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Motherwell foundation supports Sandy survivors

Proceeds from selling exhibition to benefit relief fund and arts education in Brooklyn

On show to support Sandy survivors: Superflex, Flooded McDonald's, 2009

The Dedalus Foundation, which manages the estate of Robert Motherwell, the cultural magazine the Brooklyn Rail and the Jamestown Charitable Foundation have joined forces to produce “Come Together: Surviving Sandy, Year 1”, the first in a series of annual exhibitions marking the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy.

The show is scheduled to open on 20 October (until 15 December) at Industry City, a property development in the Sunset Park neighbourhood of Brooklyn. The show will take place in a space measuring almost 100,000 sq. ft. It includes around 300 artists, half of whom were affected by the storm.

“Hurricane Sandy affected the art community more directly than 9/11,” says Phong Bui, an artist and the publisher of the Brooklyn Rail, who is organising the show. Some of the work in the exhibition, which includes artists such as Alex Katz, Mark di Suvero and the Bruce High Quality Foundation, will be for sale, with a percentage of the proceeds going to the Brooklyn Community Foundation, a grant-making institution, and the Brooklyn Rail. The Dedalus Foundation will also match the amount raised, up to $25,000.

The Dedalus Foundation, which is providing part of the funding for the show, held a juried exhibition of art by High School students at Industry City in June, and is planning more programming there in the future. “We’ll probably be doing two or three exhibitions a year and we’re in discussion with a number of teachers in local schools about after-school art programmes,” says Jack Flam, the foundation’s president.

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