For the past five years, Artwalk NY has raised significant funding for The Coalition for the Homeless by hosting a silent auction, combining artists, art-enthusiasts, and philanthropists all in one room for one night. However, this year the organization has teamed up with the growing online auction site, Paddle8.
Recently, Paddle8 was in the news for their $34 million Series C funding. Big time players were attracted this time around, including international art dealer, David Zwirner, Chairman and CEO of International of Sony Music Entertainment, Edgar Berger, co-chairman of Working Title Films, Eric Fellner, and other influential business moguls and art collectors.
The site has been actively hosting pieces up for auction at the event on November 17th. Until then, prints, sculptures, and paintings by both emerging and mid-career artists including Rashid Johnson, Tracey Emin, Patricia Cronin, Tara Donovan, Jenny Holzer, and many others will be up for bidding, and then will be “transferred” over to the live auction on the 17th. Although the auction boasts charity funding as their biggest priority, we can’t help but notice the impressive bevy of works up for auction.
The proceeds from the event aims to raise awareness about the issues of homelessness, poverty and social justice and provide emergency food and clothing, eviction prevention, crisis services, permanent housing, job training and special programs for kids to over 3,500 New Yorkers each day. To find out more information on the Paddle8 auction or Coalition for the Homeless check out the organization’s website.
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