One of New York’s best-looking exhibitions launches today. Technically, that exhibition is a “silent auction”, but for all intents and purposes, with this year’s BAMart Silent Auction held at The Hole, you can’t tell the difference. The event’s co-chairs Cindy Sherman, Kathy Grayson, and Beth Rudin DeWoody assembled a true cornucopia of artists for the auction, including (drum roll, please): Ed Ruscha, Jaimie Warren, Dexter Sinister, Katie Steciw, Joshua Abelow, and of course, Cindy Sherman. We like all those artists, and we doubt there’s ever been a time before when their works have been shown in the same place. Good job, BAM.
Beginning today, you can take a peek at all the artworks over on Paddle8, where you can begin placing bids on the works, too. That’s just a preview before next week, when the auction items will be on view at The Hole (312 Bowery) starting Tuesday, April 23rd and running through Sunday, April 28th. The opening reception will take place on Tuesday from 6—9pm, but the auction’s main event will be the live bidding, which will take place on Sunday from 3—6pm. Just in case you can’t make it out on Sunday afternoon, you can still place bids on Paddle8 at the same time as guests at the auction.
As always, we love BAM. We love their gumption, their drive to host innovative and experimental work. This year alone, they’ve produced a play with a stage full of naked men and screened artist-made karaoke videos. Thanks to proceeds from their annual silent auction, BAM can continue putting on such a range of programs. BAM’s choices are surprising, and they’re rarely ever safe. We need more of that willingness to be daring in the art world. Thankfully, we have BAM.