Thursday, Mar 05, 2020 - 9:51 am

San Diego, CA—The Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego (MCASD) will host the 12th biennial Art Auction at the Jacobs Building at MCASD Downtown at 6:00 PM on Saturday, May 2. The highly anticipated event will feature live and silent auctions of approximately 100 works by early career and internationally recognized artists, including Leonardo Drew, June Edmonds, Luchita Hurtado, Jean Lowe, Kim MacConnel, Rubén Ortiz Torres, Trevor Paglen, Helen Pashgian, Ed Ruscha, Marnie Weber, and James Welling.

The event is the Museum’s largest fundraiser, providing vital support for educational programs, exhibitions, and art acquisitions. All works are carefully considered by MCASD’s Director and Curators.

“MCASD’s Art Auction allows visitors to switch from being observers of art to being active collectors of it,” says Kathryn Kanjo, MCASD’s David C. Copley Director and CEO. “This is a highly anticipated event in the community, but also a distinct opportunity for the art-curious and first time buyers.” said Kanjo. “Artworks are available at a range of price points, with pieces by emerging local artists to works by internationally recognized figures. Whether you’re a long-time attendee, aspiring collector, or just ready to enjoy a dynamic fundraiser, Art Auction 2020 is for you.”

This year’s auction will offer a range of works, from painting and sculpture to photography and works on paper, all donated from artists and galleries both locally and internationally. Artworks will be exhibited in the galleries at MCASD Downtown from April 5 through May 2, 2020.

The Art Auction will begin at 6:00 PM with a hosted bar and ample food stations as guests enter their silent auction bids. We are pleased to announce Sotheby’s as the official auction house partner. The highlight of the evening is the exciting live auction led by Auctioneer Quig Bruning of Sotheby’s Auction House. The Live Auction is powered by Artsy, enabling art lovers from around the world and in the room to follow the live auction and place bids online. The live auction will begin at 8 PM, after which silent auction lots will close to conclude the evening.

Guests at this year’s auction will have exclusive access to special-edition Art Auction 2020 paddles created by artist June Edmonds. These limited quantity paddles are available to Gold Circle ticket purchasers. Gold Circle ticket holders will also be able to preview the works and receive tours and curatorial counsel at a private VIP Preview Reception on April 4, 5-7 pm. Mobile bidding will open at the VIP preview.

Art Auction 2020 tickets are on sale now. The full list of artworks will be available at before the auction.

Tickets and Location

MCASD Downtown, Jacobs Building
1100 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, California 92109


General Tickets: $150 MCASD Members / $175 Non-Members

General tickets include access to the cocktail reception, silent auction, standing tickets to the live auction, and dessert reception.

Gold Circle Tickets: $250 MCASD Members / $275 Non-Members

Gold Circle ticket holders may book a private curatorial tour of the auction works and will be invited to a private VIP reception with a preview of the works led by MCASD’s curators on April 4. In addition, Gold Circle ticket holders will receive a special-edition paddle designed by artist June Edmonds (limited quantity), and will have preferred seating at the live auction, complimentary valet parking the night of the auction, and a listing in the auction’s program.

About The Auctioneer

Quig Bruning is a Vice President and the West Coast Specialist in the Jewelry Department. A graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in Romance Languages and the Sotheby’s Institute of Art with a Masters in Art Business, Quig has been with Sotheby’s since 2009. During that time, he has been based in New York, London and Paris before moving to Los Angeles in 2017. He has worked on important jewelry collections sold by Sotheby’s, including Barbara and Frank Sinatra, Mrs. Marjorie S. Fisher and Mrs. Charles Wrightsman. In addition to his duties as a jewelry specialist, Quig is a licensed auctioneer, conducting sales in the New York, Geneva and London salesrooms, and an experienced charity auctioneer across the country.

About Sotheby’s

Sotheby’s has been uniting collectors with world-class works of art since 1744. Sotheby’s became the first international auction house when it expanded from London to New York (1955), the first to conduct sales in Hong Kong (1973), India (1992) and France (2001), and the first international fine art auction house in China (2012). Today, Sotheby’s has a global network of 80 offices in 40 countries and presents auctions in 10 different salesrooms, including New York, London, Hong Kong and Paris.

MCASD’s Art Auction 2020 is made possible by the generosity, counsel, and support of our partners Sotheby’s and Artsy, and our sponsors Level10, Room & Board, and Schubach Aviation. Additional in-kind support is provided by The Frame Maker, ArtWorks San Diego, and San Diego Magazine.


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