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Viva DiverseWorks: Revolution-themed avant-garde auction turns 10, draws an artful protest

Viva DiverseWorks: Revolution-themed avant-garde auction turns 10, draws an artful protest

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Sixto Wagan , Karen Niemeier , Diane Barber , Michael Coppens Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Monica Danna , Dominic Walsh Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Bryan Miller , Patrick Reynolds Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Elizabeth Proctor , Jim Sitgreaves Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Major Miller , Gina Miller Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Ben DeSoto , Marti Corn , Y.E. Torres Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Celeste Tammariello , Myrla Vanegas Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Michael Wilde , Ann Wilde Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Marshal Lightman , Marc Schindler Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Adrienne de los Santos , J. Douglas Parker Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Diane Barber , Janet Phelps , Tria Wood Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Sixto Wagan , Apama Mackey Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Tracey Keegan , Patrick Keegan Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Aaron Courtland , Nicola Parente , Long Chu , Jack McBride Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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Stephen Hill , Ana Abud , Trevor Eadee Photo by Roswitha Vogler
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DiverseWorks is not Christie's or Sotheby's, so it is only fitting that its annual art auction be as iconoclastic as the innovative visual and performing arts programs that the contemporary non-profit provides the Houston community. As it turned one decade old on Wednesday evening, "Luck of the Draw X: Revolution!" was just as revolutionary as the day the auction was founded in 2001.

The auction's basis is that guests are doled out a number for the ticket price point they purchased, which is then called at random. When one's ticket is announced, the bidder has a mere 20 seconds to snag an 8.5 by 11 inch artwork that complies with his or her artistic leanings. Announcing the numbers at "Revolution!" was MC and DJ Graham Gaskill as event co-chairs Karen Niemeier and Michael Coppens observed the mad dash.

With the $100 tariff for a basic bid, "Luck of the Draw" offers emerging collectors a chance to own an artwork from a roster of 200-plus generous international artists. The spectacle was just as rewarding as receiving an artwork — especially when that show is accompanied by bites from Beaver's and FreeBird's Poparazzi's Popcorn, and drinks courtesy of Pura Vida Tequila and Real Ale Brewing Company.

Aside from the small works on paper were larger options up for a blind bid on the north side of the gallery, including impressive pieces by Brent Green, Libbie Masterson and Jim Nolan

The hyper collecting inside DiverseWorks was belied by the commotion on the art space's front porch, where local collective Continuum staged a popup performance artwork protesting the practice of purchasing artists' prints instead of original works of art.

Posters featured such statements as "Every time you buy a print an artist starves!," "Art shouldn't match furniture" and, "Mass-produced art does not come from the soul."