Do you miss going to art galleries? I sure do. I know that many galleries have reopened, but as a fairly enthusiastic fan who used to spend nearly every Thursday evening roaming the streets of Chelsea, the scene just feels so dead while Covid keeps us from gathering together to celebrate our shared passion for art. Art! Because of this — even though I’ve been hitting the museums pretty hard — I’ve been feeling rather art-starved over the past year, and that’s just a shame.
I am overjoyed then to tell you of a Massive Show of Tiny Art called Postcards From the Edge that will allow you to get your art-fix on from the safety of your own home, because the whole thing is happening online! But wait, theres more: Postcards From the Edge will allow you to purchase original artworks — many from celebrated artists — for just $85! Not to mention, but you can see I am about to, proceeds from all sales of the art will support a charitable cause! Win, Win, Win! The exhibit kicks off on January 9th and runs through the 15th. Postcards From The Edge will be a must-attend event for Artists and Collectors, with artworks by Deborah Kass, Julie Mehretu, Amy Sillman, William Wegman, Liliana Porter, Robert Longo, Marilyn Minter, Catherine Opie, Jim Hodges, Louis Fratino, Hans Haacke and many more available for the unheard of price just $85 each Here’s how it works.
Visual AIDS, the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS and HIV awareness through dialogue, art exhibitions and public forums, is sponsoring Postcards from the Edge as their annual fundraiser. This is a unique opportunity for buyers to acquire original postcard-sized artwork from both famous and emerging artists anonymously on display, with the virtual sale open to the public.
With the inaugural event held in December of 1998, the annual Postcards from the Edge has sold anonymous postcards from celebrated artists like Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois and Ed Ruscha and raised over $2 million to support the organization’s ability to produce AIDS-focused contemporary art programs and provide supplies and assistance to artists living with HIV/AIDS. Exhibiting over 1,000 pieces of 4×6 postcard sized art in a range of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, textiles, collage and more, pieces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased, with their signature on the back. At the price of $85 each for all pieces, collectors can try their luck at selecting works by famous artists, or simply buy work they like.
While having been held in prominent galleries across New York City over its 22-year history, the organization will hold the event virtually this year due to extended COVID related closures. Through pivoting to a virtual model, the attendance of this event can now extend past a local reach for the first time and hopes to draw in appreciators of art from throughout the U.S.
“In past years, long lines have formed outside our host gallery in anticipation of the event, with eager guests running through the doors as the sale began, hoping to be the first to spot and purchase works by well-known artists,” explains Esther McGowan, Executive Director of Visual AIDS. “The silver lining to this year’s virtual event is being able to invite more arts enthusiasts from all over the U.S. to join us for this special event and work together to raise funds so that we can continue our AIDS activism work and support artists living with HIV.”
The online benefit will begin at 10:00 AM Saturday, January 9th and close at Midnight, Friday January 15th. All artworks will be sold at $85.00 The online gallery and sale will be hosted at postcards.visualaids.org. The site is designed by web design firm Partner & Partners. There is no fee to browse the online gallery. A “buy 4 get the 5th free” special will be in place throughout the length of the sale. An additional complementary auction of larger works will be happening at artsy.net/visualaids from 2:00 PM January 8th at to the 22nd.
I can’t wait for Saturday!