Beyond Baroque Auction Works By 25 Artists, Including Viggo Mortensen, Highlight Hollywood Exclusive

Beyond Baroque Auction Works by 25 Artists Including Ed Ruscha, Robbie Conal, George Herms, Ray Pettibon and Viggo Mortensen. Featuring Live Music by Ulrich Krieger. FREE ADMISSION,  Auction Proceeds to Benefit Beyond Baroque’sBeyond Music Program on May 6,  at 5:00 p.m. at Beyond Baroque in Venice.

Beyond Baroque is one of the United States’ leading independent Literary/Arts Centers and public spaces dedicated to poetry, literary and cultural events; contact, interaction, and community building. Founded in 1968, it is based in the Old Town Hall in Venice, California. It offers a program of readings, new music, free workshops, publishing, bookstore, archiving, and education. The Center launched its own imprint, Beyond Baroque Books in 1998, dedicated to emerging, overlooked, out of print, and experimental writing, as well as the history and legacy of experimental and alternative writing, poetry, and the arts in Los Angeles. Beyond Baroque Poetry Workshop is the longest-running free poetry workshop on the West Coast. Many of the city’s leading literary talents – Dennis Cooper, Wanda Coleman, Tom Waits, Exene Cervenkova, Amy Gerstler – are workshop alumni. Beyond Baroque archives the West Coast’s most comprehensive, independent collection of small press and limited-edition publications.

Beyond Music is a curated series at Beyond Baroque that features local and international composers and performers who explore the boundaries of diverse musical genres. The series provides a platform for audiences to hear world renowned musicians, such as Wadada Leo Smith; a lab setting for LA-based musicians like Motoko Honda where she can develop new work; the elusive Harold Budd and electric Carl Stone who come to present intimate evenings of their music; and finally, a venue where the borders between sound and poetry may porously pass Voicing Through Saussure by Vincent Barras and Jacques Demierre. Beyond Music is committed to what’s new and audiences who want to experience it.

Epitomizing Beyond Music’s ideals, Ulrich Krieger knows no musical boundaries as he regularly collaborates with Lou Reed and is an interpreter of music by John Cage (available on Mode Records). Krieger is a professor of Experimental Sound Practices at CalArts and in performance his music embraces the possibilities of the saxophone, extending conventional techniques by circular breathing and producing multiple tones combined with electronics.

Music Curator
Beyond Baroque’s Artist in Residence Robert Branaman is associated with the Beat Generation as a poet, painter, and film producer, who is still making avant garde art today. Branaman joined the Beats in San Francisco in the 1950s as part of the Witchita Vortex (which included Charles Plymell and Michael McClure,) and soon made his name as a multi- talented artist.

Auctioneer Robert Berman is the owner of the Robert Berman Gallery in Santa Monica, California. One of the first galleries to be located at Bergamot Station Arts Center, it has occupied two exhibition spaces there for the last thirteen years. Founder and owner Robert Berman was early on in exhibiting artists such as Keith Haring and Raymond Pettibon and has done historical and seminal exhibitions by such artists as William S. Burroughs and Man Ray.

WHAT: Venice, CA – On May 6, 2012 Beyond Baroque will host its first art auction with works donated by 25 artists, including Ed Ruscha, George Herms, Ray Pettibon, Robbie Conal and Viggo Mortensen. The benefit will raise funds for Beyond Baroque’s Beyond Music program curated by Daniel Rothman, and will feature music performed by saxophonist Ulrich Krieger. Beyond Baroque is located at 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291. More information on the auction is available by calling (310) 822-3006.

WHEN: May 6, 2012 at 3:00 pm

WHERE: Beyond Baroque, 681 Venice Bl. Venice, CA 90291

PRICE: Free

TICKETS: RSVP at (310) 822-3006

Artists Represented at the Auction include: Ed Ruscha, Daena Alexander, Robert Branaman, Carleton Christy, Paddy Companero, Robbie Conal, Kristin Fouquet, John Greco, George Herms, Melissa Ann Lambert, Louis Metz, Mike Mollett, Henry Mortensen, Viggo Mortensen, Joseph Patton, Frank T. Rios,
Gail Saroyan, Mike Street, Andy Takajian, Matthew Thomason, Brennan Wheeler, Todd A. Smith, VinZula Kara, Raymond Pettibon.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: The Artists
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