Wine and Summer

Greetings from the ever bubbly (pun intended) Fine Wine Department at Waddington's!

Last summer we extolled the gentle virtues of summer sippers, fruity Beaujolais, sumptuous Chenin Blanc and Viognier, steely crisp Chablis and, of course, Champagne and Cremants. This summer we have fallen, full on, for the “Rosé All Day” trend sweeping the world. Some of the producers we have been fawning over this season are only available through agents by the case, like the 2017 Domaine de Triennes Rosé (Halpern Enterprises) and the Château Pesquié 2017 ‘Les Terrasses’ (The Vine Agency). We’ve also been enjoying 2017 Côtes des Roses Rosé by Gérard Bertrand and are constantly on the lookout for some great Bandol wines from Provence.

However as much as we may enjoy our time drinking rosé, our continuous task is assembling the wines destined for our fall auctions in September and November. After an incredible spring season, we feel this fall will also be very special as numerous great collections are already slated for auction.

We are delighted to inform our Fine Spirits clients that we have secured a world class collection of rare scotch, The Tom Willcock Collection of Fine and Rare Whisky, that will be sold in two parts in September and November. The collection contains over 500 bottles from many of the great distillers past and present. To celebrate the collection please look forward to a whisky tasting in our gallery in September. Details will be announced soon.

If you are considering consigning for our fall auctions, please keep in mind the following dates:

  • Deadline for inclusion in the September auction is July 20.
  • Deadline for inclusion in the November auction is September 21.

We hope your summer is full of sunshine, friends, family and, of course, fine wine.

Stephen, Joann and Devin

Posted: 6/26/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Handling Wine With White Gloves

The mythical beast, the unicorn of the auction world, is the White Glove sale – when 100% of the lots in an auction are sold.

In February of this year we came close with 99.8% sold. However, we just surpassed that mark by achieving a completely sold-out auction in May. Meaning, 100% of all lots offered in our Fine Wine auction found buyers! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this success; sellers, buyers and supporters.

We were particularly pleased with the performance of the wines of the legendary Château Pétrus. With a wide variety of vintages on offer, many for long term cellaring, all of them had robust interest during the auction. Once again though, classed growth Bordeaux led the way with many lots recording as many as 20 bids.

For those of you interested in statistics, and we know many of you are, here are a few.

Auction Fun Facts

Total Lots Sold 448
Total Lots Unsold 0
Sold Percentage 100%
Average realised price above reserve 117.7%
Average realised price above low estimate 67.5%
Total Lots Sold Over Low Estimate 376
Total Lots Sold Over High Estimate 209
Total Bidders 217
Total Bids 4,152


Additional Highlights

Lot 116: CHÂTEAU PÉTRUS 2010 (1)


Lot 313: CHÂTEAU LE PIN 2000 (1)








Lot 263: OPUS ONE 1993 (2 hf. bt.)
OPUS ONE 2006 (2 hf. bt.)
OPUS ONE 2010 (1)
OPUS ONE 2011 (1)





Consignment Opportunities for Our Fall Auctions

As much as we would like to bask in the glow of our past sale, we remain focused on gathering more great wines for our fall series of auction slated for September and November.

To consign in our upcoming fine wine or spirits auctions please visit our consignment page, or contact us by phone 416-504-9100 ext 1002 or by email The consignment deadline for our September auctions is July 20.

In the coming weeks we will be announcing some exciting news regarding a world class collection of Rare Scotch we look forward to offering this fall as well.

Until then, cheers!


Posted: 5/19/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Canadian Art Spring Season 2018

Lot 31
Sorel Etrog
War Remembrance

Linda Rodeck Introduces our Spring 2018 Canadian Art Season.

For centuries, trading merchandise from far and wide has proven lucrative to industrious merchants, particularly those who specialized in luxurious or rare goods. But throughout history such trade has also generated significant intellectual, spiritual and philosophical dividends.
I can't help thinking about the great Spice Routes and Silk Roads when I think of auction season. Each spring and fall, an auction house will assemble thousands of precious items, brought from all over the world and from all time periods. It wasn't so long ago, for example, that Waddington's sold a woolly mammoth tusk! These items exhibit a rare beauty which is often the primary reason they are desired but there are also magnificent stories that attach themselves to objects.  
Waddington's Spring 2018 Canadian art sale, which is comprised of 160 lots, represents 160 amazing creation stories, biographies or histories about each lot's maker, their subject, their execution, their owners both prior and current, and their significance in the past, present and future. Each sale is a fascinating installment in the story of Canadian art-making and collecting.
Join us on a journey of discovery this season by reading some of the stories you will find in our Canadian Art auction catalogue or stop by our previews to hear some of the wonderful anecdotes our specialists can provide in person. 

To view the Auction Gallery and PDF Catalogue: click here

Auction: Monday, May 28 at 7:00 p.m.

On View:

Friday, May 25 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Saturday, May 26 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday, May 27 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Monday, May 28 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Or by appointment.

Preview and auction take place at Waddington's.

To find out more:

Posted: 5/1/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

News from Concrete Contemporary Art & Projects

As we turn the corner into our Spring 2018 auction season, we have some exciting news to share about Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects in our ongoing effort to create more opportunities for Canadian contemporary works.

This season we are presenting our Concrete Contemporary auctions in conjunction with the Canadian, Inuit, and Indigenous Art departments at Waddington’s. That means that rather than hold stand-alone auctions of Canadian contemporary art, all works consigned to us for sale will either be offered in our new, bi-monthly Canadian Art Select online auctions or will be placed into our bi-annual Canadian Fine Art live auctions. These cross-departmental auctions will greatly increase the exposure of Canadian contemporary art to other areas of the market.

Our Canadian Fine Art auction on May 28 will include major works by Carol Wainio, Michael Adamson and a rare work by Mike Bayne as part of the contemporary component of the auction.

The Canadian Art Select online auction in April will also feature a number of impressive contemporary works. Consignments to both auctions are still open with an end of March deadline for the Canadian Fine Art auction and consignments to the Canadian Select auction open on an ongoing basis. The consignment process will continue to be a seamless experience with property curated by Stephen Ranger and Kristin Vance.

Over the past five years we have set auction records and created secondary markets for dozens of important contemporary artists -- our new format promises to expand on this mandate. And we will continue to focus on Canadian Contemporary Art with a renewed focus on exhibitions, events and ongoing special projects.

Please contact Kristin Vance at to discuss sale dates and deadlines.

As always, we look forward to seeing you in our galleries.


Valerie Palmer Lighthouse Price Realised: $43,200
Tim Zuck Two Shapes Price Realised: $7,800
Posted: 3/10/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

February's Fine Wines & Spirits

Earlier this month our very own Joann Maplesden was invited to talk about investing in wine to a group of women interested in alternative assets. Having worked in the Fine Wine and service industry for over 25 years, Joann is immeasurably qualified to speak knowledgably about what to buy, how to store, when to drink, and when to sell. She also has a deep understanding of the food and wine culture, which is at the core of what many collectors are interested in.

The advice she gave is what an expert in any field would give to a novice investor:

  • Read and taste widely.
  • Buy the best you can afford; it will always reward you.
  • Immerse yourself in the world of wine, there is so much to learn and it’s also a lot of fun.
  • Don’t expect to know everything overnight. While it might be easy to chase just the big names - the first-growth Bordeaux and Grand Cru Burgundy, there is also great value and pleasure to be found just a little off the beaten path, in the wines of the Rhône Valley or Piedmonte, in Spain, Sonoma or Margaret River.
  • Remember to differentiate between investing for pleasure and investing for profit.
  • And remember - the rewards of sharing a well-cellared wine are ample!

This month’s Fine Wine and Spirits auctions offer wines for the novice collector, seasoned collector and the sommelier. Led by a lovely selection of well-cellared wine from the acclaimed Rundles restaurant of Stratford, Ontario, the auction goes deep into world-class Burgundy and California Cabernet Sauvignon. There are numerous mixed lots for current drinking pleasure, investment grade lots for the collector and wines ready for the spring and fall festivals. There is a plethora of Château Pétrus from numerous vintages, an awesome selection of wines from Rousseau and Leroy and a very special flight of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon.

Please make use of our Wine Search tool at to make finding wines of interest that much easier.

We hope you enjoy this auction as much as we enjoyed assembling it for you.

Please also note our consignment deadline for the May auction is fast approaching. Wines for consideration should be sent to us by March 16, 2018.

Cheers, Stephen Joann Devin

Posted: 2/15/2018 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Most of us wine lovers have at one point experienced the nirvana that comes with the perfect glass of wine. Often, that perfect wine does not exist in isolation, but is accompanied by: the perfect date, a perfect meal, the perfect setting, or any number of other lovely things that are all part of the experience. Will any great wine taste better when it is shared with people you love and an inspired setting?

Well, there are some who would disagree and suggest that a perfect wine is simply a combination of a great region, exacting producer, ideal terroir and great vintage.

We are not here to argue either way, suffice to say that no less than 80 wines in our current auction are rated 100 points by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. A further 88 are rated between 97-99 points. From the classic 1989 Château Haut-Brion and 1986 Château Mouton Rothschild to newer vintages like the 2009 Château Leoville-Poyferre and the 2010 Château Petrus, perfection reigns supreme. Let’s not forget our friends in California like the 2001 and 2007 Harlan Estate, or the 2002 and 2007 Shafer Hillside Select Cabernet Sauvignon. The legendary Penfolds Grange from 1998 and 2001 couldn’t have scored higher either -- unless someone has invented the 200-point scale!

We encourage you to really dig deep into this auction; we know you’ll be greatly rewarded whether you are looking for mixed lots of well-cellared wine for the holidays, or if you are intent on filling your cellar with the best of the best. We’ve got it all.

As we do prior to the end of every auction, we’ll send out a list of some wines that still represent great opportunities. If you aren’t already on our fine wine email list, please visit Fine Wine Emails to subscribe. In the meantime, feel free to contact Joann, Devin or myself with any questions you may have.

Enjoy the auction.

Stephen Ranger, Senior Specialist

Posted: 11/28/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Concrete Contemporary Art Auction

Lot 50 - KIM DORLAND Bush Party #6

The Fall 2017 Concrete Contemporary Art auction is perhaps the most diverse offering we have yet to put forward. Iconic abstractions by David Bolduc and Michael Adamson are offered side-by-side with a figurative Kim Dorland painting, while illustrative works by Marcel Dzama and Gary Taxali compliment the photo-based works of Barbara Astman and the Sanchez Brothers.

Two haunting landscapes by Wanda Koop are contrasted by a print featuring Alex McLeod’s futuristic, made-up world and mythical paintings by Stephen Appleby-Barr. Canada’s regions are all well represented; the range of works highlighting the diverse and abundant creativity of this country.

Once again we have partnered with for this live auction, inviting bidders from all over the world as we work to expand our market for Canadian contemporary art.

We look forward to seeing you in the gallery this season and thank you for your support of Canadian Contemporary Art.

Stephen Ranger, Senior Specialist


Monday, November 27 at 7:00 p.m.



Posted: 11/27/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


This past Tuesday, 139 works of Inuit and Northwest Coast artwork were presented for auction at Waddington’s, the premier auction house for Inuit art and now in our 39th year of conducting Inuit art auctions. The energy from a week of exhibition culminated in our busiest preview ever and carried directly over into spirited bidding during the sale.

Highlights of the auction include:

  • Over 90% of works sold, well above industry standard, resulted in elated consigners and buyers alike.
  • Feverish bidding led to prices repeatedly exceeding the healthy pre-auction estimates for early stonecuts and stencils. Three iconic Niviaxie stencils were each hammered down above the $10,000 mark.
  • Sculptural form took precedence for collectors, with the elegant and understated 20” caribou by Osuitok Ipeelee selling for nearly $30,000.
  • Impressive prices were also commanded from our curated selection of small-scale sculptures, such as Judas Ullulaq’s wonderful 6” work in antler, which sold for almost three times its estimate at $2,840.
  • Contemporary works from artists such as Bill Nasogaluak and Suvinai Ashoona sold well and within or above estimate.
  • The strong interest displayed for the Northwest Coast works during the previews resulted in 11 pieces selling for over a combined $30,000.

This year, we made some long overdue changes to how we present Inuit artwork in our catalogues. The Inuit community names are now included. Artists’ names are now also displayed in Inuktitut syllabics. Furthermore, Inuit artists' disc numbers – rooted as they are in the colonial system – have been removed from the catalogue descriptions, and now only appear in the index for reference.

It was particularly nice to see some familiar faces reappear during the auction and previews this season, as well as to connect with some new collectors. The interest in the artform is truly in a transition period between long-standing collectors - to those newer to it, and the interaction between these collector profiles is exciting to see and is reflected in the results of the sale. For further information about this auction or consigning with us in the future, please contact me directly. Thank you to all of our consignors and buyers for a wonderful evening.

Christa Ouimet
Senior Specialist




Lot 60 NIVIAXIE HUNTER WITH BEAR                                REALISED: $13,200




Posted: 11/23/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Ouimet

Having our colours done - for the fall season

I may be the only person old enough in the Canadian and Inuit Art departments to remember the craze of “having your colours done”. Trained colour consultants would be engaged to find colours for their clients to wear that best complemented their complexion, eyes, and hair colour, thereby enhancing one’s attractiveness and boosting one’s confidence. People were categorized as Seasons. Cool colour palettes were “Winters”, warm muted colours were “Falls”. You get the idea.

We know colour can have a powerful effect on us. Whether dramatic, sophisticated, soothing or subtle, colour impacts our mood and carries varied - even contradictory- cultural meaning. Our reaction to colour serves both a biological purpose, and an aesthetic ambition. 

Each season, one of our favourite projects leading up to the auction preview, which begins tomorrow (dates and times below), is determining the set up of our preview gallery in order to best enhance the works of art being offered that season. This involves decisions about layout, placement of lots, lighting and choice of wall colour. While I suspect I can be somewhat dictatorial about some of these decisions, the fact is they are largely predetermined by the sale itself. Once we reach our consignment deadline and begin laying out our catalogue, it becomes very apparent that we have a “blue” sale or a “coral” sale or a “violet” sale. Inevitably, one colour or two seems to dominate, and the rest falls into place accordingly.

This year, several key paintings inspired our choice of wall colour and we have developed spaces that contain families of paintings and sculpture which play off one another. They have been set in environments that have been prepared to enhance your ability to read them and enjoy them.

While Russell Foster, a neuroscientist at Oxford, maintains “The whole point of colour vision is not to inspire poets, but to allow contrast detection,” (Tom Chivers, February 2015, The Telegraph), I can’t help but take a slightly less scientific position. And while I can’t argue with an Oxford intellect, I hope the layout and design of our saleroom both pleases and inspires you. Please join us this season for a dose of chromotherapy.

(Oh, and in case you were wondering, I’m a “Summer”).

Linda G. Rodeck, Senior Specialist





Canadian Fine Art Auction
Monday, November 20 at 7:00 pm

On View:

Thursday, November 16 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday, November 17 from 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, November 18 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday, November 19 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday November 20 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

View the Auction Gallery

Posted: 11/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Pre-loved Rings in Our Dec 5th Fine Jewellery Auction

Thinking of buying a vintage engagement ring? We have several lovely examples in our Fall 2017 Fine Jewellery Auction.

You may be surprised to know there are many excellent reasons you should consider purchasing a pre-loved token of affection, in addition to their beauty. Christa Lambert explains the top four reasons and provides some advice on what to look out for when you buy antique:

  1. Hand crafted and one-of-a-kind – If your significant other loves unique pieces, you can be sure the vintage ring you propose with will never be seen on another hand. Each antique piece was handcrafted by skilled jewellers prior to the introduction of modern equipment used today to create jewellery, such as CAD and growing machines. Antique pieces were hand crafted; added details such as engraving and milgrain all required much more time, patience, and skill. The precision details of the past just cannot be duplicated to the same degree by today’s modern methods.
  2. Exceptional value, get more for your budget – Why pay retail prices, when you can purchase a piece of equal value for a fraction of the price? Retail prices are based on market value of the metal and gemstones, plus an average of 200-300% mark up (sometimes even more). Auction estimates are primarily based on the market value of materials. And bear in mind that many antique dealers actually buy their stock at auction, adding their markup when it enters their display case. Chances are you'll find a deal by participating in an auction, and perhaps even be able to buy a larger diamond than you thought your budget could afford.
  3. A historical piece makes an excellent heirloom – Each antique ring tells a story. It’s fascinating to learn about the older cut of diamonds, materials used, and the different styles that date a piece. Perhaps there is a hallmark that will provide information on a country of origin or a maker mark that gives the piece historical significance. Speaking with a Waddington’s specialist you can learn all about your ring of choice and share its romantic story with your intended.
  4. It’s a more environmentally safe and ethical choice – In today’s world we’re increasingly conscious of the footprint we leave on this earth and make choices acordingly. That includes being aware of the environmental impact of mining metals and gemstones. When purchasing a vintage piece, you’re not contributing to further damaging impact on our environment. For more information visit, a website making ripples and influencing retailers to take a stand against destructive mining.
"There is no such thing as clean gold, unless it’s recycled or vintage,” Alan Septoff, communications manager for the No Dirty Gold campaign.

What to be on the lookout for when buying an antique ring:

    1. Loose stones – A simple shake close to the ear is usually enough to tell if there are loose stones in a mount that would require tightening by a skilled jeweller.
    2. Wear on claws – Over time the claws that secure stones can wear down, leaving the gemstones susceptible to coming loose from the mount.
    3. Are the details intact? After years of wear, details can be softened. In the case where rings have been worn next to each other, some details may be worn off completely.
    4. Thickness of the shank – After years of wear, a shank may have been worn quite thin. Antique rings sometime require a shank replacement.
    5. Have there been alterations or repairs to the piece? Using a jeweller’s loop, study the piece to see if there have been changes. You may notice globs of solder that have not been removed properly. Parts may have been added or removed from a piece. Poor quality repair or alterations can detract from a piece’s beauty and value.
    6. Have old-cut diamonds been replaced with modern-cut stones?  Using a jeweller’s loop, examine the diamonds. Do the cuts match? Often, older stones have been lost and replaced with modern cuts.
    7. Is the ring the right size / can the size be adjusted? Not all rings can be sized without damaging the structural integrity of the ring, or details such as enamel inlay. Ask a Waddington’s specialist if it is possible to size the ring you're interested in.

The good news is that many of the above problems can be corrected by a skilled jeweller. Make sure you speak to one of Waddington’s jewellery specialists to find out if pieces can be restored and what are the costs associated with repairs that may be required.











Posted: 11/13/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Lambert

November's Rich Offerings


While we’ve never had lunch together, exchanged greeting cards or, in truth, even met, my “good friend” Heather Reisman rarely lets me down.

When I am wandering around Indigo not quite finding the right read for the weekend, time and again I have relied on one of “Heather’s Picks”. Last week, it was Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari. It wasn’t long before I found myself identifying with our earliest ancestors.

Harari writes that for nearly our entire history Sapiens have lived as foragers and that even today “our brains and minds are adapted to a life of hunting and gathering.” I can tell you that there is a lot of hunting and gathering that goes in to putting together an auction and like the early Sapiens I, too, “roam from place to place in search of food”, with which to stock the auction catalogue larder; I, too, am “influenced by the changing seasons” and “explore new lands opportunistically” looking for areas that are rich in what will sustain us.

The life of a forager was varied, interesting, and rewarding we are told, and I can attest that the life of a modern art forager (that’s forager not forger) can also be very rewarding. “The forager's secret of success” says Harari “was their varied diet”.

Likewise, in this season’s sale you will find a “varied diet” of works of art that span hundreds of years of Canadian painting, that come from or were painted by artists from all over our enormous nation (my primary hunting ground) and which reflect, stylistically and attitudinally, myriad positions, schools and periods of Canadian Art making.

We hope you will take the time to work your way through the rich offerings of this season, stopping here and there to sample some of the fine works we have harvested for your enjoyment.

Click here for auction details


Posted: 11/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Hey Our Vancouver Friends!

Emily Carr, Forest Clearing. Realised: $472,000

Considering selling a work of art? Need advice on estate planning or downsizing as it relates to understanding the value of an item or collection? We can help you find out what it's all really worth and what your options are.

Stephen Ranger, Vice President Waddington's, is joining me this week in Vancouver to talk about selling, buying or appraising art - and much more.

We've been invited to talk with a few groups already, but we're reserving the evening of Thursday, October 19 specifically for individual appointments. And as experts in the broadest range of art and objets d'art, this is a great opportunity for you to find out about more about your Asian, Canadian, International or Inuit Art; Decorative Arts; Fine Jewellery or Fine Wine.

Date & Time: Thursday, October 19, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Location: Sutton Place Hotel, 845 Burrard Street, Vancouver

To make an appointment to discuss selling, buying or appraising your valued possessions with Stephen, please contact me: Jacqui Dixon, Director of Client Services, Western Canada or 1.778.837.4588.

Just a reminder that I'm Vancouver-based and available at any time to provide guidance - so don't hesitate to get in touch with me.

And for the rest of the world... our appraisal specialists are always happy to provide their expertise, no matter where you are. Find out more from our Appraisals Manager Ellie Muir at or call 416.504.9100 / toll-free 1.877.504.5700.



Posted: 10/13/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Jacqui Dixon

Bright, Bold and Exceptional Quality Prints Attracts Bidders

Ellsworth Kelly, Blue/Green (EK70-336) sold for $17,500

Our September 2017 Prints and Photography Online Auction Results

Responding to market trends for bright, bold and exceptional quality of minimalist prints, the highlight of our auction was Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue/Green (EK70-336) achieving a top five price for the artist’s prints this year. Selling for over three times the high estimate for $17,500, Blue/Green (EK70-336) caught the attention of many bidders. Reflecting the transition between Kelly’s postwar abstraction towards a minimalistic point of view, this work is a poignant and important time the artist’s career. Blue/Green is also a perfect example of the exactitude of the lithographic process, the crisp delineation between the ink and white spaces.

What Attracts Collectors to Prints?

Printmaking techniques are also important factors to consider when collecting and buyers were equally drawn to Kelly’s perfectionism. Another highlight from the auction was Josef Albers who’s I-S’K (from Homage to the Square) sold for $10,625. The instant recognisability of the artist’s style has grown in popularity by collectors. Not only precise, but the colours that each square dons, has strong links to the colour field movement, while also expressing minimalistic tendencies.

This print was a rarity on the market as the colour combination selected by Albers was unique, combining deep, rich colours contrasting with an apple green centre square, which was undeniably attractive to buyers.

There is clearly excitement around the Bauhaus movement and its artists within the art community from exhibitions to collecting taste, ranging from printmaking to architecture. This modern movement will be gaining strength and one to watch on the auction block for seasons to come.

What's Popular in Photography?

Black and white photography continues to dominate the market as buyers look to build their collection with notable, groundbreaking photographers of generations gone by.

Works by André Kertész performed exceptionally well with a perfect sell-through rate, totalling over $16,500. Not only in pristine condition, these works were particularly strong due to their direct provenance from Kertész himself, by way of a private collection near Toronto.

Why Buy Prints & Photography?

Prints and Photography are an affordable way to build your art collection, while also providing access to the very best artists. Waddington’s Prints and Photography department’s expertise draws top works by consignors globally, while also attracting bidders from around the world, remaining competitive with other international auction houses.

To find out more about our auctions and how to consign, please contact Holly Mazar-Fox,


Posted: 10/2/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Holly Mazar-Fox

Ethnographic Arts & Artifacts Auction Highlight: A Yoruba Ogboni Drum


This rare Ogboni drum carving by Areogun (c.1880-1954) of Osi Ilorin, Northern Ekiti, Nigeria, is featured in our Ethnographic Arts & Artifacts Auction.

With a pre-sale estimate of $8,000—12,000, the carved wood drum, with natural pigments, hide and fibre, stands 64.8 cm, with a diameter of 53.3 cm.

Note: The Ogboni drum was used throughout Yoruba (southwestern and north-central Nigeria) in most cultural events, and their collective symbolism helps tie together elements of Yoruba society. In fact, without the music of the Ogboni drums, most funerals, festivals, and ceremonies would have been incomplete or impossible.

These drums, known as the ritual drums of Nigeria, have remained primarily remote and covert.

The Yoruba is one of the three largest ethnic groups of Nigeria concentrated in the southwestern part of the country.

Sherwin Memel, Los Angeles; Lot 102,
Sotheby’s, New York, May, 16, 2008;
Collection of Joey and Toby Tanenbaum, Toronto

Ethnographic Art and Artifacts Online Auction
September 30 - October 5

Register now to bid online:

On View:
Sunday, October 1, 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, October 2, 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

To find out more please contact Andrew Brandt at 416.847.6168 / 

Posted: 9/26/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Andrew Brandt


Lot 320 - 2000 Chateau Petrus, price realised $4,860

Our inboxes have been buzzing with happy buyers and sellers as our September Fine Wine auction closed on Tuesday with 97.7 % of lots selling.

We thought we would share some of the auction statistics with you.

Total # of Lots  44
Total Estimates  $562,690-664,700
Total Hammer (bid)  $665,625
Total Realised (bid+premium)  $798,750
Total Bids Placed  4,334
Total Lots Sold  436
Total Lots Unsold  10
Sold Percentage  97.76%
Total Lots Sold Over High Est  335
Total Lots Sold Double High Est  23

All of this to say that throughout 2017 we have maintained an average of 97% of lots finding buyers at consistently strong prices.

Highlights of the auction:

Lot 96 - 1990 Chateau Margaux 1-6 litre bottle $10,560 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 23 - 1989 Chateau Haut Brion 4 bottles $8,160 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 135 - 1995 Opus One 6 bottles $5,100 (including buyer’s premium)

Lot 320 - 2000 Chateau Petrus 1 bottle $4,860 (including buyer’s premium)

For a full list of prices realised please see

Upcoming auctions

We are finalizing lots now for our November auctions and are already in the planning stages for our February 2018 live and online auctions. Wine collectors considering selling are asked to submit lists for consideration at least 10 weeks prior to each auction. The dates for 2018 auctions are posted on the website.

We look forward to offering you another robust and invigorating offering online from November 20 - 28.


The Waddington’s Fine Wine and Fine Spirits Team


Posted: 9/25/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Embracing Simplicity, Style and Workmanship

What do Eames and Miller have in common with Jensen, Hansen and Anderson?

Let’s start with they're all part of a resurgence of love for design inspired by the mid-century modern era in home furnishings, décor, art and architecture. A love for stylish, yet functional, clean-lined designs, exemplified by furniture designers Charles and Ray Eames and Herman Miller.

It’s not hard to see why people are in love with this style once again. The scale and simplicity is perfect for anyone streamlining their life; whether you’re in pursuit of a more Zen-like environment or responding to the practicality of what works best in the structure of condo living.

And with the same style aesthetic, creations by the jewellery designers of that period are equally relevant and appealing today, with their focus on simplicity, style and workmanship.

The philosophy of designers Georg Jensen, Hans Hansen and David Anderson and others was to create designs of both functionality and beauty - craftsmanship at the forefront.

Our upcoming Silver & Costume Jewellery auction features several excellent examples by Jensen, Hansen and Anderson, as well as by lesser-known designers, whose designs are equally compelling.

If you are a lover of anything mid-century modern, make sure to you take a look at the many amazing offerings in our September 30 – October 5 online auction.

Here are a few lots that might appeal to your sense of style:

Lot 22 ERLING CHRISTOPHERSEN NORWEGIAN STERLING SILVER PENDANT set with a granite specimen, and suspended on a silver chain
Estimate: $100—150
Together with:
Estimate: $120—160
Lot 24 GEORG JENSEN DANISH STERLING SILVER BRACELET, CIRCA 1960’s. Designer: Steffen Andersen, design #210
Estimate: $200—300
Together with:
Estimate: $60—80
Estimate: $80—120
Estimate: $200—300


To view all the items in the September 30 - October 5 online auction visit: Silver & Costume Jewellery Auction.













Posted: 9/22/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Lambert

Making Your Connection ...with Art

I watched the Emmys Sunday night. From start to finish. No fast forwarding. Stephen Colbert is reason enough to extract this level of commitment from me but I also experienced a revelation where I least expected it. From Donald Trump. Okay not THE Donald Trump but rather from Alec Baldwin, who won an Emmy for his SNL portrayal of the current president.

I’ll have to paraphrase slightly, but Baldwin’s acceptance speech resonated with me. He said when we are at the end of our life, we won’t remember a bill that was passed or a supreme court decision or an address made by the president. We remember a book, or a line from a favourite play, a painting, a scene from a movie or a song. Unlike Proust and his madeleine cookies, for me it is music, books, and pictures that provoke strong memories and deep emotion, so I agree with Mr. Trump...I mean Alec.

When I walked around our sale room today, I was reminded of this: How the art we choose to surround ourselves with enriches our lives throughout our lifetime. There are pictures hanging now that I will really miss when they leave Waddington’s for their new homes but I won’t soon forget them. I’ve made a connection. Art helps us connect with each other, too. With people from our own time and those that have gone before.

We want to encourage you to come down and make that connection, too, so we’ve extended our viewing hours for the Select Auction and will stay open for you to visit Tuesday, September 19 and Wednesday, September 20 until 7 p.m.




Posted: 9/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Don't Miss the Opportunity to Consign

Josephie Pootoogook, Joyfully I see Ten Caribou, 1959, Estimate: $6,000-9,000

Waddington’s invites you to consign to our Fall 2017 auctions of Important Inuit Art.

Here are a few of the reasons you should consider consigning to Waddington's:

1. Our service excellence combined with four decades of experience in selling Inuit Art at auction culminates in superior results for our valued clients.

2. Marketing is a key element of our success. Our strategic marketing channels include direct mail, digital marketing, social media and personal contact to reach our own extensive network of clients - and to reach new audiences.

3. When it comes time to preview the auction, our downtown Toronto location provides the perfect gallery space for your artwork to be presented in museum-quality exhibitions prior to the auction.

Please note that we are interested in major collections as well as individual works for our upcoming auctions.

If you would like to find out more about the many benefits of working with Waddington’s, please contact us.

Christa Ouimet 416.847.6184


Highlights from our Upcoming Auctions


Josephie Pootoogook, Woman Scraping Skin, 1958 Estimate: $3,000-5,000
Johnny Inukpuk, Woman Cradling Infant, 36" Estimate: $30,000-40,000
Josephie Pootoogook, Joyfully I See Ten Caribou, 1959 Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Osuitok Ipeelee, Hawk, 16.5" Estimate: $22,000-26,000 

























Posted: 9/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Ouimet

One of Mark's Auction Tips: Visit the Preview!

Mark inspects lot 304 in the Dec Arts auction.

With Asian Decorative Furniture, Scrolls and Sculpture, and Decorative Arts online auctions closing today, Mark will check the bidding on his favourite items to see if he is still interested. He might even look at other items if the current bids exceed his wisely set, self-imposed limits.

Following his own advice, Mark came to the preview on Monday to see everything himself. Interestingly, one of the items he loved in his original online browsing was not as compelling in person. So he's dropping back in today for a sneak peek at the Canadian Select online auction to look for something else. *While the preview officially opens this Sunday, September 17, our specialists are always happy to book personal appointments.

I think we've lost track of where he is with his original budget of $5000 - but that doesn't really matter as it's been a blast following his selection process.

Mark's Choices So Far:

From the Sept 12 Quarterly Jewellery Auction:

Lot 222 - 14 K white gold & blue topaz ring, est $250-350

I don't own much jewellery except for rings which I usually wear only on my left, pointing finger. I love white gold (or sterling silver) over yellow gold and the beautifully-cut blue topaz and diamonds add just the right amount of "bling" without being obnoxious. And since it's already a size 10-1/2, I wouldn't even have to re-size the ring!

*The ring sold in Tuesday's auction for $288. If Mark was actually bidding - it might have been his!

From the Decorative Arts Online Auction:

MJG - There are several items which have perked my interest in this auction. They include several house-ware-y and accessory items and one which is a nice bit of Canadiana.

Lot 185 - "Nemours" Lalique bowl, est $200-300

IF I'm going to own a fine example of cut glass, I may as well buy Lalique, non? Although I'd also hold-out for just the right example of Tiffany. This bowl is a nice size and if I can find a glass-insert to place inside, I would totally put this on an entry-way table for my keys and wallet. The flowers add a slight feminine fmotif while the black enamel dots are a nice graphic detail.

Lot 195 - Enrico Cammozzo Murano Glass Large Vase, est $250-350

This nicely-sized vase might be from the 1980's but it would be a perfect accessory to put on top of a small pile of art books, atop my credenza and be as good an excuse as any to buy cut flowers.

Lot 285 - Wedgwood Gilt Black Basalt Pastille Burner c.1900, est $75-150

This curious burner would be a great counter to the Murano glass vase. The black and gold in both for sure compliment each other perfectly while the antique motifs would also soften the strong, dominant forms of my credenza. Plus, I could put my topaz ring inside, when I'm not wearing it.

Lot 304 - Ormolu Mounted ‘Sèvres’ White Biscuit Group of Two Maidens late 19th century, est $75-150

This lamp would be a beautiful statement piece. I'd get this professionally re-wired (and re-restored for the oopsies) and attach a large Edison-style lamp bulb and no shade to give an updated, pseudo-contemporary look. For around the same price of a lamp found in big-box decor store, I'd have a gorgeous antique which reflects the romantic designs of the small Wedgwood burner while interplaying nicely with the strong lines and forms of the credenza.

Lot 444 - Contemporary Cherry Free Edge Log Stool, est $100-120

This little bit of Canadiana would look great beside my black leather side chair. Plus I'd have something to put my drinks on as well as my TV clicker, which I have a tendency to misplace. The natural, organic form would bring a bit of Mother Nature into my otherwise contemporary-ish home decor.

From the Asian Art Online Auction:

Lot 83 - Birds and Gourds Signed Bo Yan ??, est $100-200

This large painting, colour-wise, would work harmoniously with my credenza & leather side chair, the Murano vase and Wedgwood burner. I love birds. And gourds are representative of happiness and good luck in the Chinese culture.

Lot 126- A Small Hardstone Inkwell, est $300-400

This little fella is a curious choice. I simply like the quirkiness of the opposing, carved heads. And the thought this may have been used for generations gives it a nice history. And hey, this could be another holder for my white gold and blue topaz ring!

...And He's Still Shopping!

Being a good son, Mark is looking through the Fine Wine & Fine Spirits auctions to find something for his dad, whose birthday was September 10. Mom and dad's anniversary also requires another review. (The Wine & Spirits auctions close September 19.)

Mark is also coming by to see the items in the September 16-21 Canadian Art Select online auction, and take another look at some of the lots in the Prints and Photography auction, which closes September 21.



Posted: 9/14/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

The $5000 Auction Challenge

The Auction Challenge

We asked our good friend Mark Gleberzon to participate in a unique challenge. We asked him: "If you had $5000 to spend at auction - what would you choose?" With Mark's background as an artist and his own personal style and sense of design, it seemed like a challenge custom-designed for him.

Here was our original conversation with Mark:

W – What do you think will be the most difficult part of this challenge?

MJG – I am actually in the midst of looking for a new place to live. I sold and donated and actually even consigned some items to Waddington’s (!) looking for a fresh, new start. Even decor-wise. So, this challenge will be fun. And hey, I might end up bidding on one or two things to keep, for reals. The challenge will be to rein in the crazy! It's always easy to find items to "want". It's more difficult to commit to something I might actually "need". Unlike a retail store, I can't return my purchase from an auction house. My selections - even fictional - need to be thoughtful and practical.

W – How about you select a work of your own collection as a starting point, to build around. Perhaps a favourite piece of furniture or one of your own works of art?

MJG – The few furniture items I kept include a mid-century modern credenza and a cozy black-leather chair. And yes, we could certainly include one of my photos or paintings to use for further decor inspiration to draw colours and other considerations from.

W – Do you have a strategy when you’re bidding in an online auction?

MJG – budget and commitment are my two most important strategies when it comes to purchasing from an auction. It's always easy to see something and fall in like with an object. But reality must be considered. What am I really able to afford and will the object be what I need and will use and ultimately enjoy having in my home?

W – Do you have any words of advice for those new to the auction world?

MJG – I have several words of advice, starting with:

Do your research. Every auction maintains records of what has sold in previous sales. It's a fantastic resource to see market trends, realized prices and the kinds of items you’ll find in a sale.

Go to the viewing previews. If you're a stickler for perfection, look at the object you covet in person. Hold it. Feel it. See if there's a connection between you and it. Don't only go by photos. If concerned, ask if there's been any restoration. And hey, sometimes you can learn if the prior owner was a noted collector or someone famous.

When there's the opportunity to, attend a live auction, go. Perhaps first watch how people bid and even the kinds of people who are bidding. You will see seasoned buyers and collectors who love the small victory of their winning bids as well as seasoned bidders who may be dealers or designers, looking to re-sell or buying that special something for their client's home. Auctions can be somewhat slow but if you have the right auctioneer and bidding gets fierce, they can be rather entertaining.

When it comes to online bidding, watch how bids are placed and the increments at which prices go up. And if you take that leap of faith and bid yourself, be mindful of your budget!! That can't be stressed enough. Keep in mind you're not only paying the price of the winning bid but also the auction house premium (a pre-assigned percentage, usually) as well as those dreaded taxes. It's easy to get caught up in a bidding war. Unless the item is that unique or the opportunity too personally important to let the item be purchased by someone else, you may just have to show restraint and put the paddle down (in a live auction) or not press the 'bid' button (if you're bidding online)

W - Thanks Mark! That was a great primer for anyone new to the auction world.


Posted: 9/7/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Halcyon Days


2017 was the 100th anniversary of the tragic death of Tom Thomson.

This summer, I visited some of Thomson's favourite painting places and then paddled with my daughter to the cairn on Canoe Lake, a pilgrimage in honour of this exceptional Canadian. It was a poignant experience for me and a powerful reminder of the beauty of the Canadian landscape and the fleetingness of summer, which we can easily forget when we spend too much time behind a desk or tablet.

The one thing that keeps most of us sane during summer in the city is that great Canadian institution - the pilgrimage to cottage country beginning from the Victoria Day weekend and repeated religiously every weekend thereafter we can spare. The glory days of summer (despite a little rain here and there) begin to taper off now with the arrival of Labour Day Weekend. Our thoughts turn to the start of the school year, to TIFF, to gallery hops and galas and other city- centred events that fill the early months of autumn, muffling the cries of the loons and the splash of a paddle, putting distance between those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer as we sprint towards Christmas.

There will be no more time for trips north now but, luckily for us, hanging in the office of the Canadian Art Department, is Charles Comfort's exquisite rendering of Monument Channel, Georgian Bay extending that summer idyll for a few weeks longer until it, too, moves on to the home of whoever is wise enough to acquire it at our November 20th auction of Important Canadian Art.

In saying goodbye to summer 2017, Anna, Rochelle and I want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a safe and enjoyable long weekend. We look forward to welcoming you back to our sales rooms on September 17 and 18th, when we will be previewing our Select Online Sale of Canadian Art.

Posted: 9/1/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Recent & Upcoming Events in Canadian Art

What's Happening in Canadian Art at Waddington's

Waddington’s May 29th Spring Auction of Important Canadian Art was an exhilarating evening with the total hammer price for the sale widely exceeded Waddington’s pre-sale expectation for this select 112 lot event.

Our cover lot, an early topographical watercolour by William Armstrong, came within a hair’s breadth of setting a new world record for the artist. Our back cover lot, a mighty 1961 McEwen painting, doubled its pre-sale estimate, and dozens of other lots soared well above their pre-sale estimate, to our sellers’ great delight.

On June 27th, we will be conducting our Canada 150 Auction which includes exquisite and fascinating objects and works of art selected to tell the story of Canada’s history. The sale is a collaborative event supported by the Canadian Art, Decorative Arts, Inuit Art, International Art and Jewellery Departments here at Waddington’s.

Please be sure to look for highlights from the Canadian Art Department including a suite of 21 paintings by William Kurelek depicting Huronia in 17th Century Canada, as well as works by AY Jackson, Frederick Banting, Emily Carr, Jane-Ash Poitras and others.

Details about this special sesquicentennial event can be found here: The Canada 150 Auction


Posted: 6/15/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Linda Rodeck

Waddington’s Canada 150 Auction

The Canada 150 auction is a special Waddington's event celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary featuring art and objects of historical and cultural significance. Some may be whimsical, others more important, all drawn together to celebrate and tell the stories of 150 years of Canadian art and culture. Waddington's is proud to be Canada's oldest auction house, founded pre-Confederation. Our deep well of expertise crosses multiple collecting categories, showcasing our rich passion and capacity for scholarship and linking our heritage to Canada's. This specialized auction will share in the excitement of Canada’s sesquicentennial. Please contact Sean Quinn for further information: View the Auction Gallery










Posted: 6/3/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

One Art Nation Lecture Series Comes to Waddington's

Waddington’s is pleased to host the final presentation in the One Art Nation lecture series on Wednesday, May 24 at 6 pm. The informative discussion on buying and selling at auction will feature a private viewing of the Waddington’s Canadian and Inuit art auctions.

Buying and Selling at Auction Curious about how auctions work? Waddington’s senior specialists Linda Rodeck and Stephen Ranger will explain that if you know how to go about it, purchasing and selling art at auction can be accessible, affordable, personal and fun. The leading experts in the Canadian art market will discuss the merits and opportunities of buying fine art at auction and will offer their personal insights on short and long term collecting strategies. The talk will conclude with a tour of the auction preview

About One Art Nation One Art Nation (1AN), an international online art network connecting collectors, enthusiasts, professionals and experts, brings its internationally recognized vision for innovative arts education and community home to Canada with 1AN’s inaugural four-part “Art Collecting – Know Your Options” Toronto Spring Lecture Series. Discussions on Art Collecting, Understanding the Artist’s Process and Buying at a Gallery, preceded this final event at Waddington’s. Through educational talks, artist showcases, and expert interviews, One Art Nation (1AN) is demystifying the process of buying art from start to finish. Their goal is to bring together prominent art experts from across the globe to address topics that range from building, maintaining and protecting a collection, to tax and financial aspects of owning art.

Click here to register for the event

Lot 24 - JEAN ALBERT MCEWEN, R.C.A. COMPOSITION Estimate: $25,000—30,000

Posted: 5/19/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Inuit Art Spring 2017

We are pleased to present the following collections and individual works entrusted to us for this spring's auction of Inuit Art.

This lovely selection of artwork by artists from across Canada’s Arctic is highlighted by the prestigious private collection of a long-time auction attendee who found such treasures as Karoo Ashevak’s animated drum dancer at Waddington’s in 1983.

Another extraordinary work in this auction is Michael Massie’s mixed media work titled Creativity of the Spirit: Distant Relations which has gained the admiration of all of Waddington’s specialists and which I’m especially pleased to present to the auction market, along with three other fabulous works by Massie. From this same Ottawa collection we offer some stunning contemporary graphics by Itee Pootoogook, Germaine Arnaktauyok and Kenojuak Ashevak.

A particular wonder of this auction is a collection of fabrics printed with incredible designs in Cape Dorset in the 1960’s. The largest collection of fabric art to come to market and a rarity to even see - this collection is a piece of the history of innovation in the West Baffin Eskimo Co-operative.

Pauta Saila, the master of the dancing polar bear, is well represented in the following pages, each carving of his was carefully selected and are prime examples of different creative phases in his career.

Finally, we are pleased to bring attention to another collection which has come all the way to us from Wales and was composed by a couple who lived and worked in the North in those early days and felt akin to the people they met there. We’ve included their story on page 56 of the catalogue.

Thank you to all of our consigners this season, it is truly a pleasure to hear your stories and be trusted to present your collections. A sincere thank you to all the collectors who continue to demonstrate their love of Inuit art, season after season.

View the PDF Catalogue

Christa Ouimet Inuit Art Specialist

Posted: 4/29/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Christa Ouimet

SKAM Graffiti Art Online Auction April 3 - 13

Waddington’s is proud to present Toronto’s first auction of Graffiti Art. A collection of 16 recent works by Toronto-based artist Jason Wing, known as SKAM, will be offered in an online auction April 3 to 13. Highly-regarded, Jason is considered one of Toronto’s true, original graffiti artists.

Formally trained in graphic design at George Brown College, Jason began creating his art over 20 years ago, which now appears everywhere from dark back alleys to gleaming corporate spaces. Of the works featured in the Waddington’s auction, each is an original, spray-painted freehand onto canvas, varying in size from 48” x 48” to 48” x 96”.

In answer to what he is inspired by, Jason says: “It varies, sometimes I sketch beforehand and sometimes I don’t. Nowadays with over a 1000 plus pieces under my belt I generally free style. I get inspiration from anywhere and everywhere: fashion, art, music, etc.”

Jason skillfully balances maintaining his street credit with receiving mainstream recognition for his work. He has designed movie sets, conducted live painting engagements for festivals and special events, as well as created commissioned artwork for clients like Yabu Pushelberg, Google, Beanfield Metroconnect, and Louis Vuitton.

In addition to his graffiti work, Jason is also an entrepreneur, and has turned his lifelong passion into a storefront business, Homebase, which sells graffiti supplies, providing other artists with access to great products and to connect with him. Jason is also prolific. He paints personal pieces on a weekly basis, completing an average of 80 works a year.

Duncan McLean, president of Waddington’s, notes that “urban art plays a critical role in constructive societal discourse. It is free expression at its ultimate and underlines our innate need to chronicle our stories, struggles, history.” He adds: “Waddington’s has been the vanguard of promoting diverse forms of Canadian art, from our first sales of Group of Seven works in the 1960s, to creating new markets for Inuit art over the last four decades, and developing a secondary market for contemporary Canadian art through our Concrete Contemporary Art Auctions and Projects division.”

Posted: 3/2/2017 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean

Concrete Contemporary Blog Fall 2016

This fall we continue our partnership with New York-based Artsy to present over 60 works in an online auction featuring the very best of Canadian Contemporary Art.

Stunning works by painters John Hartman, Michael Adamson, David Urban, Kim Dorland, Ron Martin, Nicole Katsuras, Stephen Appleby-Barr, Joe Fleming, Tom Hopkins and Shelley Adler among many others are offered alongside photo and conceptual masters such as Ian Wallace, Iain Baxter&, Edward Burtynsky and Barbara Astman.

This is certainly one of our strongest offerings yet and our partnership with Artsy allows for tremendous international exposure, one of the founding precepts of Concrete Contemporary. Bidding is online only through the Artsy auction site but the previews will be held live in Waddington’s gallery October 27 through November 3 with special weekend hours coinciding with Art Toronto.

In other news, we are delighted to be involved in a number of important charitable events this fall including the 23rd Casey House Art with Heart auction, the Look2016 auction for Contemporary Calgary and the very special Buy Art Not Kids auction on November 1 that will raise funds to support the fight against human trafficking in Canada and in Cambodia. If you would like more information on these events, please visit the links below.

If you are unable to attend our previews for the Concrete Contemporary auction but would like to see or discuss any of the works on offer, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We really look forward to seeing you in the gallery this fall.

Posted: 10/17/2016 9:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Concrete Contemporary Art Auctions

Estimate: $7,000–9,000
One of the biggest perks of working at Waddington's is getting to see the remarkable examples of Canadian contemporary art that come through our doors. The moments when we see a work of art that makes us stop in our tracks and say, “Wow!”...well, let's just say that's what makes the everyday workload suddenly become lighter. And then we get to share our enthusiasm with our clients during the auction previews and feel that rush all over again when we discuss the stories that each work of art we offer holds within it: the who, what, when, where, why and how of the work and of its maker. That’s when art becomes part of our stories.

But before we can have these shared experiences, the art must be assembled. Our fall auction is shaping up wonderfully with consignments of artwork by Canada's leading contemporary artists such as Kim Dorland, Edward Burtynsky, David Urban, Stephen Appleby-Barr and many others, but there is room for much more. If you or someone you know is considering a consignment of Canadian contemporary art, please let us know. We can provide complimentary and confidential assessment of its auction value.

To continue broadening our reach to new audiences, we are pleased to announce that all lots offered in November’s auction will be held in conjunction with

This past April, Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects introduced an exciting partnership with Artsy, one of the world’s leading resources for art education and collectors of fine art. With nearly half a million subscribers, Waddington's consignors benefited from Artsy's global reach and when combined with our ever-growing following of contemporary art collectors, it was a perfect match with nearly all works offered through this collaboration selling on auction day. We anticipate continued growth and success working with Artsy on this and future auctions.

Auction: October 27–November 3

Auction Preview: 27 October – 3 November
Weekday hours: 9-5; Weekend hours 11-5

(exhibited with “Shades of Grey” Prints and Photography Auction)

Posted: 8/25/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Kristin Vance

Small Art / Big Hearts Benefit Auction
June 24 – 28, 2016

Mark Gleberzon, Aurum Barbie
Face-mounted photo on panel
12"x12" x 1-1/2"D, 2016
Small Art / Big Hearts Benefit Auction
June 24 – 28, 2016

A pop-up contemporary art auction to benefit LGBT communities in Orlando and Toronto.

When Toronto artist Mark Gleberzon approached us about his idea to raise money for the LGBT communities in Orlando and Toronto, our immediate reaction was: how can we help. The opportunity to be able to respond to a tragedy that has shaken us all in an immediate and meaningful way, made suggesting to host an online art auction a no-brainer.

The Small Art / Big Hearts benefit auction in support of LGBT communities in Orlando and Toronto has touched the heart of the generous arts community. Over 100 artists have committed to donating works to the auction as a result of Mark’s facebook posting last week.

Mark has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity. “When I put out my first post of Facebook last Tuesday I said ‘emojis, memes and pictures of rainbow flags are only going to do so much.’ I felt something more vital needed to be done. So I put out a small call-out on Facebook to some of my artist-friends to donate art and it snowballed from there!"

The auction will feature small-scale artworks (acrylic, oil and encaustic paintings, mixed-media, photography, sculpture, jewellery and more) by Mark Gleberzon, Sharon Barr, Ian Busher, Rob Croxford, Laura Culic, Shelagh Young-Howard, Carol Westcott, James Fowler, Marjolyn van der Hart, Julie Himel, Cindy Scaife and many more. The online gallery will be launched as quickly as we can photograph and catalogue all the art! Our thanks and appreciation to our staff and the many, many people who are donating their time and talent to this cause.

Follow us on social media as the auction comes together. #SmallArtBigHearts

Dates and Times
Online Auction to be held:
June 24-28, 2016

On View:
Thursday 23 June 2016 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Friday 24 June 2016 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Auction Details
Over 100 works including paintings, photograpy, prints, jewellery, etc., donated by GTA-based artists
No buyer’s premium
100% of proceeds will be donated
Proceeds go towards selected Orlando and Toronto-based LGBT organizations

About Mark Gleberzon
Mark is an OCADU Honours graduate & professional artist. He has a long history of showing his multi-media work in shows and galleries throughout Canada and the U.S., France & Japan. His paintings can be found on every continent and have been featured in design & decor magazines, have appeared on TV and has been highlighted in online blogs.

A fearless artist and promoter of artists, Mark is indefatigable in his work and energy within the Toronto art scene.

Duncan McLean
President, Waddington's
Posted: 6/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Tess McLean



To be offered in our March 11-17 online auction
This spring Concrete Contemporary puts forward an ambitious and important offering of over 150 works in both our online and live auctions from private collections across the country. We hope our online galleries will whet your appetite and we invite you to attend our extended preview at our Toronto, King Street East gallery.

The March 11-17 online auction features 77 works, accessibly priced, created by an array of extremely important contemporary Canadian artists. Many works are small in scale and are aimed at the emerging collectors market. Bid on a small work by Kim Dorland or a beautiful photograph by Max Dean or Lynne Cohen for under $3000. It’s a great opportunity to add blue chip art to a budding collection. We are especially pleased to be offering a number of works in support of the Scotiabank Contact Festival again this season.

For our live auction on April 11, we have partnered with New York based Artsy, who will feature approximately 15 lots for online bidding prior to the live auction on the evening of April 11. Log on to for full information on how to bid or contact Kristin Vance or myself directly for assistance.

The live auction is again a panoramic snapshot of the best in contemporary Canadian art. There are many notable works, but we are particularly proud to be offering two major canvases by Wanda Koop from the Estate of James Bisback, wonderfully divergent takes on landscape by Kim Dorland and Steve Driscoll; monumental photo-based works by Ed Burtynsky, Arnold Zageris, Michael Awad and April Hickox; and video installation and photography from Adad Hannah. The list is impressive, speaking to the breadth and talent of contemporary Canadian art.

We look forward to welcoming you to the gallery for the auction and previews. Please mark Sunday, April 10 at 2 pm in your calendars for a special preview event at 275 King Street East featuring a number of special guests and refreshments.

Posted: 3/10/2016 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Concrete Contemporary Art Online Auction October 17 - 22

13 ins x 11 ins; 33 cms x 27.9 cms
Seventy-seven exceptional prints, paintings, sculptures, drawings and mixed media works are to be offered in Concrete Contemporary’s online auction on October 22, representing the artistic diversity and broad range of talents of Canada’s contemporary artists. Works by luminaries such as David Bolduc, Brian Kipping, David Urban, Wanda Koop, Michael Adamson, Barbara Astman, Iain Baxter and many more are included in this sale. A highlight of the auction is a collage by Greg Curnoe (1936-1992) whose works in this medium are highly sought-after glimpses into the artist’s life during the 1960s.

Curoe’s Early Skin From Row Foto (I1964) is an assemblage of seemingly random ephemera arranged in a freeform shape resembling a puzzle piece. Included in the imagery is a vertical strip of semi-erotic magazine clippings, a pin-up photograph, a cigar label, a push pin, a newspaper fragment and a postage stamp from Spain. True to his penchant for using text in his work, Curnoe added torn and painted papers accented with stamped letters and numbers spelling “SWEATY” and “NOVEMBER 20.” All of these elements surround the central component of the collage, a parking ticket dated Feb. 18, 1964. According to the artist and close friend of Curnoe’s, Robert Fones, “Curnoe’s collages are straightforward records of his daily life, his comings and goings, the people with whom he was in contact, the items he bought, the buses he took and the things that fascinated him.” Curnoe’s connection to time and place was integral to his selection of materials…one person’s refuse is another’s inspiration. The mundane artifacts of daily existence most people would discard became visual documentation of his existence, and when combined with his keen sense of colour and design skills, became the very stuff that would comprise Curnoe’s important collages.

Robert Fones, Suspended Animation, Cutout: Greg Curnoe Shaped Collages 1965-1968, Museum London, 2011, p.47

Canadian Contemporary Art Online Auction
Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects
October 17-22, 2015

On View:
Saturday 17 October 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 18 October 2015 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 19 October 2015 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday 20 October 2015 from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

View the Auction Gallery

View the Auction Catalogue

Posted: 9/25/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Kristin Vance

Results of our April Contemporary Canadian Art Auction

LOST (detail)
Realised: $12,000
With over 70% of lots sold, the April 2015 Concrete Contemporary auction was a great success. Thank you to all who attended, consigned and purchased work from this fantastic event!

We're pleased that by extending the preview for the auction for a full two weeks, many more people were able to see the collection - the feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We plan to continue these extended previews in the future.

We're specifically proud of setting new auction records for a number of artists including Gerald Ferguson, Angela Leach, Melanie Authier, Joe Fleming and Susanna Heller. It is also gratifying to have sold works by many other artists on the secondary market for the very first time. Our gallery was standing-room-only for the auction, and the competitive bidding in the room, on the phone and over the internet tells us Concrete continues to build momentum and popularity.

To further enhance our contemporary art offerings, we are pleased to announce the launch of Waddington's Contemporary Art Index. This comprehensive database includes auction records, biographies, exhibition news and articles on hundreds of Canadian contemporary artists. The database will be regularly updated.

Once again, thanks to all who participated in this edition of Concrete Contemporary. We really value your feedback and if you would like to send comments regarding the auctions, please send me an email at We look forward to presenting another tightly focused, curated event in the fall of 2015. More to come.

Results Gallery

Posted: 4/16/2015 9:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects - Contemporary Art Auction Monday 13 April 2015 at 7:00 pm

The spring 2015 Concrete Contemporary auction is our most diverse offering to date. From monumental canvases like our cover lot, John Kissick’s No. 5 (The Order of the Phrases Make...), to Tim Zuck’s small gem, Wing, the sale highlights the eclectic vision of our
country’s most dynamic contemporary artists.

Part of what makes putting together the Concrete auctions so
interesting and such a fulfilling experience, both professionally and personally, is having the chance to live with the work prior to the auction. Our offices have come to life with three meticulously and beautifully rendered works by Toronto’s Angela Leach, known for her optical masterworks. The intense explosion of colours, shapes and lines of Kissick’s commanding canvas has brightened our gallery through this dreary winter, as has the spirited and extreme colours of Melanie Authier’s Catapult of Standby.

Another aspect of this auction is the generosity of notable
photographers Lynne Cohen, Max Dean, Suzy Lake and Ken Lum, whose donated works will be sold to benefit the Scotiabank
CONTACT Photography Festival. All proceeds will go to support the 1500 artists who will participate in the 2015 festival and the public programming associated with the festival.

In appreciation of your continued support of Concrete’s vision, we are pleased to add some special programming to enhance your
experience, starting with a significantly extended preview schedule. The final Sunday of the preview will feature guest speaker Sky
Goodden, one of Canada’s leading contemporary art critics and MOMUS journal founder, as well as a personally guided walkthrough of the gallery. To continue the conversation, the auction itself will be preceded by a wine reception at 6 pm with the sale starting promptly at 7 pm.

We look forward to seeing you – and sincerely hope you enjoy this exceptional offering of art.

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Posted: 3/23/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Here is a solution for those of us struggling to make it through another cold winter. No, it’s not ‘move to Palm Springs’, although that does sound appealing. The answer is, get out and see some great contemporary art! There is so much going on in the art world this winter with Douglas Coupland’s major exhibition on at the ROM and MOCCA, Basquiat at the AGO,and dozens of great shows at contemporary galleries all over the city. Of course, if you are really keen, head to New York for the Armory Show.

Even better, acquire a new work for your winter nest.

The coming months offer great opportunities to acquire inspiring contemporary works in a number of auctions. This week’s Concrete Contemporary online auction features 58 works priced under $5000 by Canadian artists of exceptional accomplishment and stature. The following week Waddington’s annual Fine Prints and Photography auction is packed with over 300 works by major Canadian and international artists. Finally, April 13 is Concrete Contemporary’s live auction of important Canadian Contemporary Art. We are very excited as this auction features major work by luminaries such as John Kissick, Barbara Astman, Angela Leach, Melanie Authier, Tom Hodgson, Wanda Koop, Suzy Lake, Marcel Dzama, Ken Lum, Lynne Cohen, John Scott, Thrush Holmes, General Idea, Kim Dorland, Michael Adamson, Max Dean, Carol Wainio and Micah Lexier, among many others. We think it is our best offering to date and look forward to seeing all this work exhibited together in our gallery.

We are also delighted to announce a partnership with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. Works donated to the festival by artists Sebastio Selgado, Lynne Cohen, Martin Parr, Max Dean, Andrew Wright, Philippe Chancel, Ken Lum and Suzy Lake will be offered in the Fine Prints and Photography auction and in Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects live auctions with proceeds going to the festival. CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and features over 1500 photographers in over 175 venues throughout the month of May.

Finally, we invite you to attend a guided walkthrough of the Concrete Contemporary collection on Sunday, April 12 at 2pm followed by a discussion with Sky Goodden, one of Canada’s leading art critics and editor of cutting edge art journal MOMUS.

More to come. Stay warm.


Contemporary Art Online Auction, March 2-5, 2015

Contemporary Art Live Auction, Tuesday 13 April, 2015

Posted: 3/2/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

As one auction season ends, another is soon underway…

Upcoming Auction Highlights
2014 was extremely busy at Waddington’s with 21 live auctions, 43 online auctions, several selling exhibitions and numerous fundraising events. Across our various departments we brought together 4,219 successful bidders with over 12,000 lots consigned by 3,039 vendors. And our Canadian art department set 12 new artist’s auction records this year!

Our success in 2014 was in great part due to our diversity of knowledge and experience, and our broad market networks. Waddington’s is well equipped to handle your items not only through our traditional departments, but anything you can challenge us with no matter how unique.

For me, the stand-out items are not always the most valuable ones. In 2014, what I found the most intriguing was The Billy Jamieson Collection of everything macabre, magical and outrageous – including a wooden New Guinea cannibal fork, a 19th c human tooth necklace, a pair of Houdini’s handcuffs and a commemorative slice of Jumbo the Elephant’s tusk originally presented to Mrs. P.T. Barnum.

Other 2014 auction highlights were a 16th c gilt bronze Buddha, a stone sculpture by Inuit artist Davidialuk depicting the story of Katyutayuuq, a rare set of 12 Imperial Russian dinner plates, a 19th c Napoleonic chess set depicting the Battle of Algiers, Sir Isaac Brock's Knighthood Commission document, an Elizabethan (1580) silver-mounted Tigerware jug, an Andy Warhol portrait of Karen Kain, and an important J.E.H MacDonald oil sketch for a major AGO collection canvas.  Now how’s that for diversity!

Spring 2015 will see Waddington’s offer yet another unique collection to complement our traditional department offerings: 250 pieces from the ‘FXSMITH Studio Collection’ including movie costumes and props from films like The X Men series and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. 

We invite you to be part of our Spring 2015 season and to consider a consignment opportunity with us. Whether live, online or through private sale, we can provide the best forum to buy or sell.

Winter 2015 Newsletter (PDF)

Spring 2015 Auction and Consignment Schedule (PDF)

— Duncan McLean

Posted: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


(1949 – 2015)

Toller Cranston lived in a grand Victorian home on Pembroke Street in downtown Toronto in the 1980s. Waddington’s was on Queen Street East at that time – on the other side of Moss Park, a short walk away. Toller was a regular at all our auctions, which in those days included twice-weekly estate auctions offering anything and everything to be found in a home. Toller was always on the hunt for the wild, the colourful, the outrageous, the beautiful and anything over the top. His favourite expression when he saw something he had to have was: “It’s beyond the beyond!” Pieces Toller had to have included an Italian Murano green glass indoor fountain that was destined for his bay window (where it actually worked once installed); a huge black metal sculpture of a flying raven; as well as every antique, carved wood cherub he could find.

One evening, I was hanging out with Toller and Bill Kime, another friend from Waddington’s, at his home. In our conversation Toller declared that it was time for him to start selling a few pieces to help spark a change in his life. This was during a difficult period for Toller, in the twilight of his skating career, and feeling unappreciated by the art world. (I remember a large canvas he had recently painted of classically Victorian dressed skaters on a frozen outdoor pond. On a hill next to the pond, a sinister-looking tree with another skater hanging by the neck from a branch over the frozen pond. That was Toller – dramatic and dark-humoured.)

Bill suggested that the best way to sell his pieces was not a few at a time, but all at once as a big event that would generate excitement; create a buzz in Toller’s world of art and entertainment. Toller loved the theatre of big events – and he was immediately excited by the prospect. In June 1991, after many days of working closely with Toller to catalogue the collection and produce a catalogue, Waddington’s offered the contents of his three-story house over a three-session auction. Invitations to the preview party were highly sought. Fans, collectors, voyeurs and media spilled out our front doors the evening of the first auction. And as predicted, the sale of his home and its contents allowed him to “reinvent himself”. Toller bought a magnificent estate in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico’s artist colony, where many ex-pat Canadians including Leonard Brooks and Toller’s good friend Gary Slipper were already settled. A new chapter of his life.

The reality is, Toller had already reinvented himself several times – from virtuoso world-champion skater, to caustic commentator to devoted coach – Toller had pushed the limits of a restrictive sport at every leap and turn. As a painter, Toller’s work was like his artistry on ice. Graceful, sensual, provocative, at times dark, or exploding with colour and energy. Defying tradition and eschewing conformity.

Toller lived large. He craved attention and appreciation, but he also spoke the truth as he saw it – which often landed him on the wrong side of the establishment. He had a wicked sense of humour and could slay his critics with a mere word or two. Toller was brilliant. He should be honoured as one of Canada’s most remarkable creative forces for changing the Canadian landscape in so many ways. Toller was a friend. He was generous, he was fun, he was both a social animal and a solitary man, a mercurial temperament who would disappear for months and then return with bravado.

Toller will be missed. By me, by those who had the chance to enter his magical life, and everyone else who will be touched by his creative legacy.

Duncan McLean

This photograph of Toller’s main floor living room was taken by Joy von Tiedemann and used as the auction catalogue cover. It’s a wonderfully mad room that is all Toller.

These images of Toller and his home were simply taken down off his wall to be used in the auction catalogue.

These images are of the auction preview displaying Toller’s immense and diverse collection. Waddington’s gallery had never looked so vibrant, so colourful or so fantastic!

Posted: 1/26/2015 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean


The time is upon us to reflect back on a busy year for Concrete. Encouraged by a successful auction last March, we added a second in September but did so with an inspired approach. Thoughtfully curated by Stephen Ranger, this auction offered fewer than 60 lots, but the quality of work presented and the prices realized for works by artists such as Kim Dorland, Angela Leach, and Graham Gillmore indicated to us that we are on the right track in establishing a strong secondary market for Canadian contemporary art.

Now entering Concrete’s fourth year, we can look back and better assess our efforts in navigating the unchartered waters of contemporary art at auction in Canada. We know there is much work to be done, but with goals firmly in place and plenty of perseverance, we hope to echo the proven contemporary markets in cities such as New York and London. We know we have the artistic talent in Canada. We know we are attracting more and more collectors. We know we have the dedication to draw greater local, national, and international interest in Canadian contemporary art. So it is with great anticipation that we welcome 2015 with live and online auctions, informative programming, special events, and selling exhibitions.

After a short break for the holidays, we will be back in full swing in early January collecting consignments for our spring auction scheduled for Monday, April 13th. If you are interested in consigning to our upcoming auctions, please contact Kristin Vance at 416-504-9100 ex. 6178 or

Posted: 12/8/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Kristin Vance


Jaume Plensa, Wonderland
It’s sometimes hard not to be Toronto-Montreal-Vancouver-centric in the art world in Canada, but I had the opportunity to be in Calgary this past weekend to conduct the auction for Calgary Contemporary, the ambitious new project to merge three contemporary art spaces into what was the old Science Centre and Planetarium. I can only say I was incredibly impressed by the energy and commitment to contemporary art, as evidenced by the sold-out event and the strength of the prices achieved at the live auction.

One of the things that most impressed me was the diverse nature of the buyers at the auction. There were certainly some established collectors (it’s always good to see old friends on their home turf), but in many instances they were getting outbid by younger collectors, who despite the steep prices, stayed in the game, determined to acquire the work.

Needless to say, this is Canada and no one overpays for Canadian art, but our national pricing modesty notwithstanding, retail prices and above were paid for works by Douglas Coupland, Kent Monkman, Fred Herzog, Adad Hannah, Ryan Slugett, Tim Zuck and Ed Burtynsky among other notable artists.

While it may seem cliché to say that Calgary is booming, it actually couldn’t be more true. There is a huge commitment to public art and art education; more galleries are opening as are leading-edge private art institutions like the Esker Foundation. Oil money is fueling great new buildings (pun intended) such as the Foster-designed Bow Centre and the recently completed Peace Bridge by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. Even the New York Times is taking notice, describing a “creative transformation” of the city in a recent laudatory article. Richard Florida was on hand for the gala on Saturday promoting his new book and speaking about the rise of the “creative class” in Calgary and the transformation of its cultural economy.

It was inspiring to be a part of this “can do” spirit, if only for a weekend. I look forward to reporting more on future art safaris to Calgary. I am sure next time I visit, it will have transformed once again.

Posted: 11/4/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Concrete Contemporary Art Auction Results

It began with a champagne reception, set amidst 54 amazing lots on our gallery walls, and ended with a full house of enthusiastic collectors. September 23rd marked the highly anticipated second Concrete Contemporary live auction of the year and was highlighted by the inclusion of major Canadian artists such as Michael Adamson, James Lahey, Kim Dorland, whose Dripping Dream #2 realized $18,000 and Tim Zuck, whose Untitled #72 sold for $16,800. Immediately following the Concrete auction we transformed the gallery space for the 21st annual Art With Heart auction preview and reception. Benefiting Toronto’s Casey House, this auction raised a stunning $700,000 on October 7th with all 86 lots selling.

We are eagerly anticipating this fall’s art fairs in Toronto, specifically Feature Contemporary Art Fair (October 23-26 at the Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Opera Centre) and the Art Toronto International Art Fair (October 24-27 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre). Exclusively comprised of contemporary art, the Feature art fair promises to be an exciting mix of established and new artists’ work represented by many of Toronto’s foremost contemporary art galleries. The fair will host tours and numerous talks with distinguished panelists who will address a variety of topics on contemporary art. Our own Stephen Ranger, along with consummate collectors Marshall Webb, Jacques Bernier, and moderator Sara Angel, will discuss the North American contemporary art market at the “The Ever-Evolving Art Market” talk on October 26th at 3 pm. The Art Toronto International Art Fair, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, will no doubt excite, entice and entertain attendees with fabulous traditional and new media art as well guided tours and discussions led by leading art experts. We will certainly be visiting the fairs, likely more than once!

Looking forward, we are beginning preparations for our spring 2015 Concrete Contemporary Art auction which will feature works by Wanda Koop, James Lahey, Angela Leach, Kim Dorland and many others. We will keep you updated as we continue to accept consignments!

Kristin Vance
Concrete Contemporary
Posted: 10/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Kristin Vance

Concrete - September 2014. Catalogue Available

Having said goodbye to August, everyone is talking about “the summer that wasn’t”. The usual indicators like 40 degree humidex, power outages and sunburns were replaced by rained-out cottage weekends, turning the furnace on and purchases of fleece hoodies. Did anyone recognize July and August as summer months this year? That said, regardless of the weather, summer is always a great time of year at Waddington’s, because that’s when we wrap up our spring season (note: our spring 2014 was amazing) and ramp up for our fall auctions. And fall 2014 takes off like Labour Day fireworks.

In fact – September and October are jam-packed. We’re involved in three major auctions all within a three-week period, starting with the Canadian Art Gallery Hop on September 18, followed by our Concrete Contemporary Art auction on September 23, and finishing with Casey House Art with Heart on October 7. All three auctions are very different in tone and style and we are delighted to be at the centre of it all. It seems like Canada finally now has a contemporary auction season all it’s own!

Before you know it, we’ll all be meeting again at the Toronto International Art Fair on October 23, the Introducing Suzy Lake show at the AGO on November 5, or at the opening of the Jack Bush retrospective at the National Gallery in Ottawa on November 12, then back of course to Waddington’s for our Canadian Art auction on November 24. In between, there are more openings at more galleries that you really must see than there are days in the week.

There truly is no end of things to do until the new year. So, all the energy you saved not golfing, camping or beaching this non-summer can be poured into exploring every aspect of an amazing fall art season. We look forward to running into you at one of the many events that make this city such a great and vibrant centre of culture!


Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects September catalogue is now available in print and online. If you wish to order a hard copy, contact Kristin Vance at
Posted: 8/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Concrete Contemporary Art Auction September 23, 2014

archival durotrans print mounted into aluminum light box with LEDs
24 ins x 32 ins x 5.5 ins;
61 cms x 81.3 cms x 13.9 cms

Once a year is not enough! Promising to be one of our most interesting and diverse Concrete Contemporary auctions to date, our second live auction this year is slated for September 23rd and will include some of Canada’s most influential contemporary artists. Conceptual in nature, colourful in design and powerful in the national and international art markets, works by artists such as Michael Adamson, Douglas Coupland, James Lahey, Kelly Mark, and Kim Dorland will be on the block for seasoned collectors and for those who are just discovering the abundant talent emerging from studios across the country. September’s auction will feature approximately 50 lots covering the spectrum of contemporary media.

Here’s a sneak peek!

Mimicking the glow of a television screen, Kelly Mark’s lightbox entitled The Kiss was adapted from her installation by the same name and is selected for the cover of our September auction catalogue. The effects of digital technology on society has long been an inspiration for Mark’s multi media works. The image within the lightbox, two television screens “kissing,” comments on aspects of digital media in our lives and the human interaction it sometimes succeeds in replacing. Of course, the influence of Brancusi’s The Kiss cannot be denied. With each successive version he created of this subject, the forms became more abstracted until only the most basic and simplified concept of this most human of acts remained. Kelly Mark’s The Kiss will be the third artwork by the artist auctioned by Concrete Contemporary and we are thrilled to have this conceptually intriguing example of her digital explorations in our upcoming auction.

oil and acrylic gouache on canvas over wood panel signed, titled and dated 2013 on the reverse; signed, titled and dated on the overflap
60 ins x 72 ins;
152.4 cms x 182.9 cms
mixed media on canvas signed, titled, dated 2004 and inscribed “040824-04” on the reverse
72 ins x 48 ins;
182.9 cms x 121.9 cms

Kim Dorland’s Dripping Dream #3 was a highlight of Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art auction on May 26th and sold for a record $23,600, solidifying his standing as one of Canada’s preeminent contemporary artists. Another work in this series, Dripping Dream #2 is an electrifying display of colour and conceptual depth embedded in copious amounts of paint for which Dorland is known worldwide. Additionally, Dorland’s Sad Girl, a highly abstracted portrait of the artist’s wife, will be included in the auction showing his signature style as adapted to the portrait genre.

An estate consignment has yielded a remarkable James Lahey canvas for the auction, Orchid (2004). Standing in front of Lahey’s Orchid is a breathtaking experience. The hyper-realistic orchid seems to be floating in endless space in this large-scale and stunningly luminous painting. Lahey’s highly-detailed floral paintings are but one example of his broad interest in various subject matter. He is also known for his exquisite cloudscapes, landscapes and colour-rich abstractions.

We are currently accepting consignments to round out what is destined to be a stellar auction. If you would like to discuss a consignment or if you have any questions regarding the works offered in September, please call Stephen Ranger (Senior Specialist, Contemporary Art) at 416-504-6194 or or Kristin Vance (Contemporary Art Administrator) at 416-504-9100 ext. 6178 or

Concrete Contemporary Art Auction Schedule

Consignment Deadline: Friday 15 August

Auction Preview:
Saturday 20 September from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday 21 September from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday 22 September from 10:00 am to 12 Noon

Auction: Tuesday 23 September 2014 at 7:00pm

Posted: 6/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Kristin Vance

Specialists' Preview - Spring 2014 Auction Highlights
April 3 – 8, 2014

Sometimes what’s old is truly new again. Traditionally, Waddington’s held our much anticipated Fine Art Auctions bi-annually, a dedicated week of previewing and selling the best we had to offer for that season from all our departments. Previewed as an enormous mix of wonderful and eclectic, rare and beautiful, classically traditional and wildly eccentric, there was something for everyone and for every taste. As all our departments grew, it became unwieldy to organize all our auctions and previews into the same time period. Spreading the auctions throughout the spring was more manageable, and the departments began to conduct business more autonomously, focused on their core proven markets and clients.

Fast forward ten years and we see an evolution in market tastes and buying trends. Today, fewer people collect as a hobby in pursuit of objects from a narrow, focused area of interest. Nowadays people are more likely to collect to decorate their home or business – and they’re much more willing to mix cultures, textures and periods to create an individualized environment. In reflection, our traditional preview settings more suited to the current more diversified market. They made it easy to imagine how things would look in situ – how an English highland painting might look beside the Sorel Etrog sculpture already in your home, how the clean and powerful lines of an Inuit sculpture could complement your Group of Seven canvas. How a delicate Chinese vase is flattered by art deco bronze figures and English silver candle sticks. It was almost like looking at the pages of a décor magazine.

So we’re borrowing from the past. We’re bringing back the multi-department preview to demonstrate how great but different art can blend together. Our specialists (some of the best in the world in their various categories of expertise) have handpicked their favourite items from their spring season auctions. The most interesting, most eclectic, and in some cases the most valuable, to be previewed together in our gallery in one glorious display. And to further enhance the experience, we’ve also invited Farrow & Ball to be part of the display, weaving in the colour palette and wallpaper highlights from their spring season.

We look forward to sharing some of our favourite things with you.

Please be sure to visit April 3 – 8.

Posted: 3/31/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Duncan McLean

Interview with Stephen Ranger by Phil Anderson,

P.A.: What was the inspiration or idea behind starting Concrete Contemporary?

S.R.: Concrete Contemporary was formed because we perceived a need in the marketplace for a secondary market for contemporary Canadian art. The idea behind it is actually quite simple. A strong secondary market encourages sales at the primary level and vice versa. Our thinking was also guided by the reality that virtually every other important cultural centre in the world has a thriving contemporary market at both primary and secondary levels, but not so in Canada. Respect for artists, commitment to client education and development, and highly professional presentation of the work are the cornerstones we have built the auctions around.

P.A.: What do you think collectors and buyers are looking for when they seek out contemporary art ? Are they looking for an investment or is a more compulsive purchase?

S.R.: Collectors and buyers have a huge range of motivations. Some just want something pretty for over the sofa, while others are more scholarly and cerebral in their approach. As any gallerist will tell you, true ‘collectors’, in the more traditional sense are very few and far between. Our approach is to make the auctions accessible to as wide a public as possible, while keeping the quality of work we offer extremely high. The basic criteria for the sale is that we will offer work by artists at all stages of their careers who have a history of exhibitions in both the private and public sphere. While we do include some young and emerging artists, we realize there are many who will not be well served by having work at auction at this stage of their careers.

Lot 42: Jeremy Smith, Early Morning, Kitchener. Est. $25000-30000. Realised: $24000

P.A.: Do you think Canadian collectors are getting more art savvy?

S.R.: Canadian collectors are like most collectors, passionate and savvy. No one likes to feel they have overpaid for work, yet many are very willing to go over estimate to purchase something that is meaningful to their collection. Some collectors have expressed to me how great it was to see early work by artists that they currently collect; how it rounds out their collection. Galleries tend to be focused on what an artist is doing now and not necessarily on what has come before, so in this sense, the auctions present an opportunity for many collectors to explore the back catalogue of an artist.

P.A.: Are Canadian contemporary artists starting to become more collectable internationally?

S.R.: The answer to this question is that relatively few Canadian artists have international markets, but this is beginning to change. That being said, most markets around the world are regional. Think how few Canadians collect Australian contemporary work, or even Latin American art. We shouldn’t view our successes abroad, or what is perceived as lack of success, through the lens of the market for global superstars like Damien Hirst, who have effectively established themselves as brands like Prada and Gucci. Where I see change coming is in the international embrace of artists like Brian Jungen, Jeff Wall and David Altmejd whose work rarely if ever comes to auction in Canada. The profile gained by artists like Shary Boyle and Rebecca Belmore through international biennales can’t be undersold either. The more our dealers put their artists out there and bring them to international fairs, the more overall success we will see.

Read the entire article...

(Photo: Stephen Ranger founder of Concrete Contemporary. Photographer: Steve Stober)
Posted: 3/28/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Concrete Contemporary Auctions & Projects

Our commitment to offering contemporary Canadian art at auction continues to be a labour of love – our third annual Concrete Contemporary auction held in early March was a stunning presentation of some of the best of Canadian art. And of paramount delight, we welcomed many art enthusiasts new to Waddington’s over the course of record attendance at our weekend previews, the opening reception, and a full room at auction time.

What made it successful for us? We sold more contemporary work than ever before, at a higher average lot price, and with increased participation from buyers across the country. All success factors fundamental to our commitment to creating a solid secondary market for contemporary Canadian art.

This auction also fed our penchant to push buttons: the oft-provocative Femmarte Collection was an exhilarating addition to what was our most diverse offering of work. In its totality, the auction reflected the dynamism and importance of what is happening today in Canadian art.

Personally, building each Concrete Contemporary Auction has been an all-encompassing, sometimes all-consuming, but always thoroughly rewarding experience. I play a multitude of roles from beginning to end – starting with that of a quasi-curator: assembling the various works; mindful of what pieces complement or contradict, which artists are on the rise, or we believe are about to. Once the roster of art is established, and while the catalogue is being created, I’m focused on developing relationships with the artists, galleryists, collectors and enthusiasts in the promotional stages. Finally comes the honour of being the auctioneer, the person who hammers down “sold!” Or, makes a quiet note when the lot does not sell. (BTW - Being an auctioneer is one of my favourite roles. When I’m selling an auction like Concrete Contemporary, it’s the fulfillment of many months of hard work; no one knows the art at this point better than I do. I equally love my role as auctioneer for charitable events like Casey House, when I know my efforts will positively impact a cause I believe in.) Finally, my role shifts to that of pragmatic strategist: post-auction discussions with vendors and buyers, sometimes negotiating an after-sale, analysis with my colleagues and a day or so later – plans begin for the next auction.

That being said, I’m sussing out what our next auction of contemporary Canadian art will look like. When we first launched our contemporary Canadian art division, it was at a time when the industry was being told if “Canadian auctioneers are serious in their talk about contemporary or at least post-Second World War consignments being the Future, they’re going to have to dedicate more time, imagination and resources to it.” Starting with our inaugural auction in 2012, that’s exactly what we’re doing and what we plan to do again, same time next year. As Globe and Mail arts journalist James Adams said in 2012: “An urban and urbane country like Canada deserves an auction market reflecting that”.

Globe & Mail
Is Canada’s art market ready to grow up?

Posted: 3/5/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

CONCRETE Contemporary Art Auction - March 4

Our Concrete Contemporary Auction tonight features over 120 lots and is our most diverse offering to date. With work ranging from conceptual, large scale works by Robert Fones to Montreal street artist, Stikki Peaches, there is bound to be something to engage, delight and challenge you.

We are proud to announce that Concrete Contemporary has been to chosen to auction the Femmarte Collection. Formed in 2004, the collection was assembled over a five-year period by a group of 30 women to encourage and promote the work of women artists in Canada. Curated by Gerda Neubacher, the collection features work by artists as notable as Shari Boyle, Annie Pootoogook, Sarah Anne Johnston, Barbara Cole and a host of other important artists. Many of the images are up on the site already.

The catalogue is posted online and print versions are available at the gallery.

Auction Tuesday March 4, 7 pm

Please contact either myself or Kristin Vance ( if you need additional information on individual works or the auction. We are also always available for private preview by appointment.

We will be posting lots on Twitter in the coming days so please give us a follow @waddingtons275 or @sranger.

Posted: 2/27/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects

Canadian Contemporary Art Auction

Catalogue Available

This is the third auction of Canadian Contemporary Art presented by Concrete Contemporary Auctions and Projects and we are, once again, buoyed by the quality of work we are able to offer by artists from coast to coast to coast.

The vision of Concrete Contemporary remains the same – to build a vibrant secondary market for Canadian Contemporary Art by offering works by leading artists, most of whom have extensive exhibition history in both the public and private sphere. The Concrete Contemporary platform also allows us to incorporate the work of emerging artists, whose practice has yet to come to critical notice, yet has garnered significant grass roots interest.

Concrete Contemporary also remains dedicated in our support for the arts community by sponsoring two prizes of note this year. For the third year in a row, we sponsored the Best Conceptual Work for Photography at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery’s RMG Exposed fundraiser. This year’s winner is Carolyn Doucette for her work Cruising the Inside Passage: Glacier Bay. Concrete Contemporary also sponsored the Atlantic Canada Student Art Prize, a juried prize that featured works from all the art colleges across Canada’s East Coast. The winner this year was Nova Scotia College of Art and Design student Jose Andres Mora for his video work, Mouth Piece.

We are delighted that this auction includes works from an important initiative created by women, in support of women – the Femmarte Collection. This prestigious collection of women's art, exclusively by contemporary Canadian women artists, was assembled by a private women’s investment club, held for a period of ten years and is now being offered at auction, with 20% of the profits paid to the artists. With a vision that parallels Concrete Contemporary’s belief in the Canadian Contemporary art market, the Femmarte investors were motivated to:

• To invest in the art of women artists with particular emphasis on the art of
Canadian artists and emerging contemporary talent;
• To build a prestigious art collection, recognized for its artistic excellence and
innovation; and
• To contribute to the artistic reputation and commercial marketability of
young artists

It is understatement to say that the Femmarte Collection is extremely diverse, featuring significant works by leading women Canadian artists.
Femmarte curator Gerda Neubacher exalts us “to be daring”. And in her words, we “thank you for joining us on this adventure to support Canadian artists.” We look forward to seeing you at the previews and most importantly, at the auction.

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— Stephen Ranger
Senior Specialist, Contemporary Art
Posted: 2/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Despite the deep cold that makes us want to hunker down and hibernate til Spring, the start of the year is exciting for us as we prepare for our March 4 Concrete Contemporary auction.

Studio visits with artists and consultations with a myriad of collectors and art lovers all come together while we assemble the works for the sale. And with the success achieved in Canadian contemporary art in 2013, we’re especially looking forward to presenting our next Concrete Contemporary event.

January 2014 also brings us our first retail Pop Up Exhibition: Gary Taxali, Shanti Town, January 30 through February 9. An exciting new concept in Canada, selling exhibitions are becoming increasingly popular in the international auction world. Waddington’s presentation of Shanti Town will be a Canadian first.

Whether we know it or not, we are probably all familiar with the work of Gary Taxali. If you’ve ever picked up an issue of the New York Times, Rolling Stone, Time, Esquire or Playboy magazines, you’ve likely seen his work. On pocket squares, coins and album covers, Taxali’s work is all around us – and around the world with exhibitions across the globe, most notably in London, New York (including commissions from the Whitney Museum) and Hong Kong.

What makes Taxali’s work so compelling? His imagery engages us with both a sense of nostalgia, as well as basic truths about our lives. Depression-era figures juxtaposed with text that slyly and humorously define how we really think and feel are subtly rendered on vintage paper in pen, acrylic and a variety of media. Taxali captures an alt zeitgeist that connects with the viewer on very elemental levels. He is also a thoroughly modern-day artist; his work finds it way into non-traditional channels: silk pocket squares designed for men’s retailer Harry Rosen; his album cover design and artwork for Aimee Mann’s 2009 @#%&*! Smilers garnered a Grammy Award nomination and in 2012 he was commissioned by the Royal Canadian Mint to create a series of six limited-edition 25-cent coins. Taxali is a happily busy man. I think you can see why we were so excited to work with Gary for our inaugural Pop Up Exhibition.

For details on the opening January 30 and the gallery dates and times, please click here.

Looking back, 2013 was a great year for contemporary art in Canada. Some of the landmark exhibitions included Micah Lexier at The Power Plant, Kim Dorland at the McMichael Gallery and Ed Burtynsky, pretty much everywhere, all contributed to a sense of vibrancy and energy. Canadian artists shone on the international stage with Shary Boyle’s installation at the Venice Biennale, and many artists exhibiting at fairs around the world. We look forward to more of the same for 2014.

Important Dates:

Gary Taxali Pop Up Retail Exhibition – January 30 – February 9
Concrete Contemporary Art Auction – March 4
(Deadline for consignments January 31)

Posted: 1/31/2014 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


The fall always seems like the beginning of a new year, far more than bleak January. It’s not just kids getting back to school or crisp fall breezes, it’s more like a resurgence of energy that comes with the weeks following the dog days of August - not that we had any time to dog it at Waddington’s this summer. There was just too much to do and prepare for an incredibly busy fall season.

If you follow this site you will know there have been some important changes here, most notably the arrival (or return) of Linda Rodeck, to head up our Fine Art department and the re-branding of Joyner Waddington’s to Waddington’s Canadian Fine Art. Linda and her team are near completion of the fall catalogue. There will be lots to highlight in the upcoming weeks.

Certainly one of the major highlights of the fall is the auction of Charles Bronfman’s Claridge Collection of Canadian Fine and Decorative Arts to be held in two sessions on November 6 at 1 and 7 pm. Proceeds from the auction will benefit Historica Canada.

This auction is important for a number of reasons, most notably it features many artists whose work has never been sold before at auction. It also places a very serious highlight on artists working in what has been referred to as Decorative Art. It has been a real pleasure to see so much great work by artists working in glass, ceramics and textiles as well as paint and canvas. The collection was curated and assembled over many years by Franklin Silverstone, the Bronfman family’s long time curator and advisor. His impeccable eye is attested to by the shear number of Saidye Bronfman and Governor Generals award recipients included in the collection. Waddington’s has prepared a state of the art auction catalogue as well as a reference catalogue of artist biographies that will become the standard for scholarship for years to come.

The Claridge Collection catalogues are available now at our galleries or may be viewed online at

From October 15-19 Concrete Contemporary will hold a pop up exhibition of Max Dean’s Objects Waiting series in association with the Nicholas Metivier Gallery. This series was purchased in it’s entirety by the National Gallery of Canada when first exhibited at Metivier gallery in 2012. Max Dean is an important Canadian artist perhaps best known for his Robotic Chair. Max works in an incredible variety of media, has been collected worldwide and represented Canada at the Venice Bienale. This exhibition represents a great opportunity to acquire these photo based pieces from an important body of work. For more information on Max Dean, please see

This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Casey House Art with Heart auction and Waddington’s is proud once again to host the exhibition and previews from October 3-6. This year’s selection is stunning, maybe the best yet (although every year I do seem to say that!). Please stop by over the weekend and view the exhibition or check the catalogue out online at

Please stay tuned, there is always more to come.

Stephen Ranger
Posted: 10/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


I don’t often write about specific works coming up in benefit auctions I am involved in, but sometimes there have to be exceptions. In this case it is a work by Peter Doig, Cyril’s Bay, an oil on paper, that will be sold tomorrow night at the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper’s Gala at the Corus Centre.

Scottish born, raised in Trinidad and Canada, art education in the UK, worked in Montreal, now living in Trinidad, it is hard for Canada to claim him as our own, where it not for the ubiquity of the canoe in his subject matter. His seminal work, Canoe Lake, carries very specific and obvious cultural references for Canadians. Whether Doig self identifies as a Canadian or not is hardly the point, what is however is the importance of his work. Few painters working today achieve such resonance with such minimalist gestures as Doig. He offers the viewer a new way of looking at the world, unique and at times unsettling. One senses deep magic there. His major works now sell for millions at auction and his gallery shows in New York and London tend to sell out.

There has only been one other work by Doig sold at auction in Canada, a work sold to benefit autism, several years ago. The fact that Waterkeeper’s have secured this work is certainly a coup, courtesy of the artist’s generosity.

With an estimate in the range of $40,000, it is a fantastic opportunity for a local collector to acquire a work by this major artist, that is unless the word is out there in the larger world already. We have the piece at Waddington’s for the next two days. Please send me an email if you would like more information.

Posted: 5/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


I have just returned from two days in New York City where I had the opportunity to take in the previews for the major spring auctions of Contemporary Art at Christie’s and Phillips. To describe the work on offer as anything less than spectacular would be to sell it short. Jackson Pollock’s Number 19, 1948, one, if not the highlight of the season, is a jaw dropping, powerful work and standing in front of the painting one could not help but feel the manic yet focused energy of the artist in full flight.

I was in the city to lead a group of people from Vienna on a daylong art tour of New York, the day before the Frieze art fair opened. My task was to put together a diverse and engaging experience for this marvelous group of knowledgeable and art passionate people. We started at Christie’s stunning Rockefeller Plaza premises the morning of the Evening Impressionist and Modern sale, taking in the previews and getting a behind the scenes look at a private selling exhibition of Picasso’s on the second floor of the galleries. We then journeyed up Park Avenue to Phillip’s new headquarters to survey the Day and Evening sales of Contemporary Art. The highlight lot, Andy Warhol’s Four Marilyns, 1962, occupied it’s own little prayer niche in their galleries not so subtlety befitting it’s ‘estimate on request’ of $25,000,000/35,000,000. The Day Sale of Contemporary Art, on view at the same time, offered a wide range of work by artists both iconic and emerging. I was struck not just by the quality of the work, but also by the ‘edginess’ of the offering. The range of media was highly diverse video, new media, high concept installation work as well as more traditional forms of artistic expression all represented. It made me really think that auction houses in Canada can certainly start pushing the boundaries of what we offer our clients, as we work towards developing a secondary market for contemporary work in this country.

We then trooped across the street to visit the Howard Greenberg Gallery in the Fuller Building, the legendary photography dealer. Howard Greenberg and Nancy Lieberman treated us to a great talk on the market for classic photography and we took in the current show at the gallery, ‘1963’, which focuses on images depicting the potent forces of civil unrest, politics, art and culture, all brewing in America during the sixties and the pivotal year of 1963.

Our last stop was at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea where, two hours before the official opening, an array of handlers were still setting up and installing the new Jeff Koons show, Gazing Ball. Associate Director, Veronique Ansorge took us first through the Richard Serra exhibition in the West 20th Street gallery. The show was comprised of familiar Serra objects broken down into component parts, Serra deconstructed as it were, and on an intimate scale.

Koons’ exhibition is typically monumental - large scale plasters of classical figures as well as familiar cartoon like characters and everyday objects, each installed with, or holding a dark blue, mirrored glass globe. The work is un-ironic, accessible and expensive. Each piece is produced in an edition of three and priced at around $1.4 million dollars, which may prove to be a bargain according to the gallery. Many of the works were already pre-sold to collectors. The Zwirner Gallery’s space is massive, providing a classical museum-like feel for this show, one of the highlights of the New York spring season.

I have attached a link to a great piece about Koons in this week’s issue of New York magazine that deftly profiles the art worlds’ polarized views on the artist.

Samuel Johnson famously said, ‘If you are tired of London you are tired of life’. The same could so easily be said of New York.

Our spring fine art season starts later than usual this year with the Joyner Canadian Fine Art auction on June 3. Please try and make it by for the previews, it is a terrific sale.

Posted: 5/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger

An exhibition of works by Chen Jiagang & He Chongyue

It has been just over three weeks since the Concrete Contemporary auction and we are pleased to announce another great project that is in the works. From April 8-19, 2013,, in partnership with the Han Art Gallery of Montreal, will showcase Chinese contemporary artists Chen Jiagang and He Chongyue.

Born in Sichuan, China in 1962, Chen Jiagang trained as an architectural designer before opening several private contemporary art museums in the late 1990s. Chen has been recognized by the United Nations for his contribution to architecture and was the recipient of the “Outstanding Young Architect” award in 1999. In Chen’s photography, young women dressed in traditional cheong-sam are situated within the Chinese landscape and amongst industrial sites. The result is a fusion of the raw and beautiful, decrepit and serene and lost and present. Chen’s works are celebrated internationally and are collected by major private and public institutions including the MoMA, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Art Gallery of Central Academy of Fine Art, Beijing.

Born in 1960, He Chongyue uses a large-frame (4x10) camera to photograph ancient Chinese architectural forms. The works displayed within this exhibition capture what is known as “the propaganda wall” that functioned as a form of public communication. In this series, He has discreetly placed a mirror into the foreground, displaying the artist’s reflection and capturing the moment of creation. He Chongyue’s work has been exhibited and collected internationally.

Both artists explore China’s history, producing images of individual and generational memory. In this series of photographs, the artists represent a link between China’s past, present, and future, with Chen’s explorations of daily Chinese life and allusions to past glory and He’s dipictions of past political relics.

We are very excited and honoured to be showcasing such wonderful Chinese Contemporary art and hope that you can join us in April at

Click here to view the online catalogue here

Exhibit: April 9 -12, 15-18, 2013 from 9 am – 5 pm
April 13 – 14, 2013 from 12 pm – 5 pm

Reception: Monday 8 April 2013 from 6pm – 8pm

Location: Galleries, 275 King Street East

Please RSVP to Kate Godin ( for the 8 April 2013 reception.

Best Wishes,

Posted: 3/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


We have had a number of questions regarding the meaning of a number of pieces in the last Concrete Contemporary auction. Below, our intern and MFA candidate, Emma Frank, discuses Wanda Koop’s Satellite Cities (2007), one of many highlights from the auction.

The title of Wanda Coop’s Satellite Cities (2007), sold at this year’s Canadian Contemporary Art Auction, is both a literal and poetic description of Koop’s large-scale canvas, which depicts a detached city- scape emanating precariously from an unknown coast. Appearing to hover in a sea of psychedelic lime green paint, this isolated island, outpost or “satellite city” belongs to an un-identifiable location that is at once familiar and alien. In fact, Koop’s “Satellite Cities” belongs to a series of works that were inspired by satellite transmissions of images of the Iraq War. More precisely, the series reflects the interruptions in satellite footage transmitted on networks such as CNN creating corrupted blocks and bands of color, which Koop re-interprets in her paintings. The aerial perspective in this piece is familiar to the viewer, resembling the view from an airplane window however, this is not a leisurely reflection or a romanticized landscape. Like the majority of Koop’s work, this painting is imbued with a critique of technology’s impact on nature as well as how technologies of surveillance impact our experience of the landscape. Featuring abstract and distilled imagery, Satellite Cities is characteristic of Koop’s work over the last 30 years, which features bold color and form, executed with virtuoso brush strokes and daring scale. Satellite Cities demonstrates the Winnipeg-based artist’s ability to create landscapes that resonate both locally and globally. Satellite Cities was also included in Koop’s retrospective exhibition “On the Edge of Experience”, which was organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery in collaboration with the National Gallery of Canada, September 2010 to May 2011.

Posted: 3/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


It’s the morning after the night before and the dust has yet to settle on the Concrete Contemporary auction last evening.

We were thrilled and gratified to see such a great turnout in the gallery, standing room only, and over 150 registered bidders. We also had absentee and telephone bidders participating from across the country.

The sale total was roughly double from last year’s inaugural auction and the percentage sold by lot increased as well. There are a number of aftersales still to complete and we will post all the prices realized on the website within the next week.

Major highlights of the auction included Wanda Koop’s sensational canvas, Satellite Cities (Yellow/Green with Dark City), that realized $26,400.00, a record for the artists at auction. Tim Zuck’s small charcoal Glacier and Summit/Qheneesh, which soared past it’s estimate to sell for $6000.00 and Michael Adamson’s Homage to Riopelle sell for $12,000.00. (All prices include the buyer’s premium) It was also very gratifying to see the work by Andrew Owen A01, Lilies and Bamboo Excavations II sell for $5760.00 as his work has never before been presented at auction.

We wish to thank all who attended the auction and previews as well as our consignor’s, artists, dealers and collectors who come together to help this dynamic and developing market.

I would like to share a comment sent to me this morning by a highly respected Canadian artist who had work represented in the sale last night.

‘…It's so very important for everyone involved that the market you are developing continues to grow. It benefits everyone and also keeps us on our toes, the invisible hand of the market is one of fine arts very best friends, it is the final forum that separates the wheat from the chaff. Thank you for championing all of us contemporary artists and working so hard to elevate the environment that we work in. I am inspired to work even harder in my studio, thank you again.’

The sale also garnered a lot of media. Here are some links below.

There will lots to report in the next while, so please stay well and stay tuned.

Posted: 3/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
By: Stephen Ranger


Small Art Big Hearts Benefit Auction
September 22 - 27, 2018

On View:
Sunday, September 23
from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, September 24
from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Small Art Big Hearts Benefit Auction
September 22 - 27, 2018

On View:
Sunday, September 23
from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday, September 24
from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm