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Foundation for Contemporary Performing Arts Benefit Exhibition

Drawings and Photographs

December 8 - 23, 2000
522 W 22 Street

Press Release

Matthew Marks Gallery is pleased to announce Drawings & Photographs, an exhibition of works by over 250 artists to benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts.

The international show—organized by Matthew Barney, Cecily Brown, Robert Gober, Jasper Johns, Julian Lethbridge, Elizabeth Murray, and Cindy Sherman -- will raise funds for the Foundation's grants to artists. Included are works by well-known and emerging artists from around the United States as well as from China, England, Germany, and Japan. A list of participants in the show is attached.

The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Arts was established in a spirit of artistic community through the efforts of Jasper Johns and John Cage. It began in 1963 when 78 painters and sculptors contributed works to be sold at an exhibition to benefit their colleagues in the performance arts. With funds raised largely from the proceeds of benefit exhibition sales, the Foundation has offered a significant program of assistance to outstanding and unusually promising artists and organizations creating, presenting, or supporting work of an imaginative, contemporary nature. It is the only foundation of its kind created by artists to benefit other artists.

The Foundation will announce its Grants for 2000 on December 5. Eleven artists working in Dance, Music, Theater/Performance Arts, Poetry, and Visual Arts will receive $25,000 each. Grants to 30 presenting and service arts organizations ($1,000 - $5,000) will also be awarded. Additionally, the recipient of the biennial John Cage Award for Music, a $50,000 award for outstanding achievement in music, will be announced. For further information about the Foundation, contact Mary A. Judge, Executive Director at 212 807-7077.

Drawings & Photographs will be on view at the Matthew Marks Gallery, 522 West 22nd Street (between 10th and 11th Avenues) through December 23, 2000 Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 to 6:00 pm.

For further information or reproductions please contact Abby Schwartz 212-243-0200.

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