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Uptown Downtown: An Art Auction to Benefit the Abrons Arts Center

Rochelle Goldberg, #digestive eye #marvelous tea (detail)
Rochelle Goldberg, #digestive eye #marvelous tea (detail)

Updown Downtown, a curated art auction benefiting the Abrons Arts Center, the Henry Street Settlement’s visual and performing arts program, is now live on Paddle 8.

Featuring affordable, preeminent artworks by emerging and established New York artists, as well as those affiliated with the organization’s AIRspace residency and international exhibition programs, such as Adam Parker Smith, Ella Kruglyanskaya, and Dutch artist Harm van den Dorpel, the auction will host work with opening bids ranging from $200–$5,000.

Artist List: Gabriela Alva Clemens, Moyra Davey, Mark Dion, Leah Dixon, Rochelle Goldberg, Ethan Greenbaum, Jesse Greenberg, Joel Holmberg, Invisible Exports, Josh Kline, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Cindy Hinant, Ann Hirsch, LuckyPDF, Ryan McNamara, Rachel Pollak Kroh, Carlos Reyes, Brie Ruias, Carolyn Salas, Maximilian Schubert, Ben Schumacher, Adam Parker Smith, Steinman and Tear, Harm van den Dorpel, Jonathan VanDyke, Ryan Whittier Hale, Elliott Wright

Visit www.paddle8.com/auctions/abrons to view the available artworks and bid.

Organized by the Abrons Arts Center’s 2013 curator-in-residence Karen Archey, the Abrons first online auction will benefit the Abrons’ rapidly evolving visual art exhibition and residency programs. Many donating artists have a strong tie to the vibrant arts community in the Lower East Side — from Moyra Davey, who was one of the founding members of the now-historic Orchard Gallery (2005–2008) to the emerging artist Carlos Reyes, who lives and works only blocks from the Abrons Arts Center.

The artworks will also be on view to the public in the Abrons galleries at Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, NY, during the Uptown Downtown Auction Preview on Sunday, October 13 from 2–4pm. During the preview food and drink will be served out of the Abrons sculpture garden to inaugurate the newly renovated AIRspace artist-in-residence studios.

The closing of the online auction will coincide with the Uptown Downtown Benefit Gala on Monday, October 14. Bringing together luminaries of New York City’s uptown and downtown performance scenes, the evening will feature Kyle AbrahamJoey AriasJack Ferver + James WhitesideEllen Greene, Robert La FosseBebe NeuwirthPhilippe Petit, and other special guests.

The Abrons supports the presentation of innovative, multi-disciplinary work; cultivates artists in all stages of their creative development through educational programs, commissions, and residencies; and serves as an intersection of cultural engagement for local, national, and international audiences and arts-workers. Each year the Abrons offers over 250 performances, 12 gallery exhibitions, 20 residencies for performing and studio artists, and 100 different classes in dance, music, theater, and visual art. The Abrons also provides New York City public schools with teaching artists, introducing more than 3,000 students to the arts.