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Gen Art kick-off Grammy Week with "Worlds on Fire: Grammy-Nominated Artist Exhibition" at the Pacific Electric Lofts

The VIP silent auction party, which included local artist Gary Baseman's rendition of Kanye West wearing a Batman hoodie ($10,000), and Brian Walsh's Jay-Z portrait, left, done in broken vinyl records ($15,000), raised $115,800 for local charities including the Peapod Foundation, will.i.am's charitable foundation that helps kids in inner-city schools — $110,000 from the sale of the "I.am.o.phone," a working, modern-era turntable hooked up to an old-school, brass-horn gramophone created by the artist himself (and, not coincidentally, the namesake of the gilded Grammy Awards being handed out today at Staples Center.) Lawrence K. Ho/ Los Angeles Times