David Zwirner Is Hosting a Star-Studded Sale With Works by More Than 100 Artists to Raise Money for Joe Biden’s Campaign
Works from artists including Richard Serra, Kehinde Wiley, and Chloe Wise will be available on Platform.art.
More than 100 artists and estates are donating works for a fundraiser supporting Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Pieces by Jeff Koons, Kehinde Wiley, and Carmen Herrera are among those that will be available in an exclusive online “Artists for Biden” sale next month, with the proceeds benefitting the Biden Victory Fund, the official Biden presidential fundraising committee.
“The campaign was excited to do an art-world fundraiser,” art dealer David Zwirner, who is spearheading the sale, told Artnet News. “This is a historic election, nobody will argue with that. Artists are extremely excited by this, hence the very generous outpouring of donations.”
Eleven Zwirner artists are partaking in the sale, including Carol Bove, Marcel Dzama, Alice Neel, and Richard Serra.
“Jeff Koons made an incredible print of an American flag,” Zwirner said. “Incredibly generously, he has made the entire edition of 40 available for the sale.”
The main focus, however, isn’t the individual artists taking part, but the joint effort to defeat Donald Trump on November 3. “Nobody is in the limelight here—it’s really the art world that’s featured, and how generous it can be and how united it can be,” Zwirner said.
The hope is to attract a wide swath of Biden supporters, with works priced between $2,500 and $350,000, appealing to both deep-pocketed collectors, and those just starting out.
Biden’s team approached Zwirner to put the fundraiser together because the gallery had extensive experience in online art sales, having launched its first online viewing room in January 2017. During lockdown, the model evolved into Platform, a online space that hosted 49 galleries from five cities that sold works through Zwirner’s website.
Now, with the launch of “Artists for Biden,” Zwirner is unveiling a new Platform.art website.
“When Platform was routed through the David Zwirner website, that of course worked beautifully with younger colleagues who were excited to get to know our clients,” Zwirner said. “We realized right away if we wanted to stage a successful fundraiser, it would be very difficult to ask other gallerists who were so generously participating to have their clients log onto our website.”
The Biden campaign was in charge of facilitating donations from artists, aided by volunteers who work in the art world. Galleries that pitched in to make the sale a reality include Gladstone, Lehmann Maupin, and Marian Goodman Gallery, among others.
“It’s the who’s who of galleries… there was no hesitation here from anybody to help out,” Zwirner said. “It’s an extremely collegial project—extremely heartwarming in this difficult year to see how everybody comes together. I’ve rarely ever seen the arts community as united as it is right now in the need and wish for a change in direction.”
And although the election is controversial, the dealer isn’t afraid that this foray into campaigning could hurt the Zwirner brand.
“Should galleries be political? I think they have to be at certain points, because artists are political,” he said. “I have a lot of great collectors who are certainly Republican, and I hope they won’t hold this against me!”
The sale runs from October 2 through 8, with a preview day on October 1.
See the full list of participating artists below.
John Baldessari (donated by Gemini G.E.L.)
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Ayana V. Jackson
Christine Sun Kim
Brice Marden (one work donated by the artist, the other by Gemini G.E.L.)
Robert Rauschenberg (donated by Gemini G.E.L.)
Charline von Heyl
Carrie Mae Weems
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