ART BENEFITS FOR JANUARY 2012Jan. 4, 2011
Selling donated artworks for a good cause is a time-honored way to raise funds for charity. Herewith, three art benefits in Manhattan coming up this month.
• Postcards from the Edge, the 14th annual benefit for Visual AIDS, takes place at Cheim & Read on Jan. 6-8, 2011. Over 1,400 postcard-sized artworks, displayed anonymously, are available for purchase for $85 each on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 10 am on Jan. 7. The preview party, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, 6-8 pm -- admission $85, payable at the door -- features the chance to view the entire collection (with no sales) and bid on a selection of works offered in a silent auction. The event includes 10 VIP access tickets to the next day’s event -- go straight to the head of the line, no waiting. For more info, click here.
• Changing the World through Art auction and gala to benefit the Time In children’s arts initiative takes place once again this year at Haunch of Venison gallery -- though at the new space at 550 West 21st Street in Chelsea -- on Jan. 12, 2012. The event honors artists Ahmed Alsoudani and Leonardo Drew, and has several honorary chairs, including Marianne Boesky, Elyse Goldberg and Kathleen & Douglas Landy.
The evening includes a preview of a new performance work by Carol Szymanski with Ben Neill based on poems by Aram Saroyan. The live auction is conducted by Sara Friedlander of Christie’s. Images of donated works by a long list of participating artists can be seen here. Time In brings young "at risk" kids to museums, galleries and other art events on a weekly basis as part of their regular schooling. Tickets for the benefit start at $125.
• Flux Factory Not-So-Silent Art Auction & Gala, held at Center 548 at 548 West 22nd Street, features over 100 works by members of the celebrated Long Island City art collective. Honoring Creative Time curator Nato Thompson and Art Fag City blogger Paddy Johnson, the event includes DJ stylings by We Are Architects and special "knock-off" stations where supporters can commission artists to make an artwork live on command. Participating artists include Bo Bartlett, Eric Doeringer, Dasha Shishkin, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Mark Dion, Swoon and the Yes Men. Tickets start at $50. For more info, click here.