If you've ever coveted a piece from the Whitney Biennial — the celebrated and often controversial foray into the state of contemporary art hosted every other year by the Whitney Museum of American Art — now's your chance. To support its Independent Study Program, an all-age arts education initiative, the museum is hosting "The Art Party" — a silent auction featuring works from 88 past and future Biennial participants. (The next exhibition, the Whitney's 76th, will open in March of 2012.) The work available ranges from an abstract expressionist-like woodcut by up-and-comer Josh Smith to a signature "butt print" from performance artist Kembra Pfahler to an oil painting of the Viper Room awning by the New York-based pop culture obsessive Slater Bradley. The prices won't break the bank (most pieces have opening bids of a few hundred dollars, and "Buy Now" prices of a few thousand), and you'll have the added satisfaction of having contributed to a noble cause. The Art Party on concludes with, go figure, an actual art party at Manhattan's Highline Stages Tuesday night with Bradley, Ben Brock, and Harley Viera Newton providing tunes. For more information on the live show or to bid online go to www.whitneyartparty.org.
— By Jesse Ashlock