Hopper Homage Hawked to Benefit Weehawken Schools


A contemporary re-imagining of Edward Hopper’s “East Wind Over Weehawken” will be auctioned off next month — at the same time as the original — to benefit the Weehawken Public Schools PTPA. Brooklyn-based artist Stephen Gardner was recently commissioned to paint the same New Jersey street corner that appears in Hopper’s 1934 oil painting, which will be up for auction at Christie’s on December 5. Owned by the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Hopper’s deserted Weehawken street scene, with a pre-sale estimate of $23-28 million, will be used to fund the institution’s acquisitions of contemporary art, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Gardner’s modern day version (pictured) was commissioned by comedian and writer Susie Felber, who will be auctioning it off on eBay, starting on November 30.  An active member of the Weehawken PTPA, Felber is using the sale as an alternative means to raise funds, and all profits will benefit the organization. Additional “East Wind” merchandise is available in prints, cards, and calendars, which Felber intends to sell outside of Christie’s whenever possible.

“We work so hard hawking candles, candy, and all sorts of stuff to eke out a few bucks,” Felber told ARTINFO. “If this painting draws any money it will be huge for us.”

And for all you art enthusiasts who are also racing fans, you’ll be able to see the “East Wind” location Hopper and Gardner painted go flying by next June during the inaugural Weehawken Grand Prix Formula One race.

— Meredith Caraher

(Image: Stephen Gardner, “East Wind Over Weehawken,” 2013. Courtesy the artist.)