Independent Curators International (ICI) hosted its Annual Benefit & Auction honoring Miuccia Prada with the 2013 Leo Award, and Germano Celant with the 2013 Agnes Gund Curatorial Award. The Awards, created by artist Liz Glynn, were presented by Agnes Gund, ICI Trustee Emerita, and accepted on behalf of Fondazione Prada by Mr. Celant. The evening will featured successful live and silent auctions led by Alexander Rotter, Senior Vice President Head of Department New York Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s. The auction was powered by Artsy, and the evening raised over $600,000 in funds towards connecting curators, artists, and institutions to forge international networks and generate new forms of collaboration through the production of exhibitions, events, research fellowships, publications, and curatorial training.
Held at the legendary Center548, the evening was crafted by New York’s expert event designers Jung Lee and Josh Brooks of FÊTE, who shaped the night into a unique and magical affair; guests arrived in the frieght elevator up to the second floor with a bar serving specialty cocktails generously provided by Tito’s Vodka, Starr African Rum and additional drinks by Voss, Abita and Chateau Ste. Michelle. The evening included hand shucked oysters by Oysters XO, catering by Acquolina and music by DJ musician and fashion muse, Alix Brown. During dinner projection screens powered by Artsy technology kept guests updated on auction bidding in real time throughout the evening.The after-party featured a very special performance by classical music artist Amadéus Leopold.
Honoree Germano Celant, Kate Fowle, Renaud Proch, Co-chairs* Ann Cook*, Belinda Kielland* Noreen Ahmad* Amadéus Leopold, Sofia Coppola, Marina Abramović, CHRISTO, Dasha Zhukova, Agnes Gund, Peter Brant & Stephanie Seymour, Stacey Engman, Nate Lowman, Nicolo Cardi, Allen Ruppersberg, Andres Serrano, Dustin Yellin, Anna Ostoya, Brock Enright, Carissa Rodriguez, Carol & Arthur Goldberg, Cecilia Alemani, Clare Bell, Curtis Kulig, Daniel Heidkamp, Daniel Oppenheim, Darren Bader, Denise Kupferschmidt, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Eddie Martinez, Ellen Berkenblit, Hank Willis Thomas, Henri Barguirdjian, Ingo Niermann, Irina Movmyga, Jack Cowart, Julie Mehretu, Linda Matalon, Sam Moyer, Massimiliano Gioni, Marianne Lafiteau, Michele Maccarone, Sheena Wagstaff, Shelley Lee, Svetlana Uspenskaya, Trevor Paglen, Virginia Dwan, Hans Berg, Nathalie Djurberg and many more.
The auction, powered by Artsy, featured artworks by Kamrooz Aram, Korakrit Arunanondchai, John Baldessari, Gina Beavers, Ellen Berkenblit, Walead Beshty, CHRISTO, Martin Soto Climent, Alex Da Corte, Jim Drain, Brock Enright, Charles Harlan, Daniel Heidkamp, Carsten Höller, Colin Hunt, Jennie C. Jones, Josh Kline, Curtis Kulig, Denise Kupferschmidt, William Latta, Nate Lowman, Agnes Lux, Eddie Martinez, Linda Matalon, Dan McCarthy, Julie Mehretu, Sam Moyer, Yoko Ono, Anna Ostoya, Tyson Reeder, Daniel Rich, Allen Ruppersberg, Dan Shaw-Town, Alan Shields, Alexandre Singh, Josh Tonsfeldt, Chuck Webster, Dustin Yellin.