Since 1998, Visual AIDS has produced the annual Postcards From The Edge exhibition and benefit sale of original, postcard-sized works on paper by established and emerging artists.
Known within the art world as the most exciting and affordable way to add to a collection, Postcards From the Edge offers a unique opportunity for buyers to acquire original, postcard-sized artwork for less than a round of cocktails (give or take a martini). Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, each piece is exhibited anonymously, and the identity of the artist is revealed only after the work is purchased. With the playing field leveled, all participants can take home a piece by a famous artist, or one who's just making his/her debut in the art world. Nonetheless, collectors walk away with something beautiful, a piece of art they love.
Most importantly, by participating in Postcards From the Edge artists and collectors support the activities of Visual AIDS, enabling the organization to produce AIDS-focused contemporary art programs and provide supplies and assistance to artists living with HIV/AIDS, many who are unable to continue producing work without such support. All Postcards From the Edge proceeds support the programs of Visual AIDS.
Past Postcards From the Edge artists include: Vito Acconci, Dennis Adams, Ricci Albenda, Meredith Allen, Jose Alvarez, Emma Amos, Carl Andre, Polly Apfelbaum, Ida Applebroog, David Armstrong, Dotty Attie, Alice Aycock, Aziz + Cucher, Donald Baechler, John Baldessari, Burt Barr, Lynda Barry, Barton Lidice Benes, Lyndia Benglis, Peter Berlin, Katherine Bernhardt, Nayland Blake, Ross Bleckner, Louise Bourgeois, Mark Bradford, Nancy Brooks Brody, AA Bronson, Robert Buck, Matthew Buckingham, Nancy Burson, Paul Chan, Patty Chang, Aaron Cobbett, Greg Colson, Renee Cox, Moyra Davey, Kim Dingle, John Dugdale, Angela Dufresne, Sam Durant, Marcel Dzama, Frank Egloff, Nicole Eisenman, Joy Episalla, Mitch Epstein, John Evans, Neil Farber, Tony Feher, Angelo Filomeno, Karen Finley, Louise Fishman, Flechemuller, Robert Flynt, Tom Friedman, Adam Fuss, Joy Garnett, Jeff Gauntt, Luis Gispert, Judy Glantzman, Milton Glaser, Robert Gober, Anthony Goicolea, Nan Goldin, Leon Golub, Maria Elena Gonzalez, Joanne Greenbaum, Hans Haacke, Ann Hamilton, Jane Hammond, Erik Hanson, Lyle Ashton Harris, Karen Heagle, Mary Heilmann, Geoffrey Hendricks, Arturo Herrera, Matthias Herrmann, Jim Hodges, Elizabeth Huey, Scott Hug, David Humphrey, Scott Hunt, James Hyde, Alfredo Jaar, Emily Jacir, Bill Jacobson, Xylor Jane, Bill Jensen, Chris Johanson, Joan Jonas, Michael Joo, Miranda July, Nina Katchadourian, John Kelly, Brian Kenny, Terence Koh, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Julian LaVerdiere, Louise Lawler, Cary Leibowitz, Charles LeDray, Zoe Leonard, Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Robert Longo, Whitfield Lovell, Lovett/Codagnone, Vera Lutter, Giles Lyon, McDermott & McGough, Christian Marclay, Kerry James Marshall, Barry McGee, Julie Mehretu, Robert Melee, Lucas Michael, Marilyn Minter, Mary Miss, Donald Moffett, Slava Mogutin, Frank Moore, Carrie Moyer, Matt Mullican, Vik Muniz, Elizabeth Murray, James Nares, Alice O'Malley, Robin O'Neil, Yoko Ono, Catherine Opie, Dennis Oppenheim, Tom Otterness, Tony Oursler, Hermes Payrhuber, Ed Paschke, Sheila Pepe, Paul Pfeiffer, Jack Pierson, William Pope L., Richard Prince, Ernesto Pujol, Paul Henry Ramirez, Jessica Rankin, Erwin Redl, Richard Renaldi, Eric Rhein, Dorothea Rockburne, Tim Rollins + KOS, Kay Rosen, Sterling Ruby, Ed Ruscha, Betye Saar, Tom Sachs, Carolee Schneemann, Gary Schneider, Collier Schorr, Dana Schutz, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Joel Shapiro, Jim Shaw, Mark Sheinkman, Kate Shepherd, Cindy Sherman, Amy Sillman, Tom Slaughter, Kiki Smith, Nancy Spero, Annie Sprinkle, Stuart Sandford, Pat Steir, Billy Sullivan, Sarah Sze, Philip Taaffe, Barbara Takenaga, Steed Taylor, Rirkrit Tiravanija, George Towne, Scott Treleaven, Spencer Tunick, Richard Tuttle, Penelope Umbrico, Bill Viola, Kara Walker, John Waters, Carrie Mae Weems, William Wegman, Lawrence Weiner, Matthew Weinstein, Tom Wesselman, Fred Wilson, Millie Wilson, Rob Wynne, Lynne Yamamoto, Carrie Yamaoka, O Zang and many, many others ...
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. - Sat Jan 26-27, 2006 - Preview: Fri. Jan 25, 5-8
Cheim & Read - Sat Jan 7-8, 2012 - Preview: Fri. Jan 6, 6-8
CRG - Sat Jan 8-9, 2011 - Preview: Fri. Jan 7, 6-8
ZieherSmith - Sat Jan 9-10, 2010 - Preview: Fri. Jan 8, 6-8
Metro Pictures - Sat Jan 10, 2009 - Preview: Fri. Jan 9, 6-8
James Cohan - Sat Dec 1-2, 2007 - Preview: Fri. Nov 30, 6-9
Sikkema Jenkins & Co. - Sat Dec 2-3, 2006 - Preview: Fri. Dec 1, 6-8
Robert Miller Gallery - Mon. Oct 17-18, 2005 - Preview: Sun. Oct 16, 6-8
Brent Sikkema - Sun. Dec 5, 2004 - Preview: Sat. Dec 4, 6-9
Galerie Lelong - Sun. Nov 16, 2003
Sperone Westwater - Mon. Oct 28, 2002
Sara Meltzer Gallery - Sun. Nov 18, 2011
Andrew Kreps Gallery - Sun. Nov 5, 2000
Alexander and Bonin - Sun. Dec 5, 1999
Rove Gallery - Sat. Dec 12, 1998
Q: When is Postcards from the Edge?
A: Postcard from the Edge has take place each winter, usually in December or January. The exact dates are posted in the fall.
Q: Where does Postcards from the Edge take place?
A: Traditionally, Postcards from the Edge takes place at a different gallery each year. The host gallery donated it's space to us between exhibitions. We announce the gallery location in the fall.
Q: How can I submit artwork to Postcards from the Edge?
A: Any and all artists over 18 years old are encourage to donate a 4" x 6" original work on paper for our Postcards From the Edge exhibition and benefit sale. Call for submissions are posted each Fall. Join our mailing list to be sure to be a part of next year's event.
Q: When is the deadline?
A: The deadlines vary each year. Please check back in and/or join our mailing list.
A: Postcard artwork can be in any medium, including drawings, photographs, paintings, printmaking and mixed media, as long as it is 4"x6" inches. There are no limitations to theme or subject mater, however work should be original.
Q: Is the show juried? How will I know if my work will be displayed?
A: No, the exhibition and sale is not juried. All work that arrives by deadline and meets the submission criteria will be displayed.
A: No, please only sign the back.
Q: Who do you know whose work is whose?
A: You don't. Part of the fun of Postcard from the Edge, is all the work is displayed anonymously, however the artist's name is revealed after purchase.
A: No, however, Postcards From the Edge requires months of
preparation, processing, and hard work to make it a success. Therefore
any donation you can make will help cover overhead. Every dollar helps.
Q: Do you ever need volunteers for the event?
A: Yes, please contact us at info@visualAIDS.org
A: All proceeds benefit Visual AIDS. Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visual AIDS is the only contemporary arts organization fully committed to HIV prevention and AIDS awareness through producing and presenting visual art projects, while assisting artists living with HIV/AIDS. We are committed to preserving and honoring the work of artists with HIV/AIDS and the artistic contributions of the AIDS movement.