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Hopefully the vast majority of us will never experience the terrible misfortune of becoming a refugee. Many of us don’t personally know anyone who has had to flee their country in a desperate gambit to stay alive. But we do all have the power of human imagination, and with it, the capacity to understand human suffering, even when it’s taking place half a world away.
After 10 years of conflict, an estimated 13 million Syrians are currently in urgent need of help to survive. Half are displaced internally, while the other half are living in camps and urban settings in neighboring countries. The most heart wrenching fact is that about half of those suffering from the crisis are children. Many are without homes, family, or schooling. Often chronically malnourished, they are unable to meet their basic human needs.
The staggering magnitude of destruction and suffering brought on by this catastrophe is so overwhelming that, often, it can become easier to ignore than to try to comprehend. It’s difficult and painful to try to understand any tragedy at this scale. But the fact remains that this is a very real and very global problem.
Acting individually can feel futile, but we knew that the collective power of our art community could have a real impact. When the two of us made the commitment in early 2020 to try and raise funds for Syrian refugees through a partnership with USA for UNHCR, we believed that the art community would respond with tremendous generosity.
When COVID-19 hit shortly after, our efforts to raise funds were even more critically pressing, as refugees would become the most vulnerable group. With the fear and uncertainty of the pandemic so acutely felt in our own lives, we were reminded of how truly fortunate so many of us were to still have homes in which to take shelter, and fortunate to be able to practice social distancing.
Despite the increased difficulties in all of our lives because of the pandemic, the generosity of our art community did not disappoint. We are deeply grateful for the extraordinary outpouring of support by artists and galleries for our art auction, Art & Resilience, benefiting displaced Syrians. The online event will be held on April 29th on Artsy, with Sotheby’s Michael Macaulay officiating, and with an in-person preview of the artworks to be held at Kasmin Gallery (297 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan) on April 28th and 29th. All participating artists, galleries, and committee members are undertaking this effort voluntarily and without compensation.
What affects Syrians impacts humanity as a whole, and with every contribution we make today to help the victims of this decade-old conflict, we stand in solidarity against this horrific injustice. In that spirit, we have structured Art & Resilience as a completely open event, which means that anyone can watch, partake, bid, and, if so moved, make a cash contribution when the event is over. Please consider joining us on April 29th to show your support. Your soul will thank you.
Poussin and the Dance is a valiant attempt to break into Poussin’s staunchly academic oeuvre and provide a relatable point of entry, highlighting the exciting elements of revelry and movement despite impenetrable and unemotional rendering.
Anarchist illustrator N.O. Bonzo produces decentralized media in a highly bureaucratic cultural landscape. Their illustrations, murals, and literature emerge in unexpected places, from the streets of Portland, Oregon, to the far ends of Reddit and Twitter, addressing relations of labor and identity in the workplace and on the streets. Growth and care are central themes…
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
With scavenged materials, Amanda Maciel Antunes constructs a motherland.
Where are the directors taking the stage to acknowledge workers’ demands today?
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
There is a debate whether the memory of Little Syria should be seized upon to tell truthful and positive stories about Arabs in the US, or whether any conflation between its history and contemporary politics is inappropriate.
The profile includes works by Egon Schiele, Amedeo Modigliani, Peter Paul Rubens, and a prehistoric Venus of Willendorf figurine.
These horrifying dolls definitely won’t murder you in your sleep.