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Art & Charity - The art market’s favorites mingle with the stars

Art Market | Global awareness of the ongoing environmental crisis engages political, creative and media circles. For several years now, celebrities have used their influence to support the environmental cause through foundations and fundraising campaigns. Among these, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Foundation has federated major artists since 2013. Its 5th annual gala, which was followed by a charity art auction, took place on September 15th 2018 at Jackson Park Ranch in California.

Leonardo DiCaprio remettant le prix Art & Environment Award 2018 à l’artiste Wayne Thiebaud © Photo courtesy of Getty Images
Leonardo DiCaprio remettant le prix Art & Environment Award 2018 à l’artiste Wayne Thiebaud
© Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Founded in 1998, the Leonardo DiCaprio fondation LDF aims to protect biodiversity, fight against global warming and defend indigenous peoples’ rights. Since 2013, the LDF has hosted auctions of artworks from the actor’s collection or donated by artists or galleries deeply rooted in the market. Christie’s leading figure, Loïc Gouzer, who is known for selling the world’s most expensive painting, Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, in November 2017, organized the Foundation’s first charity sale. The following galas, which took place in Saint-Tropez’s glamor in 2015, 2016 and 2017, were entrusted to Simon de Pury. Finally, the 2018 campaign in California was curated by Simon Shaw, Sotheby’s Vice-President.

For the Foundation’s 20th anniversary, DiCaprio introduced the concept of “zero waste live auction benefit”. 300 guests were invited (originally there were 1000) to a dinner serving exclusively local products, among them were Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madonna, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Redford. 20 lots were auctioned against 33 in 2013, 74 in 2016 and 42 in 2017. The intimate selection of works by artists such as Frank Gehry, Jack Goldstein, David Hockney, Elizabeth Neel, Richard Prince, Wayne Thiebaud and Ai Weiwei raised $11 million, which will finance future LDF projects.

Since 2013, LDF’s charity sales have raised more than $100 million and reached several records in the art market for artists such as Carol Bove, Jo Bradley, Mark Grotjahn, Raymond Pettibon, Mark Ryden, Robert Longo; the majority of which exceeded the original estimates. The most renowned contemporary artists to have participated in the event, some on several occasions, are : Robert Longo, George Condo, Andreas Gursky, Zeng Fanzhi, Anish Kapoor, Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince, Edward Ruscha, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst, Olafur Eliasson and Paul McCarthy.

Svetlana Skvortsova
Publié le 29/10/2018
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Leonardo DiCaprio remettant le prix Art & Environment Award 2018 à l’artiste Wayne Thiebaud © Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Leonardo DiCaprio remettant le prix Art & Environment Award 2018 à l’artiste Wayne Thiebaud
© Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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