On Monday, September 24, Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl, the New York gallery for the famed Los Angeles print workshop, hosted its Artists for Obama event celebrating the Artists for Obama 2012 limited edition portfolio created and sold to support Obama’s reelection efforts. For the campaign, 19 artists have come together to create a portfolio of limited edition prints, with all proceeds going to the Obama Victory Fund. Of the 150 examples, 60 have already sold at $28,000 each; at the end of the project, Gemini G.E.L. hopes to raise 4.2 million dollars for the campaign. An additional sweepstakes offers supporters a chance to win the full portfolio for a $250 contribution to the fund.
The New York event, which came a few weeks after a similar event in Los Angeles, featured guest speaker Patrick Gaspard, Executive Director of the Democratic National Committee. In attendance were several of the artists who participated in the project, including David Hammons, Brice Marden, Julie Mehretu, and James Rosenquist. Artists Glenn Ligon and Joel Shapiro were also spotted in the crowd.
The full portfolio will be on view at Gemini’s 24th Street space through election day, November 6th, 2012. It features new works by: John Baldessari, Jonathan Borofsky, Chris Burden, Frank Gehry, Robert Gober, Ann Hamilton, David Hammons, Jasper Johns Ellsworth Kelly, Brice Marden, Julie Mehretu, Bruce Nauman, Claes Oldenburg, James Rosenquist, Susan Rothenberg, Ed Ruscha, Richard Serra, Joel Shapiro, and Richard Tuttle.
Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl is located at 535 West 24th Street, 3rd floor, between 10th and 11the Avenues. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm.
– A. Berman
All photos by Marielle Solan for Gemini G.E.L.
Exhibition page [Gemini G.E.L]
Gallery site [Gemini G.E.L. at Joni Moisant Weyl]
“John Baldessari, Frank Gehry to show support for Obama campaign” [LA Times]
“John Baldessari, Richard Serra, and Other Art Stars Throw Their Art Behind Obama’s Reelection” [Artinfo]
“At a Chelsea art-gallery fundraiser for Obama, Pop Art painter James Rosenquist counts the money” [Capital New York]