The art world is often portrayed, rightly or wrongly, as being insular and self-absorbed, cut-off from the everyday concerns of real people in the real world. In contrast to this detached stereotype is Sexy Beast, an upcoming benefit and auction that aims to harness the power of the artistic community for a specific cause. All proceeds will be donated to Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles, which is especially timely given the multiple upcoming threats to reproductive choice across the country.
“It feels really good to use our commercial chops for another means, and for something that is outside of the art world and effects change in a daily and quantifiable way,” said Mieke Marple via email, who, along with her Night Gallery co-partner Davida Nemeroff, are Sexy Beast event chairs. “Davida and I actually approached Planned Parenthood Los Angeles about doing an art auction fundraiser,” she explained. “Without knowing us or knowing anything about the gallery, PPLA was very receptive to our idea. After that, we assembled a great planning committee, since we didn’t really know what we were doing, and then a great production team, who is making this ambitious event possible. Lastly, we got an amazing group of emerging and established artists to donate significant pieces that don’t feel like ‘charity art.’”
Some of those artists include Sam Falls, Barbara Kruger, Christopher Williams, Joe Reihsen, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Alex Olson and Andrea Bowers, among others. In addition to the auction, there will be a performance by indefatigable choreographer / dancer Ryan Heffington, and an award presented to actress / comedian Jenny Slate. If that’s not enough, the auction paddles are designed by Alex Israel, and the whole event will be hosted by funnyman Jack Black. Single tickets cost $550, but if you can get a group of 6 or more friends together, the price drops to $467 each. This may be steep for some, but if there’s going to be a gala art event you can’t afford to go to, shouldn’t it benefit a good cause?
Sexy Beast will be held from 7-10pm, on Saturday September 20 at the Ace Hotel Theatre, 929 S. Broadway, Downtown Los Angeles.