Christie’s and amfAR partner
to raise critical funds for COVID-19 research

Christie’s and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, are pleased to announce a new partnership devoted to raising critical funds for COVID-19 research through a dedicated global auction at Christie’s this June. After the rapid spread of the coronavirus this spring forced amfAR to cancel its annual fundraising Gala at Cannes, which last year raised $15 million in vital research funds, the two organizations are joining forces to bridge the gap in fundraising and use it as an opportunity to address the new and urgent threat of COVID-19.

From the Studio will present contemporary artworks that have been generously donated by leading collectors and by artists themselves, including new works never before seen by the public, which have been sourced with the help of Michael Nevin, director of The Journal Gallery. Proceeds from the June event at Christie’s New York will benefit amfAR. As a leader in infectious disease research, amfAR recently announced that it is expanding its research efforts to participate in the all-out effort to develop effective treatments for the new coronavirus, and established the amfARFund to Fight COVID-19 for that purpose.

Christie’s and amfAR will jointly announce details of each donated artwork on a rolling basis throughout May, with accompanying videos and Webinar-style conversations about the works with the project curator and participating artists. The auction is slated to coincide with Christie’s International 20th Century Week, which will bring together Impressionist, Modern, Post-War and Contemporary art from New York and London auctions that were delayed this year due to precautionary saleroom closures in the U.S. and Europe.