Artists Donate to Sotheby’s For The Studio Museum in Harlem

Harlem | United States of America

Recently, Sotheby’s proudly unveiled the complete list of artists who selflessly and incredibly generously offered to donate their works to Sotheby’s. The works, which are to be auctioned off, will benefit The Studio Museum in Harlem. The artists involved in the ‘Creating Space: Artists for The Studio Museum in Harlem: An Auction to Benefit the Museum’s New Building’ all graciously chipped in to lend assistance and support to the project. The primary aim of the campaign is to raise funds in order to construct a new home for the museum.


All throughout the Spring season, a wide selection of prominent artists, all of whom are inter-generational, with their own styles and techniques, very graciously created and donated works of art to be auctioned off through Sotheby’s. Located on 125th street, all proceeds from the auction will go towards creating a brand-new location for the museum. The auction will be especially eventful as it also coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the institution.

42 works from 42 artists are currently on exhibition to the public in the New York galleries of Sotheby’s. Thelma Golden, who is the chief curator and director of the museum commented in a statement:

“Artists are at the heart of everything the Studio Museum has done for the past fifty years—from our foundational Artist-in-Residence program to creating impactful exhibitions of artists of African descent at every stage in their careers. It means so much to have artists supporting us in creating this dynamic new building where their works can engage the public even more.”

Who donated?

While we don’t have the time to go into detail on each of the 42 artists, and the 42 works currently on offer, we can take a quick look at a selection of works which were donated. These include:

Mark Bradford | Speak, Birdman

Mark Bradford Speak, Birdman THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM

Debuting in New York back in 2001, Mark Bradford’s work is instant recognisable as he utilizes layers of salvaged paper on large scales. Speak, Birdman, makes use of collaged comic book strips, rope, and silver paper to create an epic work of civic tapestry that draws the gaze from all corners of the room. What’s more, with an estimated value of between 2 and 3 Million Dollars, the proceeds from the auction will really help give the Studio Museum in Harlem the home that is deserves.

Chris Ofili | Black Triangle 1

Chris Ofili Black Triangle 1 THE STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM

Chris Ofili is no stranger to the studio museum, with his work having been exhibited at the museum before, including his solo exhibition Chris Ofili: Afro Muses 1995-2005 (2005). Chris is a young British artist who has already played a significant part in changing the contemporary art world as we know it. Black Triangle 1 makes flawless use of oil with charcoal and is truly a monumental work.

Full List of Participating Artists:

Derrick Adams
Kevin Beasley
Sanford Biggers
McArthur Binion
Frank Bowling
Mark Bradford
Jordan Casteel
Njideka Akunyili Crosby
Stan Douglas
Leonardo Drew
Melvin Edwards
Charles Gaines
Theaster Gates
Sam Gilliam
Leslie Hewitt
Steffani Jemison
Rashid Johnson
Isaac Julien
Titus Kaphar
Glenn Ligon
Eric N. Mack
Julie Mehretu
Wardell Milan
Oscar Murillo
Wangechi Mutu
Kori Newkirk
Toyin Ojih Odutola
Chris Ofili
Adam Pendleton
Robert Pruitt
Yinka Shonibare MBE
Gary Simmons
Xaviera Simmons
Lorna Simpson
Shinique Smith
Hank Willis Thomas
William Villalongo
Nari Ward
Carrie Mae Weems
Stanley Whitney
Kehinde Wiley
Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

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