Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Ansel Adams Photographs for Auction

The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction will offer 6 vintage photographs for bid – 4 by Ansel Adams and 2 by Pirkle Jones – from The Story of a Winery series during several events throughout Auction weekend (March 26 – 29, 2008). The exhibition, including these photos, is on view through April 14, 2008, at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP located at 171 17th Street NW, Suite 2100, in Atlantic Station.

In 1963, Pirkle Jones, who for over 60 years chronicled the landscape and people of California, and Ansel Adams, one of the last century’s giants of photography and environmentalism, were invited to make a series of photographs of all aspects of the production of wine as an interpretive picture essay. It was felt that the blend of the old winery and beautiful Saratoga, California, vineyards would provide an excellent presentation of the steps involved in winemaking. The series was first shown by the Smithsonian Institution in 1962. Photographs from this exhibition have been donated to the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction for exhibition and auction, courtesy of Pirkle Jones and Robert Yellowlees with arrangements by Lumiere Gallery.

A selection of twenty-four photographs from the series is on view in Atlantic Station at Arnall Golden Gregory LLP, as part of the Wine Auction. Three of the photographs will be up for bid in the Live Auction on the 29th, one will be offered at the Gala Silent Auction on the 28th, and two will be up for bid in the Silent Auction on the 29th. Absentee bidding is available; for details, please visit www.atlanta-wineauction.org.

Pirkle Jones and Ansel Adams
For more than 60 years, photographer Pirkle Jones chronicled the landscape and people of California. His collaborations included major projects with Dorothea Lange, Ansel Adams, and Minor White as well as his wife, Ruth-Marion Baruch. Jones was one of the first students at the California School of Fine Arts’ photography program initiated by Adams. Jones was a long time friend of Adams, one of the last century’s giants of photography. As one of the most honored photographers in history, Adams received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Both Adams’ and Jones’ work has been exhibited in many of the world’s leading museums and both are the subject of numerous books and scholarly works. Photographed between 1958 and 1962, the images in The Story of a Winery series represent a collaborative effort between these two master photographers, utilizing a blend of the old winery and beautiful vineyards to provide an excellent presentation of the steps involved in winemaking.

Last November, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Co-chairs and select committee members had the honor to visit Pirkle Jones in his striking redwood home in Mill Valley, California. Jones, at the age of 94, is still active in support of the medium to which he has dedicated his life’s work. In California, the group reviewed many of the images in the original series while Jones explained their details and the stories behind them.

High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction
The High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction celebrates its 16th anniversary with the theme “The Sensational Sixteenth High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction: How Sweet It Is!” Beginning Thursday, March 27, and continuing through Saturday, March 29, 2008, the auction will again raise its trademark big-top tents in Atlantic Station.

The centerpiece of the Auction weekend is the Live Auction, where more than 85 auction lots will be sold this year, including rare and collectible wines, exclusive wine-related trips and dining events and works of art. This year’s auction catalogue can be previewed online at www.atlanta-wineauction.org, which also includes information on sealed and telephone bidding.

The 2008 Wine Auction events are organized by co-chairs Liz Lazarus and Joan Marmo. A Trade Tasting and 16 Winemakers Dinners will be held on Thursday, March 27. Events on Friday, March 28, include Premier Tasting Seminars and a Gala Dinner Dance. Saturday, March 29, features the Vintners’ Reception and Live Auction and concludes with The Big Finish event, a wine weekend finale for the next generation co-sponsored by the Museum’s volunteer organization Art Partners.

Founded in 1993, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is the largest fundraising event for the High and ranks as the top charity wine auction in the country benefiting the arts, drawing prominent winemakers from the U.S. and around the world. The funds generated by the Wine Auction, which amount to more than $12 million over the last 15 years and $2.2 million in 2007 alone, are a significant contribution to the Museum’s acquisitions, exhibitions and educational programming.

Wine Auction Special Guests
The 2008 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction Special Guests of Honor are celebrated Burgundy vintner Alex Gambal and California Central Coast winemaker Joseph Davis. Special Guest Chefs for the Gala Dinner include world-renowned Southern Star chefs Gerry Klaskala and Kathryn King of Atlanta’s Aria with Hugh Acheson of Five & Ten and The National in Athens, Georgia; Mike Lata of FIG in Charleston, South Carolina; and Todd Richards of The Oakroom in Louisville, Kentucky. Members of the Southern Foodways Alliance (SFA), these chefs exemplify the SFA mission to document and celebrate the diverse food cultures of the American South. Austin Hope, winemaker for his family’s Treana Winery and for his own Austin Hope Winery, will serve as Special Guest for The Big Finish.

Wine Auction Support
The 2008 High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction is made possible through the generous support of the exclusive Presenting Sponsor, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Premier Corporate Sponsors include Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles magazine, Geographics, Wachovia Wealth Management, KPMG, Montaluce and The Streets of Buckhead/Ben Carter Properties. Delta Air Lines is the official airline. Atlanta Area Lexus Dealers are the automobile sponsor. Media partners include Flavors, Restaurant Forum, and Skirt! magazines. Atlantic Station is the Site Sponsor.

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