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    Free Arts NYC 8TH Annual Art + Photography Auction

    Date: 3 Mar 2007 | | Views: 4008

    NEW YORK, NY - Free Arts NYC is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Art Auction Benefit, Portraits & Polaroids, which will take place on Monday, April 23rd in at Milk Gallery, located at 450 West 15th Street in New York. Actresses Scarlett Johansson and Liv Tyler will serve as event hosts, joining Free Arts NYC Board Members and event co-chairs Amy Sacco and Mary Alice Stephenson. This year’s auctioneer is Phillips de Pury Chairman Simon de Pury, also a Free Arts board member.

    For the fifth consecutive year, this live auction will present unique, large-scale 20” x 24” Polaroid prints, created specifically for Free Arts by leading contemporary artists, alongside several portraits by commission. The benefit also features a silent auction of approximately 50 artworks 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. Philips de Pury specialists will mount the exhibition, which is a Milk Gallery Project and will be sponsored by Vanity Fair Magazine and other distinguished corporate and private sponsors. Participating artists include Alex Katz, Jeremy Blake, Chuck Close, Tom Friedman, Adam Fuss, and Christopher Wool, among others.

    In 2006, the event raised over $555,000. All proceeds go directly to support Free Arts programs, bringing art and creative activities to abused and underprivileged children in New York City. To date, we have provided over 20,000 children with positive artistic experiences. They have been encouraged to explore their talents and creativity while building self-esteem. Free Arts partners with more than 35 social services agencies in New York, including those working with the homeless, victims of domestic violence, foster children, and persons with HIV/AIDS, among others. 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.

    Tickets (starting at $250) and information are available through Free Arts NYC at 212 974-9092 or online at www.freeartsnyc.org.

    Source: artdaily.org

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