Those Damn Charity Art Auctions

“Yes, it’s that nerve-racking time of year again: benefit-auction season. For the last three months New York has been awash in raffles, auctions and other fund-raisers where donated artworks go on the block to benefit all manner of causes. For the institution, the money can be a significant source of funds. For attendees, it can be a chance to acquire a work under market price… But for artists, many of whom spend the season fielding requests, it is not exactly a win-win proposition.”