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David Anson Russo Announced as Featured Artist for Art Project Los Angeles; Star-Studded Charity Art Auction

Fourth annual red carpet event to include works by David Russo, Shepard Fairey, Ed Ruscha, and more

Los Angeles, Calif. (May 14, 2013) AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) announces David Anson Russo, one of the world’s premier interactive artists, as the featured artist of Art Project Los Angeles, benefiting APLA. The luxury lifestyle charity benefit returns to beautifully renovated Bonhams auction house on Saturday, June 29 and will include a dazzling array of art up for bid in live and silent auctions.

(Note to editors: To reserve a red-carpet space for your outlet on the night of June 29, please call or email the media contact listed at top.)

David Anson Russo, a Los Angeles-based artist, will be creating a full-size, 4’ x 6’ original painting featuring his new What A Great Life™ brand at the event. Guests will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as they watch this piece come to life, and they will have the opportunity to bid on the piece during the live auction towards the end of the night. Russo will also be available to sign limited edition prints of one of his signature pieces. For a preview, visit whatagreatlife.net.

Russo has been capturing the attention of the creative community since the early nineties. His “Absolut Amazement” ad was one of the most popular and largest in the Absolut Vodka Artist series and MAD Magazine asked him to create a cover portrait of Alfred E. Newman for their coveted 1993 Collector’s Edition, Spy vs. Spy foldout poster and more. Russo is also a noted author and television producer.

In addition to Russo’s work, live and silent auction items will include works by artists such as Marc Chagall, Shepard Fairey, Ed Ruscha and more, along with a range of pieces from local, emerging artists.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the lifesaving care and prevention programs of AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA). Individual tickets to Saturday evening’s event are available at apla.org/artproject.

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AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States. APLA provides bilingual support to more than 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Additionally, APLA conducts behavioral research designed to inform the development of evidenced-based interventions and assists health departments in evaluating their HIV/AIDS services to ensure the delivery of effective and quality programs. APLA also provides administrative and fiscal support to the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSMGF), which promotes and advocated for the health and human rights of MSM internationally. APLA is proud to be a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach. For more information, please visit apla.org.

APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals living in Los Angeles County. APLAHW is a federally qualified health center that includes: the Gleicher / Chen Health Center in South Los Angeles; the Wilshire Dental Clinic downtown; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; as well as a mobile dental facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles is also part of APLAHW. APLAHW serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.

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