The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego will host its eighth Biennial Art Auction in La Jolla on Wednesday, May 30, at 6:30pm. The biennial auction is one of MCASD’s most popular and exciting events and will feature a live and silent auction of artworks donated by internationally recognized artists and emerging contemporary artists. Lydia Fenet, senior vice president and director of strategic partnerships for Christie’s New York, will preside as auctioneer.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our exhibiting artists and their galleries,” says Hugh Davies, MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO. “The result is a terrific opportunity for collectors to acquire unique works of art by today’s most compelling artists.”
The silent auction will begin at 6:30pm and will include informal curatorial tours as well as cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres. The live auction will begin at 8pm and will include coffee and desserts. A live closing of select silent auction works will conclude the evening.
Guests at this year’s auction will be delighted to have exclusive access to special-edition auction paddles created by artist Ryan McGinness. These limited quantity paddles are available to Gold Circle ticket purchasers, and to general ticket holders should quantities last. All funds raised will support MCASD’s art acquisitions, exhibitions, and education programs.
Selected by MCASD curators and Hugh Davies, the artworks will be on view in the galleries at MCASD La Jolla from Monday, May 21, to Tuesday, May 29. Gold Circle ticket holders will also be able to view the works and receive private curatorial tours at the VIP Preview Reception on Thursday, May 24.
This year’s impressive roster of contemporary artists whose works will be available for purchase include Ai Weiwei, David Adey, Peter Alexander, John Baldessari, Tim Bavington, Barry Bell, Larry Bell, Mike Berg, Tim Bessell, Ross Bleckner, Mel Bochner, Kelsey Brookes, Christo, Lael Corbin, Mary Corse, Mara de Luca, Roman de Salvo, Lewis deSoto, Spencer Finch, Charles Gaines, Steve Gibson, Thomas Glassford, Mike Glier, Joe Goode, Iva Gueorguieva, Stephen Hannock, James Hayward, Jim Hodges, Jay Johnson, Isaac Julien, John Oliver Lewis, Margie Livingston, Jean Lowe, Luce et Studio Architects, Shana Lutker, Kim MacConnel, Heather Gwen Martin, Jessica McCambly, Ryan McGinness, Richard Allen Morris, Enrico Natali, Helen Pashgian, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, David Reed, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, Ed Ruscha, Christopher Russell, Stefanie Schneider, Andrew Schoultz, Jennifer Steinkamp, Ryan Taber, John Valadez, Perry Vasquez, Feodor Voronov, Stephanie Washburn, Barbara Weldon, and Jack Whitten.
Gold Circle tickets are $175 for MCASD members ($125 is tax-deductible); $200 for non-members ($150 is tax-deductible).Gold Circle Patrons are offered the opportunity to have a private curatorial tour of the auction works and will be invited to a private VIP reception with a preview of the works led by MCASD’s curators. In addition, Gold Circle Patrons will receive a special-edition paddle designed by artist Ryan McGinness (limited quantity) and have preferred seating at the live auction, complimentary valet parking the night of the auction, and a listing in the auction’s program. General Tickets: $75 MCASD Members ($35 is tax-deductible), $100 Non-Members ($60 is tax-deductible)MCASD Members and the public are invited to purchase regular tickets to the Art Auction, which include the cocktail reception, silent auction, standing tickets to the live auction, and dessert reception. (www.mcasd.org)