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Postcards from the Edge fundraiser for AIDS goes virtual

Artworks by Deborah Kass, Julie Mehretu, Amy Sillman, William Wegman, Liliana Porter, Robert Longo, Marilyn Minter, Catherine Opie, Jim Hodges, Louis Fratino, Hans Haacke and more for just $85 each.

Visual AIDS, the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to raising AIDS and HIV awareness through dialogue, art exhibitions and public forums, presents virtual Postcards from the Edge annual fundraiser — a unique opportunity for buyers to acquire original postcard sized artwork from both famous and emerging artists anonymously on display, the week-long event will offer an exclusive preview period, silent auction and virtual sale open to the public.

With the inaugural event held in December of 1998, the annual Postcards from the Edge has sold anonymous postcards from celebrated artists like Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois and Ed Ruscha and raised over $2 million to support the organization’s ability to produce AIDS-focused contemporary art programs and provide supplies and assistance to artists living with HIV/AIDS.

Exhibiting over 1,000 pieces of 4×6 postcard sized art in a range of mediums including painting, drawing, photography, textiles, collage and more, pieces are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and sold anonymously. The identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased, with their signature on the back. At the price of $85 for all pieces, collectors can try their luck at selecting works by famous artists, or simply buy work they like.

Held in prominent galleries in New York City over its 22-year history, the organization will now hold the event virtually due to COVID.  A VIP preview evening for collectors and artists will be held on Friday, January 8, and a week-long digital sale, January 9-15.

“In past years, long lines have formed outside our host gallery in anticipation of the event, with eager guests running through the doors as the sale began, hoping to be the first to spot and purchase works by well-known artists,” explains Esther McGowan, Executive Director of Visual AIDS. “The silver lining to this year’s virtual event is being able to invite more arts enthusiasts from all over the U.S. to join us for this special event and work together to raise funds so that we can continue our AIDS activism work and  support artists living with HIV.”

Postcards from the Edge, January 8-15, 2021 at

An additional complementary auction of larger works will be happening at from January 8-22.

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