Image credit: Ken Gonzales-Day, “Five Sculptures with Snakes: Roman, The Landsdowne Athlete, The Hope Herakles, The Hope Hygieia, The Bateman Mercury, Jean-Antoine Houdon, Seated Voltaire; with snakes (LACMA),” 2019, 40 x 50 inches, archival ink on Canson PhotoSatin paper. Courtesy of the artist and Luis De Jesus Los Angeles.
I wanted to share information on the SF Camerawork 2019 Benefit Auction. The auction is a fun way to support the careers of photographers and new ideas in the photographic arts.
About the SF Camerawork Auction
SF Camerawork’s 2019 Auction will present works by 70 national and international, emerging and established artist, including work by Ruth Bernhard, Carolyn Drake, Kota Ezawa, Ken Gonzales-Day, Matt Lipps, Klea McKenna, Weegee, and Carrie Mae Weems among many other stellar artists.
The auction raises crucial funds that go directly to SF Camerawork’s artists, exhibitions, and experiences for all who value new ideas in photography. Over its 45 year history, SF Camerawork has provided early career opportunities for artists such as John Chiara, Erica Deeman, Janet Delaney, Robert Mapplethorpe, Chris McCaw, and Meghann Riepenhoff to name a few.
Auction night in SF Camerawork’s beautiful gallery offers the opportunity to see and buy a carefully curated group of thought-provoking photographs. This vibrant and always buzzing event is anchored by a live auction with legendary auctioneer Rick Wester. Over a thirty year career, Wester has served as International Director of Photography at Christie’s, a Director at Gagosian Gallery, and Partner and Worldwide Head of Photographs at Phillips.
VIP Preview ReceptionWednesday, September 11, 6 – 8 pm. From 6-8 pm Sandra S. Phillips, curator emerita of photography at SFMOMA, will lead a walkthrough and talk about a select set of photographs. Hosts and collectors Wes and Kate Mitchell will introduce Sandra and talk a bit about collecting and SF Camerawork.
2019 Benefit Auction
Saturday, September 21, 4 pm VIP admission. Registration begins at 4:00 PM for VIPs (Artists are VIPs!), the live auction starts at 6 PM (and is expected to last 1.5 hours). The night will include wine by Baker Lane Vineyards as well as signature cocktails and a delicious spread from local chef Leif Hedendal.