Matthieu Gafsou. Courtesy of the artist and WFMU.
WFMU is a freeform radio station that broadcasts out to the greater NYC area at 91.1 FM and online at wfmu.org. The station is a registered 501©3 non-profit organization, runs no commercials or underwriting announcements and is almost entirely funded by listener donations. Long revered for its unorthodox and eclectic programming, WFMU celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
In 2007, the FCC in its benevolent wisdom gave WFMU permission to erect a much needed booster antenna in Manhattan. As any listener in Brooklyn or mid-town Manhattan can attest, the station’s signal quality varies greatly from block to block with vast areas of the New York metropolitan area falling into black holes where WFMU’s signal is unable to come in.
In order to raise funds for our new antenna and to celebrate WFMU’s longstanding relationship with the arts community both in the New York area and beyond, the station will be holding an art benefit show at Printed Matter from December 6th to December 13th and also selling work online at art.wfmu.org. The site will go live shortly after Dec. 6th and will include additional artwork for sale that we were not able to fit into the show due to space constraints.
The opening for the WFMU Art Benefit will take place on Saturday December 6th from 5pm to 7pm. Printed Matter is located at 195 Tenth Avenue between 21st and 22nd Street in Chelsea.
The show’s line-up, much the like the station’s programming, is decidedly freeform with a mix of well established and emerging artists as well as a wide variety of mediums represented including drawing, painting, photography, print and collage. Many of the pieces in the show are new works that have been created especially for this benefit.
In keeping with the somewhat egalitarian nature of the station it was important to us that much of the art on offer be affordable. To this end WFMU commissioned several artists to create print editions while other artists have kindly agreed to sell their work for considerably less than their usual retail prices. More often than not, art benefits tend to be structured as auctions, a process which few people other than seasoned art collectors are comfortable with or enjoy. All the pieces in this benefit will be sold at fixed prices and many items will be priced to sell so come early.
Participating artists (subject to change) include:
Brian Alfred Tauba Auerbach Sarah Bedford Nina Bovasso Olaf Bruening Tom Burkhardt Ellie Curtis Michael Dumontier Ben Eine* Nicole Eisenman* Mitch Epstein Neil Farber Jad Fair Kyle Field Dan Funderburgh* Matthieu Gafsou Gelitin Luis Gispert Stuart Hawkins Mark Warren Jacques Daniel Johnston Mel Kadel Mike Kelley Michael Krueger Greg Lamarche Chris Johanson* Christian Marclay Richard Prince Steve Powers Andrea Robbins / Max Becher Alexander Ross* Cindy Sherman James Siena* Casey Jex Smith Geoffrey Todd Smith Deb Sokolow Swoon Scott Teplin Jim Torok* Will Yackulic