KAWS, Jenny Holzer and More Leading Artists Unite to Raise Money for Joe Biden’s Campaign

As part of David Zwirner’s online-only sale of works featuring over 100 participants.

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The 2020 U.S. presidential election will occur in less than two months, with over 331 million people stateside responsible for electing the next president and vice president. Renowned art dealer David Zwirner is spearheading an online-only sale of artworks called “Artists for Biden” to raise money for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Over 100 artists and estates have teamed up for the fundraiser to benefit The Biden Victory Fund — a joint fundraising committee to ensure election victories for Joe Biden and Democratic vice presidential nominee, Kamala Harris, over their Republican opponents, Donald Trump and Mike Pence.

All of the proceeds from “Artists for Biden” will help provide resources needed to elect Biden and Harris to the White House as well as support other Democrats across the country in the weeks leading up to Election Day on November 3. Contributing artists include Carol Bove, Cecily Brown, Sam Gilliam, Jenny Holzer, KAWS, Ed Ruscha, Tavares Strachan, Carrie Mae Weems, Kehinde Wiley, among others.

“The campaign was excited to do an art-world fundraiser. This is a historic election, nobody will argue with that. Artists are extremely excited by this, hence the very generous outpouring of donations,” David Zwirner told Artnet News. “Nobody is in the limelight here—it’s really the art world that’s featured, and how generous it can be and how united it can be.”

The fundraiser spotlights artists not only from Zwirner, but a diverse range of galleries including Gladstone, Lehmann Maupin, and Marian Goodman Gallery. The sale coincides with the launch of Platform — a standalone website and initiative developed by Zwirner to host online sales for affiliated partners.

“Should galleries be political? I think they have to be at certain points, because artists are political,” David Zwirner said. “I have a lot of great collectors who are certainly Republican, and I hope they won’t hold this against me!”

The sale will run through October 2-8 on the official Platform website with a preview day on October 1. Check out the complete list of participating artists below.

Marina Adams
Doug Aitken
Richard Aldrich
John Baldessari (donated by Gemini G.E.L.)
Alvin Baltrop
Walead Beshty
McArthur Binion
Dike Blair
Sebastian Blanck
Carol Bove
Cecily Brown
George Condo
Patricia Cronin
Sarah Crowner
N. Dash
Tara Donovan
Carroll Dunham
Marcel Dzama
William Eggleston
rafa esparza
Shepard Fairey
Rochelle Feinstein
Radamés “Juni” Figueroa
Spencer Finch
Suzan Frecon
Charles Gaines
Jerrell Gibbs
Sam Gilliam
Joanne Greenbaum
Isca Greenfield-Sanders
Thomas Hager
Trenton Doyle Hancock
Tyler Haughey
Michael Heizer
Carmen Herrera
Lynn Hershman Leeson
Jenny Holzer
Ridley Howard
Alex Hubbard
John Huggins
Ayana V. Jackson
Rashid Johnson
Deborah Kass
KAWS
Ellsworth Kelly
Jon Kessler
Toba Khedoori
Christine Sun Kim
Jeff Koons
Doron Langberg
Liz Larner
Bonnie Lautenberg
An-My Lê
Roy Lichtenstein
Maya Lin
Robert Longo
Emmanuel Lubezki
Brice Marden (one work donated by the artist, the other by Gemini G.E.L.)
Julie Mehretu
Marilyn Minter
Ivan Morley
Rebecca Morris
Vik Muniz
Wangechi Mutu
Jordan Nassar
Alice Neel
Shirin Neshat
Catherine Opie
Angel Otero
Jack Pierson
Lari Pittman
Martin Puryear
Christina Quarles
Robert Rauschenberg (donated by Gemini G.E.L.)
Alexis Rockman
Ugo Rondinone
Victoria Roth
Ed Ruscha
Alison Saar
Betye Saar
Fred Sandback
Fanny Sanín
Kenny Scharf
Richard Serra
Cindy Sherman
Amy Sillman
Gary Simmons
Laurie Simmons
Xaviera Simmons
Vaughn Spann
Tavares Strachan
Sarah Sze
Mika Tajima
Kyle Thurman
Fred Tomaselli
Leo Villareal
Charline von Heyl
Carrie Mae Weems
Lawrence Weiner
James Welling
Stanley Whitney
Kehinde Wiley
Chloe Wise
Christopher Wool
Rob Wynne
Lisa Yuskavage
Andrea Zittel

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