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Highlights from the Annual Benefit & Auction

On Tuesday November 19, 2013, ICI hosted its Annual Benefit & Auction and honored Miuccia Prada with the 2013 Leo Award, and Germano Celant with the 2013 Agnes Gund Curatorial Award. The Awards, created by artist Liz Glynn, were presented by Agnes Gund, ICI Trustee Emerita. Held at the legendary Center548, the evening was crafted by New York’s expert event designers Jung Lee and Josh Brooks of FÊTE, who shaped the night into magic. Guests entered through the freight elevator, fitted with a bar serving our specialty cocktail, the Firecracker, a creation of Forrest Butler, co-owner of Royal Rose Simple Syrup, and made with Tito’s Handmade Vodka. The full bar also featured Starr African Rum, Abita Beer, Chateau Ste. Michelle Wines, and by VOSS Water, all provided generously by our sponsors. Hors d’oeuvres included hand-shucked oysters by Oysters XO, and a seasonal menu was served by Acquolina. Following dinner, classical music artist Amadéus Leopold, took the evening into new realms with a special performance featuring solo violin works by J. S. Bach, Niccolo Paganini and Fritz Kreisler. And Alix Brown played evocative, vintage tunes, keeping the party going all night! The evening’s silent auction was powered by Artsy, and the live auction was led by the dynamic Alexander Rotter, Senior Vice President Head of Department New York Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s. Our warmest thanks to Alexander Rotter, and to the entire team at Artsy for their partnership, taking this year’s auction to record-breaking heights. And our most special thanks go to all the artists who showed such commitment to ICI by generously donating their works to the auction: Kamrooz Aram, Korakrit Arunanondchai, John Baldessari, Gina Beavers, Ellen Berkenblit, Walead Beshty, CHRISTO, Martin Soto Climent, Alex Da Corte, Jim Drain, Brock Enright, Claire Fontaine, Charles Harlan, Daniel Heidkamp, Carsten Höller, Colin Hunt, Jennie C. Jones, Josh Kline, Curtis Kulig, Denise Kupferschmidt, William Latta, Nate Lowman, Agnes Lux, Eddie Martinez, Linda Matalon, Dan McCarthy, Julie Mehretu, Sam Moyer, Yoko Ono, Anna Ostoya, Tyson Reeder, Daniel Rich, Allen Ruppersberg, Dan Shaw-Town, Alan Shields, Alexandre Singh, Josh Tonsfeldt, Chuck Webster, & Dustin Yellin. Our warmest thanks to all those who attended and supported the evening. We could not have done it without you! Guests included Sofia Coppola, Marina Abramovi?, CHRISTO, Dasha Zhukova, Peter Brant & Stephanie Seymour, Stacey Engman, Nicolo Cardi, Andres Serrano, Massimiliano Gioni & Cecilia Alemani, Clare Bell, Daniel Oppenheim, Darren Bader, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Hank Willis Thomas, Henri Barguirdjian & Marianne Lafiteau, Irina Movmyga, Jessica Rankin, Barbara Castelli, Michele Maccarone, Sheena Wagstaff, Shelley Lee, Svetlana Uspenskaya, Trevor Paglen, Virginia Dwan, Hans Berg, Nathalie Djurberg and many more. Thank you to our extraordinary Benefit Co-chairs, the dream team: Ann Cook, Belinda Keilland, and Noreen Ahmad, and to everyone on our BENEFIT COMMITTEE— Adam Abdalla, Chris Apple, Jill Brienza, Jennifer Brown, Diana Campbell Betancourt, Carter Cleveland, Michael Clifton, James Cohan, Susan Coote, CHRISTO, Stacy Engman, Carol & Arthur Goldberg, Kathy Grayson, Marilyn Greene, Sydie Lansing, Laure Lim, Jeannie Minskoff Grant, Michele Maccarone, Christine Messineo, Laura Mitterrand, Rassa Montaser, Liz Mulholland, Agustin Perez-Rubio, Simon Preston, Steve Pulimood, Nicole Russo, Ann & Mel Schaffer, Courtney Treut, Jasmin Tsou, & Dustin Yellin. Ann Cook, Belinda Keilland, and Noreen Ahmad Benefit Co-Chairs Belinda Kielland, Ann Cook, and Noreen Ahmad Agnes Gund Renaud Proch, Germano Celant, Agnes Gund Annual Benefit Annual Benefit & Auction Amadeus Leopold Amadéus Leopold Stephanie Seymour, Robert Farrell Stephanie Seymour, Robert Farrell Germano Celant and Renaud Proch Germano Celant and Renaud Proch All images courtesy Billy Farrell Agency. Click here to see more highlights on our Facebook page.

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“ICI Hosts Benefit and Auction to Honor Prada and Celant” by Harper’s Bazaar

Stephanie Seymour and Robert Farrell.  Photo: Billy Farrell Agency Click here to view the slideshow

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“ICI Benefit 2013” by Interview Magazine

Agnes Gund, Christo | Photography Madison McGaw/BFANYC.com Usually, a room full of curators means they are celebrating something else—a museum gala, an artist, an opening. But last night at the annual Independent Curators International Benefit & Auction, held to support the 38-year old organization, it was all about the people who bring the art, the […]

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“Getting Artsy for Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant” by Blackbook

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“Declaration of Independents” by W Magazine

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“All the Art World Attended ICI’s Gala” by Blouin Art Info

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“Putting the Art in Party” by the Wall Street Journal

Amadéus Leopold. Photo Billy Farrell Agency NY HEARD & SCENE Putting the Art in Party There Was a Bar in the Elevator at the Independent Curators International Benefit By MARSHALL HEYMAN Nov. 20, 2013 10:38 p.m. ET Art folks really know how to party. How do we know this to be true? Because there was […]

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“ICI Benefit Honors Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant” by Art in America

Andres Serrano and Irina Movmyga. Photo BFAnyc.com. Courtesy ICI. By Staff Independent Curators International (ICI) raised over $600,000 at its glitzy annual benefit and auction last night. Held at West Chelsea’s Center548, the evening honored fashion designer Miuccia Prada and curator Germano Celant. In attendance were artists such as Marina Abramovic, Nate Lowman and Allan […]

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Highlights by Art Ruby

Amadéus Leopold. Photo: Billy Farrell agency Independent Curators International hosted its annual benefit & auction honoring Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant, while raising $600,000 in process. Center548 in Chelsea was completely transformed for the event and featured a bar equipped elevator and the giant Artsy powered auction screen. Christo, Sofia Coppola, Marina Abramović, Agnes Gund, […]

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“Artsy and ICI Team Up for Benefit Auction Featuring Mehretu, Baldessari, and More” from ARTINFO

Julie Mehretu, “Untitled,” 2013. (Image courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.) By Rozalia Jovanovic “Tuesday night, Independent Curators International (ICI) hosts its Annual Benefit & Auction, honoring fashion designer Miuccia Prada with its 2013 Leo Award and art historian, critic, and curator Germano Celant with the Agnes Gund Curatorial Award in recognition of […]

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“Attitudes Becomes Form: Bern 1969/Venice 2013 at Ca’ Corner della Regina” in Muse Mag

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“Venice, court re-creation,” from Liberation

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“Each season will bring a revolution” from Liberation

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“The Prada Foundation’s Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant Receive This Year’s ICI Awards” by ArtInfo

The Prada Foundation’s Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant Receive This Year’s ICI Awards by Ashton Cooper Independent Curators International has announced that Fondazione Prada president Miuccia Prada and director Germano Celant are the recipients of this year’s Leo Award and Agnes Gund Curatorial Award, respectively, marking the first time the awards have been given as […]

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“Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant rewarded by ICI in New York” by ArtsLife

By Editorial Staff Miuccia Prada, Presidente della Fondazione Prada, e Germano Celant, Direttore della Fondazione Prada, riceveranno rispettivamente The Leo Award e The Agnes Gund Curatorial Award, i premi promossi dall’Independent Curators International (ICI) di New York, martedì 19 novembre 2013, in occasione dell’Annual Live & Silent Auction. “ICI presenterà insieme i due premi per […]

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“Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant rewarded with ICI Awards” by FashionMag

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Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant, great team! They are the ones…” by Exibart.com

Photo: Attilio Maranzano, Courtesy: Fondazione Prada Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant, great team! They are the ones to win the Leo and Agnes Gund Curatorial Award, awarded by ICI in New York ‘ICI will present with the two awards to honor the work of a team of curators. Miuccia Prada and Germano Celant receive such […]

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“Miuccia Prada, Prada Foundation’s Germano Celant to Be Honored” from Women’s Wear Daily

By Rosemary Feitelberg PRIZED PRADA: Independent Curators International (ICI) will honor Miuccia Prada and Prada Foundation director Germano Celant respectively with the Leo award and the Agnes Gund Curatorial award at its annual benefit. The pair will be feted for their contributions to contemporary art, the work of the Prada Foundation internationally and for the […]

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“Germano Celant and Miuccia Prada rewarded by Independent Curators International” by Artinfo

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