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Billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin has given $10 million to the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago through his charity.

The gift by the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund will be used to create the Griffin Galleries of Contemporary Art, the museum said in a statement Friday. The gift is part of the museum’s Vision Campaign to raise $64 million for programming, which has reached $60 million in private donations toward the goal.

“The Vision Campaign is about great art and ideas -- that connect with the community and propel the MCA as a leader in the cultural economy,” Madeleine Grynsztejn, the museum’s Pritzker director, said in the statement.

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The architect Zaha Hadid has settled her case against the New York Review of Books and critic Martin Filler, and donated the settlement money to an undisclosed charity that “protects and champions labor rights,” dezeen magazine reported on Tuesday. Ms. Hadid had filed the libel suit in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan last August.

In his June review of Rowan Moore’s “Why We Build: Power and Desire in Architecture,” Mr. Filler wrote that Ms. Hadid “unashamedly disavowed any responsibility, let alone concern” for an “estimated one thousand laborers who have perished” while building the Al Wakrah stadium she designed for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Tate has been ordered to give details of its BP sponsorship between 1990-2006, in a case brought by environmental campaigners.

An information tribunal has ruled against the art institution, which was refusing to give details, claiming the information could intensify protests and harm its ability to raise money from other companies.

The case had been brought by the environmental campaigner Brendan Montague, supported by the arts and activism charity Platform, which argues that only when the sponsorship sums are in the public domain can informed debate take place.

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Hollywood has had HIV and Darfur, fashion has breast cancer, and music now once again has Live Aid, but the art world – as moneyed as any of them – has never had a charity cause to call its own.

Enter Project Perpetual, who on 9 November auctioned off a specially commissioned sculpture by pop artist Jeff Koons for $4m, benefitting the United Nations Foundation. The piece, based on Picasso’s "La Soupe" and titled "Gazing Ball (Charity)," stands six feet tall and is slung with donated Hermès handbags. The animated Phillips auctioneer Simon de Pury pointed out that Koons had made three of each of the 17 pieces in his "Gazing Ball" series – but that this one was in a unique single edition.

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Madrid innaugurates a new museum dedicated to Dutch and Flemish Old Masters this week, the Museo Carlos de Amberes.

The new museum, located in a former church in the well-heeled area of Barrio de Salamanca, will open its doors tomorrow with an inaugural ceremony attended by the King Felipe VI of Spain.

The museum heralds a new era for the Fundación Carlos de Amberes, which started as a charity back in 1594, when Philip II of Spain was also Lord of the Seventeen Provinces of the Netherlands.

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On Monday night, non-profit organization Americans for the Arts held its annual fundraising gala in the Cipriani ballroom across from New York’s Grand Central Station. The black tie affair brought together a blue chip who’s who including RoseLee Goldberg, Agnes Gund, and Jeffrey Deitch as well as artists like Frank Stella and Will Cotton. Cocktail hour offered guests the chance to pick up a limited-edition print by Shepard Fairey to benefit the charity. “I feel like a bit of an imposter in this realm because I come from a not-asking-for-permission background,” admitted Fairey, who looked oddly at home in a suit. “But I am enjoying the company.”

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A multimillion-dollar art collection built by poet T.S. Eliot’s widow, Valerie, will be sold at Christie’s London on November 20, 2013. The collection includes works by Francis Bacon (1909-1992), Lucian Freud (1922-2011), and J.M.W. Turner (1775-19851). Ms. Eliot, who passed away in November at the age of 86, amassed her collection using royalties from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s music Cats, which was based on her husband’s whimsical poetry collection Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats. Ms. Eliot’s collection, which resided in the London home she shared with her husband, is expected to garner around $7.6 million.

Highlights from the collection include drawings and watercolors by 18th and 19th century British artists including Turner, Thomas Gainsborough (1727-1788), and John Constable (1776-1837); a sculpture by Henry Moore (1898-1986); and a lush landscape titled The Cathedral, Hackwood Park by Winston Churchill (1874-1965). There will also be portrait miniatures from the 16th through the 19th centuries, furniture, and jewelry for sale.

Proceeds from the Christie’s auction will benefit the Old Possum’s Practical Trust, an arts charity created by Ms. Eliot.

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Tuesday, 19 February 2013 17:11

UK Receives Major Donation of Baroque Paintings

A remarkable collection of Italian Baroque paintings worth $155 million has been donated to galleries and museums across the UK. The works were previously part of the private collection of Sir Denis Mahon, a philanthropist and heir to the Guinness Mahon banking fortune who died in 2011 at the age of 100. Mahon, who began collecting in the 1930s, was an avid believer that admission to public museums should be free of charge. In keeping with his wishes, Mahon’s generous gift will be revoked if any institution charges the public to see them.

The Art Fund charity, which oversaw the exchange, announced that the transfer of 57 Italian Baroque paintings has been completed. The National Gallery has received 25 works; 12 paintings went to the Ashmolean in Oxford; 8 pieces are now in the Scottish National Gallery in Edinburgh; 6 works went to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge; the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery received 5 paintings; and one work was given to the Temple Newsam House in Leeds. The gift included works by Guercino (1591-1666), Guido Reni (1575-1642), Domenichino (1581-1641), and Ludovico Carracci (1555-1619).

In addition to the sizable donation, Mahon left $1.5 million to the Art Fund and 50 works associated with Guercino to the Ashmolean.  

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When actor Ben Stiller approached David Zwirner to help him raise money for Haiti through a charity auction, the art dealer proposed an evening sale at one of the big auction houses.

“This is the environment where people are conditioned to single out major works and stretch for them,” said Zwirner in an interview at his Chelsea gallery in Manhattan.

Together, Zwirner and Stiller -- whose Stiller Foundation provides educational opportunities for children worldwide and has been helping build schools in Haiti -- set up a stand-alone charity, Artists for Haiti.

Christie’s International agreed to waive all its fees and commissions. The cause is dear to Francois Pinault, the French billionaire who owns the auction house, said Amy Cappellazzo, Christie’s chairman of postwar and contemporary development.

“We knew it would be an extraordinary event and we had a chance to really make a difference,” she said. The sale, on Sept. 22 in New York, is expected to bring in between $7.5 million and $10.5 million, according to Zwirner.

With Christie’s on board, Zwirner secured large-format works by big names, people like Jeff Koons, James Rosenquist, Jasper Johns, Neo Rauch and Cindy Sherman.

“They got amazing things,” said artist Chuck Close, who agreed to donate a 2007 screen-print self-portrait, with an estimate of $70,000 to $100,000. “Who didn’t weep at the sight of Haiti after the earthquake?”

Artists for Haiti will donate the proceeds from the sale to various charities operating in the country, including Architecture for Humanity, Partners in Health and Sean Penn’s J/P HRO.

‘A Huge Change’

“For very little you can make a huge change,” said Zwirner, who visited Haiti with Stiller in January. “We take for granted that we can put our children in a good school, a decent school, a school that doesn’t exist there. There are all these kids running around. How is it going to change unless they go back to school?”

Rosenquist’s memories of Haiti go back to 1975. “It was a horrible place. Babies were starving in the streets. At a voodoo ceremony, a beautiful girl bit a head off a pigeon.”

“I want the money to go to people who really need it,” he added. His 6-by-11-foot canvas “The Richest Person Gazing at the Universe Through a Hubcap” might fetch as much as $800,000.

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Friday, 08 July 2011 02:06

Fore! Art World Plays Golf For Charity

Ah, the art world. White cube galleries, all black outfits, white wine openings…golf.

That’s right, dear reader, golf. If you think there’s nothing like hitting the links after a long day in the gallery district, the Baer Faxt Golf Invitational is right up your fairway! The invitational happens September 26 at Manhattan Woods Golf Club in West Nyack. Entry per player is $500 and proceeds go to the Andrew Glover Youth Program, which helps at-risk youths from the Lower East Side and East Harlem. Josh Baer, known to art world insiders for his long-running email newsletter The Baer Faxt, is the event’s organizer, and the Chairman of the charity. This is the second year of the invitational, which made about $40,000 last year. Mr. Baer said he’s hoping to make between $75,000 and $100,000 this year (roughly the annual salary for one or two youth workers). The Observer called up Mr. Baer asked him if he thought golf and art were as incongruous as they seem on paper.

“I’m in the art world and I play golf,” he said. “There will be close to 80 or 100 people playing.”

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