NEW YORK - Sotheby’s is proud to partner for a fourth consecutive year with the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) on a special series of works donated directly by leading contemporary artists to benefit EJAF’s life-saving grant initiatives. Works by Allora & Calzadilla, Martin Creed, Olafur Eliasson, Jeff Elrod, Urs Fischer, Jonathan Horowitz, William Kentridge, Joel Meyerowitz, Rob Pruitt, Ed Ruscha, and Frank Thiel will be included in Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Day sale on 12 November 2014, which goes on public exhibition on Friday 7 November.
Elton John speaks after receiving the Lifetime Leadership Award at the Rockefeller Foundation's centennial dinner in Washington D.C., October 30, 2013.
The Foundation has worked since 1992 to advance the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic and has emerged as a leading voice for progressive change in several areas of health and human rights. EJAF is the top funder of LGBTQ programs in the south, the top funder of Black LGBTQ programs in the nation, and one of the ten largest HIV grant-makers in the U.S., the Caribbean, and Latin America. EJAF’s approach to confronting HIV/AIDS emphasizes the well being of every individual, as well as strong social support systems to help people in need stay free of HIV or manage their HIV treatment effectively. EJAF also supports projects directly addressing the root causes of the AIDS epidemic – poverty, homelessness, homophobia, racism, drug addiction, stigma and discrimination, lack of information and access to care and treatment.
This year’s selection is highlighted by naked arrest (estimate $250,000–350,000), a new unpatinated figural bronze by Urs Fischer in the same raw manner as the artist’s previous 2013 installation, YES at Geffen Contemporary and two simultaneous installations, last supper and mermaid/pig/bro w/ hat staged by Gagosian Gallery earlier this year.
Other highlights include a signature blurred ink painting by Jeff Elrod, Medium Cool (estimate $50,000–70,000) and #STAYINSCHOOL by Rob Pruitt (estimate $30,000–40,000) whose work was the subject of a recent critically acclaimed exhibition at Gavin Brown’s enterprise. For more information and to view all lots being sold to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation, please visit the Contemporary Art Day sale pages on sothebys.com (lots 467–477).