the Fine Art Department at Hindman.
Mr. Stanfield began his career with Hindman in 2006, and he has since gained recognition in the industry as a fine art expert. Mr. Stanfield has spent his career in Chicago, working for both Hindman and Toomey & Co. Auctioneers. During his eight years at Toomey & Co., he oversaw important collections, such as the Tribune Tower Collection, Warshawsky Collection, estate of Candice B. Groot, collection of Governor Jim Thompson, estate of Robert E. Beck, estate of Robert E. (Butch) McGuire, and estate of Frank Ternenyi. He returned to Hindman in 2019 and has helped to grow the postwar and contemporary art area of the Fine Art Department. He is an active member of the Sustaining Fellows at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Arts Club of Chicago.
Zachary Wirsum is a senior specialist in the Fine Art Department at Hindman.
Mr. Wirsum joined the firm in 2007 as a fine art registrar and became a department specialist in 2013, with a focus on postwar and contemporary art. He evaluates and appraises over 5,000 works of art each year, including property for insurance, donations, and estate tax appraisals. Mr. Wirsum works with leading international committees and experts to authenticate important works and has built strong relationships with international dealers, private collectors, galleries, and museums. Prior to joining Hindman, Mr. Wirsum spent three years at the Chicago Conservation Center as an assistant director and conservator. He studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he received a BFA. Mr. Wirsum is a practicing painter with gallery representation.
Monica Brown is a senior specialist in the Fine Art Department at Hindman.
In this role, Ms. Brown uses her expertise in contemporary art, paper, editions, valuation, market analytics, condition assessment, and authenticity to assist clients with both purchasing and consigning works of art. She has over 17 years of art market experience, most recently as founder of Monica Brown Fine Art, her own art advisory service based in Denver. She has extensive experience in over five centuries of works on paper from her tenure at the Newberry Library in Chicago, as well as over eight years of experience with one of London’s leading dealers of Pop Art editions. Ms. Brown also has experience at several internationally recognized auction houses, having previously worked at Hindman as a specialist in the Fine Art Department and as a department assistant in the Print Department at Sotheby’s. She has an MA in art history from the University of Illinois at Chicago and an MA in art business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London.
Katherine Hlavin is the director and specialist of Western Art at Hindman.
Ms. Hlavin started at the firm in June 2017 as Director of Business Development, Western Region at the Denver location and became a department specialist in 2020. Before joining the firm, she spent seven years working with galleries in Jackson Hole, Scottsdale and Denver. Most recently, Ms. Hlavin was Gallery Director of Visions West Contemporary in Denver and Jackson Hole. In this role she planned and curated exhibitions and developed relationships with leading Western contemporary artists, important institutions and collectors, helping the gallery establish its Jackson Hole location. Prior, Ms. Hlavin was Director of American & Western Paintings at Altamira Fine Art.
“Twachtman’s Connecticut paintings from the 1890s mark the highpoint in his career.”
“There is a sense of calm in Lebasque’s paintings.”
“Loiseau captures the lush, verdant atmosphere of a warm day in the French countryside.”
“This darling portrait depicts Louise Feron, a noted model for the artist.”
“Ault established himself in New York City and painted images inspired by the view from his window.”
“Lichtenstein’s style blends geometric art deco with pop style.”
“Warhol’s Superman screenprint is the epitome of Pop.”
“This work displays Warhol’s well-known portraiture style, as well as his friendship with Jagger.”
“Loving’s Cube 28 is almost 50 years old but feels extremely current and refreshing.”
“These works demonstrate a confidence in mark making and shows us the world as the artist sees it.”
“Fiber artist Sheila Hicks blurs the boundary between painting and sculpture.”
“Something daring and new with the added comfort of art historical familiarity.”
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