Absolut Art Is Proud to Give Back to Artists, Causes and Changemakers, From Seattle to Senegal
When you buy a print from Absolut Art’s curated collection, you’re not just supporting artists, you’re often backing progressive causes and cutting-edge arts organizations that do important work within their communities. Whether they’re feeding those less fortunate, or giving artists a platform to express themselves and amplify their voice, it’s a privilege to help further their efforts.
Over the last three years Absolut Art has donated just over $510K to the following organizations and initiatives:
Head of a Young Girl Veiled by Kehinde WileyThrough the sale of an exclusive print by Kehinde Wiley, Absolut Art is thrilled to have donated a significant amount of money to Black Rock Senegal, an artist residency program that brings together international groups of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers to join the artist at his studio on the westernmost point of continental Africa.
In observation of the upcoming 50th anniversary of The Kitchen, the New York nonprofit art space that shows innovative work by artists across disciplines, Absolut Art has helped to financially support the much-needed renovations to their facility; we will also donate all the proceeds from the sales of prints by conceptual art giant Lawrence Weiner.
But not a drop to spare… by Oliver JeffersIn a moment of heightened civic engagement by artists throughout the US, Amplifier, a Seattle-based nonprofit, works to boost the voices of movements for social change. Absolut Art’s donation has helped Amplifier to commission new artworks from a broad network of artists and distribute them in high-profile public spaces.
When the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council invited the multitalented Absolut Art artist Mona Chalabi to create an artwork for the massive, state-of-the-art screens at the Oculus, the new transit hub, Absolut Art was happy to support the artist’s commission fee. Chalabi’s work, 100 New Yorkers, was an animated illustration that distilled census data to represent the great diversity of that city’s inhabitants with 100 characters.
OG President Obama by Makeba KEEBS Rainey
Creativity doesn’t only come in the form of artworks, but also in cuisine. We were pleased to donate, in collaboration with the world renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, to Harlem EatUp – the not-for-profit food festival, celebrating artists, vendors and creatives from the famously inspired neighborhood.
Champ by Zoe Buckman
The Equal Justice Initiative, founded by MacArthur “genius” Bryan Stevenson, has worked since 1989 to end mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States and to protect basic human rights for the most vulnerable. Absolut Art is humbled to support this worthy organization’s work with a donation as part of their Neon Collection of prints.
California Pacific #1 & #2 by Brigitte Lacombe
While millions of people were staying home to slow the spread of Covid-19, Absolut Art recognized that not everyone is fortunate enough to have a place to retreat to. During this difficult time Absolut Art was pleased to be able to donate, in tandem with renowned French photographer Brigitte Lacombe, to the Coalition for the Homeless, which has worked to end homelessness in New York City since 1981.
Our mother brand, The Absolut Company, has a long history of supporting artists. From 2009 to 2017 The Absolut Company, organized the Absolut Art Award, which was granted in its first year to Israeli artist Keren Cytter, and, in later years, to artists including Anri Sala, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Anne Imhof.
Each prize constituted €20,000, as well as €100,000 for the artists to produce and exhibit a new work or project and, for the writers, a stipend of €25,000 to be used towards the research and production of a new art publication. Over the years, Absolut Art granted close to €1,305,000 to artists and writers.