What Recession?

In an economic downturn everybody needs a helping hand. In rare, but opportune occasions, we can offer that hand while being wined and dined with catered delicacies from Nobu, champagne, and free vodka.  Let us present the annual benefit auction at Gallery 825, home of the Los Angeles Art Association.

The relatively obscure, but historically significant organization has been helping the southland’s emerging artists since 1925.  Though the organization has had the generous support of a handful of art patrons throughout its existence, hard times can often force these anemically run institutions into financial struggles.  Like many non-profits, the LAAA relies on gifts from generous patrons and fundraisers like Saturday’s Annual Benefit

While tickets to Saturday’s event aren’t exactly free, they do come with some benefits besides the warm, fuzzy feeling and the ultra-chic title of “art patron.”  The VIP preview will run you 100 bones, but will enter you into a drawing to win a limited edition print by artist Kehinde Wiley. You can hardly get 15 pages into any art rag these days without seeing this young artist’s name. The ticket will also get you the catered menu from Nobu and all of the free champagne you can drink.  At 25 bucks, and beginning at 7, the non-VIP ticket will still get you an all access pass to Blue Angel Vodka’s bar, and a seat for the live auction, which will be emceed by Christie’s Los Angeles President Andrea Fiuczynski.

There will also be a silent auction accompanying the event, and for all of you collectors out there, you will have the opportunity to own pieces by art world luminaries Shepard Fairey, Greg Miller, Richard Artschwager, Ed Moses, Andy Moses, Lita Albuquerque, Salomon Huerta, Alex Couwenberg, Lia Halloran, and Laddie John Dill to name a few.  

With the recession easing and frozen credit markets thawing, go throw some of that money you’ve been saving under your mattress to a good cause.  We think you’ll feel good about it in the end. 

VIP Preview 6 to 7p: $100, includes champagne and food by NOBU; General Admission 7 to 10p: $25 (includes hosted bar).  For more information, please call (310) 652-8272 orclick here.

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