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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, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct care and treatment services to over 7,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. In 2013, APLA marked its 30th year of operation, and we are a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach.

APLA Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary medical care, oral healthcare, mental health services, HIV testing, STD screening/treatment and health education and HIV prevention services focusing on low income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals. APLA Health & Wellness serves over 6,000 individuals across Los Angeles County each year.

For more information, visit apla.org.

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