Project Art Auction Preview


Auctions can be an overwhelming endeavor for those with indecision issues. So we decided to give attendees at Monday’s Project Art silent and live auction, presented by Project Paz in conjunction with Banamex, a sneak peek at some of the coolest lots up for grabs. Sure the event, hosted by the likes of Eddie Borgo, Peter Davis and Eugenia Gonzalez will have plenty of socializing opportunities to keep you busy. But with the proceeds from the auction going towards child support efforts in Ciudad Juarez by the FECHAC Foundation, shouldn’t you check out some of the art, too?

Co-curators Anne Huntington, the founder of creative agency AMH Industries, and Amanda Alvarez, a Ciudad Juarez native and Project Paz board member, gave us their favorite picks from Monday’s offerings. If you don’t have your ticket already, head to All starting bids on request by emailing Happy shopping.


Leo Villareal, Sky (for San Jose), 2010

LEDs, painted metal, custom software, electrical hardware, exhibition catalog. Edition of 25.

“Leo Villareal is actually from the El Paso/Juárez area, and we’re thrilled that he kindly donated this work to Project Art. Sky (for San José) was created during Leo’s survey exhibition at the San Jose Museum of Art in 2010, and each edition is accompanied by an exhibition catalog.”—Amanda Alvarez


Quirarte+Ornelas, Huevo 4, 201

Oil on canvas.

“I have been a fan of Quirarte+Ornelas for years. Quirarte+Ornelas work a due mani, and it is impossible to detect which one of the two did what on each of their pieces. In their work, they portray the public realm as intimate, and the private as almost monumental. In this particular piece, Quirarte+Ornelas evoke the comfort of an everyday meal, but amplify it to make it almost universal. This idea of the reassurance of the quotidian is an apt connection to the citizens of Ciudad Juárez who go about their everyday life amidst the chaos of their surroundings, concentrating on their private world in order to deal with the public one.”—Alvarez


Monica Lozano, El Maestro, 2011

Juarez 3.11 Series. Pigmented Archival Print

“Mónica is a home grown artist from Ciudad Juárez who lives and works in New York. She feels that the media only shows the violence and the killings in Juárez, and through her work she hopes to show the human side; how people continue living their lives despite the violence. Within these photographs, there are many amazing stories of people fighting for their community and their freedom, and Lozano’s main objective is to give these people a voice. At the moment, she is involved in bringing JR’s TED Prize Wish: The Inside Out Project to the community of Ciudad Juárez.”—Alvarez


Patti Smith, Roberto Bolaño’s Chair, Blanes, 2010 #1, 2010

and Patti Smith, Roberto Bolaño’s Chair, Blanes, 2010 #2, 2010

Gelatin Silver print, edition of 10. Signed, titled, and dated on verso.

“Patti Smith photographed the Chilean writer, Roberto Bolaño’s (1953 – 2003) chair and his chair with jacket in her classic style. The subject matter is moving, the story is incredible and the connection is great. The photographs connect to Mexico and specifically to Juarez because the subject, Bolaño, moved with his family to Mexico City in 1968, and became very engaged in the Mexican scene. Part of his acclaimed book, 2666, released posthumously, takes place in Juarez. The works are from an edition of 10, signed, titled and dated on verso and have been exhibited internationally.”—Anne Huntington


Alvaro “Mösco” Alcocer, “Corazón”, 2011

Acrylic paint and ink on paper.

“This illustrates in acrylic paint and ink on paper the delicate and interwoven essence of the core, the heart that Mösco commissioned for Project Art. We are thrilled to be working with him again– he was a contributing artist in the inaugural Project Paz last year. “Corazón” literally is a heart; the form evolves from this literal still life into an abstracted form of impressionistic nature with layered meanings.”—Huntington


Ian Cuttler, “Pray”, 2011 from “The Games We Play”

Photographic print mounted on Kodak metallic paper

Ian Cuttler, “Fight”, 2011 from “The Games We Play”

Photographic print mounted on Kodak metallic paper. Edition of 14.

“These images from the series ‘The Games We Play,’ 2011 beautifully evoke universal power and solemn reflection, with symbolic light and real importance shining throughout. The hands connect to peace and war offering two extremes – praying and fighting. The works connect to Juarez in the dualistic subject matter confronting the simple yet complex reality, ultimately leaving it up to us to define.”—Huntington


Marela Zacarias, “Hope/Esperanza”, 2011

Window screen, joint compound and acrylic paint.

“This brings three-dimensional sculpture to life, creating a sculptural painting out of a window screen, joint compound and acrylic paint. The vibrant colors reference textiles, conceptualizing the idea of the ‘textile,’ which represents the ‘underdog’ as Zacarias explains, inspired by the relationship between Oaxacan indigenous textiles and abstract painting. ‘Hope/Esperanza’ plays with the tense relationship between the handmade craft and the art object. Juarez is a subject near and dear to Zacarias, who is from Mexico City and has family living in Juarez and she will travel to there this December to begin an art project to be completed in 2012.”—Huntington