We are pleased to present Amplify, a rock-and-roll themed evening to benefit Artspace, a champion of emerging artists in New Haven and a presenter of bold contemporary art exhibitions and public art installations.

Amplify will feature a silent auction at the gallery—with work by up-and-coming regional artists and contributions from beloved New Haven institutions—and a live auction in the former Connecticut Bank & Trust Building complete with work from renowned artists—including Vito Acconci, Josef Albers, Elizabeth Peyton, Sol LeWitt, and James Welling—and unique travel and cultural experiences.

The evening will be presided over by WNPR’s Colin McEnroe as MC and veteran Christie’s auctioneer George McNeely. Guests will have the opportunity to have a portraits made at the Rainbow Machine, sample tapas from Solun, beverages fromMatura New Zealand Wines, and bespoke custard from Shake Shack.

  • Mixtape, silent auction, wine & tapas at Artspace, 5:00­–7:00 PM
  • Seated live auction, begins promptly (next door) at 45 Church St, 7:00–8:00 PM
  • Desserts & art-wrap to follow directly afterward, 8:00 PM

Amplify would not be possible without the tremendous efforts of our Benefit Committee. We extend our thanks to Liz Antle, Cassandra Albinson, Rick Bronen, Leslie Carmin, Shannon Connors, Kathleen DeMeo, Eileen Eder, Michael Galvin, Carol Grave, Betsy Henley-Cohn, Ralph Kantrowitz, Helen Kauder, Amy Kundrat, Sean Koehler, Martha Lewis, Matthew Maleska, Sinclaire Marber, Beth Miller, Andrew Rubenoff, Shannon Stewart, Rashmi Talpade, Erika Van Natta, Caroline Wharton, and Timothy Young for their time, energy, and love for Artspace and New Haven artists.

Live Auction Lots

Josef Albers, EA, 1973

Screenprint on German etching paper
Dimensions: 14 7/8 x 22 inches
Printed at Sirocco Screenprints, New Haven
Published Ives-Sillman, New Haven
Titled and numbered lower left
Signed and dated “A ‘73” lower right
Edition of 100
Based on a glass painting of 1928 titled Bowers
Estimated Value: $3,300

Vito Acconci

Collaged maquette and hand-written text on foamcore, 2013

These images reflect the kind of piece that the artist is making for the Artspace auction. Check back after the 23rd of April for an image of the finished piece.

Vito Acconci (American, b. 1940)
MFA, University of Iowa, 1964
BA, Holy Cross College, 1962

Since his first exhibitions in the 1960’s Vito Acconci has radically explored a variety of media including performance, film, installation, sculpture, and architecture. His work has been shown internationally in galleries and museums, such as the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA, and included in significant exhibitions, among them the Venice Biennale and several Whitney Biennials. His major retrospective Vito Acconci: Domestic Trappings travelled around the country in 1987. In addition to fine art Acconci has written original fiction, poetry, and critical essays. Most recently Mr. Acconci been working on international architectural projects through his design firm Acconci Studio.

Polly Apfelbaum, Wave, 2011

Marker on newsprint
Dimensions: 14 x 17 inches
Courtesy of D’Amelio Gallery and the arist
Estimated Value: $1,800

Polly Apfelbaum (American, b. 1955)
BFA, Tyler School of Art & SUNY Purchase College, 1978

Beginning in 1986 Polly Apfelbaum has shown in galleries and museums around the world, particularly throughout Europe and New York, where she is represented by the D’Amelio Gallery. One of her signature floorbound installations was recently featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition, Regarding Warhol. Ms. Apfelbaum has work at the Brooklyn Museum, MoMA, and the Whitney Museum, among others. She has also been the recipient of numerous awards, grants, and fellowships including those from the Pollack-Krasner, Guggenheim, Richard Diebenkorn, and Joan Mitchell foundations.

Richard Benson, Hadley, Massachusetts

Courtesy of the artist
Estimated Value: $1,300

Richard Benson
MFA, Yale University School of Art

For photographer, printer, author, and professor Richard Benson, “the relationship between a picture’s content and the method by which that picture is made is paramount,” according to Pace/McGill Gallery (where he is currently represented in New York). And indeed, Mr. Benson is known not only for his photography but also for his innovations in printing technology and photographic reproduction. His photographs are held in many prominent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Yale University Art Gallery. Mr. Benson is the recipient of numerous awards including those from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial and the Catherine T. Macarthur Foundations as well as the National Endowment for the Arts; he has also been featured in publications such as The New Yorker. He is currently an adjunct professor of photography at the Yale School of Art, where he has been teaching since 1979 and served as Dean from 1996–2006. Hadley, Massachusetts, is considered one of his more dramatic works and was printed on his personal offset press in Newport, Rhode Island, where Mr. Benson currently lives and works.

Ficre Ghebreyesus, Door of No Return

Acrylic and Oil on Canvas
Dimensions: 48 x 72 inches
Estimated Value: $7,500

Ficre Ghebreyesus was born in Asmara, Eritrea. He studied painting at the Art Students’ League and printmaking at the Bob Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, both in New York City. He also studied at Yale University, where he earned his M.F.A. in 2002 and was awarded the Carol Schlossberg Prize for Excellence in Painting at graduation. Mr. Ghebreyesus made his life in New Haven for almost thirty years, where he lived with his wife Elizabeth Alexander and their sons Solomon and Simon. From 1992–2008, he was the chef/co-owner of the immensely popular Caffe Adulis that brought Eritrean cuisine to New Haven and New York City. He also worked tirelessly on issues involving Eritrea and its independence.

Ghebreysus was the subject of a retrospective at Artspace in April 2013, for which a catalogue was produced with texts by Elizabeth Alexander, Anne Higonnet, Key Jo Lee, and Robert Farris Thompson.

Door of No Return is a that triptych represents the chromatic energy, kinetic form, and optical intensity found in Mr. Ghebreyesus’ work, and bears witness to his multitudinous sites of inspiration.

William Kent, Women Dig It

Embossed print on rice paper, edition 4/25. 1968
Courtesy of the William Kent Revocable Trust
Estimated Value: $2,100

William Kent (1919-2012) is the subject of a one man retrospective at the Museum of Sex in NY running through July 2013, where he is being hailed as an overlooked master. A student of Yale’s School of Music from 1944-47, Kent studied with Paul Hindemith before turning to the visual arts. A self-taught artist, he was included in the 1966 Whitney Annual and earlier, in solo shows at the Castellane Gallery in NY. He served as the Curator of the John Slade Ely House before being dismissed for his provocative satire, his politically-charged critiques of the local arts scene, and his controversial “Erotic and Patriotic Prints or Sex and Violence!” exhibition. He arranged for artists to boycott the Yale-sponsored New Haven Arts Festival in 1964.

Working out of his studio/barn in Durham, Connecticut, Kent experimented with various printing techniques and is known for carving the bas-relief stone slates on which he created prints on fabric and paper. To make this work, Bill would wet the paper before he put it on the inked Master Slate, and with a soft shaving brush force the pliant paper into his carved grooves. He then hand rolled a small brayer over the back of the print, applied some heat, and after drying in place the lifted print was permanently embossed.

His work is in the private collections of major collectors, and at the Smithsonian, Rose Arts Museum/Brandeis, Brooklyn Museum and at the Yale University Art Gallery (among many others). The William Kent Foundation has been established to preserve his legacy and to provide support for indigent artists, a description that would have applied to Kent for many of his later years. This lot includes a private tour of Mr. Kent’s current retrospective at the Museum of Sex in NYC, led by the museum’s curator.

Sol LeWitt, Isometric Figure With Bars Of Color, 2003

Dimensions: 16 x 16 inches; plate 12 x 12 inches
Published by Smithsonian Associates, Washington, D.C.
Printed at Watanabe Studio, Brooklyn, NY in an edition of 150. AP 14/30
Image courtesy of Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston
Estimated Value: $1,800

Sol LeWitt (American, b. Hartford, 1928-2007)
BFA, Syracuse University, 1949

“The idea itself, even if not made visual, is as much a work of art as any finished product.”
– Sol LeWitt, 1971

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Sol LeWitt began as a graphic designer for I.M Pei’s architecture firm before meeting artists such as Robert Ryman, Dan Flavin and Robert Mangold, who would all join him in becoming some of the most significant artists of the second half of the twentieth century. Sol LeWitt is considered one of the most important founders, creators, and scholars of Conceptual Art, a radical movement that began in the 1960s and which emphasized the idea and creation of a work of art rather than simply the finished product. To that end, the majority of Mr. LeWitt’s art consists of a concept laid out by clear instructions that can be installed by others. He is perhaps best known for his “Wall Drawings,” large-scale murals that have been executed around the world, many of which may be found at his retrospective at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, which required over sixty artists and art students to install and will be on view until 2033. Mr. Lewitt’s works may be seen in other museums around the world, including the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, the Museum of Modern Art, Guggenheim Museum, and Dia:Beacon in New York, the National Gallery of Art and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C., the Tate Modern London, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Elizabeth Peyton, Wotan Brunhilde

Etching in black ink on Magnani Pescia Soft White Paper Signed: signed, dated and numbered in graphite recto
Edition of 15
Dimensions: 12 x 9 inches, 30.5 x 22.9 cm
Courtesy of Two Palms
Estimated Value: $2,500

Elizabeth Peyton
BFA, School of Visual Arts, 1987

Connecticut-born artist Elizabeth Peyton is best known for her small-scale, intimate portraits of celebrities and has collaborated with other contemporary artists, including Matthew Barney and Jonathan Horowitz. Her mid-career retrospective began at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and travelled internationally to exhibition spaces such as Whitechapel Gallery in London. Ms. Peyton has exhibited in such prominent group exhibitions as the 1995 Venice Biennale and 2004 Whitney Biennial. Her work is held in numerous collections, including the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Ms. Peyton is currently represented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise in New York and Sadie Coles HQ in London, as well as additional galleries around the world.

Alyse Rosner, Split Blue (with black) 2013

Graphite, Fluid acrylic and Ink on Yupo, Framed
Dimensions: 33 x 30 inches
Courtesy of the artist.
Estimated Value: $3,800

Robert Taplin, Ganesh 1, 2007

Cast Resin
Dimensions: 17 x 14 x 7 inches
Estimated Value: $3,500

Robert Taplin has exhibited throughout the United States, recently acclaimed for shows at the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, CT and Grounds for Sculpture in New Jersey. The Wall Street Journal calls his work “at once deeply personal and dispassionate… rooted in contemporary actuality.” He is applauded for bringing relevance to images drawn from art history and western culture. The artist has received numerous grants and awards, most notably from the National Endowment for the Arts and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. He writes extensively on sculpture for Art in America, the international magazine concentrating on the contemporary art world. Taplin works in New Haven, and has taught sculpture at the Yale School of Art.

James Welling, Hooks, 2010

6 images on archival inkjet print on rag paper
Paper: 17 x 21 1/2 inches
43.2 x 54.6 cm
Image: 16 5/8 x 16 inches
42.2 x 40.6 cm
Signed, titled, and dated verso
Courtesy of David Zwirner
Estimated Value: $1,400

American, b. 1951
BFA & MFA, CalArts, 1974

Experimental photographer James Welling has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, MoMA, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, as well as other smaller museums throughout the word. Throughout his career Mr. Welling has received accolades, awards, and grants, including those from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the International Association of Art Critics. This particular work was included in a solo exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum in 2012. The Lot includes a new book of Welling’s work, Monograph (Aperture) published on the occassion of his 2013 solo exhibition at the Cincinnati Museum of Art. The Lot also includes a private tour to view the sizeable collection of Welling works at the Yale University Art Gallery, with Associate Curator of Photography and Digital Media Joshua Chuang.

Be a Rock Star

Always dreamed of being a rocker? Spend an afternoon with an engineer in the world class Firehouse 12 recording studios, receive the creative services of a talented Yale Graphic Design MFA to design your record cover, and sit for a portrait by local photographer Stephanie Anestis who will make your album or promo photo. VALUE: Priceless.

David Bowie in London

Special entry and curator’s introduction to the sold-out David Bowie exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum, along with his latest record and copy of the exhibition catalogue. Package includes two nights stay at Brown’s, a luxury 5 star hotel in London. IF you don’t have tickets, this IS your ticket to see the show. VALUE: Priceless.

Cleveland Rocks

Enjoy a private behind-the-scenes tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a VIP Curator tour of the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, a private tour of the Cleveland Museum of Art and lunch at the celebrated locavore restaurant at the Museum, Provenance. Package includes round trip airfare for two on Southwest and 2 nights of Deluxe accommodations at the Ritz-Carleton, Cleveland. VALUE: Priceless.

Vacation Week in Umbria, Italy

Spend a week in a glorious farmhouse on a hillside with a pool (house sleeps 8), enjoy a private lunch at the American Academy in Rome where Alice Waters has organized the organic garden, and a private guided tour of Sol Lewitt’s studio in Spoleto. VALUE: Priceless.


Spend an exhilarating afternoon with artist Samuel Rowlett taking an unusual trip on the underground canals of Hartford. Rowlett will take you and three friends by canoe on an adventure that he developed for the 2012 exhibition, An Unnamed Flowing, Nowhere, (which the Hartford Courant called of the 10 best exhibits of the year in Connecticut) to explore the buried Park River, not normally accessible to the public. After your expedition as guerrilla canoeists, enjoy a five course tasting dinner at Grant’s Restaurant in West Hartford. VALUE: Priceless.

Silent Auction Contributors

Victor Agran
Aspasia Anos
Lani Asuncion
Cynthia Back
Louise Barry
Deborah Baxter
Marion Belanger
Alexis Brown
Jeremy Chandler
Chris Coffin
Hannah Cole
Dave Coon
George Corsillo
Claudia Cron
Jennifer Davies
Matthew DeLeon
Kathleen DeMeo
Geoffrey Detrani
Karen Dow
Gary Duehr
Amanda Durant
Joan Fitzsimmons
Caitlin Foster
Tali Gai
Bob Gregson
Stephen Grossman
Sarah Gustafson
Luke Hanscom
Clymenza Hawkins
Barbara Hocker
Insook Hwang
Keith Johnson
Lisa Kereszi
Janet Lage
William Lamson
Maria Lara-Whepley
Mary Lesser
Mikael Levin
Martha Lewis
Nathan Lewis
Linda Lindroth
Mary Little
David Livingston
Elizabeth Livingston
David Maddy
Laura Marsh
Jerry Meyer
Irene Miller
Christopher Mir
Caroyln Monastra
Nyeema Morgan
Rhea Nowak
John O'Donnell
Leah Oates
Sarah Oppenheimer
Aurora Pellizzi
Amy Jean Porter
Amy Pryor
Margot Quan
T. Willie Raney
Lawrence Russ
Gerald Saladyga
Gabriela Salazar
Roxanne Faber Savage
Jessica Scwhind
Robin Sherin
Kirsten Rae Simonsen
K. Levni Sinanoglu
Joseph Smolinski
Tyler Starr
Thomas Stavovy
Rashmi Talpade
Felandus Thames
Paul Theriault
Anne Thompson
Rita Valley
Kevin Van Aelst
Michael Van Winkle
Caterina Verde
Laura Watt
Barbara Weissberger
Aicha Woods
Jennifer Zackin

Silent Auction “Experiences” and Special Item

A Special Evening with Friends

Mt. Carmel Wine offers a three-hour wine tasting session for 8-10 in your home, with snacks from Bon Appetit Gourmet Foods.

Mind your Business and Body

Energize your business with a three-month membership at The Grove, a coworking and collaborative space for entrepreneurs, while minding your body with a series of classes at Fresh Yoga, an acupuncture session, and salon visits, all in the Ninth Square.

Visual Arts

Explore four major Connecticut art museums with year-long family memberships or hone your artistic expertise with a multi-session course at Creative Arts Workshop.


  • Jazz: Two season tickets to Firehouse 12’s Fall Jazz Series and framed original artwork for a John Coltrane album cover.
  • Hip-Hop & Soul: Joe Conzo photo of hip-hop partygoers and a unique hip-hop map of the Bronx.
  • Punk: Crass poster, Punk magazine ephemera, and a PUNK branded t-shirt and jeans.
  • Rock & Roll: Artists’ proofs of reproductions of posters for Velvet Underground, Exploding Plastic
  • Inevitable events and tickets to a concert at The Space in Hamden.
  • Classical: Four tickets to a New Haven Symphony Orchestra performance.

Dinner & Theatre

Tickets to New Haven’s Long Wharf, Shubert and Yale Repertory theatres paired with dining experiences at fine restaurants including Barcelona, Pacifico and Zinc.

Ninth Square Edibles

Dining certificates for Skappo, Thali, Cask Republic and Palmeira restaurants, an
Elm City Market gift card, and cocktail class for six at 116 Crown.

International Festival

Four tickets to the premiere of Midsummer Night’s Dream at IFAI including a post-performance dessert reception.