Monday, May 21, 2007

Visual AIDS Benefit Tonight!

While I'm not sure if you still have time to get tickets, let me encourage you to contact (phone: 212.627.9855 : email: Visual AIDS to see how you might support their annual Benefit which is taking place tonight at 300 New York, where business and bowling mix (or so their slogan goes). Bambino and I will be there, although I'm not making any guarantees about our bowling abilities (last time I went bowling I was awful, so it's clearly not like riding a bicycle).

If you can't make it, you should still consider bidding on one of the artist's Bowling Pins, with contributions by Polly Apfelbaum, Barton Lidice Benes, Mark Bradford, Geoffrey Hendricks, Markus Linnenbrink, Whitfield Lovell, Tom Otterness, Barbara Takenaga, Mark Wagner, and Lawrence Weiner.

Each work’s minimum bid: $1000

Phone bids can also be placed by calling during Visual AIDS office hours Mon-Fri 10AM-6PM at (212) 627-9855. Be sure to have your credit card information available. You may download the bidding form [here] and return by fax (212) 627-9815 or email ( We will open the silent auction with the top bid. Only winning bids will be contacted.

For your best chance of winning by pre-bid, think of your bid as a final and best offer.

Let's show those folks at Christie's and Sotheby's. $385 million ...that's nothing! (OK, so I"m sure Visual AIDS will be very happy to raise something a bit short of that, but still, don't be afraid to let your competitive spirit get the best of you for a good cause.)

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Anonymous joy said...

Ed, thanks for the post! I just got word that Visual AIDS is now offering $150 "Artist Tickets" for tonight's bowling benefit (regular tickets are $250). If that suits anyone's schedule and pocketbook you can reserve tix by calling or emailing the office:

Phone: (212) 627-9855


5/21/2007 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth Torak said...

This looks like a great cause that is very well worth supporting. That said, is there any chance anyone will come up with a way to involve artists in fund-raising without having them decorate something? Up here in Vermont I've been asked to decorate palettes, benches and boxes, not to mention life-size horses and moose. Please, somebody, make it stop. Or at least make it something witty and art-historical like a urinal.

5/21/2007 01:47:00 PM  

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