Art for a Cause

Candida Höfer's Universitätsbibliothek Helsinki 2001 c-print 15 x 15 inches (38 x 38 cm) edition of 40 minimum donation: EUR 1,500

Thursday, 27 February from 6-8pm, Peter Freeman, Inc. opens a two-week benefit exhibition for the Shelter Foundation.

Shelter raises awareness of the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women, and supports organizations delivering aid and education to women forced into prostitution, mainly in the Balkans.  Created in 2001 in Basel, Switzerland, by Alexander and Silke von Berswordt-Wallrabe, the foundation uses art to ignite the donating spirit.

All works in the exhibition are available for minimum donation prices.  Artists, like Richard Serra (a Shelter Foundation Council Member), Lee Ufan, and Candida Höfer have donated works -most are editions of forty.  Before this New York incarnation, the exhibition has been shown in Amsterdam, and at various museums in Germany in Spain.

For this venue, Peter Freeman, Inc. artists have also donated works -some unique, others in small editions.  Some highlights:

Helen Mirra’s Untitled Photograph (G/T), 2008 two framed color photographs 18 1/2 x 23 5/8 inches (47 x 60 cm) edition 4 of 4 minimum donation: EUR 5,500. (including frame)

Helen Mirra has given Untitled Photographs (G/T) (2008), a work comprised of two photographs, each showing bird houses in the Swiss forest behind the mental institution where the Swiss writer, Robert Walser, spent his final years.  The photographs are installed apart, to ensure they cannot be seen simultaneously.

Franz Erhard Walther’s Untitled (1969)

Franz Erhard Walther’s Untitled (1969) folded canvas work is intended to be touched: You rest your hand on it—the work is about the hand’s relationship to the cloth—is your hand the sculpture and the fabric the plinth, or when you hold the cloth, is your hand the plinth? Is the action itself the work? You open the folded cloth—with this action and contemplation, the work is about a book, or is it empty, and is what you imagine it to be the work?  (Take note if this piece if you love DIA Beacon’s amazing show of Walther’s complete 1.Werksatz series!)

Mel Bochner’s Mixed Signals #1 1996 acrylic on four sheets of Mylar 21 x 21 inches (53.34 x 53.34 cm) minimum donation: US$ 20,000. (including frame)

Also available: Mel Bochner’s unique work on paper, Mixed Signals #1 (1996), in which he continues his exploration of spacial systems, on four seemingly intertwined pieces of Mylar, and Fiona Tan’s Narsholmen III (2008), a photograph of the haunting, haggard Swedish landscape.

Fiona Tan’s Narsholmen III, 2008 black and white photograph on baryta paper image: 29 7/8 x 39 inches (76 x 99 cm)

For more information on the Shelter Foundation, see: www.shelter-foundation.org.
For a complete list of artists and works, see: www.peterfreemanin.com.

Benefit Exhibition for the Shelter Foundation: Art Against Trafficking in Women and Sexual Exploitation, 27 January – 12 February 2011, at Peter Freeman, Inc. Opening reception, 27 January, 6-8 pm.  Peter Freeman, Inc. 560 Broadway, Suite 602/603 New York, NY 10023.

An exhibition catalogue is available for US$ 10.00; all proceeds will go to the foundation.

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