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.