Opening on Friday October 19, the gallery will host an exhibition entitled "I ♥ NY" to benefit the victims of the families of the recent World Trade Center disaster. David Zwirner asked all the artists who the gallery represents to donate one or more works to this exhibition, all proceeds of which will go directly to the Robin Hood Relief Fund. These individual works can be viewed on the following websites: www.davidzwirner.com and on www.IloveNYartbenefit.org.
Many members of the art community have responded to the idea of this benefit exhibition, and the initiative has now culminated in a citywide benefit in which many artists and over 130 galleries will participate. This coordinated benefit activity is called "I ♥ NY - Art Benefit", and will take place from October 26th through November 3rd in the over 130 participating galleries throughout the city. Participating galleries will either stage full "I ♥ NY - Art Benefit" exhibitions or, if their main space is not available, exhibit works for the benefit in viewing rooms or office spaces. All pertinent information on participating galleries and artists can be found on the official website of "I ♥ NY - Art Benefit": www.IloveNYartbenefit.org. As with the exhibition at David Zwirner, 100% of the funds raised by the participating galleries will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund.
The Robin Hood Relief Fund was established by the Robin Hood Foundation, a leader in the fight against poverty in New York City. Robin Hood will distribute 100% of the money raised for the Relief Fund to the most effective charities helping victims' families, the uniformed officers and rescue workers, and all others impacted by the economic consequences of this tragedy. Robin Hood will also try to ensure that the needs of the lowerincome victims are met in the immediate as well as the long-term. For more information on the Robin Hood Relief Fund, please contact: Anna Byng at Robin Hood at 212. 901-4334.
The benefit exhibition at David Zwirner will include sculptures by John McCracken, Franz West, Yutaka Sone, Jason Rhoades, and Rachel Khedoori; photographs by Gordon MattaClark, Thomas Ruff, Christopher Williams and Stan Douglas; videos by Diana Thater and Katy Schimert; new paintings by Neo Rauch, Luc Tuymans, Raoul de Keyser and On Kawara; and new drawings by Toba Khedoori, Raymond Pettibon, Marcel Dzama and Jockum Nordström.