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25th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Benefit Art Auction

October 8, 2003 @ 7:00 pm - October 8, 2008 @ 10:00 pm






















October 8, 2003

Location: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Wednesday 8 October 2003
Cocktails at 7:00 pm,
Dinner at 8:00 pm
Ticket price $250/one or $450/two
For additional ticket options,
please call Martha Kim, at
323.957.1777 x 17
Includes admission to the exclusive Gala Dinner with live entertainment, honored guests, a silent auction launch, and priority access to a limited-edition multiple by Jim Isermann. Also includes admission to auction on 15 October.

Live and Silent Auction
Location: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Wednesday 15 October 2003
Doors open at 6:30 pm with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
Live auction begins at 8:00 pm
Ticket price $75/ticket includes one ticket to Art Auction, one paddle, and one bidding number

Public Preview Exhibition – Free
Location: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions
Wednesday 8 October – Tuesday 14 October from 12 – 6 pm, Friday 10 October from 12 – 9 pm

WHAT: A 25th anniversary celebration and fundraiser for Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, a non-profit interdisciplinary contemporary visual arts center. Organized with a sharp eye on the future, and informed by this organization’s impressive and notorious, outrageous and prescient past, the 25th Anniversary Benefit Art Auction and Gala will be a festive event that will embody all the creativity and excitement our audience has come to expect from Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions.

WHO: Contemporary artworks by some of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions’ most legendary artist alumni as well as some of the most important visual artists working today will be auctioned live at the 25th Anniversary Benefit Art Auction. Contributing artists include Eleanor Antin, Tom LaDuke, Ed Moses, Karin Apollonia Müller, Allan Sekula, Alexis Smith, Frances Stark, Nancy Rubins, Marnie Weber, Bruce Yonemoto and many more. Additionally, a silent auction will showcase and celebrate exciting design and highlight furniture, architecture, and décor by well-known designers and architects. Among the many fabulous Silent Auction contributors are Circa Editions (Frank Gehry Print), Claire Joseph, Donghia Furniture and Textiles, Claudia Laub Studio & Gallery, Inner Gardens, Claudia Benvenuto – The Fainting Couch, l.a. Eyeworks, Jeffrey Alan Marks, Inc., Paulin Paris, Jim Schatz, Paul Robbins Garden Design, Michelle Minch Interior Design and Feng Shui, TK Architecture, Sandy Koepke Interior Design, Leslie Sachs Breathing Room, Tony Meredith, and Vitra, Inc.,

WHY: Since the organization’s inception twenty-five years ago, the primary fundraising activity of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions has been the Annual Benefit Art Auction. Every year this event has been a highlight on the calendars of area collectors of contemporary art and a lively social event in which art patrons, collectors, gallery owners, and young professionals mingle with many of the artists whose works are available. Now, presented with the amazing once-in-a-lifetime 25th anniversary opportunity, a grand Gala Dinner will set the stage for this year’s Annual Auction. Both the Dinner and the Auction will raise important funds that will help build the foundation on which to achieve another twenty-five years of challenging and unique programming.

ABOUT LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY EXHIBITIONS: Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions maintains an unwavering commitment to innovation in the visual arts by presenting work that is new, untested, controversial and experimental. Uniquely positioned among commercial galleries and major art institutions, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions distinguishes itself by serving as a laboratory for artistic research and unfettered, positive creative expression, where artists—including newly-emerging and under-represented artists as well as more established artists—have the freedom and the opportunity to take risks. Since its inception, the organization has presented the work of over 5000 artists in over 3000 exhibitions, performances, screenings, and works of public art.

Contact: Martha Kim, Auction Coordinator, 323.957.1777 x 17
Participating Artists

  • Eleanor Antin
  • Judie Bamber
  • Josh Blackwell
  • Nayland Blake
  • Jessica Bronson
  • Brian Calvin
  • Beth Campbell
  • Nicole Cohen
  • Tony de los Reyes
  • Lecia Dole-Recio
  • Jill Geigerich
  • James Gobel
  • Wade Guyton
  • Karl Haendel
  • Kevin Hanley
  • Portia Hein
  • Anthony Hernandez
  • Jo Jackson
  • Charles Karubian
  • Tom Knetchel
  • Alice Könitz
  • Tom LaDuke
  • William Leavitt
  • Keith Mayerson
  • Kim McCarty
  • Lisa Mihm
  • Aaron Morse
  • Ed Moses
  • Sandeep Mukherjee
  • Karin Apollonia Müller
  • Ruby Neri
  • Patrick Nickell
  • Ruby Osorio
  • Jim Ovelmen
  • Spandau Parks
  • Steve Roden
  • Nancy Rubins
  • Liza Ryan
  • Sharon Ryan
  • Amy Sarkisian
  • Allan Sekula
  • Mindy Shapero
  • Susan Silton
  • Alex Slade
  • Alexis Smith
  • Tyler Stallings
  • Frances Stark
  • Kathryn Van Dyke
  • Tyler Vlahovich
  • Marnie Weber
  • Bruce Yonemoto


Silent Auction

In addition to the live auction, a silent auction will showcase and celebrate exciting design.

Silent auction will be launched at the Gala Dinner on 8 October
Silent auction will close on 15 October


Circa Editions

ITEM: Signed Frank Gehry print,
based on the original models and
drawings of The Walt Disney Concert Hall
(16 x 23″, edition of 100)

Value: $750


Jeffrey Alan Marks Inc.

ITEM: Interior design consultation and concept for one room

Value: $1,500


Paul Robbins Garden Design

ITEM: One-hour garden consultation and evaluation

Value: $1,200


Claire Joseph

ITEM: Evening stole in vintage velvet

Value: $600


Jim Schatz

ITEM: Egg Lamp sculpture Glazed, fired case clay and spun metal

Value: $300


Paulin Paris, courtesy of Bourgeois Bohéme

ITEM: Two lithographs (auctioned separately 15 x 11″)

Value: $200 each


Claudia Laub Studio & Gallery

ITEM: Set of letterpress personalized
notecards on Italian Fabriano stock
(Quantity: 100)

Value: $1,000


Sandy Koepke

ITEM: Two-hour interior design consultation

Value: $250


Tony Meredith

ITEM: Tupperware lamp

Value: $80


Donghia Furniture and Textiles

ITEM: Hand blown Venetian glass vessel, “Tazza”

Value: $550



ITEM: Five limited-edition frames (auctioned separately)

Value Range: $245-$330


TK Architecture

ITEM: Architectural design consultation/on-site charrette (in the Los Angeles area)

Value: $2,000


The Fainting Couch, Claudia Benvenuto

ITEM: 1920’s French bistro antique table with mosaic


Value: $1,985


Leslie Sachs of Breathing Room Design

ITEM: Two-hour interior design consultation

Value: $400


Vitra, Inc.

ITEM: The Prouvé Standard Chair

Value: $495


Inner Gardens

ITEM: Two luxury garden ornaments
(auctioned separately)

Value: $795 and $225


Michelle Minch Interior Design & Feng Shui

ITEM: One-hour feng shui consultation

Value: $350



Circa Editions www.circapublishing.com

Circa Editions is proud to be publishing a series of limited edition fine art prints by architect Frank Gehry commemorating the opening of The Walt Disney Concert Hall.


Claire Joseph tel 323 461 7911

Ready-to-wear, couture and custom clothing for women and men. Designs are based on spiral draping technique, cut from a single piece of fabric, darted and seamed into a tailored garment. Vintage and high-tech textiles.


Claudia Laub www.claudialaubstudio.com

Claudia Laub’s letterpress stationery has announced births, weddings, and other public and private significant events for over three decades. Her exquisite hand set letterpress printing, creativity and design are in a class by themselves. Major celebrities, top Hollywood executives, and the society elite from around the world look to Claudia to make the ultimate first impression.


Donghia Furniture and Textiles www.donghia.com

Donghia Furniture/Textiles Ltd. is a privately owned company founded in 1968 by the late Angelo Donghia, a brilliant superstar in American interior design of the twentieth century. Its uniquely focused look is achieved through classically inspired yet distinctly modern product. Donghia produces original designs in furniture, textiles, trim, lighting, wallcoverings and accessories that bridge the gap between contemporary and traditional. Donghia’s designs are hand-crafted of the finest materials with an unmistakable signature style and are only available through your professional designer, architect or specialty retailer.


The Fainting Couch, Claudia Benvenuto tel 323 930 0106

Claudia Benvenuto has owned and operated The Fainting Couch for the past 12 years. The South American native balances refined sensibility and stylish eccentricity for a result that is tropical with a touch of Belle Epoque and Edwardian English. Found objects complement a line of custom furniture — including sofas, armchairs, ottomans, tables, cabinets, wall units, mirrors and beds. Lighting is also featured in a line of custom floor lamps, table lamps and lanterns. Benvenuto also offers oil paintings, mirrors and crystal as well as a line of Parisian candles and home fragrances.


Inner Gardens www.innergardens.com

Inner Gardens is the West Coast’s leading garden antiques resource. In addition to the 10,000 square feet of home and garden antiques, Inner Gardens has an unsurpassed collection of rare plants, orchids and foliage. Inner Gardens’ team of experts design, install and maintain plants for the finest homes and commercial establishments.


Jeffrey Alan Marks Inc. www.jam-design.com

With offices in both Los Angeles and London, Jeffrey Marks specializes in full-scale interior design for hotels, homes and gardens around the world. His approach melds the simplicity and comfort of California living with the elegance and grace of European culture. While living in London, Paris and Milan, Jeffrey developed a talent for utilizing stone, dark woods, airy linens and an artist’s palette of colors, all of which lend a comfortable yet classical foundation to his design schemes, from modern Hamptons beach house to traditional Hollywood estates.


Jim Schatz www.egglamps.com

Egg Lamps was started by Dan Llaurado and Jim Schatz in 2001. As a team, they designed and refined the lamp sculpture until it was a gorgeous finished product. The prototype was finalized in December of 2002 and the first lamps were released this September 2003. There is no production line; each sculptural lamp is slip cast, cleaned and assembled by hand. The lamps are functional sculpture. Each one has a unique character and brings warmth to the place it occupies. Egg Lamps are now created solely by Jim. He creates each lamp in the loving memory of his partner and collaborator Dan. He hopes that Egg Lamps will brighten up your life the way Dan brightened his.


l.a.Eyeworks www.laeyeworks.com

Always setting their own creative path, Gai Gherardi and Barbara McReynolds founded l.a.Eyeworks in 1979, channeling their passion for eyewear into an internationally influential design force. Gai and Barbara have fearlessly redefined perceptions of eyeglasses with trademark humor and politically charged messages to encourage a selection of frames that enhance the look of the individuals that wear them.


Leslie Sachs of Breathing Room Design leslie@breathingrm.com

Leslie Sachs is one of Los Angeles’ rising interior designer stars. To date, her clients include Teri Hatcher, Laura Dern, Billy Bob Thornton, Joey Pantoliano and many others who hold her in high regard for her style, aesthetic, and holistic view of interior design. A graduate of Cal Arts, Leslie incorporates strong color combinations and takes many artistic cues from the architecture of the space, as well as the client’s taste and personality.


Michelle Minch Interior Design & Feng Shui www.movingmountaindesign.com

Michelle Minch first came to Feng Shui through her work as a Production Designer and Interior Designer. She attended school to become a Feng Shui Practitioner at the Western School of Feng Shui in San Diego. Michelle chose WSFS because she felt that the style of Feng Shui the school taught was the most practical and applicable to the way we live in the West, yet firmly grounded in the classical practice of Feng Shui. Michelle relies extensively on her experience and knowledge of Interior Design in her Feng Shui practice to create environments that are beautiful, comfortable and functional. She works very closely with her clients to multiply the positive aspects of their environments and downplay or eliminate the negatives, helping them to achieve their goals, create harmony and become better organized. Her business, Moving Mountains Design was incorporated in 1994.


Paul Robbins tel 323 461 3970

Garden designer Paul Robbins earned a degree from the College of Garden Design in his native England before moving to Los Angeles six years ago. Well known for designing breathtaking naturalistic landscapes, Robbins’ clients have included Ringo Starr, Jane Leeves, Brad Grey, Martin Campbell and David Chase. Robbins’ work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Traditional Home, Architectural Digest, Fine Gardening and an upcoming issue of House Beautiful.


Paulin Paris www.paulin-paris.com

Paulin Paris is a world-renowned muralist and artist. Paulin is well known for his diverse murals and has worked with countless interior designers including Jacque Grange, Robert Couturier, Peter Marino, Jenny Armit, Lyn Rothman, Suzanne Rheinstein, Christian Liaigre and others. In addition to private home commissions, his diverse murals appear in dozens of commercial spaces including Remi Restaurant in New York, Spago in Palo Alto and Le Cirque in Vegas. Recently, Paulin completed a mural in the New York headquarters of Cartier.


Sandy Koepke Interior Design www.sandykoepkeinteriordesign.com

Sandy Koepke is known for her residential interiors. Her constructions, renovations and restorations have received great notoriety and have been featured in publications such as Garden Design, Homestyle, Country Living, Home Companion, House Beautiful, LA Times Sunday Magazine annual garden issue, and others. Established in Los Angeles since 1984, Sandy Koepke has a special interest in designing outdoor rooms and outdoor kitchens. Her interiors and exteriors will be featured this fall on HGTV’s prime time special ‘great outdoor kitchens.’


Tony Meredith www.tonymeredith.com

With the creation of his lamps, Tony Meredith celebrates the 50th anniversary of a truly American product, Tupperware! This versatile product and what it represents functions on many levels, from promoting recycling to inspiring the current craze for interesting lighting and translucent plastics to evoking the feeling of nostalgia associated with the Tupperware Party. There are over 500 Tupperware Lights in existence, each one of a kind.


TK Architecture www.tkarchitecture.com

Linda Taalman and Alan Koch have recently established their practice, TK Architecture, in Los Angeles (as the founders of OpenOffice in New York, Taalman and Koch were the architects behind Dia:Beacon and Trespassing: Houses x Artists). Current projects include an off-the-shelf inexpensive “IT House,” research in renewable energy strategies for dwellings, and an exhibition-walkway for a pair of cliffside villas buried in the 79AD Mt. Vesuvius eruption. Taalman and Koch are committed to the discipline John Cage cultivated: “being open to whatever comes next.”


Vitra, Inc. www.vitra.com

Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) was one of the major designers of the 20th century. Yet outside of France only a relatively small circle of collectors and the cognoscenti are familiar with his oeuvre. Although there have been a few re-editions of his furniture, Prouve’s designs have never received the attention they undoubtedly deserve. For this reason, Vitra’s interest was immediately kindled when they heard that the Prouvé family was looking for a manufacturer for his furniture designs, including the Prouvé Standard Chair, which was originally designed in 1934. Vitra is committed to contemporary design and favors the development of new products for a new age. That said, there are products from other eras that have lost none of their glory, that remain current and unsurpassed. Vitra has found this to be the case with the works of Charles and Ray Eames, of George Nelson, and of Verner Panton. And Vitra is now pleased to be representing another great 20th-century designer.




This year Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions celebrates its 25th anniversary. We are unabashedly pleased with and so very proud of this organization’s impressive, radical, outrageous, wonderful, notorious, checkered history.

Changes in this country’s cultural climate over the past 25 years have necessitated changes in the structure and management of arts organizations around the country. Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions is no exception. It is this organization’s flexibility and creativity that have brought it to this milestone of which we are so proud. With all the changes, however, we have not lost sight of the goals and objectives of our founders, and we remain wholeheartedly committed to operating on a conceptual continuum established by the organization’s earliest leadership.

Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions exists to promote a deeper understanding of ourselves and the social and cultural context within which we live. Furthermore, we advocate the notion that the profession of “artist” should be highly valued in this society, and as such believe it is the responsibility of institutions like ours to offer professional support to artists for what they do best — produce artwork. We value this country’s democratic principles, including unfettered creative expression, and believe that artists and contemporary art play critical roles in both testing and strengthening these values. We remain steadfastly artist centered, and we remain true to this institution’s founding ideals.

Our accomplishments over the past five years have been especially rewarding. In the middle of the 1990s, it is no secret that Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions was at what might be seen as its darkest point. Since then, ongoing assessment activities and training have been strengthening the planning skills of staff and board, enabling us to work together as never before to articulate strategies and goals for the next phases of growth. Our successful capacity-building efforts have had a vital, galvanizing effect and have resulted in measurable successes. For example, since 1997, we have doubled our organizational budget. Virtually all of our programs now receive critical attention in the art and popular press. Our attendance is up over 81% from last year. We are extremely proud to have created “The Living Art Fund,” a cash reserve that was established earlier this year to further strengthen our ability to introduce artwork that challenges predictability. Our ability to present increasingly ambitious programming continues to grow, as seen in such recent projects as last spring’s Small Skyscraper by Chris Burden; Maria Elena González’s Music Carpet/Home, currently on display at Ted Watkins Park in Watts; and in this season’s upcoming exhibitions by Christoph Büchel, Kerry Tribe, Beat Streuli, Stephanie Taylor and Yvonne Rainer.

If you are reading this, you believe in this institution and its values. Your support is the lifeblood of this institution. This Annual Benefit Auction is our single largest source of unrestricted income, and it would not be possible without the heartfelt support and generosity of everyone whose name appears in this catalog. Yet one of the simplest but most powerful things you can do to show your support costs nothing; Tell your friends, your colleagues, and your associates about us and our impressive accomplishments.

As caretakers of an established institution with a twenty-five year history of provocation, excitement, and innovation, we ask ourselves how to guide this organization into a new era and how it can continue to function with vitality in the cultural landscape of this city. The programs of this institution will be motivated by raising these and other questions. As the organization moves from its position as an alternative space to an internationally respected contemporary arts center, we will continue some of the organization’s great traditions, and start some that are new. We don’t expect everyone to like what we do. Fearlessness, a willingness to probe, to irritate, to ask questions…these qualities were critical at the inception of this institution, and remain critical to its future.

Irene Tsatsos Director / Curator

Sincere thanks and gratitude to the following galleries, dealers, companies, and individuals for their generosity, their invaluable contributions to this event, and their support of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions and all it represents.

Honorary Committee
Councilmember Eric Garcetti, Chair
Eleanor Antin
John Baldessari
Anthony de los Reyes
Jim Isermann
Mike Kelley
Martin Kersels
Barbara Kruger
Karen & Paul McCarthy
Al Nodal
Marc Pally
Lari Pittman
Stephen Prina
Nancy Rubins
Adrian Saxe
Allan Sekula
Joy Silverman
Alexis Smith
Pae White
Megan Williams
Bruce Yonemoto

Silver Circle
Lawrence Barth
Jill & Bob Bronstein
Jed Cohen
Jay Floyd & Jimmy Adams
Design Garden
Sirje H. Gold & Michael O. Gold
Orlando & Kathy Herrera
Nancy & Bernie Kattler
Jon Klages
Robert Knoop
Helen N. Lewis
Catherine Lord & Kim Thomsen
Sally Horchow Macauley & Christopher Macauley
Mike Mehring
Cara Mullio
Peter Norton
Tina Petra & Ken Wong
David Richards & Geoffrey Tuck
Smith Richardson
Russell Schwartz & Dana Cioffi
Lia Skidmore & Michael Zakian
Ellen & Jon Vein
Ronald R. Wilkniss

Art Committee
Mary Leigh Cherry
Rodney Hill
Tiffiny Lendrum
Mary-Kay Lombino
Lee Michel
Tony Payne
Susanne Vielmetter

Event Committee
Lynn Hasty
Bettina Hubby
Claire Joseph
Connell Ray Little
Sarah McPherson
Tony Meredith
Shirley Morales
Fran Siegel

Silent Auction Committee
Tiffiny Lendrum
Cris McCall
Susan Woods Robbins
Guy Smith

Advertising and Promotion
Gary Cannone, website design

Gala Dinner Production
Shirley Morales

Framing and Mounting
Finishing Studio
Jeffrey Kies Custom Framing
Jerry Solomon Enterprises
(framing, Allan Sekula)
Pierre Creative Frames
Silverlake Custom Frame
Universal Fine Art Framing
Weldon Color Lab
(mounting, Allan Sekula)

Artwork Printing and Production
Frank Green/The Lab
Ciba (Allan Sekula)

Board of Directors
Frederick Reisz, President
Guy Smith, Vice President
Cris McCall, Secretary
Randy Green, Treasurer
Sarah Conley
Mikel Gordon
Blake Koh
Tiffiny Lendrum
Tony Payne
Susan Woods Robbins
Irene Tsatsos

Art and Silent Auction Donations
ACME., Los Angeles
Angles Gallery, Santa Monica
Anna Helwing Gallery, Los Angeles
cherrydelosreyes, Venice
Christopher Grimes Gallery, Santa Monica
Craig Krull Gallery, Santa Monica
Lisa Darling
Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York
Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills
Griffin Contemporary, Venice
Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles
Howard House, Seattle
Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco
Nancy Joseph
Karyn Lovegrove Gallery, Los Angeles
LA Louver, Venice
lemon sky: projects + editions, Miami
Mary Goldman Gallery, Los Angeles
Marc Foxx, Los Angeles
Margo Leavin Gallery, West Hollywood
Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Inc., Los Angeles
Michael Kohn Gallery, Los Angeles
Richard Telles Fine Art, Los Angeles
Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles
Sandroni Rey Gallery, Venice
Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica
Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco
Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles
Sachi Yoshimoto

Blake Koh, Sotheby’s

Edition Concept and Production
Tony Payne

Catalog Printing and Production
Meryl Pollen, graphic design
Joshua White, photography
F.A. Daniels, invitation and catalog printing

Irene Tsatsos, Director/Curator
Bridget DuLong, Managing Director
Julie Deamer, Development/Communications Coordinator
Annie Shaw, Program/Membership Assistant
Susanne Fellinger, Communications Intern
Sarah Honorowski, Gallery/Administrative Intern
Chizu Morihara, Gallery/Administrative Intern
Astrid Martin, Gallery/Administrative Intern
Mike Richard, Gallery/Administrative Intern
Stephanie Sabo, Gallery/Administrative Intern
Enrique Castrejon, Getty Curatorial Intern
Rochelle Lozada, Getty Conservation Intern
Herbert Mendoza, Publication Intern
Joyce Chan, Bookkeeper
Jan Langer, Bookkeeper
Jeff Cain, Preparator/Technical Consultant
Martha Kim, Auction Coordinator

Artist Advisors
Skip Arnold
John Baldessari
Mike Kelley
Martin Kersels
Barbara Kruger
Sharon Lockhart
Paul McCarthy
Jorge Pardo
Stephen Prina