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Contemporary Austin’s Benefit Auction hosted by  Sotheby's

Current Exhibition copy: Welcome

New artwork by Susan Scafati supports The Contemporary Austin in their 2021 Benefit Auction hosted by Sotheby’s!  Auction proceeds will directly benefit The Contemporary Austin as they continue to bring exceptional contemporary art to thousands each year.
Learn more about this artwork or visit the auction online to browse the complete 2021 Auction.

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Auction item pictured:

grounding, i

Mixed media 

60 x 12 x 12 inches

Executed in 2021


Susan Scafati is an American conceptual artist based in Austin, TX who explores how individual versus collective identities and personal versus cultural mythologies are constructed. Her installation grounding, i refers to the ritual of touching nature to ground oneself. Scafati's art plays with changing light refractions as a metaphor for "cultural lag", a term coined by William Fielding Ogburn which focuses on the lag between material culture — the technology, the infrastructure, the physical things— and immaterial culture — the rituals, the rules, the institutions. 


The Contemporary Austin’s highly anticipated auction includes a curated selection of contemporary art  from:


Cande Aguilar

Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla 

Erika Blumenfeld 

Sarah Cain

Diana Greenberg

Loie Hollowell

Daniel Johnston

Sam Moyer

Jong Oh

Catherine Opie

Adam Pendleton

Jorge Purón

Pedro Reyes

Susan Scafati

Ricky Swallow


A portion of the proceeds will benefit the artist.


For more information about how to bid, visit the Art Dinner 2021 website.




Photos by Colin Doyle.

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