As the coronavirus continues to deplete medical supplies and overextend hospitals and healthcare professionals, creative communities are banding together in efforts to provide much-needed relief. Fashion and beauty companies are heeding the call, with Prada and Versace financing new ICUs and Ralph Lauren pledging $10 million to various efforts, while the art world is taking its own measures to mitigate the global pandemic’s effects. From fundraising raffles and the sale of limited-edition works to uplifting artist-designed posters that are available for free download, see how photographers and artists are getting crafty and fighting Covid-19 below.
ELLE contributors Paola Kudacki and Sebastian Kim have joined forces with 94 other New York-based photographers including Tyler Mitchell, Josh Olins, Dan Martenson, and Ethan James Green on a photo print sale fundraiser for Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens. Through April 20, you can shop magazine-worthy images, priced at $150 each, with 100% of profits going to purchase live-saving equipment for the hard hit medical facility at the center of the pandemic in the United States.
We All Rise Coloring Book
Initially released as a limited-edition product, Detroit contemporary art gallery Library Street Collective’s buzzy We All Rise coloring book has been made available to the wider public in an effort to ensure that Motor City children don’t go hungry during the pandemic. Featuring outline drawings by 29 artists including Virgil Abloh, Nina Chanel Abney, Shepard Fairey, Nick Cave, and Austyn Weiner, 100% of proceeds from the book, which retails for $12, will benefit the Detroit Public Schools food distribution program through the support of local non-profit Forgotten Harvest.
Artist Brian Donnelly AKA KAWS, whose signature cartoon-inspired Companions sculptures are a favorite of celebrities including Drake and Pharrell, is releasing small batches of limited-edition prints to benefit the Covid-19 relief efforts of a variety of NYC non-profits. Announced via Instagram, each print is signed and numbered, from an edition of 25 plus 5 artist proofs, and priced at $1,200. So far, Snoopy prints benefitting Free Arts NYC, which is providing virtual mentorship and activity kits to underserved youth; Astro Boy prints benefitting Henry Street Settlement, which is providing thousands of meals a week to homebound seniors, homeless adults and children in shelters; and dolphin prints benefitting Food Bank For New York City, which provide emergency food to vulnerable New Yorkers, have been posted for sale.
Textile artist and community organizer Shabd Simon-Alexander helped launch Mask Crusaders, an online-based initiative that facilitates donations from artists, galleries, and museums of N95 masks, gloves, and other protective equipment to medical workers in need. Such supplies, which there is a mass shortage of within hospitals across the country, are regularly used by artists and art handlers when creating, cleaning, or treating work. New York City museums including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Frick Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum; Christies auction house; and galleries including David Zwirner, Jack Shainman, Chiem & Read, and Sean Kelly, have donated supplies to area hospitals, as have art schools and individual artists.
Cofounded by Pace gallery employees Hansi Liao and Echo He, N95forNYC purchases protective gear (N95 masks included) from suppliers in China and ships them to New York hospitals, including NYU Langone, New York Presbyterian, Mount Sinai, Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx. Their goal is to raise $60,000 via their GoFundMe page.
Art For HEROES
Bazaar contributor David Yarrow is one of the 30 British artists represented by Maddox Gallery who have donated works to be auctioned in the London-based gallery’s Art For Heroes fundraiser. Proceeds will be used to provide National Health Service workers with medical equipment and meals as well as mental and physical support where needed.
Art For Better
Launched by Hauser & Wirth, #ArtforBetter is a new philanthropic initiative that provides charitable support in response to global and local needs. Currently, the gallery is donating ten percent of profits from their online exhibition program to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund. George Condo’s “Drawings for Distanced Figures,” six new crayon, pencil and ink drawings the artist made in his New York home studio during social distancing is showing now—and already sold out. Rashid Johnson’s “Untitled Anxious Red Drawings,” a selection of new works in red oil stick made since the onset of the global coronavirus pandemic opens Thursday.
Art Bailout NYC
Painter Nicole Eisenman and visual and performance artist Juliana Huxtable are among the NYC artists who have donated works to a raffle that will benefit the efforts of COVID Bail Out NYC and the Emergency Release Fund. Together, the non-profits are helping post bail for medically vulnerable people who are being held in Rikers Island and other New York City jails. The funds will also provide their team of public defenders and dedicated activists the resources they need to provide comprehensive post-release support.
Face Shields for NYC Coronavirus Responders
3D designers Amanda Metcalf and Harrison Tyler, a YoungArts alum, have launched a GoFundMe page to raise money to produce and donate face-shields to New York City hospitals in need. The face-shield is a vital piece of equipment in the fight against Covid-19, as it lowers the risk of disease transmission via airborne droplets. Like many other basic medical supplies, there is a growing nationwide shortage of the style.
Posters for Front Line Motivation
More than 85 artists including blue chip painters Elizabeth Peyton and Amy Sillman teamed up to design motivational posters to be hung in the Intensive Care Unit of Manhattan’s Lennox Hill Hopsital. The project, which was the brainchild of Cady Chaplin, a nurse who works in the unit, and her friend, sculptor Elizabeth Jaeger, made such an impact that the posters have been made available for free download on Google Drive. Now, hospitals across the world can access the inspirational and encouraging masterpieces.