A unique sale of works by African and American artists will be held at Sotheby’s on Thursday 17 November 2011. The American artists featured at the sale are Peter Beard, Paul Balmer, Ross Bleckner, Alexander Calder, Nick Cave, EV Jour, Thornton Dial, Caio Fonseca, Alex Katz, Gary Komarin, Julian Lethbridge, Matt Magee, Nabil Nahas, Hunt Slonem, Shinique Smith, Jeff Sonhouse, Hank Willis Thomas, Thomas Mickalene, Andy Warhol, Purvis Young and Donald Baechler. The African artists who have contributed to the sale are Beezy Bailey, Hassan and Hussein Essop, Dylan Lewis, Peterson Kamwathi, Thomas Mulcaire & Ricardo Oliveira, Mikhael Subotzky, Marie Sibande, Creative Block, Frances Goodman and Sue Williamson.
This will be the second Art for Africa Sale. The first edition of the event took place on 21 September 2009 at Sotheby’s London and was a resounding success. Proceeds from the New York sale will go to the Africa Foundation that supports orphans from some of the most impoverished rural communities in southern and eastern Africa.
The Africa Foundation has been invited to the launching of the “Art for Africa” catalogue on 12 October and proceeds from the catalogue will also go to the organisation. The entire collection will be exhibited at Sotheby’s New York from 12-17 November 2011. Krista Krieger, Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Africa Foundation (USA) is quoted in Art Daily: “Africa Foundation has been hard at work for the past 20 years, partnering with communities to dramatically improve the lives of women, children and families. Due to the incredible generosity of some of the leading contemporary artists of our time, Art for Africa™ is able to improve the lives of thousands of orphaned and vulnerable children. We are grateful to all of the artists, galleries and sponsors who have enabled us to fulfill our mission.”