The San Francisco art scene will come together on Friday, September 14th for a good cause, auctioning off over 140 pieces by world-renowned artists at the 2012 Art for AIDS. Now San Francisco’s premier auction, the event was founded in 1996 by a group of Bay Area locals who decided to sell their art to help their friends living with HIV/AIDS. Sixteen years later it’s gotten decidedly bigger and more swanky—this year’s event, featuring gourmet food from local restaurants and wine and cocktails courtesy of Ketel One, is expected to be attended by over 700—but it’s still as devoted to its cause as ever: Proceeds will go to UCSF’s Alliance Health Project, which has been providing assistance to the LGBTQ and HIV communities for over a quarter-century.
A juried live and silent auction, Art for AIDS will see paintings, photography, sculpture and more by a slate of award-winning artists—including Lucky Rapp, Jock Sturges, Ross Bleckner and Catherine Mackey, whose Pier Module #16 is valued at $3,500—made available to the highest bidder. Lest we forget, there’s also the Certificate Auction for those who would rather put their money toward luxury getaways, Napa Valley winery tours, spa treatments and the like.