NEW YORK—The next East Coast gallery exhibition of the sculptural works of Bryan Hunt will take place in Spring of 2012 at Manhattan’s Danese Gallery, but New Yorkers have other opportunities to see his work beforehand.
In a show that opened June 25 and ran through the end of July, a range of large and small metal and Aqua-Resin sculptures, as well as drawings, were displayed on Long Island at East Hampton’s Guild Hall. Earlier this month, the Fund for Park Avenue (in association with the Public Art Program of the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation) installed ten of his large-scale works in the Park Avenue malls between 48th and 57th Streets. They will be on view through Nov. 19.
“I tell collectors here, ‘Bryan doesn’t make much work, so when he does have a show it’s a real event,’” said David Austin, co-owner of Imago Galleries in Palm Desert, California, which exhibited ten of the artist’s sculptures in May, selling “a good portion of them.” Austin said that the gallery is also arranging three commissions for the artist.
The show was Imago’s first solo exhibition of Hunt’s recent work, and prices ranged from $60,000 to $210,000 based on size and complexity. The $60,000 piece is a mixed-media installation of several 12-inch-tall semiabstract elements, while the most expensive work is a 188-inch-tall abstract projection.
Hunt, who has studios in Manhattan and Long Island, creates works often inspired by water in aluminum, bronze and cast resin. Several pieces from his “Waterfalls” series, perhaps his best-known group of sculptures, were on display at Guild Hall. Other works by the artist are inspired by airships, amphoras and natural wonders.
The $60,000/120,000 price range has increased only modestly over the past five years, said Manhattan gallerist Renato Danese, who began representing the artist in 2006.
Danese says buyers of Hunt’s work are spread around the country. Almost all sales have been to collectors in the United States, although there have been both exhibitions and sales in Europe in years past.
Danese acknowledges that, “We don’t have a lot of work on the secondary market.” Some pieces have been acquired by public institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Works by Hunt have appeared at auction with the highest auction price to date at $126,500 (estimate: $70,000/90,000) for the mixed-media work Airship, 1976, at Sotheby’s in 1990. Other top prices include $114,000 (estimate: $30,000/40,000) for the bronze, Shift, 1978, also sold at Sotheby’s in 2003.
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