Free Arts NYC’s Annual Art & Photography Auction, Portraits & Polaroids, to be held April 30
For the sixth consecutive year, this live auction will present unique, large-scale 20x24 Polaroid prints, created specifically for Free Arts NYC by leading contemporary artists such as Christopher Wool, Chuck Close, Richard Prince, Adam Fuss, Kehinde Wiley, James Nares, Spencer Tunick and Rirkrit Tiravanija among others. The benefit will also feature a silent auction of 75 artworks loosely based on the theme of “The Portrait” in the broadest and most contemporary sense. Portraits may be realist or surrealist, representational or abstract, traditional or conceptual.
Last year’s benefit raised over $650,000, adding to the $3 million the event has raised to-date for Free Arts NYC programs, bringing art and creative activities to under-served children and families in New York City. Free Arts NYC founder Liz Hopfan said, “Every child deserves food clothing and shelter. At Free Arts NYC, we also believe they deserve paint, glitter, clay, and the opportunity to express themselves creatively. The extraordinary generosity of our supporting artists helps make this possible.” In the past 10 years, Free Arts NYC has served over 23,000 children, encouraging them to explore their talents and creativity while building self-esteem through positive artistic experiences. Free Arts NYC partners with more than 30 social service agencies in New York City, including those working with the homeless, victims of domestic violence and foster children. Budgetary cuts in New York City have made creative and arts programs scarce, and they have been all but eliminated for the group that is served by Free Arts -- the children most in need of creative expression.
To view the fully illustrated auction catalog, and place bids, please visit www.LiveAuctioneers.com.