Issue Project Room Benefit Thursday

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Brooklyn, NY – Phillips de Pury & Company will host an auction and cocktail reception benefiting ISSUE Project Room the evening of Thursday, September 18, 2008. Now in its fifth year, ISSUE Project Room is one of New York City’s premier destinations for experimental culture and avant-garde performing arts. Dedicated to the artist, with a particular focus on those whose work moves social intellect forward through experiment and investigation, ISSUE serves not only to expose audiences to groundbreaking work, but also to foster an extended community dialogue about art and culture. 

Chaired by ISSUE board member Robert Longo, the evening will feature paintings, drawings, photographs, new media, and sculptures from more than 70 prominent artists including Longo, Yoko Ono, Cindy Sherman, Christian Marclay, Tony Oursler, E.V. Day, Donald Baechler, Carolee Schneemann, Thurston Moore, Jen Liu and Assume Vivid Astro Focus with prices ranging from $500 to $250,000.

Works of note include “Spanish Blood”, a 58 x 48 inches charcoal on paper from Robert Longo’s Wave Series (attached), a composite of Vito Acconci drawings (7/8 mat-board strips, varying in height and length with a total width of 10 feet), a Yoko Ono “I Love U” piece (white wood board with white canvas and plexi board) and a large Donald Baechler painting (attached) created specifically for the auction – “Skull”, Gesso, Flasche and paper collage on paper, 40×40 inches.

Acclaimed avant-garde musicians including Marc Ribot, Duane Pitre and Ha-Yang Kim will play a handful of short performances throughout the evening.

“We are grateful for the support of Phillips de Pury & Company and are continuously amazed by the generosity that the artistic community has bestowed upon ISSUE Project Room for this amazing endeavor,” says ISSUE’s Founder & Artistic Director, Suzanne Fiol. “The works submitted make for a significant and truly convergent collection with pieces from artists and musicians alike, rooted in the spirit of keeping the core of experimental culture here in New York City.”

Auction proceeds will go towards ISSUE’s capital campaign, which aims to raise $1.5 million for dramatic renovations and reconstruction of their future home at 110 Livingston Street, an architecturally significant (McKim, Mead & White, 1925) and stunningly beautiful 4800 square foot performance space located in the former New York City Department of Education headquarters. Located in downtown Brooklyn at the nexus of several thriving performing arts communities, this new space will not only offer dynamic programs to the public, but will also foster both established and emerging artists, giving them the opportunity to perform for an expanded variety of audiences.

South African fare and hors d’oeuvres will be graciously provided by Brooklyn’s Madiba restaurant and SchoolHouse Kitchen.  

Phillips de Pury & Company Auction to Benefit ISSUE Project Room

Thursday, September 18, 2008

450 West 15 Street 

New York NY 10011


6 p.m. Cocktails, 8 p.m. Live Auction

Admission: $ 50 – $150 (sliding scale)

RSVP and ticket information:

Auction Committee:

Jo Andres, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Brew, Paula Cooper, Michael Flutie, Isa Freeling, Angela Gentilcore, Michelle Handleman, Chris Henry, Charlotta Kotik, Robert Longo, Christian Marclay, Bradley McCallum, Lizanne Merrill, Moby, Vik Muniz, Marissa Olson, Lee Ranaldo, Elena del Rivero, Kevin Ryan, Charlie Scheips, Brent Sikkema, Leah Singer, Jacqueline Tarry, Michelle Thursz, David Weinstein

Works from artists including:

Vito Acconci, Nils Folke Anderson, Jo Andres, Paolo Arao, Kenseth Armstead, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Peggy Awesh, Donald Baechler, Burt Barr, John Beech, Margaret Bowland, Olaf Bruening, Charlie Clough, Tony Conrad, Peggy Cyphers, E.V.Day, Sue De Beer, Elena Del Rivero, Daniella Dooling, Luke DuBois, Sam Durant, Shawn Dulaney, Alexandra Eldridge, Barbara Ess, Tony Feher, Suzanne Fiol, Barnaby Furnas, Michelle Handelman, Antonio Hernandez Diez, Jim  Hodges, Wayne Gonzales, Lynn Hershman, Ryan Humphry, Yoko Inoue, Michael Joo, Robin Kahn, Jon Kessler, Todd Knopke, Alison Knowles, Jutta Koether, Louise Lawler, Zach Layton, Jen Liu, Robert Longo, John Lurie, Christian Marclay, Edward Mapplethorpe, Larry Miller, Paul Miller aka DJ Spooky, Linda Montano, Thurston Moore, Matt Mullican, Vik Muniz, Nobuho Nagasawa, James Nares, Carsten Nicolai, Yoko Ono, Tony Oursler, Kembra Pfahler, Lee Ranaldo, Carolee Schneemann, Noah Sheldon, Cindy Sherman, James Siena, Laurie Simmons, Leah Singer, Patti Smith, Jude Tallichet, Robin Tewes, Kelley Walker, Dan Walsh, Alyssa Wendt, Marina Zurkow  

ISSUE Project Room provides an open and versatile environment where both established and emerging artists can conduct, exhibit and perform new and site-specific work according to their respective visions. Through an evolving collaboration with curators, artists and educators, ISSUE Project Room fosters a wide-range of artistic projects that challenge and expand conventional practices in art. ISSUE Project Room fulfills its mission through a series of innovative programs, events, exhibitions, performances, talks and concerts.

Phillips de Pury & Company is an international art company which has attained global recognition for its expertise in contemporary art, photographs, design and jewelry. With headquarters in New York and London and an international network of specialists throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, Phillips de Pury & Company concentrates on selling premier collections and individual artworks in a targeted number of high-end categories. Phillips de Pury & Company operates across four selling platforms which include auctions, private sales, building and managing private collections and promoting artists and designers through its selling exhibitions program.

SchoolHouse Kitchen creates all-natural, delicious food from the recipes of its founder Patsy Manley Smith. Patsy founded SchoolHouse Kitchen in 2004 in order to raise money for educational organizations. Education is an unending process that carries on throughout our lives.  It is the spark that encourages us to work harder and to learn more; it is the tool that opens doors and inspires us to do great things, and it should be accessible to all.  As SchoolHouse Kitchen grows, we will contribute to causes that we feel will enhance society by empowering our youth to think for themselves to create a better world. To learn more about SchoolHouse Kitchen please visit our website site;

Madiba offers a unique South African experience, the first of its kind in the United States. Since 1999 at our first restaurant in Fort Greene, Brooklyn we have proudly brought our guests traditionally prepared specialties from our nation. Our concept is steeped in the tradition of a Shebeen, the informal dining halls in South African townships. These gathering places are where South Africans leave the work day behind to embrace joy, laughter, community, and a little beer to boot. Through our electric cuisine, authentic music, arts & crafts, products, and catering business, we are celebrating and preserving the culture and vitality of a unique country and extending it well beyond the shores of Africa. We are honored to reinvest a percentage of our proceeds in the people of South Africa via the charities Ubuntu Education Fund, Ethembeni School of the Blind, Achilles, and others. Please see our web site for more information

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