Auction To Help Fund New Harlem Art Museum

March 13, 2018

A group of prominent artists will donate pieces to benefit The Studio Museum in Harlem in its upcoming move to a brand-new facility, auction house Sotheby’s announced. The artworks will be sold by the auction house during its May 16 and 17, 2018, contemporary art auctions in New York City.

The group donating works to the auction includes artists such as Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Mark Bradford, Sam Gilliam, Rashid Johnson, Glenn Ligon, Julie Mehretu, Lorna Simpson and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Sotheby’s announced. Each artist has a relationship with The Studio Museum in Harlem, some spanning the institution’s 50-year history.

The auction event will be called “Creating Space: Artists for The Studio Museum in Harlem: An Auction to Benefit the Museum’s New Building.”

“I’m profoundly touched by the tremendous generosity that artists and their representatives have demonstrated for this project,” Thelma Golden, director and chief curator at the museum, said in a statement. “Artists are at the heart of everything the Studio Museum has done for the past fifty years—from our foundational Artist-in Residence program to creating impactful exhibitions of artists of African descent at every stage in their careers. It means so much to have artists support us in creating this dynamic new building, where their work can engage the public even more deeply.” reports Patch.

The Studio Museum in Harlem filed permits with the city Department of Buildings in January to move forward with the construction of its new six-story facility on West 125th Street between Lenox and Seventh avenues, according to public records


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The David Adjaye-designed building will rise 122 feet tall and contain 67,367 square feet of museum space, according to the development plans. The new museum complex will feature galleries on several floors, a cafe, a rooftop terrace, workshop space and an auditorium, according to the building plans.

The Studio Museum first announced plans to build a new home in 2015 after outgrowing its current space — a century-old commercial building adapted for museum use in the 80s.

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