Art Sale

Shopping is now open for a $3 million art collection donated to the Jewish Community Foundation by the Audrey and Joseph Bernstein family. Net sales are to benefit Milwaukee Jewish Federation.  The 1,400-piece collection, with pieces typically offered for hundreds or thousands of dollars, features postwar and contemporary art paintings, photography and works on paper. Much of the art, viewable at, features artists with international and national reputations, according to Sam Heaton, director of the HD Contemporary Art private gallery in Palm Springs, California.

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Works include:

  • Photos by Leeland Y. Lee, including 1960s architectural photos of iconic Palm Springs homes. “He is a very interesting person in history who is still alive,” Heaton said, adding that the photos “are kind of desert living in its heyday in the 60s. It’s modernism.”
  • Photos by William Wegman, who is known for shots of his weimaraner dogs in various costumes and poses. His work has been exhibited in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the Orange County Museum of Art in California.
  • Lithographs by Russian-born, American abstract painter and printmaker Adja Yunkers. The artist, a Guggenheim Fellowship recipient, studied in Berlin, London, Paris, Leningrad and Stockholm.
  • Paintings by Misaki Ando, who studied under the great Japanese oil painter Kokuta Suda and learned intensive techniques of oil painting and gouache.
  • Paintings by Nicholas Africano, became known for his paintings and works on paper, which featured small, detached figures in fanciful, theatrical roles, often isolated in the center of his large canvases. Born in Kankakee, Illinois, the artist lives and works in Normal, Illinois.


Read the full story in the Wisconsin Jewish Chronicle.

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