Art Auction

9th annual Art for Tibet benefit auction

7 Nov 2019

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Thu, 07 Nov
10:00 – 18:00

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Gallery 8 NY

New York
New York, United States

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Students for a Free Tibet is pleased to announce the 9th annual Art for Tibet benefit auction and exhibition, taking place in New York in November 2019.


A​rt for Tibet brings together artists and activists to celebrate, commemorate, and support the Tibetan peoples’ nonviolent freedom struggle against occupation. 

This year Art for Tibet are thrilled to announce thatlegendary NYC hip-hop artist & Beastie Boys collaborator Cey Adams and French-Tibetan painter Marie-Dolma Chophel have joined this year’s Honorary Committee alongside returning members Shepard Fairey and Columbia Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Robert Thurman.

For the first time this year an exhibition will run in tandem with the auction at the prestigious Gallery 8 in Harlem, giving a chance for extraordinary Tibetan artists to be showcased alongside leading contemporary artists for an extended period of time. An online auction will also run from October 25 – November 7 2019.

Art for Tibet showcases work from a diverse international pool of established and emerging artists, including a growing number of outstanding contemporary Tibetan artists. Highlights include donated works by ​Shepard Fairey as well as contributions from Cey Adams, master Tibetan painter ​Pema Rinzin​, digital mandala creator James Stanford and prolific and influential first-generation NYC subway graffiti artist Al Diaz.

American contemporary street artist, graphic designer, activist and illustrator Shepard Fairey says: “I've been a longtime supporter of Students for a Free Tibet because of the work they do to help the Tibetan people gain political independence and freedom. I believe in the power of nonviolent, grassroots movements to create change, and I will continue to advocate for the human rights of Tibetans through my voice and through my art. Free Tibet!" 

Founded in 2009​, Art for Tibet raises critical funds for Students for a Free Tibet (SFT), a grassroots network of youth and activists campaigning for Tibetans’ fundamental right to political freedom. Through education, grassroots organizing, and nonviolent direct action, SFT empowers youth as leaders in the worldwide movement for social justice. 

Honorary Committee member Cey Adams has donated a limited edition print of his Love work and says: “Art is so important in promoting social justice. That’s what art does – it provokes people to think, and I believe it’s our duty to speak on behalf of those fighting for freedom and freedom of speech.” (TBC)

Art for Tibet is Students for a Free Tibet’s (SFT) most important annual fundraiser, which enables them to continue its fight for the Tibetan people’s fundamental human rights and freedom.

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