The One Drop Foundation and Phillips have announced the full list of the 50 artworks that are to be offered at the ‘Art for One Drop’ auction on September 21, in New York. The charity auction will directly benefit One Drop’s safe water initiatives in Latin America, namely through its Lazos de Agua program, which will help transform the lives of more than 200,000 people in Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Colombia and Paraguay, through sustainable access to safe water and sanitation.
The One Drop is an international non-profit organisation created by Cirque du Soleil founder Guy Laliberté. It uses circus arts, folklore, popular theatre, music, dance and visual arts to raise awareness of water-related issues.
Some of the most influential contemporary artists working today, such as Sterling Ruby, Carol Bove, Gabriel Orozco, and Nicolas Party to name a few, along with their galleries have agreed to donate works of art to the auction.
“The overwhelming response from the artists and the meaningful artworks they have donated to this auction speaks to the direct impact of One Drop’s initiatives, and it’s amazing knowing the funds will go directly towards improving the lives of thousands of people living without access to safe water.” – Philipp Kaiser, renowned art critic and curator of Art for One Drop.
The auction will be followed by an after-party at Phillips by invitation only, imagined by Variety Worldwide and made possible by Tao Group, Valmont, Chateau d’Esclans, Tequila Casa Dragones, Kikori Whiskey, Tabl’eau Filtered Water, with an exclusive media partnership with the Cultured magazine.
Below are some of the headline artworks at the auction:
Sunset by Nicolas Party is a pastel on canvas executed in 2018. It is signed and dated “Nicolas Party 2018” on the reverse and is estimated to fetch between 60,000 and 80,000 dollars.
Young Lovers by Carol Bove is made with stainless steel and urethane paint. This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. It was executed in 2018, and it is estimated to fetch between 180,000 and 220,000 dollars.
WIDW. HIGH-VIZ. by Sterling Ruby features acrylic, oil, elastic, cardboard and treated fabric on canvas. Executed in 2018, it is estimated to fetch between 250,000 and 350,000 dollars.
Untitled Escape Collage by Rashid Johnson is constructed using ceramic tile, mirror tile, red oak flooring, vinyl, spray enamel, oil stick, black soap and wax, mounted to board. It was executed in 2018 and signed “Rashid Johnson” on the reverse. It is estimated to fetch between 185,000 and 225,000 dollars.
Samurai Tree (Invariant 23Q) by Gabriel Orozco features tempera and gold leaf on canvas. It is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist. Executed in 2018, it is estimated to fetch between 350,000 and 550,000 dollars.
Untitled by David Hammons is a wooden mask featuring acrylic, wicker, straw, and metal on a wood base. Executed in 2018, it is signed and dated “Hammons 2017” on the inside of the mask element. It is estimated to fetch between 600,000 and 1,000,000 dollars.