Art Production Fund is launching its second partnership with luxury retailer Barneys New York on May 1, raising funds for public art via a limited-edition collection co-designed by American figurative artist Alex Katz.
A capsule of home goods and gift items — from glassware, bedding, and candles, to leather tote bags, clutches, and scarfs — bearing Katz’s iconic drawings of black and white florals and portraits of female figures will retail from $28 to $1,400. A quarter of all sales of the collection, titled Art Production Fund x Alex Katz x Barneys New York, will be donated to Art Production Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to commissioning and producing public art projects.
The collection will be available at Barneys’ Madison Avenue flagship via a dedicated pop-up shop that will also feature an 8 ft x 60 ft mural created by Katz in its window displays.
“Working with Alex is a dream come true,” said Doreen Remen, co-founder of Art Production Fund. “His work has long been influenced by pop culture imagery, and he’s passionate about getting his work out there to be enjoyed by everyone. Alex is the quintessential New Yorker and Barneys is such an iconic New York retailer, so the pairing was irresistible.”
Katz, who turns 88 this year, said, “I’ve been involved in fashion for quite some time and it seems natural to me. Art is supposed to be eternal and fashion is always moving, but I’ve learned that art moves just like fashion.”
This is the second partnership between Art Production Fund and Barneys; the first was with the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein in Summer 2013.
“We have been making artist-designed functional products for years as a way to not only raise money for our projects, but to bring work by great artists to the public. Working with Barneys takes this to the next level, given the quality of their products and their commitment to art, high design and philanthropy,” added Remen.
Art Production Fund x Alex Katz x Barneys New York will also be available at Barneys stores in Beverly Hills and Chicago, as well as on Barneys.com, through September 3.
— Michelle Tay