Yellowstone Art Auction 52


  1. (a.) A lithograph piece by Pierre-Auguste Renoir hangs in the Yellowstone Art Museum.
    (b.) left Justin W John, Magenta. Yellow. Somewhere In Between.
    (c.) foreground Brad Rude,  The Same Yet Different. Paige Bowman, Tuscan Run.
    (d.) right Vicki Conley, Flying Geese.
  2. Yellowstone Art Museum registrar Lisa Ranallo hangs a piece by Ted Waddell. 

January 24, 2020 – March 7, 2020

Every year, the Yellowstone Art Auction raises crucial support for the exhibitions and educational programs that the Yellowstone Art Museum presents to the community year-round. 

The YAM is proud to offer three wonderful and distinct events, all in conjunction with the Yellowstone Art Auction. Friday, January 24, 2020 will kick off the festivities with Cocktails & Quick Finish and Special One-Night-Only Silent Auction. That evening will feature quick-draw artists, a one-night-only silent auction, entertainment, and hors d’oeuvres.

Take advantage of your first opportunity to view all of the live and silent auction works as well as bid on quick-finish works by well-known artists. This event also boasts an additional silent auction to be sold one-night-only. 

The opening night is also your first chance to buy-it-now in the YAA52 silent auction and to preview the pieces in this year’s live auction. Tickets for this event can be purchased individually or bundled with our March 6 and March 7 events.

We are also hosting an Artist Meet and Greet reception on Friday, March 6, 2020, giving ticket holding patrons the opportunity to meet the artists and buy it now in the silent auction before the big night.

Magenta. Yellow. Somewhere in between.
Magenta. Yellow. Somewhere in between. (2016—2018) Acrylic, spray paint, ink, and charcoal on canvas. Unvarnished. Photo: Justin W John


Cocktails & Quick Finish and
Special One-Night-Only Silent Auction

Friday, January 24, 2020, 5-8 p.m.

Artist Meet and Greet & Last Chance to Buy-It-Now
Friday, March 6, 2020, 5-7 p.m.

Live & Silent Auction Night
Saturday, March 7, 2020, 5-10 p.m.



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I feel truly honored (at the same time just floored) that my work is hanging next to the likes of such an amazing figure in art history as Renoir. “I must be dreaming, I must be completely in a dream world…” That’s all I keep thinking whenever I look at the photographs of my work hanging next to the gold framed stone lithograph.

I was completely blown away initially that three of my pieces were accepted into this show. One for each of the different auctions. Magenta… is the largest piece to date that I’ve had on display in any gallery, I love working on a large scale and this makes me want to get into a large studio space and go huge. One thing at a time though.

Orange Crush and Ten Quarts are my other pieces included, each with expressing different themes and areas of introspective moments. Expressively abstract one way, more cheeky, pop culture inspired in the other. Both very much, well, me. Below is a video of myself working on framing Ten Quarts. I’m not terribly great at video editing, but I’m working it into my wheelhouse. However, I think it came out well, considering it was completely filmed and edited using only my phone. Let me know what you think!



A huge “THANK YOU” to Yellowstone Art Museum for seeing something in my work and including me in this amazing collection of artists. 

“Ten Quarts” (2018) Acrylic, ink, and spray paint on stretched canvas; Matte and gloss varnish. Photo: Justin W John
A lithograph piece by Pierre-Auguste Renoir hangs in the Yellowstone Art Museum alongside other works in the annual Art Auction on Tuesday. CASEY PAGE, Billings Gazette CASEY PAGE, Billings Gazette
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Orange Crush (2018) Acrylic, spray paint, and ink on stretched canvas; Gloss varnished. Photo: Justin W John

A color lithograph by Auguste Renoir, valued at upwards of $200,000, is being auctioned in March during the 52nd annual Yellowstone Art Museum auction. “Enfants Jouant à la Balle,” or “Girls Playing Ball,” is from an edition of 200 prints created through stone lithography and signed by Renoir on the lower right-hand side.

The Renoir was donated by Galerie Michael, a Beverly Hills art gallery founded by Michael Schwartz. It is valued at $118,800 to $200,375, according to the YAM. Galerie Michael has donated works in the past to the YAM, including a Picasso that sold for $62,500 in 2018. It was the first Picasso the museum was able to offer at auction, and was given as a 100% donation. The gallery donated another Picasso to the museum for the 2019 auction, along with lithographs by Salvador Dalí and Alexander Calder. All works were given as full donations to the YAM. 

“It means the world to us,” said Ryan Cremer, development director. “The fact that they come in at 100% donation, it’s huge.” As much as 25% of the YAM’s yearly budget is raised during the auction, according to Cremer.

The Renoir lithograph is comprised of layers of color, printed in 1900 in Paris by Auguste Clot, who worked with artists to produce prints of their works, including Vincent van Gogh, Auguste Rodin and Cezanne. The piece, measuring nearly 2-feet tall by 20-inches wide, centers on four young girls playing in a field and is framed in an ornate gold frame with nameplate.

The artwork was formerly held by Henri Petiet, an international art dealer from France and important figure in the 20th century art market. Starting in the 1920s, he amassed millions of dollars worth of art by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Degas, Pissarro, and Delacroix, among others. The collection of Henri M. Petiet was considered one of the largest private collections in the world, gradually auctioned off after his death in 1980.


Born February 25, 1841, Limoges, France
Died December 3, 1919, Cagnes

French painter that was one of the central figures of the impressionist movement (a French art movement of the second half of the nineteenth century whose members sought in their works to represent the first impression of an object upon the viewer). His work is characterized by a richness of feeling and a warmth of response to the world and to the people in it.

His early works were typically Impressionist snapshots of real life, full of sparkling colour and light. By the mid-1880s, however, he had broken with the movement to apply a more disciplined, formal technique to portraits and figure paintings, particularly of women.

Renoir was so passionate about painting that he even continued when he was old and suffering from severe arthritis. Renoir then painted with the brush tied to his wrists.

from www.pierre-auguste-renoir.org