The 19th Annual Artwalk Art Auction for Coalition for the Homeless

Photographer Billy Farrell

Photographer Nicholas Hunt

82 Mercer, New York, NY
October 2013

The Coalition for the Homeless is the oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children in the United States. More than 3,500 homeless and at-risk New Yorkers receive assistance each day through the Coalition’s initiatives, which provide housing, job training, emergency food, crisis intervention and youth programs.

Empire Entertainment once again served as producer of the Coalition for the Homeless’ 19th annual ARTWALK NY – New York's premier contemporary art auction event. More than 800 Coalition supporters, artists, art collectors and enthusiasts, and celebrities gathered in 82 Mercer’s expansive Soho loft for a night of festivities, including a live and silent auction.  Artist Roxy Paine was honored for his contribution to contemporary art, and Kim & Michael McCarty were honored for their continuous philanthropic support of the Coalition over the years.

The silent and live auction featured over 115 works of contemporary art donated by some of the world’s most celebrated artists including Chuck Close, Jenny Holzer, Wade Guyton and Christo.  All of the biggest names in the art world were represented and up for auction, all benefiting the Coalition’s efforts to end homelessness in New York City.

The evening, generously sponsored by Dolce & Gabbana and Vogue, began with hors d’oeuvres by Pinch Food Design and cocktails graciously provided by Absolut Vodka, beer was donated by Peroni and wines were sponsored by City Winery. Several of New York’s best restaurants, including Michael’s, The National, Indochine, The Odeon, Crown Hospitality Group and David Burke Kitchen provided tasting stations.

In the live auction room, Sotheby’s Aileen Agopian auctioned off original works by Artist Honoree Roxy Paine as well as works by Kim McCarty, Chuck Close, Israel Lund, Jenny Holzer, Pat Steir, Ed Ruscha, Alex Katz, Wade Guyton, McDermott & McGough, Adam McEwen & Ryan McGinness. The evening’s program also featured an impromptu and celebratory Irish Jig, danced by co-hosts Alec Baldwin and Coco Rocha after raising $100,000 for the Coalition's Camp Homeward Bound, a summer sleep-away camp for homeless youth.

The rest of 82 Mercer's multi-room space served as a gallery for the silent auction and featured vignettes of 18th century French & Italian style furniture, kindly donated through Dolce & Gabbana’s relationship with Newel. Throughout the night, guests bid on and purchased works from established and emerging artists like Dustin Yellin, Miya Ando and Donald Baechler while grooving to tunes spun by DJ Chelsea Leyland. The silent auction featured works ranging from paintings and photographs to sculptures and installation pieces.

Working closely with Coalition for the Homeless’ events team and title sponsor Dolce & Gabbana, Empire Entertainment served as overall producer of the event and was responsible for aspects ranging from event design, layout, production and logistics to décor and restaurant coordination.

ARTWALK NY raised over $1 million to benefit the Coalition’s programs. Empire Entertainment is honored to have worked in collaboration with the Coalition for the Homeless and its many supporters, to make this year’s ARTWALK NY event the most successful one yet.

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