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The Art Auction

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Charline von Heyl, Long Swim Home, Girl (detail), 2019. Acrylic and fabric on linen; 60 × 50 in. (152.4 × 127 cm). Photo: Jason Mandella, courtesy of the artist and Petzel, New York.

Richard Prince, Untitled (detail), 2018. Oil stick, collage, acrylic, charcoal, gel medium, and ink-jet on canvas; 62 ¾ x 61 ¼ in. (159.4 × 155.6 cm). Photo: Jena Cumbo, courtesy of Richard Prince and Gagosian.

Lorna Simpson, Night Light (detail), 2019. Ink and screen print on gessoed fiberglass; 75 ½ x 59 × 1 3/8 in. (191.8 × 150 × 3.5 cm). Photo: © Lorna Simpson, by James Wang, courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth

About the event

Get your paddles ready!

The Art Auction, Chicago’s premier event benefitting the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will occur on Saturday, November 16, 2019. The evening will feature cocktails and viewing, followed by a seated dinner and live auction.

In 1968, just one year after the MCA was founded, a group of trustees began the very first art auction to raise funds for the museum. Continuing this legacy, we are grateful to MCA Trustees Cari B. Sacks and Kenneth C. Griffin who are leading this monumental effort as the 2019 Art Auction cochairs. It is only because of the generosity of today’s leading artists and galleries from around the world that we will present an irresistible group of art that we anticipate will result in one of the most successful benefit art auctions in MCA history.

Works will be on view in the MCA galleries beginning Tuesday, November 12 through November 16, 2019. Please contact Auction Assistant, Lindsay Hutchens ([email protected], 312-397-4035) to request an auction catalogue, or for ticketing questions.

Whether you bid online, in person, or over the phone, this is your chance to support the MCA while adding a spectacular work of contemporary art to your collection. Thank you for your support and we wish you all the best at the auction block!

Cochairs

Cari B. Sacks and Kenneth C. Griffin

Honorary Committee

Sara Albrecht
Leslie Bluhm and David Helfand
Nancy and Steven Crown
Marilyn and Larry Fields
Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
Ashley and Pamela Netzky
Penny Pritzker and Bryan Traubert
Michael J. Sacks
Helen and Sam Zell

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Platinum Table for 10
$15,000

  • Premier table for 10 at dinner

Patron Table for 10
$10,000

  • Reserved table for 10 at dinner

Patron Ticket
$2,500

  • Preferred seating for 1 at dinner

Individual Ticket
$500

  • Seating for 1 at dinner

Once tickets are confirmed, the tax deduction amount will be provided.

Funding

Generously Sponsored by Sotheby's.

Featured images

  • An abstract composition shows two black-and-white curved shapes with accents of primary colors against a more rigid background of mint green and black.
  • A collaged artwork consists of more than a dozen human figures and faces against a dark background. They are illustrated in a childish fashion.
  • A pixelated green lattice against a black background creates an effect like a mass of land on a map. A neon green swirl enters the image from the right side.
  • A mosaic artwork uses muted tones including yellow, blue, red, and black. The black tiles create the general shape of a square, robot-like face.
  • A vertically oriented artwork appears to consist of seatbelt-like strips of fabric stitched together. One strip shows black text including "TESTED TO 300 LBS."
  • An organically shaped pink canvas is decorated with circles of varying sizes and fanciful colors like neon green, lilac, and goldenrod.
  • A vertical image shoes two tower-like shapes, one red and one purple. They are abstract but gruesome, resembling a wound or something rotting.
An abstract composition shows two black-and-white curved shapes with accents of primary colors against a more rigid background of mint green and black.
Charline von Heyl
(German, b. 1960)
Long Swim Home, Girl, 2019 Acrylic and fabric on linen
60 × 50 inches (152.4 × 127 cm); unique

Courtesy of the artist; Petzel, New York; and Corbett vs Dempsey, Chicago
A collaged artwork consists of more than a dozen human figures and faces against a dark background. They are illustrated in a childish fashion.
Richard Prince
(American, b. 1949)
Untitled, 2018
Oil stick, collage, acrylic, charcoal, gel medium, and ink-jet on canvas
62 ¾ x 61 ¼ inches (159.4 × 155.6 cm); unique

Courtesy of Richard Prince and Gagosian
Lorna Simpson
(American, b. 1960)
Night Light, 2019
Ink and screenprint on gessoed fiberglass
75 ½ x 59 × 1 3/8 inches (191.8 × 150 × 3.5 cm); unique

Courtesy of the artist and Hauser & Wirth
A pixelated green lattice against a black background creates an effect like a mass of land on a map. A neon green swirl enters the image from the right side.
Jacqueline Humphries (American, b. 1960)
Untitled, 2019
Oil on linen
38 × 40 inches (96.5 × 101.6 cm); unique

Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York
A mosaic artwork uses muted tones including yellow, blue, red, and black. The black tiles create the general shape of a square, robot-like face.
Rashid Johnson (American, b. 1977)
Untitled Broken Men, 2019
Ceramic tile, mirror tile, spray enamel, oil stick, black soap, and wax
50 × 38 ¼ x 2 ½ inches (127 × 97.1 × 6.4 cm); unique

Courtesy of the artist, Hauser & Wirth, and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Nick Cave
(American, b. 1959)
Soundsuit, 2011
Mixed media including beaded and sequined garments, fabric, metal, and mannequin
99 × 26 × 15 inches (251.5 × 66 × 38.1 cm); unique

Courtesy of Nick Cave, Facility Foundation, and Jack Shainman Gallery
A vertically oriented artwork appears to consist of seatbelt-like strips of fabric stitched together. One strip shows black text including "TESTED TO 300 LBS."
Theaster Gates
(American, b. 1973)
Civil Tapestries IV, 2011
Decommissioned hoses and wood 50 × 28 × 2 inches (127 × 71.1 × 5.1 cm); unique

Private collection
An organically shaped pink canvas is decorated with circles of varying sizes and fanciful colors like neon green, lilac, and goldenrod.
Howardena Pindell (American, b. 1943)
Carnival: Rio Samba School, Brazil, 2018–19
Mixed media on canvas
41 × 83 inches (104.1 × 210.8 cm)
Signed and dated, verso

Courtesy of the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York
Photo: Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
A vertical image shoes two tower-like shapes, one red and one purple. They are abstract but gruesome, resembling a wound or something rotting.
Sam Gilliam
(American, b. 1933)
B Series 6, 2015
Pigment-based ink on handmade paper
53 × 27 ½ inches (134.6 × 69.9 × 3.8 cm); framed: 55 × 29 ½ x 1 ½ inches (140 × 74.9 × 3.8 cm); unique

Courtesy of Kenneth C. Griffin
Takashi Murakami
(Japanese, b. 1962)
Commission portrait
60 inches (150 cm) diameter; edition 1 of 1 + 1 artist’s proof
*representative image and work

Estimated value: $200,000–300,000

Takashi MURAKAMI, “POM & ME” 2012; Acrylic and platinum leaf on canvas; 23 ½ inches (60 cm) diameter; edition 1 of 1 +1 artist’s proof. © 2012 Takashi Murakami/Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All rights reserved. Courtesy of Perrotin
Lisa Yuskavage (American, b. 1962)
The Gobbler, 2013
Pastel over unique ink-jet ground on rag paper . 44 × 44 inches (111.8 × 111.8 cm); framed: 48 ½ x 50 7/8 × 2 3/8 inches (123.2 × 129.2 × 6) cm; unique

Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner
Friedrich Kunath
(German-American, b. 1974)
If I Don’t See You Again, 2018 . Acrylic, oil, and colored pencil on canvas
64 × 46 inches (162.6 × 116.8 cm); unique

Courtesy of the artist and Blum & Poe, Los Angeles/New York/Tokyo
Yinka Shonibare CBE
(British Nigerian, b. 1962)
Creatures of the Mappa Mundi—Gigantes, 2018
Patchwork, appliqué, embroidery, and Dutch wax printed cotton textile
55 ½ x 47 5/8 inches (141 × 121 cm); framed: 61 5/8 × 54 5/8 inches (156.5 × 138.7 cm); unique
Commissioned by Meadow Arts for Hereford Cathedral, Hereford, UK

Copyright Yinka Shonibare CBE
Courtesy of the artist, Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and James Cohan Gallery, New York
Petra Cortright
(American, b. 1986)
“American Buffalo”/ “barely legal”CHATEAU YON FIGEAC_, 2019
Digital painting on Belgian linen . 68 5/8 × 48 ½ x 1 ¼ inches (174.3 × 123.2 × 3.2 cm); framed: 69 3/8 × 49 ¼ x 1 ¾ inches (176.2 × 125.1 × 4.4 cm); unique

Gift of the artist and 1301PE, Los Angeles

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Thank you to the talented and essential artists and their gallery representatives for their significant contributions.

1301PE: Petra Cortright
Alan Koppel Gallery: John Baldessari
Alexander and Bonin: Jonathas de Andrade
Andrew Kreps and Vielmetter Los Angeles: Andrea Bowers
Anton Kern Gallery and Corbett vs. Dempsey: Brian Calvin
Aspect/Ratio: Iris Bernblum and Erin Hayden
Blum & Poe: Friedrich Kunath
Bortolami: Ben Schumacher
Carrie Secrist Gallery: Andrew Holmquist
David Castillo Gallery: Xaviera Simmons
David Kordansky Gallery: Kathryn Andrews, Rashid Johnson (with Hauser & Wirth), Calvin Marcus, Torbjørn Rødland, Michael Williams
David Zwirner: Lisa Yuskavage
DOCUMENT, Team Gallery, and Vielmetter Los Angeles: Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Facility Foundation and Jack Shainman Gallery: Nick Cave
Gagosian: Richard Prince
Galerie Buchholz: Simon Denny
Galerie Jocelyn Wolff: Miriam Cahn
Galerie Lelong & Co.: Nancy Spero
Garth Greenan Gallery: Howardena Pindell
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise: Arthur Jafa
Greene Naftali Gallery: Jacqueline Humphries
Courtesy of Kenneth C. Griffin: Sam Gilliam, John Houck, Margo Wolowiec
Gypsum Gallery: Basim Magdy
Hal Fischer
Hauser & Wirth: Lorna Simpson
James Cohan: Elias Sime
Jessica Silverman Gallery: Matthew Angelo Harrison, Matt Lipps (with Marc Selwyn Fine Art)
Kavi Gupta: José Lerma
Lévy Gorvy: Terry Adkins
M. LeBlanc: James Krone
Maccarone: Trulee Hall, Danny McDonald
Marian Goodman Gallery: Pierre Huyghe
Marianne Boesky Gallery: Julia Dault, William J. O’Brien (with Shane Campbell Gallery)
Mendes Wood DM: Sonia Gomes
Metro Pictures and Altman Siegel: Trevor Paglen
Michael Benevento: Martin Soto Climent
Mitchell-Innes & Nash: Pope.L
moniquemeloche: Brendan Fernandes, Dan Gunn
Night Gallery: Paul Heyer
Overduin & Co.: Puppies Puppies (Jade Kuriki Olivo)
PATRON: Alex Chitty, Melanie Schiff
Perrotin: Iván Argote, John Henderson, Leslie Hewitt, Takashi Murakami
Peter Freeman, Inc.: Thomas Schütte
Petzel and Corbett vs. Dempsey: Charline von Heyl
Philip Martin Gallery: Kwame Brathwaite, Katy Cowan
Pilar Corrias Gallery and Regen Projects: Christina Quarles
Postmasters Gallery: Eva and Franco Mattes
Private collection: Theaster Gates
Regards: Judith Geichman
Regen Projects: Catherine Opie, James Welling
Rhona Hoffman Gallery: Emily Jacir, Amanda Williams
Richard Gray Gallery: David Hockney
Sadie Coles HQ: Michele Abeles
Salon 94: Judy Chicago (with Jessica Silverman Gallery), Laurie Simmons
Shulamit Nazarian: Naudline Pierre
Sies + Höke: Federico Herrero
Simone Subal Gallery: B. Ingrid Olson
Stephen Friedman Gallery: Yinka Shonibare CBE
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery: Ernesto Neto
The Third Line and Helena Anrather Gallery: Farah Al Qasimi
Various Small Fires: Joshua Nathanson
Victoria Miro: Sarah Sze
Vielmetter Los Angeles: Edgar Arceneaux, Stanya Kahn
Virgil Abloh
Volume Gallery: Ross Hansen, Thaddeus Wolfe
Western Exhibitions: Elijah Burgher, Jessica Campbell
White Cube: Michael Armitage
Courtesy of Lauren Wittels: Christopher Wool