Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and Jeff Koons hosted Art
for Water benefitting Waterkeeper Alliance at Sotheby’s, NY
New York, NY
February 6, 2017
By Gloria Starr Kins Courtesy of Irish Examiner
Following Bobby Kennedy’s epic UN WaterKeeper alliance initiative, where he launched a project to protect the Himalayan waters and its growing network in India, Nepal, and Bhutan, and throughout the region – and across the globe – to protect the “The Third Pole,”
This time around, Robert Kennedy gathered New York’s elite at Sotheby’s, a collaboration of artist’s, art collectors supporting clean waters. The Co-Chairs Jeff Koons and Ed Ruscha as well as Diane Arbus, Urs Fischer, Walton Ford, Mark Grotjahn, Jonas Wood, Dustin Yellin and many more. Art for Water raised nearly $700,000 to support Waterkeeper Alliance’s work defending and protecting nearly 2.5 million miles of waterways on six continents around the globe, hopefully – ensuring every person’s right to drinkable, fishable and swimmable water worldwide.
Guests including Ron Delsener, Cheryl Hines, John McEnroe, Nicole Miller, Alysia Reiner and his sister Kerry Kennedy gave their support for the cause along with featured artists Chloe Wise, Claire Sherman, Basmat Levin, Alexis Rockman and Peter Drake.
As he opened the live auction, Waterkeeper Alliance President Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. remarked on the historical connection of artists with nature and “artists’ critical role as an insurgency.” As his tone turned to the need for additional funding for Waterkeeper Alliance’s work, he stated, “Clean water should transcend politics. But as decades-long battles for clean water regulations are being dismantled, Waterkeeper Alliance is more important than ever.”