The 22nd annual ARTWALK NY, benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless, was held on Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Manhattan—raising roughly $750,000 for the cause. Continuing their ongoing commitment to supporting the arts, ARTWALK was presented this year by the Italian luxury fashion brand, Max Mara, and honored the artistic achievements of Kenny Scharf and the long-time support of Mike De Paola.
For more than two decades, ARTWALK has been uniting New York’s foremost artists, activists, and patrons behind the Coalition for the Homeless’ goal of ending mass homelessness in New York City and bringing immediate relief to homeless men, women and children. For this year’s event, more than 100 artists donated exceptional works to the live and silent auctions, with approximately 700 guests who attended to bid on the pieces while enjoying the lively and convivial atmosphere that distinguishes ARTWALK as a highlight of the fall art season.
Greeting guests from the art, fashion and entertainment industries was Coalition for the Homeless Executive Director Dave Giffen; Benefit Committee Co-chairs Casey Fremont Crowe, Sarah Hoover, Maria Giulia Maramotti, Olivia Marciano, Harley Viera Newton, Marlies Verhoeven Reijtenbagh and Coco Rocha; and Art Advisory Board Co-Chairs: Cynthia Rowley & Bill Powers. Other guests included 2016 ARTWALK honorees Kenny Scharf & Mike De Paola, Maria Giulia Maramotti (US Retail Director and Granddaughter of Founder), Valerie Boster Macaulay, Daria Brit-Green (Vice President of Scope Art Fair), Patricia Brundage, Zoe Buckman, Alexandra Chemla, Lara Cocken, Annika Connor, Adam Cohen (Gagosian), Laura de Gunzburg, Vincent & Shelly Fremont, Joseph Grazi, Nir Hod, Sara Hoover, Jean Marc-Houmard, Anne Huntington, Genevieve Jones, Lily Kwong, Patricia Lansing, Adam MacLean, Olivia Marciano, Piper Marshall, Mia Moretti, Cristian Notari (Max Mara CEO), Erik Parker, Bettina Prentice, Polina Proshkina, Cipriana Quann, Doreen Remen, Hilary Rhoda, Walter Robinson, Inga Rubenstein, Roya Sachs, Eric Shiner, Brian Swarts, Sam Taso (Partner at Petzel Gallery), Allese Thomson, Helen Toomer (Director of PULSE Contemporary Art Fair), Marlies Verhoeven, Yvonne Force Villareal, Cleo Wade, Kristina Westerby (EVP of Marketing at Max Mara), TK Wonder.
At 8pm, guests proceeded into the live auction room, where Coalition for the Homeless Board Chair Barry Berke welcomed guests, thanked patrons, and introduced Dave Giffen, the Coalition’s Executive Director, who, along with Vincent Fremont, introduced the 2016 ARTWALK Philanthropic Honoree Mike De Paola. Mr. De Paola has drawn significant awareness to the plight of homeless New Yorkers through his involvement with the Coalition over the years.
During his remarks, Mr. De Paola applauded the Coalition’s advocacy programs that affect initiatives to resolve homelessness both in New York and beyond. Mr. De Paola—who attended yesterday evening’s festivities with his two lovely daughters—stressed the importance of imparting the values of philanthropy and activism on them as ambassadors of the future generation.
Maria Giulia Maramotti (US Retail Director and Granddaughter to the Founder) introduced the evening’s Artist Honoree—Kenny Scharf. Maramotti warmly acknowledged Scharf’s artistic contributions to the New York community and beyond, remarking on his inclusive and egalitarian art-making practice, as well as his pervasive influence on the contemporary art world at large. A muralist, painter, sculptor, and installation artist, Scharf’s bold installations and paintings appear around the city, on the streets, and in nightclubs, defining an era and helping to nurture a dynamic and freewheeling art scene—all among the many reasons that distinguished Mr. Scharf as this year’s artist honoree. On a personal note, Maramotti also imparted her overwhelming excitement upon being informed of Scharf’s participation in this year’s event—citing “a groupie moment” at the Max Mara offices upon being told that she would be presenting his award.
Mr. Scharf graciously accepted the honor, stating that the Coalition’s effort to unite New Yorkers behind the tangible problem that is homelessness in our very community is an immediate and necessary undertaking. “We walk the streets of New York every day and are confronted by this issue. It’s not like something you hear on the news about another country. You see it here all the time and if you have a conscience then you have to have feelings about it.”
Following the opening remarks, the live auction, presided over by auctioneer Aileen Agopian, featured works by honoree Kenny Scharf as well as Will Boone, Louise Fishman, Erik Parker, Nir Hod, Rob Pruitt, Ed Ruscha, Jenny Holzer and Wade Guyton. The evening’s stand out lot was a work by Wade Guyton which hammered in at a striking $65,000. The work, an exceptional example of Guyton’s sought-after paintings—which Agopian acknowledged are on an extensive waitlist at Petzel Gallery—was sold with an encouraging note to share any resale proceeds with the Coalition, on the occasion the work is ever resold. A painting by Artist Honoree Kenny Scharf fetched $20,000.
Following the live auction, guests rushed back to the silent auction room to make final bids and enjoy cocktails, coffee and desserts. West Coast DJ and member of musical duo The Dolls, Mia Moretti, provided the soundtrack for the evening.
Throughout the evening’s festivities, a selection of New York’s top restaurants offered select tastings, including Momofuku Nishi, Indochine, DB Bistro, Bar Bolonat and The Odeon. Beverages, beer, and liquor were generously provided by Perrier, VDKA 6100, Ilegal Mezcal, and Peroni.
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS INCLUDED: Lala Abaddon, Michael Alan, Miya Ando, Agnes Barley, Natalie Baxter, Damian Berger, Katherine Bernhardt, Sanford Biggers, Billy the Artist, Stephen Bliss, Meghan Boody, Chris Bors, Katherine Bradford, Claudio Bravo, Ryan Brown, Zoë Buckman , Paul Campbell, Fritz Chesnut, CJ Chueca, Ed Cohen, Dean Zeus Colman, Annika Connor, Chris Craymer, Blane De St. Croix, Adriana Ciudad, Seze Devres, Jordan Eagles, Candace Feit, Erik Foss, Ghost of a Dream, Peter Glebo , Chad Gordon, Joseph Grazi , Bob Gruen, Eric Helvie, Logan Hicks, Stephanie Hirsch, An Hoang , Nir Hod, Joseph O. Holmes, Shirley Irons, Alex Israel, Sam Kaplan, Tahir Carl Karmali, Brian Kenny, Steve Kinder, Ken Kochey, Brian Kokoska, Shawn Kolodny Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, George Kroenert, Curtis Kulig, Joseph La Piana, Franco Lacosta, Dan Lam, Lisa Lebofsky, LilKool, Katja Loher, Sean Augustine March, Norma Markley, Tania Marmolejo, Peter Mars, Andrea Mary Marshall, Jamie Martinez, Ryan Metke, Charles Mayton, Kevin McHugh, Benny Merris, Jeff Muhs, Anders Overgaard Glenn Palmer-Smith, Todd Pavlisko, G.T. Pellizzi, Emilio Perez, Caspar Peteus, Seckin Pirim, Randy Polumbo, POSE, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, Curtis William Readel, Rubem Robierb, Walter Robinson, Antonio Romano, Leonard Rosenfeld, Kenny Scharf, Zach Schrey, Michael Scott, Regina Scully, Steve Seeley, Shelter Serra, Gabriel J. Shuldiner, Marina Shrady, Carter B. Smith, Craig Smith, Trey Speegle, Chris Stain, Jen Stark, Marla Sweeney, Swoon, Sam Tufnell, Tommy Tune, Alanna Vanacore, Virginia Inés Vergara, Victor-John Villanueva, Cleo Wade, Crystal Wagner, Eric Weeks, Whisbe, Rob Wynne, Becky Yazdan, Wayne Young, Rey Zorro.
Tonight, a record 61,000 New Yorkers, including 24,000 children, will sleep in NYC homeless shelters. Thousands more will bed down in doorways, subways and other public places in a daily struggle for survival. Each year, ARTWALK raises critical funds to support the Coalition’s 11 lifesaving programs that provide emergency food and clothing, eviction prevention, crisis services, permanent housing, job training and youth programs to 3,500 homeless men, women and children each day. The event also helps raise awareness of the homelessness crisis and the Coalition’s ongoing fight for the proven, humane and cost-effective solutions to mass homelessness.
ABOUT THE COALITION FOR THE HOMELESS
The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children. We believe that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since our inception in 1981, the Coalition has worked through litigation, public education and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized. Our innovative frontline programs help homeless New Yorkers survive immediate crises and achieve long-term stability, while our renowned advocacy tirelessly fights for investments in proven, cost-effective housing-based solutions to mass homelessness.
“We are so proud this year to honor Kenny Scharf, whose creativity and selfless spirit has enlivened our community and so many others,” said Dave Giffen, Executive Director of the Coalition. “We are also thrilled to honor Mike De Paola, whose passion for the arts, generosity and guidance have been key to the success of ARTWALK year after year.” Giffen also lauded the Coalition’s new partnership with Max Mara stating, “It’s a tremendous honor to have Max Mara join us as ARTWALK’s title sponsor this year. Their deep love of the arts and commitment to social justice make this a wonderful partnership, and will ensure that our 22nd ARTWALK will be an outstanding success!”