Not to be Missed: Specialist’s Picks from the Artadia Benefit Auction

With the auction season upon us, the Artadia Benefit and Live auctions officially launch a season of sales on Artsy designed to raise necessary funds for some the nations most respected arts organizations. Over the past 18 years, Artadia has given more than $3 million in unrestricted, merit-based Awards to 310 artists in cities across the country. By providing artists with significant, unrestricted funds and access to a lifetime of professional support, Artadia enables individual artists to achieve a sustainable practice while fostering cultural vitality in the communities where they live and work.

Without buyers premiums and starting bids at 50% of the artworks retail value, these are the lots Im watching as the auction clock counts down:

Studio Visit with Marilyn Minter

Marilyn Minters slick, wet, gritty imagery of high-heels and worn skin have enticed me for years. Her mastery of creating sexually-charged images has propelled her career to the highest echelon – solo exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, inclusion in the Whitney Biennial, and a major retrospective "Dirty/Pretty" most recently on view at the Brooklyn Museum.

Math Bass, Newz!, 2014

LA artist Math Bass has made a name for herself with her well-known painting series “Newz!,” in which Bass employs the symbols and colors of sign systems to create a visual lexicon of her own. Works in the series are hard to come by making this painting, with a starting bid of $26,000, a prime example of the gift that keeps on giving. Bidding on this notable artists work not only adds value to ones own collection, but helps to raise significant funds for Artadia.

Tauba Auerbach, A Half Times A Half Times A Half (Fine), 2008

Taubas work will forever be "the one that got away" from me. I had the immense pleasure of working with her at Deitch Projects and passed up an opportunity to buy one of her "Fold" paintings – a decision which still haunts me. And thus whenever a chance to collect Taubas work arises, Im immediately drawn to it. Both this piece and its counterpart "A Half Times A Half Times A Half (Course)" are excellent examples of the artists analytical preoccupation and her beautiful ability to merge art and science.

Al Taylor, Pet Stains (Desmond, Imelda, etc.), 1991

Al Taylors simplistic ink markings read like a constellation. A pioneer of Process Art, it's a steal to potentially acquire his work for $5,000 – its hard to believe no one has bid on this yet!

Chan Chao, Nyunt Nyunt and Hla Ta Min, 1997

Chan Chao, a Burmese native whose family moved to the United States when we was 12 years old, was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial and has photographs in some of the nations most revered collections – the Hischhorn, SFMoMA, and LACMA to name a few. The intimacy of this image initially caught my eye and, as is the goal of a photojournalist, leaves me wondering about this duos story and circumstance.

Mika Tajima, Emotion Commune, 2017

These ombre, serene lithographs by Mika Tajima pair beautifully together. A recipient of a 2017 New York Artadia Award, Tajima is known for her large-scale woven works that reimagine how we "see" technology.

Collection Visit with Beth DeWoody

Beth DeWoody is a renowned collector who truly lives with her art. I would love to see how she incorporates her vast collection into her home and learn first hand how she engages with gallerists and artists to find the next generation of talent to fill her walls.

Explore Artadia: Benefit Auction 2017 on Artsy, and bid to support Artadia's mission while collecting works by iconic artists. Preliminary bidding for the live auction closes on October 10th, 2017 at 4:30 pm ET. Online bids will be transferred and executed at the benefit event later that night. The silent auction will close at 8:30pm ET also on October 10th, 2017.