From a media release:
presenting sponsor: BMO Financial Group
November 22, 2012 | Preview & Silent Auction 7PM | Live Auction 8PM Sharp
QUEER ART COMMUNITY COMES TOGETHER FOR AN AUCTION IN SUPPORT OF BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE
TORONTO - The most outrageous auction of the holiday season, ARTATTACK!, is back. Buddies’ signature fundraising event offers a remarkable line-up of contemporary art by Canada’s hottest queer artists, along with an exciting array of design, entertainment and travel packages – all in support of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
ARTATTACK! is a chance for collectors to grab work by the next big names in queer art before they’re famous, and to enjoy a fun, sexy, surprise-filled evening that is un-like anything else.
A STAR STUDDED EVENT
In addition to supporting an amazing cause, ARTATTACK! is where art collectors can rub elbows with the queer and fabulous. It’s an evening full of surprises (last year’s appearance by a paddle-wielding Kristyn Wong Tam was one for the record books), occasional nudity, and raucous celebration for queer art that all adds up to the most exciting event on the cultural calendar.
Cabaret sensation Shawn Hitchins hosts this year’s event, with special appearances by Boylesque TO, Regina the Gentlelady, St. Stella, Bianca Boom Boom, and some very special surprise guests.
The live auction features a stunning array of work from queer art stars and some of the hottest up-and-coming artists in Toronto. On the auction block will be a series of four collections curated by Magenta Magazine editor Bill Clarke, Blackwood Gallery’s Johnson Ngo, Cecilia Berkovic, and Elise Victoria Louise Windsor.
Look for work by Derek Liddington, Allyson Mitchell, Will Munro, Ed Pien, Jess Dobkins, Charles Pachter, Drasko Bogdanovic, a daring collaboration between Alejandro Santiago and Nina Arsenault, and many more.
Also look for an original, embossed print by internationally-acclaimed queer trailblazer Erté – a must have for any serious collector.
Also up for bids is an amazing array of design treasures and cultural excursions from Steamwhistle Brewery, Starwood Hotels, MADE, Mysterion the Mind Reader, Take a Walk on the Wild Side, and dozens more.
NEW FOR 2012:
VIP VIEWING AND RECEPTION
A limited number of VIP tickets are available, which give access to an exclusive first look at the work up for bids, a private pre-event reception with artists and curators, and other fun perks – including guaranteed seating, and a signed copy of Serve: The Work. The Book, by Nina Arsenault and Alejandro Santiago.
THE ROCK HUDSON MEMORIAL TUCK SHOP
Performance artist and curator Keith Cole returns to ARTATTACK! with The Rock Hudson Memorial Tuck Shop. Part gift shop and part queer art salon, the tuck shop will be selling original sets of multiples and limited edition prints at set prices that everyone can afford.
The tuck shop is cash and carry, so no getting out-bid at the last minute and no going home empty-handed. And there’s something for everyone – look for over 50 works of art by the likes of John Caffery, Shannon Cochrane, Guntar Kravis, Michael Caines, and more.
ARTATTACK! takes place on Thursday, November 22, 2012 at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander Street. Tickets cost $25 and are available at Buddies’ Box Office (416-975-8555 or buddiesinbadtimes.com) – a limited number of VIP tickets are available for $100. VIP Reception at 6pm, preview and silent auction at 7pm, live auction begins at 8pm sharp.
hosted by Shawn Hitchins
curatorial advisor Chris Ironside
curators Bill Clarke, Cecilia Berkovic, Elise Victoria Louise Windsor, Johnson Ngo and Keith Cole