Art World Rallies for Hurricane Relief

Superstorm Sandy really did a number on the New York area. The art world was hit hard, with galleries and studios flooded, archives lost, and artworks irreversibly damaged (read Jerry Saltz’s heart-wrenching report about destroyed Chelsea galleries here, and the New York Times survey of the scene here).

Art organizations across the Northeast quickly rallied to raise money for their friends and colleagues. Here is an (incomplete) list of who is doing what and how you can support their efforts:

20 x 200

Jen Beckman’s 20×200 website for affordable art prints immediately launched a Sandy benefit edition print with proceeds going to the American Red Cross. The work comes in 5 different sizes, with prices ranging from $24 – $2400. Get yours here. The website has also collaborated with TIME’s photo editors to release a selection of images from famed photographers with proceeds benefiting a variety of hurricane relief charities. The images will go on sale Monday, November 19, so be sure to check back on their website next week.

Blue Marble (Sandy Benefit Edition) by 20×200 Artist Fund

Artspace has teamed up with Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York to sell a limited edition print by William N. Copley. The print, in collaboration with Pace Prints and the William N. Copley Estate, is being sold exclusively on Artspace and is based on Copley’s Think (Flag), 1972. The work comes in an edition of 250 for $200, and 100% of proceeds benefit the Art Dealers Association of America Relief Fund. Artspace has also created an entire “Hurricane Sandy Benefit Collection” with select works from their site, the proceeds of which also benefit the ADAA relief fund. You can view the full collection here to shop for a good cause. (Side note: if you live in NYC, Artspace and Paul Kasmin Gallery are throwing a Sandy Benefit party at Chelsea’s Hotel Americano tonight from 6-9!)

I may be slightly biased because I work for Artspace, but I am obsessed with this print.

William N. Copley, Think (Flag), 2012

Yale School of Art

The Yale School of Art is holding an exhibition and auction with proceeds benefiting charities that provide assistance to those affected by the storm in the Rockaways, Staten Island, and within the creative arts community. Auction works will be donated by faculty and graduate students at the school, and the event is set to take place on December 5th. For more information, click here.

Powerhouse Books

Powerhouse books is hosting a “Sandy Hates Book” fundraiser tomorrow, November 17th,from 12-9pm  to help rebuild and restock their store. There will be drinks, music, and appearances by some of their favorite authors. Information can be found here.

Grey Area

Artist Sebastian Errazuriz’s studio was paralyzed after the hurricane. Unable to work and wanting to do something to help, the artist designed a t-shirt inspired by his visit to the Chelsea galleries and the water lines that marked the walls of the flooded spaces.  100% of profits from shirt sales go to Hurricane Sandy relief programs. This might be the first time I have ever wanted a tourist favorite “I Love NY” t-shirt!

Errazuriz’s t-shirt, available at Grey Area


The New York Foundation for the Arts has set up the NYFA Emergency Relief Fund, set to launch November 21. Supported by the Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and Lambent Foundations, the Fund assists artists with damages and losses that resulted from the storm. NYFA expects grants to range from $1,000-$15,000, and artists can apply here:

MoMA P.S 1

Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA P.S. 1, immediately rallied patrons and community residents after the storm to bring a tour bus backed with volunteers to the Rockaways to help with hurricane relief efforts. Biesenbach, who considers the Rockaways a vital artist “utopia,” turned his museum into a shelter for displaced residents and drafted an open letter to Mayor Bloomberg signed by high-profile celebrities and New York residents calling for additional aid in the area. Learn more about Biesenbach’s efforts in this New York Times profile.

The list definitely does not end there, as so many other members of the art community are rallying to help one another. HuffPo has a great roundup that includes benefit concerts here. So now you all have no excuse not to contribute to those who need it most!

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