Robert Rauschenberg's Street Sounds West
Just because the gross domestic product shrank at a rate of 6.1 percent recently, doesn't mean you can't still invest in something good. As the economy tanks, there is no shortage of auctions kicking up dollars for the arts in Brooklyn.
In its fifth year, the BAMart Silent Auction kicks off today at 5pm, and runs through May 11th, hocking an array of work by over 150 local, emerging, and established artists and designers starting at $100. The proceeds will support the Brooklyn Academy of Music's tremendous programming and decorate your house at the same time. And unlike those shares in Lehman Brothers, it might actually be worth something someday.
Estimated at $8,500, Robert Rauschenberg's Street Sounds West will be available – bidding opens at $3,400. Even if Robert is out of your price range, stop by BAM to check out the work and bid on something cheaper with their fancy computers. Or bid online anytime before May 11 at 8pm. A closing reception will be held at BAM that same night from 5pm-7pm with guest DJs Andrew and Andrew. That part's free!
Another auction, an online benefit for Americans for the Arts by New York City’s IC LAB, previewed to a crowd of 800 party goers two weeks ago at Williamsburg's Fast Ashley’s Studios and wraps up bidding tomorrow. Included in the sale are a signed photo of Iggy Pop by Mick Rock, and a poignant shot by Mark "The Cobra Snake" Hunter.
Whether it's irony or art you seek, there's plenty to go around.