Exhibitions

Benefit Art Auction 2019

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  • 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.
  • 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 mosaic artwork uses muted tones including yellow, blue, red, and black. The black tiles create the general shape of a square, robot-like face.
  • Two humanoid figures wearing elaborate costumes stand, one facing you and one facing away. One wears a light pink costume and the other wears a vivid green, purple, and blue costume.
  • 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.
  • 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 dark-haired person with glasses and a goatee holds a small dog. Their photo appears against a background of vividly colored smiling daisies.
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, Untitled, 2019. Oil on linen. 38 × 40 inches (96.5 × 101.6 cm); unique
Courtesy of the artist and Greene Naftali, New York
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, 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 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, 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
Two humanoid figures wearing elaborate costumes stand, one facing you and one facing away. One wears a light pink costume and the other wears a vivid green, purple, and blue costume.
Nick Cave, 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, 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, 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, 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
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, 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
A dark-haired person with glasses and a goatee holds a small dog. Their photo appears against a background of vividly colored smiling daisies.
Takashi Murakami, Commission portrait. 60 inches (150 cm) diameter; edition 1 of 1 + 1 artist’s proof. *representative image and work
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, 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, 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
Lorna Simpson, 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
Yinka Shonibare, CBE, 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 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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The Benefit Art Auction is an essential part of realizing the MCA’s ardent commitment to creating exhibitions and programs that champion revelatory art and spark civic transformation, making it one of the museum’s most significant fundraising events. In this crucial moment we are honored to present a collection of works generously donated by the world’s most influential artists of the day to support the MCA’s mission.

Unlike the works in a typical museum exhibition, the works assembled here go on sale for one night only—November 16. Enjoy the electric atmosphere of bidding among other collectors in person, or bid by phone or online. The Benefit Art Auction offers a rare opportunity to support the MCA while adding a stunning work of contemporary art to your collection. We wish you all the best at the auction block!

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Thank You

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
Galeria Isla Flotante: Mariela Scafati
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: Firelei Bàez and 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

Funding

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