All photos by C. Daleli for ArtObserved
On Monday, November 19th, 2012, Independent Curators International held its Annual Fall Benefit & Auction. ICI’s Executive Director, Kate Fowle, kicked off the party with a toast to all Honorees, Board of Trustees and supporters of the institution. The intimate Honoree Hour celebrated the recipient of this year’s Leo Award, Dasha Zhukova. Agnes Gund, President Emerita of the Museum of Modern Art and member of the Board of Trustees of the National Council on the Arts presented the award to Zhukova after listing her endless accomplishments are an art world patron. This was followed by acclaimed curator Hans Ulrich Obrist presenting the prestigious Independent Vision Curatorial Award to Jay Sanders and Nav Haq.
The evening also featured a live auction led by Alexander Rotter, Senior Vice President, Head of Department of Contemporary Art at Sotheby’s New York. Works by numerous artists including Ellsworth Kelly, Joel Shapiro, and Yinka Shonibare MBE were up for grabs. Rotter helped raise $333,000 in funds supporting ICI programming with a portion of proceeds going directly to the new ADAA Relief Fund.