About the BAMart Silent Auction
BAM is pleased to announce the Seventh Annual BAMart Silent Auction, featuring works from both internationally renowned and emerging local artists. This 12-day event begins March 30 and a cocktail reception will take place on April 10 from 3-6 pm. Works for auction will be on public display in the Peter Jay Sharp Building lobby at 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, from March 30-April 10 (Noon to 11pm). Art can also be viewed online at BAM.org/auction. Bidding will be done online, enabling interested parties to participate from any location, 24 hours a day. Proceeds from the auction will benefit BAM and its programs.
This year, Laurie Simmons and Carroll Dunham serve as BAMart Silent Auction Honorary Artist Chairs, overseeing more than 60 leading gallerists, curators and art world figures to procure works both by young, cutting-edge artists and established artists of international acclaim. The BAMart Silent Auction is an excellent opportunity for collectors to obtain quality works and support BAM in the process. The Auction also underscores BAMart's commitment to the growing community of visual artists based in Brooklyn while cultivating a new group of BAM supporters.
The 2011 BAMart Silent Auction features:
● A lobby installation of more than 100 new works from a diverse group of artists
● 24-hour online bidding via an art auction website (BAM.org/auction)
● An April 10 cocktail reception from 3--6pm with participating artists scheduled to attend.
BAM and the contemporary visual arts have a long-standing connection. From its inception in 1983, the Next Wave Festival has commissioned posters and cover art by renowned visual artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Susan Rothenberg, and Willem de Kooning. Today, in conjunction with BAM's celebrated Next Wave Festival each fall, BAMart presents Next Wave Art--curated exhibitions of work by emerging and Brooklyn-based artists on view throughout the BAM facilities and presented free of charge.
Currently BAM invites one or two artists per season to provide cover art for the BAMbill, the house program distributed to each audience member. These works are also displayed in the lobbies of the Peter Jay Sharp Building and/or the BAM Harvey Theater for the enjoyment of all who come to BAM, and are often sold to a BAM patron at the end of a season, with proceeds benefiting BAM. Recent cover artists have included William Wegman, Alex Katz, Roy Kortik, Cecily Brown, Yoshitomo Nara, Clifford Ross, Mary Heilmann, The Clayton Brothers, McDermott & McGough, Julie Heffernan, Adam Fuss, and Robin F. Williams
Over the years, BAM has accrued a sizable and noteworthy collection of artworks, and has commissioned projects such as BAMart's Print Portfolios, Photography Portfolios, and other special collections. BAM's collection includes works in many different media and from different decades, including prints by Louise Bourgeois and Jim Dine, photography by Thomas Struth and Vanessa Beecroft, and paintings by Francesco Clemente, among others. When a special exhibition is not taking place, BAM's Diker Gallery and Natman Room become showcases for works from BAM's collection, ensuring that BAM has year-round exhibitions of visual arts.
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