American classics added to Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships auction

Larsen Gallery, one of the nation’s leaders in the secondary art market for more than 20 years, has added an Ida Kohlmeyer and a Maynard Dixon to the dynamic Larsen Art Auction at the fifth annual Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower at WestWorld of Scottsdale on Oct. 24.

Relocated to the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championship event last year, the Larsen Art Auction is a beautiful live auction environment, according to a press release.

The painting “Bright Morning” by Maynard Dixon depicts Diana’s Throne in Mt. Carmel, Utah, where Mr. Dixon had his home and studio. In a seemingly contradictory move, the California native headed east to see the real west, traveling to Montana, Arizona, New Mexico and Utah, which is evident in his imagery, according to the release. “Bright Morning” is expected to sell between $100,000 – $150,000 at auction.

Bright Morning (Submitted photo)

Bright Morning, Ogden UT (Submitted photo)

Bright Morning, Ogden UT
Maynard Dixon
20” x 24”
$100,000 – $150,000




Boogie Woogie (Submitted photo)

Boogie Woogie With Apologies to Mondrian #1 (Submitted photo)

Boogie Woogie With Apologies to Mondrian #1
Ida Kohlmeyer
Mixed Media on 980 individually painted Styrofoam pieces mounted on gessoed canvas
69.5” x 69.5”




Kohlmeyer’s “Boogie Woogie” series pulls inspiration from Piet Mondrian’s famous Broadway Boogie Woogie painting that is currently in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art, stated the release. In her version, Ms. Kohlmeyer used different materials applied to the canvas in grid lines, reflective of the Mondrian design.

The result is abstract with its own language of hieroglyphics, shapes and signs. “Boogie Woogie With Apologies to Mondrian #1” is expected sell for $50,000 – $70,000, the release stated.

Ms. Kolhmeyer’s “Boogie Woogie With Apologies to Mondrian #1,” which is the first of the popular series to ever be sold auction and Mr. Dixon’s “Bright Morning” join several Picassos, LeRoy Neiman originals and a Milton Avery in what is expected to be Larsen Gallery’s most valuable auction collection to date, the release stated.

“These two exceptional works of American art really make our auction this year a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” stated Polly Larsen, co-owner of Larsen Gallery, in the release. “We are thrilled to have the privilege of being the first to auction one of Kohlmeyer’s Boogie Woogie Series.”

All auction items will be on display at Larsen Gallery, located at 3705 N. Bishop Lane in Scottsdale, in advance of the Larsen Art Auction starting Oct. 1. They will also be on display during the Larsen Art Auction Preview Party on Oct. 21. RSVP to no later than Oct. 18, to attend, the release stated.

In addition to the Larsen Art Auction, the Bentley Scottsdale Polo Championships: Horses & Horsepower will feature a sneak preview of the 2016 Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show, an advanced look at the world-famous Barrett-Jackson 2016 Collector Car Auction, Phoenix Symphony quartet, field-side ballroom dancing and, of course, action-packed polo matches.

The 2014 Larsen Art Auction produced impressive sales with a more than 84 percent sell through rate and welcomed bidders from 46 states and 33 countries, according to the release.

For more information, to view the lots available, or to register to bid for the 2015 Larsen Art Auction visit the auction’s website at or contact the gallery at 480-941-0900.

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