New York, 14 May 2013 – Brioni announces its sponsorship of “The 11th Hour Charity Auction”, an event in support of the environment staged by Christie’s and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, held on 13 May in New York.
Over 30 artists from around the world have donated masterpieces, many of which were created especially for the auction.
The sale will feature works by 33 contemporary artists, including Kai Althoff, Banksy, Peter Beard, Carol Bove, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Dan Colen, George Condo, John Currin, Zeng Fanzhi, Urs Fischer, Walton Ford, Mark Grotjahn, Andreas Gursky, Sergej Jensen, Anish Kapoor, Bharti Kher, Sherrie Levine, Robert Longo, Adam McEwen, Takashi Murakami, Cady Noland, Raymond Pettibon, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Prince, Rob Pruitt, Neo Rauch, Ugo Rondinone, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Mark Ryden, Julian Schnabel and Rudolf Stingel.
“We are destroying our environment. Less than 2% of our oceans and 12% of our forests and wildlands are protected and that is why we have to take action now,” declared Leonardo DiCaprio – “I am very grateful to Brioni, Christie’s and the participating artists for their commitment and for the opportunity they have given us to raise awareness of this problem and for their contribution to protecting nature.”
“Christie’s is honored to host the most important environmental charity auction ever staged,” added Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. - “This has been a project of passion and commitment led by Leonardo DiCaprio and Christie’s Loic Gouzer. We are confident the impact of this sale will be felt for generations.”
“Brioni is extremely proud to make its contribution towards helping the environment,” declared managing director Francesco Pesci – “We are always willing to support beneficial causes and grateful to be able to do so through art, thanks to Christie’s and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.“