Jeff Wall's Richmond photo takes top bid 0
Vancouver artist Jeff Wall's piece, Steves Farm, Steveston raised $140,000 - the highest bid at the art gallery's auction Saturday night. (PHOTO COURTESY OF MELISSA BAKER/ BAKE PHOTOGRAPHY)
A panoramic image of a Steveston, Richmond landscape claimed highest bid at Vancouver Art Gallery's annual fundraising auction Saturday night, which saw 80 pieces of art sold to support school class tours and exhibitions at the gallery.
Desire: Art Auction 2012 raised over $950,000 for the schools program and art exhibits, with the top piece from world-renowned Vancouver artist Jeff Wall fetching $140,000 alone.
"It's used to provide support for tens of thousands of school kids from across British Columbia as well as the exhibitions that the art gallery puts on every year," said the gallery's Carolyn Jack.
Named Steves Farm, Steveston, the 1980 piece is said to be an "important juncture" in the artist's career and marks the beginnings of his documentary photography.
Donated works from other Vancouver artists, including Ken Lum, Fiona Ackerman, Ann Goldberg, among others, were also featured.
Last year's auction raised nearly $1.2 million and was the most successful in the gallery's history.