Over 85 Leading Contemporary Artists Donate Work for Children's Cancer and Blood Foundation Auction

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Jasper Johns, Donald Baechler, Richard Serra, Richard Pettibone, and Tom Otterness join over 80 other artists to raise funds for treatment and research of childhood cancer

Campbell's Soup Can, Split Pea

The Children's Cancer and Blood Foundation (CCBF) is proud to be hosting its second annual Contemporary Art Auction on Tuesday, September 22, 2009 at Sotheby's New York, beginning at 6pm. Auction proceeds will support the work of the Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation, which funds clinical care, fosters research to help understand the causes of childhood cancers and blood disorders, and sponsors fellowship training of pediatricians in the subspecialty of pediatric hematology and oncology.

Foundation chairperson Les J. Lieberman spoke appreciatively of the artists, all of whom personally donated their pieces, "It is wonderful to have the support of such renowned artists who are generously donating some of their finest work to our cause. The money raised from this art auction will help us to ensure that every family receives care regardless of their ability to pay. We thank all of the artists who help make our art auction a success."

Last year's art auction at Phillips de Pury & Company was a huge success with proceeds totaling more than $400,000. The upcoming auction promises to once again be a unique opportunity for the art community to purchase exciting works by leading contemporary artists. Acquisitions will be free of the buyer's premium, allowing all sale proceeds to go to the division.

Participating artists include: Jasper Johns, Donald Baechler, Richard Serra, Richard Pettibone, Tom Otterness, Massimo Vitali, Machiko Edmondson, Zhang Huan, Abelardo Morell, Matthew Pillsbury, Rita Ackermann, Mickalene Thomas, James Nares, Andres Serrano, and Will Ryman, among others.

Highlights of the CCBF's Contemporary Art Auction include Richard Serra's Oteiza, a painting estimated at $23,000 that focuses on a series of intersecting and overlapping ellipses; an intriguing Tom Otterness piece, Abstract Couple, of his renowned bronze figures, estimated at $17,000; and a captivating Richard Pettibone work, Andy Warhol "Campbell's Soup Can, Split Pea," 1962, estimated at $15,000. These works will be three of the pieces featured in the live auction, which begins at 7:30 pm.

The Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF) supports the pioneering and lifesaving work of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Each year, CCBF treats thousands of children with an array of pediatric diseases from cancers to sickle cell and HIV/AIDS. CCBF has a truly incredible group of doctors, scientists and staff committed to finding cures, as well as new and better treatments for these children regardless of their ability to pay. The hospital has made great advances in many of these diseases in recent years due to CCBF's support. In fact, through research and in conjunction with treatment, the CCBF doctors are close to a cure for sickle cell. No child is ever turned away from services, regardless of his or her ability to pay.

Auction:

Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation's Contemporary Art Auction: A Benefit
Tuesday, September 22, 6pm-9pm
Preview begins at 10am
Sale available online at http://ccbf.convio.net/ArtAuction

Location:

Sotheby's
1334 York Avenue at 72nd Street
New York, NY 10021

Participating Artists:

Vito Acconci, Rita Ackermann, John Ahearn, Lauriston Avery, Donald Baechler, Sarah Baley, Jonathan Becker, Michael Behle, Carlos Betancourt, Cecilia Biagini, Xu Bing, Pierre Bittar, Dike Blair, Beth Block, Ilya Bolotowsky, Andrea Bonfils, Romero Britto, Rafael Bueno,
Ron Burkhardt, Edward Burtynsky, Damian Catera, Tom Chambers, Robert Cleveland,
Ann Craven, Kasseem Dean, Jeff DeGolier, Coco Dolle, Josh Dorman, David Drebin, Machiko Edmondson, Olafur Eliasson, T.R. Ericsson, Jesse Reding Fleming, Peter Fox, Flor Garduño,
J.J. Garfinkel, Burt Glinn, Clare Grill, Rainer Gross, Ellen Harvey, Amanda Grove Holmén,
Jon James, Jasper Johns, Karine Laval, Julian Lethbridge, Liza Lou, Mark Mahaney,
Tony Matelli, Christopher McLallen, Tezh Modarressi, Abelardo Morell, James Nares,
Erwin Olaf, Melissa Oresky, Tom Otterness, Aaron Parazette, Joel Perlman, Richard Pettibone, Matthew Pillsbury, Len Prince, Luigi Rocca, Mick Rock, Will Ryman, Rebecca Schweiger, Richard Serra, Hunt Slonem, Alec Soth, Doug + Mike Starn, Therman Statom,
Jennifer Steinkamp, Pat Steir, Lynn Syms, Lino Tagliapietra, Adam Taki, Andrea Tese, Mickalene Thomas, Massimo Vitali, Elise Wagner, Eric White, Chris Winter, Matt Wycoff, Russell Young, Tatiana Zank, Zhang Huan

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