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Sotheby’s Spring Sales Will Offer 35 Works to Benefit MOCA Los Angeles

A work by Ruscha. COURTESY GAGOSIAN

Ed Ruscha, That Was Then This Is Now, 2014, which is not in the sale. 

COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GAGOSIAN

News of New York’s big spring contemporary auctions is beginning to trickle out, and it seems Sotheby’s has nabbed a fairly intriguing, if philanthropic, consignment.

Its evening and day sales, on May 12 and 13, will feature a group of approximately 35 works donated by artists to support the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

The collection will include works by Mark Bradford, Mark Grotjahn, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, and Ed Ruscha.

The artists’ support for the institution is significant, because under the museum’s former director Jeffrey Deitch, the museum was seen by some to have abandoned its roots as an institution for serious art. Every artist member of its board of trustees resigned under Deitch, in fact, Ruscha and Kruger among them.

In March 2014 the museum gained a new director in Philippe Vergne, formerly of New York’s Dia Art Foundation.

The 35 works are expected to bring in some $10 million for MOCA, and will be on display at Gagosian Beverly Hills in March.

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