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04.12.16   Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego to Host Art Auction 2016 on May 18 in La Jolla

San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will host the 10th biennial Art Auction at its La Jolla location at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, May 18. This year’s growing list of carefully selected artworks have been donated from artists and galleries both locally and internationally. This biennial event is the Museum’s largest fundraiser, providing vital support for educational programs, exhibitions, and art acquisitions.

“We’re incredibly proud to celebrate our 10th biennial auction,” said Hugh M. Davies, MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO. “This event is unlike any other in our city and has become one of the most exciting and highly anticipated nights in San Diego’s arts scene. The 2014 auction garnered more than $1 million to support the institution in just one evening. In addition to providing vital support for our program, this night unifies the regional art collecting community and draws attendance from all over the West Coast, and call-in bids from around the world.”

This year’s auction will offer a range of works, from paintings and prints to drawings and sculpture. Artworks will be on display in the galleries at MCASD La Jolla from Saturday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 18, the night of the auction. Art Auction 2016 will offer both live and silent auctions with items presented in a lively atmosphere accompanied by all-night cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and food stations. This year’s auctioneer is Andrea Fiuczynski, Chairman of Sotheby’s Regional Offices in the Americas.

This is always a marvelous evening preceded by a wonderful VIP preview reception and private tours by appointment, truly a well-rounded curatorial experience for the novice and experienced collector alike, all for a great arts and cultural community cause.“Sotheby’s is proud to continue its corporate support of MCASD’s Art Auction featuring works from emerging and established artists selected by MCASD curators sold to benefit the museum’s vibrant acquisitions, exhibitions, and education programming,” said Fiuczynski. “This is always a marvelous evening preceded by a wonderful VIP preview reception and private tours by appointment, truly a well-rounded curatorial experience for the novice and experienced collector alike, all for a great arts and cultural community cause.”

Guests at this year’s auction will have exclusive access to special-edition auction paddles created by artist Mel Bochner. These limited quantity paddles are available to Gold Circle ticket purchasers. Gold Circle ticket holders will also be able to preview the works and receive private tours and curatorial counsel, led by MCASD’s Deputy Director, Art and Programs, Kathryn Kanjo at a private VIP Preview Reception at 6 PM on Wednesday, May 11.

MCASD is excited to partner with GiveSmart again, offering mobile bidding for all silent auction items. GiveSmart is a smart phone application that will allow both local and remote bidding in real time. The silent auction will be open for bids via GiveSmart beginning Wednesday, May 11. Remote bidders should note that select silent auction items, determined the evening of the event, will feature live closings. For more information and to download GiveSmart, visit www.mcasd.org.

The evening will begin at 6:30 PM with a hosted bar and ample food stations as guests enter their silent auction bids. The live auction will begin at 8 PM, after which Fiuczynski will conduct a live closing of select silent auction works to conclude the evening.

The full list of artworks will be available at www.mcasd.org before the auction.

This year’s impressive roster of contemporary artists whose works will be available for purchase includes Wick Alexander, Alma Allen, Michelle Andrade, Edgar Arceneaux, John Baldessari, Sadie Barnette, Lisa Bartleson, Virginia Beahan, Adam Belt, Jennifer Anne Bennett, Tim Bessell, Colby Bird, Alvaro Blancarte, Jay Bolotin, Kelsey Brookes, Matthew Carter, Stanley Casselman, Gisela Colón, Alberto Contreras, Daniel Davidson, Scott B. Davis, Einar and Jamex de la Torre, Mara De Luca, Roman de Salvo, Tristano di Robilant, James Drake, Tom Driscoll, Richard Dupont, Merion Estes, Teresita Fernandez, Vernon Fisher, Zipora Fried, Victoria Fu, Anya Gallaccio, Steve Gibson, Thomas Glassford, Jimi Gleason, Ramiro Gomez, Bryan Graf, Matthew Hawtin, John Brinton Hogan, Steven Hull, Jeff Irwin, Colter Jacobsen, Jay Johnson, Idris Kahn, Byron Kim, Kris Kuksi, Liz Larner, John Oliver Lewis, João Louro, Jean Lowe, Jennifer Luce, Lauren Luluoff, Kim MacConnel, David Maisel, Tim Mantoani, Heather Gwen Martin, T. Kelly Mason, Rita McBride, Jessica McCambly, Roy McMakin, Robert Minervini, Robert Montgomery, Dana Montlack, Malcolm Morley, Richard Allen Morris, Ed Moses, Dave Muller, Han Nguyen, Udo Nöger, Okay Mountain, Robyn O’Neil, William Powhida, Hayal Pozanti, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Marcos Ramirez ERRE, Pedro Reyes, Matt Rich, Philipp Scholz Rittermann, John Rogers, Julian Rogers, Ed Ruscha, Cordy Ryman, Italo Scanga, Lorenzo Hurtado Segovia, Richard Serra, Devan Shimoyama, Keith Sonnier, Eva Struble, Do Ho Suh, Perry Vasquez, James Verbicky, Jack Whitten, Brian Wills, Ricardo Xavier, and Tim Youd.

Tickets

Gold Circle Tickets: $250 MCASD Members ($125 is tax-deductible); $275 Non-members ($125 tax-deductible)

Gold Circle Patrons may book 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 Mel Bochner (limited quantity) in partnership with Quint Gallery, and will 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: $100 MCASD Members ($60 is tax-deductible); $125 Non-members ($60 is tax-deductible)

General tickets include access to the cocktail reception, silent auction, standing tickets to the live auction, and dessert reception.

To purchase tickets to this year’s Art Auction visit www.mcasd.org.

About The Auctioneer
Andrea Fiuczynski
Chairman, Americas

As a dynamic art world professional with a distinguished 30-year career in the auction world, Andrea Fiuczynski has developed outstanding relationships with important collectors, advisors, attorneys, and institutions throughout the western United States. Based out of Los Angeles, the Senior Vice President and Chairman of the West Coast for Sotheby’s works closely with colleagues worldwide to develop and execute the company’s business strategy for the region, while cultivating and maintaining close relationships with clients.

Prior to joining Sotheby’s, Ms. Fiuczynski worked for Christie’s as a specialist in the French & Continental Furniture Department in New York and served as the Director of European Furniture & Valuations in Berlin before relocating to Los Angeles, where she was appointed President of Christie’s Los Angeles in 2001. Ms. Fiuczynski was also an important member of the company’s team of auctioneers, taking sales in New York, Hong Kong, and Europe, and continues to auctioneer internationally for Sotheby’s.

Highly regarded in the international marketplace, Ms. Fiuczynski provides her auctioneering services to charities throughout the world. She has been featured in several publications and lectures frequently at museums. She also hosts educational programming and mock auctions for the advisory community and educational institutions.

About Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s is an innovative global art business serving the most discerning clients. Founded in 1744 as an auctioneer service, today’s Sotheby’s is so much more, offering clients extraordinary opportunities to transact: S 2 private sales galleries, worldwide selling exhibitions, retail wine and diamonds, financing, art education and digital engagement anytime, anywhere, on any device.  Sotheby’s works to bring a world of art to a new world.

Support

MCASD’s Art Auction 2016 is made possible by the generosity, counsel, and support of our sponsors Sotheby’s, Schubach Aviation, and Room & Board. Additional in-kind support is provided by The Frame Maker, ArtWorks San Diego, and Quint Contemporary Art.

For media interested in interviews with MCASD’s Curatorial staff, please contact Communications & Marketing Manager Leah Straub or Communications Associate Patricia B. Dwyer. High-resolution images of the artworks featured in the Art Auction are available upon request.

MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART SAN DIEGO

Founded in 1941, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) is the preeminent contemporary visual arts institution in San Diego County. The Museum’s collection includes more than 4,500 works of art created since 1950. In addition to presenting exhibitions by international contemporary artists, the Museum serves thousands of children and adults annually at its varied education programs, and offers a rich program of film, performance, and lectures. MCASD is a private, nonprofit organization, with 501c3 tax-exempt status; it is supported by generous contributions and grants from MCASD Members and other individuals, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Hugh M. Davies is The David C. Copley Director and CEO at MCASD. Institutional support for MCASD is provided by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.

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