Good Art, Cheap — For Charity!

A secret “New Area Nightclub” in the Meatpacking District will host Creative Time’s after-hours-themed benefit, honoring collector Liz Swig, in May. Uber-buyer Steven Cohen and Larry Gagosian are expected and participating artists include Marina Abramovic, Yoko Ono, David Salle and Cindy Sherman. Ryan McGinness', "Untitled (Peripheral Drift Illusion)", 2007, is expected to fetch around $5,000.


Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery

This Santa Barbara photographer's "Perfect in Paradise" series got her considerable critical recognition. Her newest giant brightly colored photos feature Pez dispensers, and one is on offer at the Bronx Museum of the Arts Gala May 18 at a suggested $2,000.  Bassett Blair isn't a household name, but her gallery represents well-known photographers Andreas Feininger and actor/director Leonard Nimoy.





Courtesy of the artist and Bonni Benrubi Gallery

On Friday April 15, Bomb Magazine hosted a gala and silent auction to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Star pieces in the auction included Carrie Mae Weems’ "Slow Fade to Black."


Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York

The Brooklyn Artists’ Ball, co-chaired by Sarah Jessica Parker and Liv Tyler, is in the museum's Great Hall April 27. It's one of the bigger annual art-world galas, and artists will be designing the table "environments." Individual tickets range from $500 to $1,500 with tables going for up to $50,000.



Courtesy of Keith Sirchio


"Alixa and Naima", 2010, a block print on mylar, coffee-stained and hand painted, by the Swoon collective, is being offered at the Creative Time gala. Bidding starts at $3,000.

Courtesy of the artist

Braman, an artist whose works are in the Saatchi and de la Cruz collections, was one of the artists offered at the Center's "Lucky Draw" last week. Each buyer of a $450 ticket was guaranteed an artwork.

Courtesy of the artist

Alternative art space Exit Art will host a benefit auction May 18, chaired by curator Neal Baer and comic book editor Jenette Kahn. Highlights of the auction include "Hua Hua", a block print and collage by Swoon, valued at $8,000.

Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York.

Hatoum's art is in the collection of about two dozen museums around the world. Exit Art will be offering this handmade paper by the Lebanese installation artist for about $4,500.

Courtesy of the artist and Alexander and Bonin, New York.

One of the more famous artists who has donated works to this year's slew of spring galas, Lawler's piece, "Recognition, Maybe", 2010 is being offered at the Bronx Museum fete.

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