In Storm’s Wake, Art World Offers Benefit Prints to Raise Sandy Relief Funds

In addition to the many ways of donating funds to the Red Cross and other relief organizations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, benefit editions are already being offered as a way of raising funds for cleanup and rebuilding efforts. Earlier this week gallerist Jen Bekman‘s online prints outlet 20×200 launched a benefit print — a NASA satellite image of Earth the day before the storm hit the mid-Atlantic (detail above, with prices ranging from $60-2,400) — sales of which will all go to benefit the American Red Cross’s Sandy relief efforts, and this morning new media artist Man Bartlett launched a Sandy relief photo edition of his own.

Bartlett’s print, “Pedestals (Totem),” is available for $50 within the U.S. and shows an Ellsworth Kelly-esque column of pedestals that the artist created in his studio at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts during a residency there. The temporary sculpture stretches up towards a skylight, an optimistic image in such a dark moment. Half of the proceeds from sales of the print will go to Sandy relief efforts, the artist writes, while “the other 50% will go towards paying my November rent.”

“I am trying to survive as best I can,” Bartlett wrote in an email accompanying the print announcement. “Trying to pay the bills in as timely a manner as possible. But I’m also highly conscious of a moral obligation to help the recovery efforts in whatever way I can. And I don’t feel this just as an obligation, but as a genuine desire. Yet I’ve been so stressed in trying to make rent that I haven’t been able to do much else except freak out and give myself a migraine.”

Also, until 2pm EST Friday, New York-based artist Molly Crabapple is donating $40 from every print sold on her Etsy site to the Red Cross’s Sandy relief efforts.

We will update this post as more benefit print projects are announced.

— Benjamin Sutton

(Image: detail from “Blue Marble (Sandy Benefit Edition)” by 20×200 Artist Fund, courtesy 20×200.)