Sometimes we forget these things in the hubbub of politics and everyday life – things like the significance of art to society. Here’s President John F. Kennedy, Oct. 23, 1963:
The artist, however faithful to his personal vision of reality, becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state…..
If sometimes our great artists have been the most critical of our society, it is because their sensitivity and their concern for justice, which must motivate any true artist, makes him aware that our Nation falls short of its highest potential. I see little of more importance to the future of our country and our civilization than full recognition of the place of the artist.
If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him. We must never forget that art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth.
But TONIGHT at Bonhams (7601 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles) and Saturday, June 30 (for a live and silent auction) and Sunday, July 1, artists and art lovers come together to share their work and joy to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles. Some of the work is paint on canvas, some work is black and white and photographic. Click here or see below for information on the event, hosted by author Jackie Collins and entertainment manger Barry Krost. From the catalog:
ART PROJECT LOS ANGELES: BLUE-CHIP, EMERGING ART UP FOR BID AT
STAR-STUDDED ART AUCTION
June 29-July 1, 2012
7601 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90046
Proceeds Benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles
Friday, June 29 Artists’ Reception
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. – VIP reception with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – All guests are invited to mingle with LA’s hottest artists and enjoy fine art, music, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Saturday, June 30
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Silent auction open to the public (no ticket required).
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. - Silent auction reopens. VIP cocktail reception.
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – All guests attend Live and Silent Auction with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Silent auction closes 10 minutes after the live auction ends.
Sunday, July 1
10:00 a.m.: Art pickup, coffee and light breakfast.
Bars by Leslie Barclay
Wine hosted by Red Diamond Wines
DJ Asha spins
Valet parking available.
Tickets are $75 VIP and $50 General Admission
Attire for Friday and Saturday evenings is LA Chic.
Mark Perrin * Ron Valdez
ENTERTAINMENT HOST COMMITTEE CO-CHAIRS
Jackie Collins * Barry Krost
ENTERTAINMENT HOST COMMITTEE
Roy Bank * Helena Bonham Carter * Levar Burton * Diahann Carroll
Joan Collins * Morgan Fairchild * Peter Fonda * Linda Gray
Kathy Griffin * George Hamilton * Wynona Judd * Nadine Loren
Bob Mackie * Shirley MacLaine * Adrienne Maloof-Nassif
Ann-Margret * Marlee Matlin * Ross Matthews * Debi Mazar
Alfred Molina * Olivia Newton-John * Mark Ordesky * Pauley Perrette
Sidney and Joanna Poitier * Denise Richards * RuPaul * Jane Seymour
Suzanne Somers * Michael Scott * Cathryn Tate * Steve Tisch
Bruce Vilanch * Alfre Woodard
FEATURED ARTIST & SPONSOR