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Collectors and potential collectors of modern and contemporary art should mark their calendars for a sale May 5.

That afternoon, approximately 400 original prints from the David Anderson Charitable Trust Collection will go on sale to the public, with proceeds to benefit 13 local community organizations.

The sale, which is being presented by art dealer Dean Brownrout, offers not only a windfall for the charities involved, but a rare opportunity for the public to acquire artworks whose value has been vouched for by experts.

The late David K. Anderson inherited the art acumen of his mother, internationally renowned art collector and Buffalo native Martha Jackson. Her influential Manhattan gallery, which he moved to Buffalo after her death, helped establish abstract expressionism as an international art movement in the 1950s.

“The market for the fine art prints was created in the late ’50s,” Brownrout said. “Anderson was a pioneer in that department.”

Brownrout said he is honored to be handling the sale.

“I’d be hard-pressed to describe an event anything like this in the country,” he said. “David Anderson’s mother was one of the most important art dealers of the 20th century. This is part of the legacy.”

The prints for sale all come from Anderson’s private collection. None comes from the Anderson Gallery, which is located in Buffalo’s University Heights District and is now part of the University at Buffalo, or from any public museum collection.

They are of a wide variety of styles.Some are as small as a loose-leaf sheet. Others are several feet wide.

Many prints are by artists whose work is displayed in renowned galleries. With prices ranging from $50 to several thousands of dollars, the art is relatively affordable.

“People will be able to purchase with confidence,” Brownrout said. “These are museum-quality works, with an impeccable provenance.”

Brownrout expects the sale, which will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. May 5 in the Center for the Arts on UB’s North Campus in Amherst, to draw a crowd.

“We’re trying to make this as accessible as possible, to demystify the process,” he said. “I think by offering artworks that can be found in other collections, that can be found in artists’ biographies, in museum catalogs – I think that a relatively new buyer can come in and be able to buy with confidence. And at the same time, because of the magnitude of this event, we’re going to be looking at dealers and collectors from Toronto, New York City and Chicago.”

The egalitarian nature of the event would have pleased Anderson, who was 74 when he died in 2009.

“He specifically designated that he wanted to get these on the walls of Western New York homes,” Brownrout said. “Aside from benefiting the many organizations, he wanted to see these on the walls.”

Artists represented in the sale include Karel Appel, Norman Bluhm, James Brooks, Christo, Jim Dine, Claire Falkenstein, Sam Francis, Michael Goldberg, David Hayes, John Hultberg, Paul Jenkins, Lester Johnson, Jules Olitski, Gio Pomodoro, Clayton Pond, Ludwig Sander, George Segal, Julian Stanczak, Antoni Tapies, Walasse Ting and Mark Tobey, among many others.

The 13 organizations benefiting from the proceeds are Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, Buffalo History Museum, Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo Prep, Buffalo Zoo, Burchfield Penney Art Center, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, Nichols School, Park School of Buffalo, SPCA, University at Buffalo Foundation to benefit the Anderson Gallery, and Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Admission to the sale is free.

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