AUCTION: at VENICE FAMILY CLINIC/GOOGLE

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1 MILLION! for the first time in 40 years the Silent Auction of the Venice Family Clinic has reached One million dollars. Congratulations to them: Lisa Gelber, Curator of the show, Erin Harnisch Director of Special Events at Venice Family Clinic and Tiffany.

Since 2012 Google hosts the event at their office in Venice, California, which goes by the nickname “Binoculars Building”. That meant-to-be-for-Google-building was in fact originally designed in 1991 for advertising agency Chiat/Day. It was a collaboration between prominent architect Frank Gehry and artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

THE PUPPY PROJECT

For the 40th Anniversary of the Venice Art Walk and Auction curator Lisa Gelber asked to Venice-based artist Gary Steinborn to create the “Puppy project”.

For decades, Steinborn has generously donated a Blue Dog for the silent auction. His ceramic dog has become so iconic that it has evolved into an “unofficial mascot” for Venice Family Clinic Art Walk & Auction.

This year to commemorate our event’s 40th anniversary, we collaborated with Steinborn and 40 artists—some established, others mid-career and emerging—who each created a one-of-a-kind ceramic puppy, as an ode to Steinborn and his beloved piece.

The puppies drew a lot of attention and attracted a steady crowd at the event. The puppy receiving the highest bid was Queen of the Watch Dogs from Ramona Otto, which sold for over $9,000. Sales from the special edition puppies totaled more than $45,000 …

Front: Ed Ruscha “WEN OUT FOR CIGRETS N N”EVER CAME BACK 2017 courtesy the Lapis Press
Back: DJ Hall painting

MORE THAN 200 ARTWORKS ON THE WALLS

DJ Hall
from left to right: Rosson Crow, John Bladessari, Charles Christopher Hill

240 artworks generously donated by established, mid-career and emerging artists have been peculiarly selected by Curator Lisa Gelber and her team of volunteers.

Which other organization can pretend to gather at the same time all those names?:

Among them we noticed the first ever sculpture by Ed Ruscha, edited by The Lapis Press, a Laura Owens, Analia Saban, John Baldessari, DJ Hall, Billy Al Bengston, Edward Kienholz, Tony Berlant, Sam Francis, Don Bachardy, Jim Hubbard, Blue McRight, Andy Moses, Raymond Petitbon, Alexis Smith to name a few

From left to right: Laura Owens, Ry Rocklen, Michelle Jane Lee with Michelle Jane Lee, and Piero Golia
KIM SCHOENDSTAT

And also Kristin Bedford, Kim Schoenstadt, Ramiro Gomez, Kenny Harris, Tomory Dodge, James Herman, Michelle Jane Lee, Andrew Foster, Frank Stockton, Vanessa Prager, and many more as good…

ANNA CAREY
VANESSA PRAGER

Save the date for the 2020 Edition, May 17th

ANDREW FOSTER
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