The Hauser & Wirth Gallery is staging “Artists for New York,” a major initiative to raise funds in support of a group of pioneering non-profit visual arts organizations across New York City that have been profoundly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. “Artists for New York” includes over 100 art works committed by major artists, which will be sold to benefit these institutions that have played a significant role in shaping the city’s rich cultural history and will play a critical role in its future recovery. The institutions targeted include Artists Space, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, Dia Art Foundation, The Drawing Center, El Museo del Barrio, High Line Art, MoMA PS1, New Museum, Public Art Fund, Queens Museum, SculptureCenter, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Swiss Institute, and White Columns.
As of yesterday, Hauser & Wirth is presenting all of the artworks donated to “Artists for New York” to a global audience online, which you can see here. Many of the artworks will also be shown to the public at Hauser & Wirth’s two New York gallery spaces at 542 West 22nd Street and 32 East 69th Street, from October 6th to the 22nd.
The gallery explains: “All artists participating in ‘Artists for New York’ have agreed to donate their artwork so that at least half of all proceeds go to the identified New York City non-profit institutions and charitable partners. After deduction of any share of proceeds to be retained by the artists, and reimbursement of nominal fundraising expenses, all proceeds from ‘Artists for New York’ will be donated to the above-mentioned non-profits. Hauser & Wirth will forego all fees and commissions on sale of artworks.”
Marc Payot, President of Hauser & Wirth, adds this: “For us, ‘Artists for New York’ is a way to support and give back to that community at a critical moment. Through years of adventurous programs with living artists, these fourteen bellwether non-profits have expanded awareness and understanding of society’s complexities and potential. They’ve introduced us to new art and new ways of thinking, they’ve enriched all of our lives. And we believe they will together play a central role in the city’s recovery from this unprecedented time of difficulty, helping their communities to restore, revive, and forge new paths for the future. Most of all, they will continue to foster the breakthroughs of artists.”