In 2017, the house where she lived her childhood years Nina Simone at North Carolina, it was decided that they would be demolished. However, four visual artists in New York they had joined forces to buy the house, thus saving it from the demolition.
After several failed attempts by the four artists to renovate the house, decided to work together with the African-American Heritage Action Fund, the Gallery of Contemporary Art Pace and the auction house Sotheby’sand organize campaign for the house to remain US national treasure the next years.
In collaboration with the top tennis champion Venus Williamsannounced the auction online on May 12 -22, in which works by the pioneers of the effort will be sold, Julie Meretu, Adam Pendleton, Rashid Johnson and Ellen Gallagher, as well as Mary Weatherfrod, Robert Longo and Stanley Whitney. It will also take place gala at the Pace Gallery for the presentation of the works.
Pioneering artists like Nina Simone remind us that art, in all its forms, has extraordinary powerPendleton said in a statement. “During her life, her music resonated across continents and generations. She continues to move people from all walks of life with her beauty, her honesty and her sheer audacity. Her work maintaining her childhood home it was, for me, a powerful reminder of her her lasting legacyhe emphasized.
“Each of the artists Adam Pendleton and I selected for the auction has a unique, powerful voice and we are moved by their generosity and enthusiasm for this important cause” commented Venus Williams.
The income will be available for her restoration of Nina Simone’s house in Tyrone, North Carolina. The African American Heritage Action Fund aims to raise five million dollars for the continuous maintenance of the space.
A few words about Nina Simone
The international reputation pianist, blues singer and activist for civil rights was born in 1933 as Eunice Kathleen Waymon and spent the first years of her life in the three-room house. This is where her passion for music was born mother of her, where she was Methodist preacher and the father her, who had worked as entertainer at the beginning of his career. In 1950, Nina Simone left North Carolina for a summer program at the Juilliard School of Music, Drama and Dance in New York.
Source: News Beast
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