Artsy Spotlight Auction: Marina Abramović

The Artist is Present: A Benefit Auction for Ukraine offers the unique opportunity to sit with Marina Abramovic in her installation of 'The Artist is Present' at Sean Kelly Gallery on Saturday, April 16, 2022. The installation recreates the artist’s historic 2010 performance curated by Klaus Biesenbach at the Museum of Modern Art, in which the legendary performance artist silently sat in a chair while museum visitors took turns sitting across from her for eight hours a day. The performance lasted nearly three months, for a total of 716- and a-half hours. The winning bidder will be photographed with Abramović by renowned photographer Marco Anelli, who originally documented every sitting in Abramović’s iconic performance.

The auction is divided into two lots. The first is for an individual portrait. The second lot is for two individual portraits.

All proceeds from the benefit auction will support Direct Relief, which is working with Ukraine’s Ministry of Health and other groups in the region to provide requested medical aid—from oxygen concentrators to critical care medicines—while preparing to offer longer-term aid to people displaced or affected by the war.

Bidding will be open exclusively on Artsy and will close on Friday, March 25th at 12:00pm EDT.

This experience is being sold by Sean Kelly Gallery and will take place in New York City, United States. Please reach out to for any further information.

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