The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego held its sixth annual benefit art auction in the museum’s La Jolla facility recently. The reception featured cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction. Guests were invited to take informal curatorial tours before the start of the exciting live auction (conducted by August Uribe of Sotheby’s of New York).
Works by important artists such as Amy Adler, John Baldessari, Gregory Crewdson, Michael Arcega, Portia Hein, Vik Muniz, Robert Irwin, Ernesto Neto, Gabriel Orozco, Marc Chagall, Victor Rodriguez, Steve Roden, Adam Ross, Alex Webb, Allison Wiese and Andre Yi - just to name a few of the contemporary artists contributing to the auction - were scooped up by local collectors during the living bidding session. Since all the works were selected by Director Hugh Davies and his savvy curators (and this year’s offerings were some of the most valuable ever gathered for the benefit auction), it was no surprise that the auction was a big success.
“We sort of upped the ante this time,” Davies pointed out. “We feel San Diego is ready for it.”
Among the staunch supporters attending this year’s auction were Coop Cooprider, Courtney Coyle and Steve McDonald, Todd and Jake Figi, Steve Strauss and Lise Wilson, Frank and Linnea Arrington, Gail and Ralph Bryan, Peter Farrell, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Inge Johansen and Robert Gagnon, Danielle and Brian Miller, Patsy and David Marino and Sheryl and Harvey White.