John Baldessari, Mike Kelley, Ed Ruscha Donate Works For CalArts Benefit Auction At Christie’s

John Baldessari

CalArts has completed the first phase of its Art Benefit and Auction 2014, a fundraising effort in which more than 80 renowned faculty members and alumni have donated works to benefit the Institute. Proceeds from all art sales will help fund the John Baldessari Studio Building on campus as well as endowed scholarships in the School of Art.

The Regen Projects preview exhibition, which runs through March 8, features art from 36 California-based, CalArts/Chouinard artists, including the new studio’s namesake, John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Mike Kelley (see top photo) as well as Judy Chicago, Sam Durant, Liz Glynn, Catherine Opie,  and Allan Ruppersberg.

The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is to partner with Christie’s this spring to assist with the sale of 35 important works of art, some donated, by artists including John Baldessari, Ed Ruscha, Walead Beshty and Tony Oursler, which will be auctioned during the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale on May 14th. All proceeds from the auction will benefit the CalArts School of Art, supporting student artists by providing enhanced creative space and financial support.

Calarts, the internationally acclaimed Los Angeles-area institution founded by Walt Disney and his brother Roy, offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the visual, performing, media and literary arts. Around 35 works of art, generously given by artists, gallerists, alumni and faculty, will be sold to benefit the CalArts School of Art and the John Baldessari studio building within our next Post–War and Contemporary art auction on May 14th. We are extremely proud to be part of this initiative to support the fundraising efforts goals of this monumentally important institution.” Declared Saara Pritchard, head of the Afternoon Sale.

The CalArts Art Benefit and Auction is a fundraising effort in which more than 80 important works of art donated by CalArts alumni, faculty, and friends will be exhibited and sold this spring. This unprecedented initiative will fund the new John Baldessari Building and endow scholarships for students at the CalArts School of Art. The campaign launches with an opening reception for the exhibition at Regen Projects’ original gallery space in West Hollywood, CA on February 25, 2014 hosted by Louis Vuitton. Regen Projects will host the exhibition and sale through March 8, 2014, before it travels to Paula Cooper Gallery and Metro Pictures in New York from April 5 -19, 2014. Approximately 48 of these works will simultaneously be available for purchase online exclusively on Artsy ( and via the Artsy iPhone app (February 25 – April 19, 2014). The 35 works to be sold at auction by Christie’s on May 14th will be on public view from May 8th to May 13rd at Christie’s New York, 20 Rockefeller Plaza.


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