Damian Loeb, Metropolitan, oil on linen, 2004
Here's a shoutout to those who are in the market to buy some good art. This Wednesday is Downtown for Democracy's artist-curated, silent auction to benefit their "Take Back New York!" campaign at Gavin Brown's Enterprise.
Downtown for Democracy (D4D) is a smart, spirited organization that mobilizes New York City's creative community to engage new voters and elect progressive candidates. Their events always have a way of delighting and surprising me.
Once, during a reading, Salman Rushdie dropped in to read his Dr. Seuss-inspired "How the Grinch took the 2000 Election." Another time I came home with a temporary tattoo designed by the artist Ed Ruscha on the small of my back.
The draw with this event is to see what young emerging talent is selected by their panel of established artist-curators. Below are samples of work by a few of the artists rumored to be featured in the auction – just to give you a sense of what might turn up on the walls Dec 7.
Adam Cvijanovic Iceberg, detail of installation in progress at the Hammer Museum, Latex & flasche on tyvek, 2005.
Sculptures by Jon Kessler, one of the artist-curators who is also donating a work of his own
No matter your political leanings, if you want to bolster your art collection, or simply see what is hot right now – don't miss this event. You just might get a great deal on a rising star.
Come check it out:
Wednesday, December 7
Gavin Brown's Enterprise, 20 Greenwich Street (corner of Leroy)
from 6-10pm (auction closes at 9pm promptly).
Auction tickets are $50 in advance (call or visit the website) or $65 at the door.
Public viewing of the art for auction: Dec 6 & 7, 12-6 p.m.
Work by Dana Schutz, one of the artist-curators.
The artist/curators for the event are:
* if you don't want to shell out for the ticket, but still want to support their cause (or find a cool Christmas present for the politically minded folks in your life), check out their clever t-shirt designs for sale on their website. Mad Cowboy Disease is a personal fave.