NYC's arts community rallies around after Sandy

NY's art scene is trying to bounce back. Here's what it's doing and here's how you can help - wherever you are
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Detail from 20X200's Blue Marble Hurricane Sandy print
Detail from 20X200's Blue Marble Hurricane Sandy print

Mayor Bloomberg may have been forced to cancel yesterday's New York Marathon, but members of the city's art community are coming to each other's aid in a remarkable show of civic spirit following Hurricane Sandy's devastation.

ArtInfo reports that Christie's auction house has offered space for beleaguered gallerists to charge the phones and use their laptops; indeed, Christie's said they might be able to help with storage space (call 212.636.2249 or email enetter@christies.com).

Yesterday afternoon, The Museum of Modern Art conducted a series of workshops to help artists and galleries preserve their works. Anyone who didn't make it to the event can read through MoMA's guidance here. It's actually a really interesting document, even if you don't have the need to use it professionally or personally. The advice covers everything from how to prevent a mould outbreak, through to what to do with a water-damaged Solander box.

Plenty of local artists too are offering charity prints and editions for sale. Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist, Man Bartlett, will donate half the proceeds from his $50 pedestals print to storm-relief projects; local artist Molly Crabapple has raised over $1000 since the storm by donating proceeds from sales of her prints on Etsy.com.

Also, Manhattan gallery Jen Bekman's online print outlet 20X200 is selling fund-raising prints of Blue Marble, an image of the earth taken by NASA's GOES-13 satellite on 28 October, just before the storm hit. Sandy's whirl of cloud is certainly dramatic, you might even use the word 'pretty' had it's destructive power not been quite so awful for everyone. If you prefer, you can simply donate to The American Red Cross's Hurricane Sandy appeal. It only takes a few minutes.


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