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One of the emerging artists represented in this years’ auction: Sage Vaughn, The Wave Never Breaks, 2013, acrylic, ink and velum on paper, 22 by 30 inches
One of the emerging artists represented in this years’ auction: Sage Vaughn, The Wave Never Breaks, 2013, acrylic, ink and velum on paper, 22 by 30 inches

Pablo Picasso said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” What better way to re-energize yourself and give back to the community than by attending the fourth annual Art Project Los Angeles, a charity art auction at Bonhams auction house benefitting AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA)?

On June 29, attendees will be treated to cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the beautifully renovated auction house and, throughout the evening, will have the opportunity to bid on art via the live and silent auctions, featuring works by artists such as Marc Chagall, Shepard Fairey, Ed Ruscha, Andy Warhol, Helen Frankenthaler, Elizabeth Tobias, and Robert Rauschenberg, along with an array of pieces from local, emerging artists in a variety of media.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to watch the event’s featured artist, the Los Angeles-based David Anson Russo, produce an original, 4-by-6-foot painting based on his new What A Great Life brand. You may know Russo’s work from his contribution to the Absolut Vodka Artist Series or his specially commissioned MAD Magazine cover portrait of Alfred E. Newman for its coveted 1993 Collector’s Edition. Russo, one of the world’s premier interactive artists as well as an author and television producer, will also sign limited edition prints of one of his signature pieces. The piece will be available for bidding during the live auction toward the end of the evening.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the lifesaving care and prevention programs of APLA, which also advocates for sound HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Marking its thirtieth year of operation, the community-based, volunteer-supported organization with a local, national and global reach helps more than 11,000 clients in Los Angeles, a city with the second-largest HIV/AIDS epidemic in the nation.

For more about the work of David Anson Russo, visit whatagreatlife.net. For more information about AIDS Project Los Angeles, log on to www.apla.org. Event tickets are available at apla.org/artproject.