Artworks by James Rosenquist, Alec Soth, Michael Scoggins, and Ultra Violet are included in Artsy‘s latest auction, Art Keeps Nonprofits Going: Benefit Auction 2021. Bidding opens on Wednesday, June 16 at 2 PM ET and concludes on Wednesday, June 30 at 2:00 PM ET. Proceeds from the sale of these four artworks directly benefit Children’s Museum of the Arts and allow us to continue our mission of uniting child and adult artists to create and share ambitious works of art with their communities and the world.
The physical art world is slowly reopening — still, in times of crisis, art keeps us connected across time and place. Art keeps going, and it keeps us going. To support the important work of multiple museums, institutions, and non-profit organizations, Artsy is honored to host a curated benefit auction which aims to unite the art world and art industry at large during this challenging time. Art Keeps Nonprofits Going: Benefit Auction 2021 is a rare opportunity to support the fundraising efforts of some of the art industry’s top institutions and artists through this fantastic collection of works.
Pilot – Speed of Light
Ten-color Lithograph on Somerset Paper (1999)
James Rosenquist became well known in the 1960s as a leading American Pop artist alongside contemporaries Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and other figurative artists. As with his contemporaries, Rosenquist’s background in commercial art deeply influenced his nascent fine-art career and radically changed the face of the art world and the annals of art history. While each Pop artist developed a distinct style, there were commonalities in their approaches to image-making that helped define the Pop art movement in the early 1960s: the use of commercial art techniques, and the depiction of popular imagery and everyday objects.
Framed Archival Pigment Print Mounted to 4-ply Museum Board (2008)
Alec Soth’s work is rooted in the distinctly American tradition of ‘on-the-road photography’ developed by Walker Evans, Robert Frank, and Stephen Shore. Since his inclusion in the 2004 Whitney and São Paulo Biennials, which coincided with the publication of his widely influential first monograph, “Sleeping by the Mississippi,” Soth (b. 1969) has stood out as a vibrant and distinctive voice in contemporary photography. His iconic large-format color photographs of people and scenes from middle America met with immediate critical acclaim. Rooted firmly in the narrative framework of traditional photographic expression, Soth has continued to push the boundaries of the medium through his long-term projects and his prolific book-publishing activities.
The White House VI
Graphite on Archival Faux Butcher Paper (2018)
Michael Scoggins was born in Washington D.C in 1973 and earned an MFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006. He has attended various residencies including the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire, and Fountainhead in Miami. Michael has gained international recognition and gallery representation in Atlanta, Miami, New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Vienna and Seoul. His works have been added to some notable collections including, but not limited to, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Michael has had works exhibited in over twenty solo shows, fifty curated group exhibitions, and written about in numerous publications.
Acrylic and Gold on Paper (2000)
Ultra Violet’s work is in the collections of the Museum Pompidou in Paris, the Knokke-Heist Museum located in the Belgian municipality of Knokke-Heist, and in the private collection of Whitney Museum trustee, Beth deWoody. Ultra Violet worked with Salvador Dali, Andy Warhol, and other prominent artists. She is the author of the international bestselling memoir, “Famous for Fifteen Minutes: My Years with Andy Warhol,” which has been published in seventeen languages.