For 35 years, City Harvest, a New York City-based food redistribution charity organization, has been feeding millions of New Yorkers in need. The charity continues its work in 2021, pledging to distribute 111 million pounds of food to nearly 400 soup kitchens, food pantries, community partners, and the charity’s own Mobile Markets across the city’s five boroughs. In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic precarity faced by New Yorkers of all backgrounds, this work is more important than ever.
To aid City Harvest in this tremendous effort, Art For Change—a company that reimagines the practice of art collecting as a force for social good—will renew its partnership with the nonprofit for a third time. This season, Art For Change has commissioned limited-edition, signed and numbered, and even a few hand-embellished prints from contemporary artists.
“There is nothing more crucial to our city and our community than caring for those in need and providing hope and dignity,” says Jeanne Masel, founder and chief curator of Art For Change. “While we are starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel, the recovery in the wake of a slowly easing pandemic continues and the number of people in need of food remains historically high. It fills me with gratitude to provide assistance to those in need this holiday season while simultaneously supporting these incredible contemporary artists.”
As a whole, the six-piece collection echoes similar themes of identity, social uncertainty, and a complicated relationship with the world around us. Applying her signature airbrushed form, the L.A.–based artist Molly Greene meditates on the relationship between nature and machine with Insinuator, a nearly symmetrical configuration of tulip stems that takes on a mechanical appearance. Similarly, Emma Kohlmann uses flora, fauna, and mythological creatures to portray symbolism in her vivid paintings. In the Tree of Life, the faces of humans, butterflies, and birds adorn bulbous branches of a titular tree, representing the interconnectivity of life.