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CAE Defense Fund on Thu, 21 Apr 2005 06:35:15 +0200 (CEST)


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April 21, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: mailto:media {AT} caedefensefund.org

AUCTION TO BENEFIT CAE DEFENSE FUND IS OVERWHELMING SUCCESS
Government intensifies investigation

On Sunday April 17, an art auction to benefit the CAE Defense Fund
raised $167,700. The auction, held at Paula Cooper Gallery in New York
City, featured over fifty artists who donated their work to the cause.

The amount raised was over three times more than had been raised (and
spent) in the eleven months preceding the auction. Still, two to three
times as much may be needed to successfully defend Steve Kurtz, a
founding member of Critical Art Ensemble (CAE) and Professor of Art at
the University of Buffalo, and Robert Ferrell, a Professor of Human
Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, throughout the entire trial
process.

While the auction's success demonstrates the growing support for CAE,
the ordeal grinds on as the prosecution vigorously pursues its "case"
and the FBI continues to expand its costly investigation against the
artists' collective. Two days after the fundraiser, Steven Barnes,
another founding member of the CAE, appeared before a federal grand
jury in response to a subpoena which indicates that the Justice
Department is again seeking charges under Section 175 of the US
Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, as expanded by the USA
PATRIOT Act. Under advice of his attorney, Barnes is unable to speak
about the grand jury hearing itself.

The benefit auction at Paula Cooper Gallery saw hundreds of people
stream through the gallery all day. The event culminated with a live
auction hosted by writer/actor Wallace Shawn. In his opening remarks,
Shawn spoke against complacency and apathy during these very dangerous
times. Steve Kurtz, who attended the auction, was unable to speak
directly about the case under advice of council. He graciously thanked
the crowd, obviously moved by this strong show of support.

Artists who donated their works to the auction included: Acconci
Studio, Dennis Adams, Carl Andre, The Atlas Group, Nayland Blake, Mel
Bochner, Cecily Brown, Chris Burden, Paul Chan, Jeremy Deller, Mark
Dion, Sam Durant, Tony Feher, Andrea Fraser, Joseph Grigely, Hans
Haacke, Ann Hamilton, Rachel Harrison, Emily Jacir, Mike Kelley, Mary
Kelly, Barbara Kruger, William Pope L., Louise Lawler, Zoe Leonard,
Sol LeWitt, Glenn Ligon, Sharon Lockhart, Brice Marden, Allan
McCollum, Julie Mehretu, Arnold Mesches, Donald Moffett, Dave Muller,
Vik Muniz, Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Cathy Opie, Ruben Ortiz
Torres, Laura Owens, David Reed, Alexis Rockman, Martha Rosler,
Christy Rupp, Carolee Schneemann, Richard Serra, Cindy Sherman, Amy
Sillman, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, Janaina Tschape, and many more.

To view some of the donated artwork, please visit:
http://caedefensefund.org/caedefensefundauction.html

For more information on Steve Kurtz's case, please visit
http://caedefensefund.org

Press inquiries may be directed to mailto:media {AT} caedefensefund.org



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