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11 Cheaper Than Usual Artworks That Support a Good Cause

Photo: Anthony Iacono/Printed Matter

In April, 187 New York photographers — among them Pari Dukovic, Jason Nocito, and Justine Kurland — donated prints to benefit Elmhurst Hospital Center, which was among the hardest hit by the city’s surge of COVID-19 cases. The benefit, called Pictures for Elmhurst, raised over a million dollars. Now it has become nearly impossible to keep up with all the online art benefits; there’s a ton of work for sale (which, in more normal times, would have been much more expensive if procured through galleries or private dealers) to support various causes, such as Justice for Black Lives, bail funds, and election campaigns. Below are ten art benefits with pieces available for purchase, from a $175 Ugo Rondinone bone-china plate benefiting the Coalition for the Homeless to a $100 Anthony Iacono risograph print (above), with proceeds going to aid and advocacy organizations.

These artworks are either limited to small editions or are one of a kind and may sell out quickly. However, most of the organizations have other pieces available (that also benefit worthy causes), so if the print you want is sold out, don’t fret.

Art for Change

Art for Change, which works with artists such as Gina Beavers and Grace Weaver, is selling four prints to benefit City Harvest. Twenty percent of the proceeds will be donated.

Photo: Danielle Orchard/Art for Change

Hand-signed archival-pigment print (18 by 24 inches), limited edition of 30 with three artist’s proofs. 

Diversify Photo

This online community of over 800 BIPOC and non-Western photographers is working to change the landscape of photography in journalism, fashion, and advertising by connecting its members with editors and producers. For the holidays, they’re teaming up with 55 of their photographers to do a sale. Half of the proceeds go directly to the artists and the other half helps to further the organization’s mission.

Printed on Kodak Endura professional photo paper (8 by 10 inches), open edition of prints.

Printed Matter

Art-book nonprofit Printed Matter is selling eight prints by artists including Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Caitlin Keogh to benefit three organizations: the Black School, Housing Justice for All, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. One-hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated, up to $15,000.

Photo: Anthony Iacono/Printed Matter

Signed and numbered risograph print (14 by 11 inches), limited edition of 100.

Brigitte Lacombe x Absolut Art

French photographer Brigitte Lacombe has released several signed limited-edition prints to benefit the Coalition for the Homeless.

Photo: Brigitte Lacombe/Absolut Art

Signed and numbered print (15.7 by 19.7 inches), limited edition of 15.

Come As You Are

Organized by art adviser Daniel Oglander, the “Come As You Are” show, which includes paintings, ceramics, and works on paper by artists like Azikiwe Mohammed and Sissòn, is donating 100 percent of the sale proceeds to G.L.I.T.S., a nonprofit working to support trans sex workers and other members of the LGBTQ community.