Art For Tibet with Moby and Shepard Fairey
Art auctions are a great way to raise funds for a cause, but sometimes it feels like the items up for bid are the unwanted pieces in the back of an artist’s studio. This totally isn’t the case with Art For Tibet, which is hosted by none other than Shepard Fairey and Moby (and Richard Gere!), and culminates with a reception this Thursday, May 15 from 6 to 8 at the Tibet House at 22 West 15th Street. Both Fairey and Moby have donated works (Moby’s is actually pretty cool), as well as artists like Amanda Wachob who is known as one of the best female tattooists in the country (I have one from her and it still looks amazing), Colette Lumiere (you know how I love her), Ivory Serra, Shelter Serra and Kenji Hirata. The host committee also includes Andrew Lockhart and Tim Strazza- if you’re in the art world, you know they are a good time. If you can’t make the party, you can bid online now and snag a piece for yourself.
What: Art for Tibet 5 (www.artfortibet.com)
Where: Tibet House, 22 West 15th Street, New York, NY 10011 (www.tibethouse.us)
When: May 15, 2014: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
New York – Singer‐songwriter Moby joins the Honorary Committee of the fifth‐annual Art for Tibet
show, where more than 75 acclaimed artists will exhibit art works to support the Tibetan freedom
struggle on May 15, at Tibet House in New York City. The show will feature top contemporary Tibetan
and international artists, including Shepard Fairey, David Ellis, Melodie Provenzano, Cey Adams, Ken
Schles, Tashi Norbu, Ben Baker, Tenzin Rigdol, Karl Klingbiel, and more.
As the sustained and systematic repression in Tibet reaches new heights, Art for Tibet will bring together
artists and activists to celebrate and support a non‐violent freedom struggle that refuses to back down
and continues to relentlessly work for freedom in Tibet. Since March 2009, at least 130 Tibetans have
set fire to themselves in Tibet as an act of political protest against China’s unjust rule.
“The tremendous show of support from the artist community for Tibet is simply inspiring. Through a
one‐of‐a‐kind event like Art for Tibet, the artists are turning their works of art and genius into a
powerful force for social and political justice for Tibet,” said Tenzin Dolkar, Executive Director of
Students for a Free Tibet. “I can’t think of a more encouraging way to show solidarity with the Tibetan
people in their struggle for freedom from Chinese rule.”
Art for Tibet is a hybrid auction that combines an in‐gallery silent auction with an online auction. All
artwork will be available online at www.artfortibet.com starting May 12 for pre‐bidding, which will close
promptly at 12 noon EST on Thursday, May 15. The highest online bids will be entered onto bid sheets
at the gallery and will serve as the opening bid amount. Bidding at the gallery will start at 6pm on the day
of the event and end promptly at 8pm.
This event is made possible by the support of Honorary Committee members Shepard Fairey, Richard
Gere, Moby and Professor Robert A.F. Thurman, as well as Curatorial and Host Committee Members:
Saida Barker, Nancy Jo Johnson, Mia Juhng, Maki Kaoru, Kurt Langer, Bruno Levy, Andrew Lockhart,
Angelo Madrigale, Viet N’Guyen, Zahra Sherzad, Lisa Shimamura and Tim Strazza.
Auction and event information and a full list of participating artists are available at
www.artfortibet.com. All proceeds from the event will benefit Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), a 501(c)3
non‐profit organization with international headquarters in New York: www.studentsforafreetibet.org.