Printed Matter, Inc., the New York-based non-profit organization committed to the dissemination and appreciation of publications made by artists, will host a Benefit Auction and Selling Exhibition at the Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space to help mitigate damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. During the storm, Printed Matter experienced severe basement flooding resulting in the loss of 9,000 books, as well as significant damage to their 36-year-old archive. Proceeds from the Benefit will support their recovery as well as aid the organization in its capacity-building effort to establish a more durable foundation for its services into the future.
The Sandy Relief Benefit Auction has three basic components: a selling exhibition of rare publications and other donated works; an online, silent auction of artworks on display at the venue; and a live auction of selected works that will close the Benefit on March 9.
A special preview and reception will be held February 28th, 6-8pm, to mark the unveiling of all 120 works and to thank the participating artists and donors. The opening will feature a solo performance by cellist Julia Kent (Antony and the Johnsons and ex-Rasputina), followed by a shared DJ set from Lizzi Bougatsos (Gang Gang Dance) & Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio). The event is free and open to the public.
All works will then be available for viewing at the Rauschenberg Project Space March 1–9, 11–7pm. A majority of the works will be available for bidding during this time. Bids can be made online or at the venue. All Selling Exhibition works may be viewed and purchased at the venue during this period as well.
The Live Auction will take place March 9, 6–8:30pm with approximately 20 selected works to be auctioned. Bidding will commence at 7pm sharp, while final bids and offers on all other works can also be made. The evening will feature a performance by Alex Waterman on solo cello with electronics. Tickets may be pre-purchased here.
Highlighted auction works include an oversize ektacolor photograph from Richard Prince, a woven canvas piece from Tauba Auerbach, an acrylic and newsprint work from Rirkrit Tiravanija, a large-scale Canopy painting from Fredrik Værslev, a rare dye transfer print from Zoe Leonard, a book painting by Paul Chan, a seven-panel plexi-work from Kerstin Brätsch, a carbon-on-paper work from Frances Stark, a C-print from Hans Haacke, a firefly drawing from Philippe Parreno, a mixed-media NASA wall-piece from Tom Sachs, a unique print from Rachel Harrison, a vintage xerox poem from Carl Andre, an encyclopedia set of handmade books from Josh Smith, a photograph from Klara Liden, a tabletop sculpture from Carol Bove, Ed Ruscha’s Rooftops Portfolio, as well as original works by Cecily Brown, Cheyney Thompson, Dan Colen, Adam McEwen, RH Quaytman, and many others. Preview all works here.
In addition to auction works, a vitrine-based exhibition of rare books, artworks and ephemera are available for viewing and purchase. This material includes some truly remarkable items from the personal collection of Robert Rauschenberg, donated by the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation in memory of the late Printed Matter Board Member John McWhinnie. Among the works available are books and artworks from Marcel Duchamp, Willem de Kooning, Alfred Steiglitz, Joseph Beuys, Brigid Berlin (Polk), as well as a Claes Oldenburg sculpture, a rare William S. Burroughs manuscript, and the Anthology Film Archive Portfolio (1982). Additional vintage artists’ books have been generously donated by the Sol LeWitt Estate. Works include pristine copies of Autobiography (1980), Four Basic Kinds of Straight Lines (1969), Incomplete Open Cubes (1974), and others. Three Star Books have kindly donated a deluxe set of their Maurizio Cattelan book edition.
Includes works by:
Michele Abeles, Ricci Albenda, Carl Andre, Cory Arcangel, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Tauba Auerbach, Trisha Baga, John Baldessari, Sebastian Black, Mark Borthwick, Carol Bove, Kerstin Brätsch, Sascha Braunig, Olaf Breuning, Cecily Brown, Sophie Calle, Robin Cameron, Sean Joseph Patrick Carney, Nathan Carter, Paul Chan, Dan Colen, David Kennedy Cutler, Liz Deschenes, Mark Dion, Shannon Ebner, Edie Fake, Matias Faldbakken, Dan Graham, Robert Greene, Hans Haacke, Marc Handelman, Rachel Harrison, Jesse Hlebo, Carsten Höller, David Horvitz, Marc Hundley, Alfredo Jaar, Chris Johanson, Terence Koh, Joseph Kosuth, Louise Lawler, Pierre Le Hors, Leigh Ledare, Zoe Leonard, Sam Lewitt, Klara Liden, Peter Liversidge, Charles Long, Mary Lum, Noah Lyon, McDermott & McGough, Adam McEwen, Ryan McNamara, Christian Marclay, Ari Marcopoulos, Gordon Matta-Clark, Wes Mills, Jonathan Monk, Rick Myers, Laurel Nakadate, Olaf Nicolai, Adam O’Reilly, Philippe Parreno, Jack Pierson, Richard Prince, RH Quaytman, Eileen Quinlan, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, David Sandlin, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Cindy Sherman, Josh Smith, Keith Smith, Buzz Spector, Frances Stark, Emily Sundblad, Andrew Sutherland, Peter Sutherland, Sarah Sze, Panayiotis Terzis, Cheyney Thompson, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Nicola Tyson, Penelope Umbrico, Fredrik Værslev, Visitor, Danh Vo, Dan Walsh and Ofer Wolberger.
Miguel Abreu, Cecilia Alemani, Fabiola Alondra, John Auerbach, Tauba Auerbach, Maria Beaulieu, Andrew Black, Tanya Bonakdar, Christophe Boutin, AA Bronson, Gavin Brown, Ashley Carr (Special Advisor), Mickey Cartin, Eleanor Cayre, Adam Cohen, Eileen Cohen, Michael Cohen, Paula Cooper, Igor DaCosta, Elizabeth Dee, Jeffrey Deitch, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Michele Oka Doner, Dana Farouki, Tim Fleming, Janine Foeller, Charlotte Ford, Larry Gagosian, Suzanne Geiss, Michael Gillespie, Casper Grathwohl, Carol Greene, Agnes Gund, Janice Guy, Jane Hait, Susan Harris, Jessica Hart, Jon Hendricks, Matthew Higgs (Special Advisor), Milan Hughston, Michael Jenkins, Miriam Katzeff, Sean Kelly, David Kiehl, Michele Gerber Klein, David Leiber, Paul Leong, Ken Maxwell, Robert McKenzie (Special Advisor), Gregory R. Miller, Suzanne Modica (Special Advisor), Paul Morris, Barbara Morse, Howard Morse, Stavros Niarchos, Carolina Nitsch, Sam Orlofsky, Anne Pasternak, Timothy Peterson, Friedrich Petzel, Bill Powers, Cay Sophie Rabinowitz, Bobby Rainwater, Mélanie Scarciglia, David Shapiro, Charlotte Sheedy, Bruce Sherman, Bruce Silverstein, Pascal Spengemann, Rob Teeters, Jeffrey Teuton, John Thomson, Liam D. van Loenen, John Waters and Edsel Williams.
Printed Matter would like to extend our deep gratitude to the amazing generosity of contributing artists, supporting gallerists, as well as the Benefit Committee and others. Special thanks to the Rauschenberg Foundation for hosting the event and for their kind support.
If you cannot attend the event but would like to support the organization, contributions may be made here.
For enquiries and absentee bidding, please contact Executive Director James Jenkin at 212 925 0325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Printed Matter, Inc. is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 1976 by artists and art workers with the mission to foster the appreciation, dissemination, and understanding of artists’ books and other artists’ publications.