NEW YORK, December 2008 -- Every year, Visual AIDS, New York’s premiere non-profit organization working between art and AIDS hosts its largest fundraiser, Postcards From the Edge. Known within the art scene as the most exciting and affordable way to add to a collection, Postcards From the Edge offers a unique opportunity for buyers to acquire original, postcard-sized artwork for less than a round of cocktails ($75, give or take a martini).
The benefit sale will open on Saturday, January 10, 2009 from 11:00AM – 7:00PM. The sale is open to the public with a suggested admission price of $5. A Preview Cocktail Party and raffle (no sales) will be held on Friday, January 9 from 6:00PM – 8:00PM. Admission to the Preview is free for all participating artists. Admission for all other attendees is $75, and will include a raffle ticket to win first choice of the one and only card to be taken down that evening. All events will be held at Metro Pictures located at 519 West 24th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues.
Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, each piece is exhibited anonymously, and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece by a famous artist, or one who’s just making his/her debut in the art world. Nonetheless, collectors walk away with something beautiful, a piece of art they love.
Most importantly, by participating in Postcards From the Edge, collectors support the activities of Visual AIDS, enabling the organization to produce AIDS-focused contemporary art programs and provide supplies and technical assistance to artists living with HIV/AIDS, many who are unable to continue producing work without such aid. All Postcards From the Edge proceeds—100% of all sales—support the programs of Visual AIDS.
Participating artists include Vito Acconci, Ida Applebroog, John Baldessari, Nayland Blake, Ross Bleckner, Olaf Breuning, Michael Joo, Patty Chang, Marcel Dzama, Alfredo Jaar, Emily Jacir, Chris Johanson, Jeff Koons, Louise Lawler, Glenn Ligon, Robert Longo, McDermott & McGough, Barry McGee, Marilyn Minter, Yoko Ono, Jack Pierson, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, Kara Walker, John Waters, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, Fred Wilson, and over 1500 hugely diverse artists that will captivate everyones tastes.