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Downtown L.A.’s Institute of Contemporary Art is adding some Hollywood clout to its roster. CAA’s Joel Lubin, the agency’s co-head of motion picture talent whose clients include Josh Brolin, James Corden and David Oyelowo, is joining the year-old institution’s board ahead of its annual fundraiser. Lubin, who has served on the host committee of Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the huge annual fair at Barker Hangar, is a prominent collector of artists from Alex Israel to Erwin Wurm and an active ambassador for L.A.’s growing impact as an art destination.
Also joining the board are Andrea Fraser, a renowned artist, professor and art department chair at UCLA, and artist and educator Berry Stein.
Originally founded in 1984 as the Santa Monica Museum of Art, ICA LA opened in September 2017 in a space designed by Kulapat Yantrasast, the Culver City-based architect behind the Marciano Art Foundation and Christie’s Beverly Hills flagship, both also opened in 2017.
The ICA LA board announcements come ahead of its first anniversary celebration, the benefit art sale “Incognito,” on Sept. 8. Four hundred works by a range of artists, all 12-by-12 inches, will be sold for $500 each — with the identity of the creator revealed only after purchase. With both emerging and established artists represented at the show, it could offer some of the fall art season’s greatest bargains. Participating artists include such luminaries as Catherine Opie, Kenny Scharf and Charles Gaines and the event’s host committee boasts OWN executive Tina Perry-Whitney, Yantrasast, model-turned-art dealer Honor Fraser and more.
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