The Art Shopping Network is an organization with the goal to “socialize art buying.” Part of their mission is to foster relationships with foundations that are doing good in their communities using art as a throughway.
“Artists translate these stories of life — both lived and mediated — reminding observers where they are and what they need to remember about themselves and the world around them,” says Maxwell Young, founder of Art Shopping Network in a press release about the event. Some of the featured Pittsburgh artists are big in the local art scene, including BOOM Concepts’ DS Kinsel, Bekezela Mguni, Camerin “Camo” Nesbit, Quaishawn Whitlock, and Paradise Gray, among others.
Young describes this endeavor as “a barometer to measure and make sense of our collective pandemic experience, our humanity’s state at the beginning of a new decade.” Any period of life looks bleak without art in it. Whether it is TV, music, or visual art, people rely on it to connect with the world around them. Bid to Fight COVID presents a unique opportunity to engage with art in a way that has previously only been offered to the very wealthy; it also allows the art buyer to support necessary causes.
The artwork in Pittsburgh will be displayed on the gallery walls of North Side’s Artists Image Resource, and the auction will be broadcast live on artshoppingnetwork.com. Attendees must RSVP at artshoppingnetwork.com to be eligible to bid.