LA art galleries are selling works to benefit the Black Lives Matter movement – The Hollywood Reporter
As outrage over the murder of George Floyd continues to inspire protest actions across the country, the Night Gallery in Los Angeles has launched what it calls a “emergency” online auction, with 100% of proceeds going to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles as well as four other causes, including the Los Angeles Action Bail Fund. The sale, which runs through June 22, includes works by Kandis Williams, Marisa Takal, Grant Levy-Lucero and Awol Erizku (known for his 2017 portrait of a pregnant Beyoncé).
Fundraising is also DTLA’s Hauser & Wirthwhich launches a virtual exhibition of still lifes by photographer Annie Leibovitz on June 20, accompanied by the sale of a limited-edition print with 100% of proceeds going to BLM, the Equal Justice Initiative and COVID-19 Solidarity Respond Fund for the World Health Organization.
On June 1, comic book and TV author Gail Simone launched a Twitter auction of comic book art and memorabilia that, over two weeks, raised more than $310,000. for Black Lives Matter and other social justice organizations. “Like most people in the world, I was just sitting watching the news, worrying about people on the street and feeling helpless,” says Simone, who kicked off what she dubbed the #ComicWritersChallenge by offering for sale “my most prized possession…a page of Wonder Woman art drawn by legendary artist George Pérez. Since then, over 200 people have donated items for sale.” is touching,” she says, “that every type of person rushed to give up a corny thing that they really cherished.”
During this time, UTA artists’ space launched its first virtual exhibition, in association with the Myrtis Gallery, owned by the blacks of Baltimore. the Rebirth: Black (on view through July 3) features paintings by 12 emerging black artists, with a portion of proceeds going to Artist Relief, which supports artists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This story first appeared in the June 17 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Click here to subscribe.