Charity Art Auction: June 2, 2021 at 11am: STAIR Galleries (549 Warren Street – 12534 Hudson, New York) to benefit Art for Access at Bennington College
STYLIANOS SCHICHO: Masked/Unmasked – The prophetic eye of an artist
The austrian artist STYLIANOS SCHICHO is concerned in his work with observation, interaction and social isolation.The artist reflects on the role of society as well as the individual’s role within society, between voyeurism and disguise, social withdrawal and self-reflection, solitude and social isolation, oppression and disobedience. With these issues and the „social distancing“ becoming omnipresent in current pandemic times his masked protagonists expressing a seemingly distant attitude seem more actual than ever before. The past – in form of SCHICHO’s older works – seems to be catching up with time and the images do resemble the reality, and – due to the current global pandemic situation – the pictures somehow become real.
One of STYLIANOS SCHICHO’s symbolic works from 2011 – as part of the Melva Bucksbaum Collection – will be auctioned at STAIR Galleries on June 2, 2021 to benefit Art for Access at Bennington College
The Melva Bucksbaum Collection: A Contemporary Vision: Collector, patron and curator Melva Bucksbaum (1933-2015) was a passionate supporter of the arts throughout her life. Assembling a large collection of her own, Mrs. Bucksbaum was a risktaking collector who focused on the artist, not art-world trends, and supported artists through her philanthropic work as well as studio acquisitions. She served as a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art and on many other boards including the International Council of the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, The Drawing Center, and the International Council of the Tate, London. Mrs. Bucksbaum believed that art was part of our shared cultural heritage and over her lifetime donated many works of art to institutions. It is in that spirit that these works, gifted by her daughter, Mary Bucksbaum Scanlan, are being sold to benefit Art for Access at Bennington College. Art for Access celebrates Bennington College’s pioneering visual arts legacy by providing funding for scholarships through the sale of artworks. Through a partnership with Stair in Hudson, New York, a leading regional auction house, some 250 works from this donation will be sold in a single-sale auction on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 to benefit Art for Access.
Highlights include works by Cleve Gray, Donald Sultan, Justine Kurland, Stylianos Schicho, Ellen Phelan, Paul Pfeiffer, Harding Meyer, David Salle, Elena Figurina, Holly Coulis, Scott Covert, and Eric Fischl. All proceeds from the auction will fund Art for Access scholarships.
About Art for Access
Launched in Fall 2018, Art for Access is an innovative philanthropic initiative that celebrates the College’s pioneering legacy in the visual arts while advancing its commitment to equity, diversity, and access. Art for Access seeks to engage Bennington’s network of collectors, artists, alumni, parents, and friends by inviting donations of art to the College to benefit students by: Developing and expanding the works of art in the College’s holdings, ensuring that works available for study are ever changing; and generating scholarship funds, through the sale of select works on a regular basis, to further the College’s commitment to access, equity, and diversity. Since the launch of Art for Access, the College has received gifts of more than 620 works of art (including this gift of some 500 works) and raised nearly $3.7 million through art sales to fund Art for Access scholarships.
About Bennington College
Bennington College is a liberal arts college in southwestern Vermont that distinguished itself early as a vanguard institution within American higher education. It was the first to include the visual and performing arts in a liberal arts education, and to integrate work in the classroom with work in the field. The College aims to educate students towards self-fulfillment and constructive social purposes in an increasingly complex global society. Bennington believes that equity, diversity, and inclusivity—in community and in curriculum—are vital to achieving those aims. Bennington’s distinguished visual arts alumni have shaped the field in every way, as artists, curators, dealers, critics, and gallerists. Some of its notable alumni include Helen Frankenthaler ’49, Kathy Halbreich ’71, Sally Mann ’73, Dan Cameron ’79, Holly Block ’80, Carrie Moyer ’82, Matthew Marks ’85, Andrea Fiuczynski ’85, Tom Sachs ’89, Odili Donald Odita MFA ’90, and Anna Gaskell ’92. (Source: Bennington, VT: Bennington College 4.5.2021)
About Stylianos Schicho
1977 born in Vienna/Austria
1998 – 2005 studies of painting and graphics (Professor Wolfgang Herzig)
2005 diploma, University of Applied Arts, Vienna
Lives and works in Vienna
Previous exhibitions include: Leopold Museum, Vienna; Kunsthalle Krems (solo); Künstlerhaus – K/haus, Vienna (solo); MAK – Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art; Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxembourg (solo); Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim/Wels; Lukas Feichtner Gallery, Vienna (solo); Galerie Wim van Krimpen, Amsterdam (solo); C-Collection residency, Miami; Showroom MAMA, Rotterdam; TAF the Art Foundation, Athens; Danubiana Meulensteen Art Museum, Bratislava – Art fairs participations: Vienna, Cologne, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Istanbul, Mexico City, Miami, New York, Chicago, Dallas.
Collections include: Austrian State Collection, Vienna; Albertina Graphic Art Collection, Vienna; Collection/Museum Angerlehner, Thalheim/Wels; The Granary – Melva Bucksbaum and Ray Learsy Collection; Collection Museum Leopold Museum, Vienna