On 13th May, Christie’s auction house will collaborate with the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, dedicated to the protection of wildlife and the environment, for a charity auction whose proceeds will go towards the activities carried out by the Foundation. More than thirty internationally renowned artists will participate in the auction, which will take place in Christie’s New York headquarters under the name of “The 11th Hour Charity Auction”. Works themed around wildlife will be featured, including some that have been created especially for this occasion. DiCaprio has expressed gratitude for the London gallery’s collaboration as well as for the participation of the artists involved in the auction.
The projects that the proceeds will go towards will be chosen through a rigorous selection process carried out by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation and a panel of environmental experts, among whom are Doctors Jane Lubchenco, Philippe Cousteau, Pamela Matson, Enric Sala, Ted Waitt, Rick Ridgeway, Jorgen Thomsen and William H. Schlesinger.
Loic Gouzer, international specialist and in charge of the auction, has labeled this a unique opportunity to access the work of leading artists like Takashi Murakami, Richard Prince and Elizabeth Peyton, and has also highlighted the “depth, quality and diversity” of the donated works. Brett Gorvy, International Head of Contemporary Art at Christie’s, has added that the British auction house feels “privileged” to be able to participate in this initiative, and has described the group of artists involved as “a real who’s who in today’s contemporary art world”.
Among the artists who have collaborated with this initiative are Walton Ford, Banksy, Julian Schnabel, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Longo and Adam McEwen. If all lots are sold at their current maximum value, the proceeds will reach €13,800,000 (approximately £11,700,000).
Among the works on show is the “Silhouette Cowboy” (1998-1999) by Richard Prince, presented in the display “Surreal versus Surrealism in Contemporary Art” within Valencia’s IVAM museum in 2012. The exposition, commissioned by Gianni Mercurio and Demetrio Paparoni, represented this conflict through a series of images depicting true situations that were perceived by the public as products of the imagination.