February 3, 2006 - Choice Art - An Auction of Contemporary Art Will Benefit Planned Parenthood on February 16, 2006
February 3, 2006

An Auction of Contemporary Art Will Benefit Planned Parenthood on February 16, 2006

Ellsworth Kelly, Blue Black Red Green, 2001, Four color lithograph on Lanaquarelle 640 gram paper
 24 7/8 x 88 3/4 inches, Edition of 45, (EK AX.293) © Ellsworth Kelly and Gemini G.E.L. LLC

An Auction of Contemporary Art Will Benefit Planned Parenthood
February 16, 2006, at Sotheby’s, New York


Choice Art 2006, a benefit auction that will offer work by some of todays most important contemporary artists, will be held on February 16 at 6:00 p.m. at Sothebys at 1334 York Avenue at 72nd Street. The auction will benefit Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Planned Parenthood Hudson Peconic, Planned Parenthood of Nassau County and Planned Parenthood of New York City. April Gornik has been commissioned to create a special edition print. ABC-TV journalist Diane Sawyer will be the evenings featured guest speaker. In addition, Planned Parenthood Federation of Americas newly appointed president, Cecile Richards, will join the festivities. An online catalogue of the works is available at www.choiceart2006.org.

On auction will be works by more than 50 artists including Louise Bourgeois, Chuck Close, Rineke Dijkstra, Marcel Dzama, Katy Grannan, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Sarah Lucas, Christian Marclay, Julie Mehretu, Marilyn Minter, Roxy Paine, Danica Phelps, Richard Prince, Robert Rauschenberg, James Rosenquist, Susan Rothenberg, Ed Ruscha, David Salle, James Siena, Laurie Simmons, Richard Tuttle and Terry Winters.

The evening will begin at 6:00 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction followed by a live auction at 8:00 p.m. conducted by Tobias Meyer, Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art, Sotheby’s.

Among the celebrities scheduled to attend are: Kathleen Chalfant, Blythe Danner, Rosario Dawson, LisaGay Hamilton, Mariska Hargitay, Jesse L. Martin, Julianne Moore, Mary Testa, Heather Tom, Stanley Tucci and Bree Williamson.

A number of recent articles in the media have noted that charity auctions offer outstanding opportunities for collectors. For Choice Art 2006 tickets or additional information, please call Livet Reichard Company, Inc. at (212) 966-4710 or email liz@livetreichard.com. Tickets are also available online at www.choiceart2006.org. Bidders who are unable to attend the event can access absentee bid forms on the website, where they can view the online catalogue.
Choice Art 2006 Co-Chairs are Ellen Kern, Heather Mnuchin and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. The Honorary Co-Chairs are Robin Chandler Duke, Dorothy Lichtenstein, Governor Ann W. Richards and Cindy Sherman. Art Committee members include many of the most important art dealers working today: Kristine Bell, Melissa Bent, Marianne Boesky, John Cheim, James Cohan, Mary Doerhoefer, Zach Feuer, Barbara Gladstone, Jay Gorney, Lawrence Luhring, Mirabelle Marden, Matthew Marks, Howard Read, Janelle Reiring, Andrea Rosen, Sara Van Der Beek and Angela Westwater.

Through this event, Planned Parenthood hopes to raise public awareness and support for its vital mission to advance and protect the fundamental reproductive rights and health of women and men worldwide. Choice Art 2006 comes at a crucial time as we experience what amounts to an all-out assault on reproductive rights and services in the United States.

Press Contacts:
Nicole Straus, 631/369-2188, 917/744-1040 (cell), strausn@att.net
Margery Newman, 212/475-0252, MargeryNewman@aol.com

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