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2021 Benefit Auction Committee Selects

Posted on October 19, 2021

On the occasion of its 2021 Annual Benefit Auction, Independent Curators International (ICI) has assembled a Benefit Auction Curatorial Committee, composed of esteemed art professionals Phyllis Lally Seevers, Larry Ossei-Mensah, Hanna Schouwink, and Ana Sokoloff to highlight their top selections, adding their voices and endorsement to the generosity of artists who support ICI’s mission and programs.

Support ICI by bidding in this year’s benefit auction, featuring 27 WORKS UNDER $25,000 by top emerging and established contemporary artists working today!

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Phyllis Lally Seevers
Founder of Mister Fahrenheit, NY


Alex Eagleton
ATHANATOS, 2021
Oil, alcohol ink, reflective glass beads, flocking, afromosia artist’s frame
24 × 18 in
Courtesy of the artist and Mister Fahrenheit, New York
Value: $4,500

ATHANATOS is an intensely intimate extension of Eagleton’s Candle series. The work gets to the heart of the moment Eagleton is after – the second just before our candle (of life) is blown out.”




Daniel Boccato
owlpainting, 2021
Acrylic, colored pencil, graphite, ink, oil pastel, paper, plywood, polyurethane finish
33 1/10 × 23 3/5 × 4/5 in
Courtesy of the artist and Mister Fahrenheit, New York
Value: $3,000

“I have loved this new body of work by Daniel since seeing it for the first time in his studio. He is a master of binaries, early on with his parrots and women, and now with recalibrating narratives around man and owl from ancient mythology.”



LaKela Brown
Untitled, 2021
Framed embossed cotton paper and gold leaf
24 × 18 in
Courtesy of the artist and Reyes | Finn, Detroit
Value: $3,500

“Brown realizes a level of relief in this work that is difficult to achieve with paper. Her embossed impressions of doorknocker earrings channel the power of her plasters, reading like a small ancient relief tablet adapted with an alphabet from 90s hip-hop culture.”




Larry Ossei-Mensah
Independent Curator


Sanford Biggers
BAM (for Tamir), 2017
High Polish Bronze
15 × 3 × 3 in
Edition 8 of 12 + 3AP
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky, New York/Aspen
Value: $18,000







LaKela Brown
Untitled, 2021
Framed embossed cotton paper and gold leaf
24 × 18 in
Courtesy of the artist and Reyes | Finn, Detroit
Value: $3,500








Larissa de Jesus
Soy Mi Isla, 2020
Acrylic, oil paint and color pencil on wood panel
11 × 14 in
Courtesy of the artist and Sabroso Projects
Value: $1,300









Ana Sokoloff
Founder, Sokoloff + Associates


Akira Ikezoe
Coconut Heads Invented Giraffe Ramen, 2020
Oil on canvas
28 × 50 × 1 1/2 in
Courtesy of the artist
Value: $8,500








Willie Cole
MBF, 2011
Shoes, screws, and wire
17 3/4 × 9 × 11 in
Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York
Value: $16,000








Elizabeth Atterbury
Center Before Outside 29, 2019
Framed Chine collé and embossment
30 × 22 in
Courtesy of the artist and DOCUMENT, Chicago and Mrs. Gallery, Queens, NY
Value: $3,200







Alvin Baltrop
The Piers (two men)
Framed Silver gelatin print
25 2/5 × 20 3/10 in
Courtesy of The Alvin Baltrop Trust, © 2010, Third Streaming, NY, and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York
Value: $10,000







Martine Gutierrez
Suits, 2014
Archival inkjet print on Arches Baryta on Sintra and framed in white maple
20 × 30 in
Edition of 8
Courtesy of the artist and Ryan Lee Gallery, New York
Value: $4,900







Simon Preston
Schwartzman&


Robert Longo
Thunder Road, 2010
Framed Archival pigment print (trial proof)
33 1/2 × 57 in
Trial proof from a sold-out edition of 15
Courtesy of the artist
Value: $25,000






Alvin Baltrop
The Piers (two men)
Framed Silver gelatin print
25 2/5 × 20 3/10 in
Courtesy of The Alvin Baltrop Trust, © 2010, Third Streaming, NY, and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York
Value: $10,000







LaKela Brown
Untitled, 2021
Framed embossed cotton paper and gold leaf
24 × 18 in
Courtesy of the artist and Reyes | Finn, Detroit
Value: $3,500








Hanna Shouwink
Senior Partner, David Zwirner, New York


Sanford Biggers
BAM (for Tamir), 2017
High Polish Bronze
15 × 3 × 3 in
Edition 8 of 12 + 3AP
Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky, New York/Aspen
Value: $18,000

“Sanford Biggers has been making very thoughtful work about the complexities of America’s sin of slavery and institutionalized racism, and the continued impact of this on our society. In this sculpture he addresses the awful truth of America’s history of police brutality particularly skewed toward Black men, and in this case a black child, Tamir Rice, who was shot by a white police officer in Cleveland in 2014, while playing with a toy gun. I see this sculpture as paying homage not only to this child, but to the countless other Americans who are killed by the police every day. Biggers reminds us in this evocative sculpture that embraces esthetics of African sculpture, that every single one of these victims was loved and deserves to be cherished, and also deserves to be given it’s power back.”



Alvin Baltrop
The Piers (two men)
Framed Silver gelatin print
25 2/5 × 20 3/10 in
Courtesy of The Alvin Baltrop Trust, © 2010, Third Streaming, NY, and Galerie Buchholz, Berlin/Cologne/New York
Value: $10,000

“Baltrop’s astute eye and his wonderful sense for composition is on vivid display here. In this body of work, he documented a specific, and almost mythical era of the 70’s in NYC’s history, when poverty and crime were rampant, but amazing art was being made all over the city by pioneering figures such as Baltrop. He shone a light on a gay community that was being marginalized, and he brought out the humanity, beauty and sensitivy of the members of this community.”

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