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Benefit auction celebrates South African artists and Fight for Good
Anton Smit, Phileo. GRP and Bronze, 16 x 7 in.

BROOKLYN, NY.- A stunning collection of 20 works by notable South African artists will be on view for a one-night-only benefit auction at Gleason’s Gym in Brooklyn, NY. Curated by Joel Bermano and South African painter Glen Josselsohn, this bold, honest, and emotive collection of works includes paintings, drawings, and sculptures by some of the country’s most respected artists.

The live auction will be held on April 25 from 8pm to 11pm hosted by Ariella Kuper, one of South Africa’s leading auctioneers. The silent auction is open to attendees and remote bidders. Featuring a wide array of pieces valued between $200 and $15,000, this is a great opportunity for new and seasoned collectors alike to expand their collection while supporting a worthy cause.

The event’s name, Fight for Good is titled after the organizations’ good work and the event’s unique setting. The historic Gleason’s Gym has been the site of legendary boxing matches with Muhammad Ali, George Foreman, and the Raging Bull. For this benefit auction, the space will be transformed into a unique art experience with an open bar, VIP tables inside the ring, and an exciting live auction. Boxing gloves signed by legends Floyd Mayweather and Oscar De la Hoya will also be auctioned off.

Each artist’s works represent the fascinating culture and complex history of South Africa. Highlights of the collection include “The Lion King,” a large, colorful canvas by painter Joel Bermano. Inspired by his youth in South Africa and his struggles with bipolar disorder, the former beef jerky-making boxing promoter traded in his boxing gloves for a paint brush. In the years since, his works have been included in major private and corporate collections including Google, WeWork, and Princess Charlene of Monaco. Other highlights include sculptures by Anton Smit, Glen Josselsohn’s “Spectrum of Life,” and Lebogang Mabone’s “A Home Called ‘Marry Me.’”

The event will benefit Ubuntu Pathways and Operation Smile South Africa (OSSA). Ubuntu Pathways breaks the cycle of poverty by providing South Africa’s most vulnerable children with what all children deserve – everything, every day. OSSA is a non-profit medical service organization that provides free cleft lip and cleft palate reconstructive surgery.

Fight for Good takes place at Gleason’s Gym, 130 Water Street, Brooklyn, NY on Thursday, April 25 from 8pm to 11pm. Tickets are available for $150. For remote bidding, contact Danielle Winter at For more information about the event, contact Kate Lesnewich at or 646.827.1190.

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