12 November 2021
This November, Christie’s will offer a selection of four works in the Post-War and Contemorary Art Day Sale sold to benefit Public Art Fund’s mission. The group includes generous donations from contemporary artists Danielle Orchard, Ugo Rondinone, Marley Freeman and Huma Bhabha.
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As the leader in its field, Public Art Fund brings dynamic contemporary art to a broad audience in New York City and beyond by mounting ambitious free exhibitions of international scope and impact that offer the public powerful experiences with art and the urban environment.
Since its inception, Public Art Fund has presented more than 500 artists’ exhibitions and projects at sites throughout New York City’s five boroughs, making it possible for artists to engage diverse audiences and, along the way, redefine public art in relation to the changing nature of contemporary art.
Since 1977, Public Art Fund has presented more than 500 exhibitions by the world’s most compelling artists to broad audiences in New York City’s five boroughs and beyond. These dynamic free exhibitions—available for all to experience 24 hours a day, seven days a week—enhance our urban environment and offer the public access to powerful works of contemporary art without barriers like the cost of admission.
Early groundbreaking projects include Messages to the Public (1982-1990), an exhibition series that ran on an 800-square foot animated light board in Times Square and featured more than 70 artists, among them Guerrilla Girls, Keith Haring, Jenny Holzer, and Alfredo Jaar. More recently, we have presented iconic exhibitions including Ai Weiwei: Good Fences Make Good Neighbors (2017), Tauba Auerbach: Flow Separation (2018), Pope.L: Conquest (2019), Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales (2019), and have worked with dozens of emerging artists to realize new works that extend their practice into new realms. We have also developed permanent art programs for essential new infrastructure projects including LaGuardia Airport’s Terminal B (2020) and Moynihan Train Hall (2020) with artists including Elmgreen & Dragset, Laura Owens, Sarah Sze, and Kehinde Wiley.
At Public Art Fund, we believe in free access to great contemporary art for all, that artists are an essential part of our civic dialogue, and that art has the power to ignite conversation among different people, to open hearts and minds, and to help shape our collective future. We’re proud that the proceeds of this sale will both support Public Art Fund’s mission and the extraordinarily talented and generous artists who donated artworks.
20th/21st Century: New York
This November our new-look 20/21 sales return to New York featuring The Cox Collection | The Story of Impressionism, one of the greatest American collections to ever appear on the market. Masterpieces by Caillebotte, Cézanne and Van Gogh will headline the sales, with a portion of the sale proceeds to benefit educational purposes. Another notable collection of the season includes IMAGE WORLD: Property from a Private American Collection, which celebrates pioneering artists of the Pictures Generation, such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and Richard Prince.
Christie’s is proud to support philanthropic initiatives through our networks, whether by facilitating the sale of artwork to benefit important causes; offering, when we can, our salerooms as a venue for fundraising events; or providing expert charity auctioneers.