Last weekend, as the skies burned with smoke from the Sand fire in the Santa Clarita Valley mountains, an intimate group gathered at the home of Shulamit Nazarian to raise money for the Los Angeles Nomadic Division--a non-profit organization curating site-specific public art exhibitions in Los Angeles and beyond. Nazarian’s seminal A. Quincy Jones structure--designed with the architect’s signature outdoor/indoor aesthetics in full force--also featured her extensive collection of modern art, among which number a few pieces by former Flaunt cover artists the Haas brothers.
The auction, powered by Paddle8--a digital platform that brings auctions into the 21st century by allowing bidding over your phone from the event, or from dinner across town--included works by L.A.-based artists like Daniel Joseph Martinez, and Daniel R. Small, and was attended by those mentioned as well as Zoe Crosher--who created a series of billboards for The Manifest Destiny Billboard Project--and Information Age-curator Brooke Gerson.
Champagne was served in the elegant foyer, and cocktails provided at the build-in bar in the sunken living room. In addition to the small bites being circulated a buffet station was set up in the garden, where, despite the heat, most of the guests perched on bar tables or on rings of deck chairs to bid at their leisure.