Property from the Collection of Evelyn Brindis Demmer

Evelyn Brindis Demmer was a Milwaukee-based fashion designer famous for her psychedelic works for her family’s Kickerino shoe brand. Kickerino Go-Go boots were featured on television shows such as Shindig and Hullabaloo. As part of her work in the fashion industry, Evelyn often traveled to Milan. It was there that she befriended Giuseppe Bergamini, the proprietor of the legendary Galleria Bergamini. As an active collector of Italian art, she not only bought several works from the gallery, but also brought back an additional nine paintings to sell. In 1958, out of her Fox Point home, she mounted a selling exhibition and sold out the show. The exhibition was written up by Frank Getlein in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel under the headline “Housewife Discovers ‘Do It Yourself’ Fine Art Importing.” She mounted one more exhibition that same year to a similar acclaim. The following fifteen lots are from Ms. Brindis Demmer’s personal collection, some of which were exhibited in her DIY art shows of 1958 and have remained with her ever since. They form a snapshot of place and time when the art world was a much more intimate place.