Announcing the Ninth Annual BAMart Silent Auction


BAM, in collaboration with Paddle8, is proud to announce its ninth annual BAMart Silent Auction, which will take place at The Hole gallery (312 Bowery) in Manhattan. Co-chaired by Cindy Sherman, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Kathy Grayson, the silent auction begins online on today, April 17 at www.BAM.org/auction and will be on view at the gallery from Tuesday April 23– Sunday April 28, 12–7pm.

BAMart will host an opening reception at The Hole on April 23, 6-9PM, followed by a closing reception featuring the final auction event on April 28, 3–6pm.

Featuring works from internationally renowned and emerging artists, including Philip Guston, Tara Donovan, Robert Longo, Marilyn Minter, Ed Ruscha, Tom Sachs, Richard Serra, and Kara Walker, proceeds from the auction will benefit BAM and its extensive programming.

Cindy Sherman’s “Untitled” (2010/2012) is one of the dozens of items available during the BAMart silent auction. (Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures)

This year, a portion of the proceeds will benefit NYFA’s Emergency Relief Fund which assists artists with damages and losses as a result of last year’s Hurricane Sandy. The Andy Warhol Foundation, Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, and Lambent Foundation (a project of the Tides Center) established the Emergency Relief Fund, which is administered by NYFA.

Paddle8, which is known for an advanced technological platform that simplifies the sale and acquisition of art and collectibles, will debut a new set of tools with the upcoming BAMart sale that enhance and streamline the in-person auction experience. For the first time, online bidders will be able to compete with guests physically present at the auction event, so there is no need to miss the final moments of a winning bid.

Other new features include a registration tool for event organizers that assigns paddle numbers to auction attendees, a beautiful new iPad app for bidding in real time at the event, and a tool for processing transactions and shipping services immediately upon the close of the silent auction.

Also for the first time, ABSOLUT partners with BAMart this year to host all hospitality and VIP events connected to the auction including the opening and closing reception and an eye-catching bar designed by Julia Chiang.

This highly anticipated annual art event underscores BAMart’s commitment to the growing community of visual artists based in Brooklyn while also cultivating the next generation of BAM supporters across the city.