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Artist Community Makes Bid to Save the Earth at Christie’s

February 26, 2010

Scott Peterman, “NY_11D”, 2007. Archival pigment print, 25 x 19 5/8 inches. Edition of 10. Photo: Christie’s Images Ltd., 2010.

NEW YORK, NY.- Art and nature are unique in their power to elevate the human spirit. It should be no surprise that many of the world’s leading artists are making ‘A Bid to Save the Earth,’ by contributing works to the Green Auction, which will be held at Christie’s New York on April 22nd, 2010.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, is convening an unprecedented group of major figures from the art, philanthropy, finance, fashion and entertainment worlds to advocate for the Earth, our one and only home.

“Science and art are the most powerful forces in the world for changing perception and behavior. It’s a game changer to have the world’s most significant artists coming together in support of these leading environmental NGO’s,” said Susan Cohn Rockefeller. “This is the kind of collective action that will help us meet the tremendous challenges our Earth faces.”

This global initiative benefits four highly respected and effective environmental not for-profits: Oceana, Central Park Conservancy, Natural Resources Defense Council and Conservation International. Christie’s will waive all fees and commissions, so that the entirety of the proceeds raised can be used to advocate for the environment by these four leading organizations. The four groups have earned a top four-star rating by Charity Navigator, the not-for-profit rating agency.

The four NGO’s benefiting from the auction operate around the world, advocating on all seven continents. This international reach is mirrored by the origins of the artists contributing works to the auction, including Denmark’s Olafur Eliasson, Turner Prize winning British artists Damien Hirst and Keith Tyson, China’s Zeng Fanzhi and India’s Subodh Gupta. Regardless of their geographic home, the artists involved in the Green Auction are some of the most significant working today. Their involvement highlights the scale of the environmental challenge facing the planet and the commitment of so many ready to meet that challenge… More

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