Broadway Joe Touches Down at Pier 94

by AVENUE insider Photographed by Jared Siskin/PMC
Friday, May 4, 2018

Art New York, presented by Art Miami, opened its doors yesterday for its fourth edition at Pier 94 with a VIP Preview benefitting the Joe Namath Foundation and the Hope for Depression Research Foundation. The show features modern and contemporary works from more than 95 international galleries from 30 countries representing more than 1,200 artists, including CONTEXT, a platform for new and established galleries to present emerging, mid-career and cutting-edge talent. 

The first exhibition booth pays tribute to the legendary football quarterback, Namath. Fair Director Nick Korniloff curated the special exhibition by nine artists– Mr. Brainwash, Harry Benson, Jason Newsted, Skyler Grey, Bradley Theodore, Danny Minnick, Yigal Ozeri, ABH and Edwin Baker III–to benefit the Joe Namath Foundation. The was a surprise gift for the football legend, ahead of his 75th birthday later this month.

“I love them all!” Namath raved to AVENUE. “It means so much to me to have these artists put the time in to create these works and all the money is going towards a good cause. The Foundation is relatively new, but I’ve been familiar with charity work since childhood.”

Namath has supported hundreds of causes and raised millions of dollars before launching his Foundation is in 2017. It benefits numerous children’s charities and neurological research, including the March of Dimes, Hannah’s Home, and Audrey Gruss’ Hope for Depression Research Foundation.

“My way of thinking is, let’s do something close to home to raise money,” Namath continued. “People have come out for 20-plus years and supported everything I’ve done, so you tell me what’s good charity,” he said, soliciting suggestions of causes that require his support. “Along with the foundations we already work with, we’re always looking for what else we can do.”

Also present at the preview was actor, producer and artist Adrien Brody who unveiled his new installation, Metamorphosis: Transformations of the Soul at booth ANY200. Jon Bon Jovi’s wife, Dorothea Hurley, came to support Gary Lichtenstein Editions, which is presenting a one-man show, Multiple Layers, by artist Cey Adams. Thirty percent of its  proceeds are being donated to the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.  

Art New York is providing complimentary one-way Uber service to VIP card holders (registration online when validating VIP Card), as well as a shuttle service running between Art New York and the Frieze Ferry at East 35th Street. The Fair will allow complimentary admittance to all Frieze and TEFAF VIP cardholders.



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