VisualAIDS Proudly Presents
"Postcards from the Edge"
A Group Show Including the Art of Aaron Wilder
February 22-24, 2019
PREVIEW PARTY: Friday, February 22, 2019 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
BENEFIT SALE: Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. & Sunday, February 24, 2019 from noon – 4:00 p.m.
39 Walker Street
New York, NY 10013
Visual AIDS is pleased to announce the 21st edition of Postcards from the Edge, the organization’s first annual benefit event of the year for 2019. Widely known as one of Visual AIDS’ most exciting benefits, Postcards from the Edge provides an opportunity for the public to purchase original pieces of postcard-sized artwork by both established and emerging artists for only $85 each. The 21st annual sale will be held from February 22nd to 24th, 2019 at host gallery Bortolami, located on 39 Walker Street in Tribeca, New York City.
Each year Visual AIDS calls on artists from around the world to create and donate a 4” x 6” piece of original artwork. Artists are providing new works in a variety of media including painting, drawing, photography, collage, and mixed media. Over 1,500 postcard-sized artworks will be on display, and each will be uniformly priced at $85. All works are displayed anonymously, with the artist’s identity revealed only after the work has been purchased.
Postcards from the Edge continues to draw a dynamic crowd of contemporary art enthusiasts as well as the general public. The fundraiser has attracted an impressive following with many eager fans camping overnight to ensure that they are one of the first guests through the door on the first day of the sale.
The two-day Benefit Sale of postcard-sized art begins on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and continues through Sunday, February 24, from noon – 4:00 p.m. Admission to the Benefit Sale is first-come, first-served with the suggested donation of $5 each day.
The Preview Party will be held on Friday, February 22, 2019 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Admission includes 2 raffle tickets for the chance to win first choice of any postcard that evening. The party will also include a silent auction of art and VIP passes allowing the highest bidder to bypass the line on Saturday morning. Advanced ticket purchase will be available at www.visualaids.org.
The Preview Party is the only chance to see the entire exhibition. No sales. All postcards are $85, but as a way for Visual AIDS to show its appreciation, anyone who purchases four postcards will receive a fifth one for free. On Sunday, guests who purchase two works will receive the third for free. Whether the works purchased are created by a famous or newly-discovered artist, all collectors walk away with a piece of art they love, knowing the money raised will support art programs raising AIDS awareness.
2019 will mark the 21st year of Visual AIDS’ Postcards from the Edge benefit, and the impressive 21-year run of this event is a testament to its effectiveness as a fundraising tool. Visual AIDS first held Postcards from the Edge in 1998 and has since raised about $800,000 via this annual fundraiser. Since the event’s conception, over 20,000 postcard-sized works have been donated by artists from around the world. Noteworthy artists who have participated in past years include: Louise Bourgeois, Cindy Sherman, Leon Golub, Sol LeWitt, Barbara Kruger, Frank Moore, Elizabeth Murray, Nancy Spero, Yoko Ono, Tom Wesselmann, and many others. By participating in Postcards from the Edge, artists and collectors support the mission of Visual AIDS, enabling the organization to produce contemporary art programs that promote AIDS awareness and support artists living with HIV.
Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. Visual AIDS is committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.