Puzzles With Purpose Initiative Features Work of Top Artists In Puzzle Sales to Benefit Relief Efforts

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  • September 14, 2020

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Marc Dennis, America, 2019. 285 jigsaw puzzle pieces, traditional paper puzzle, ESKA premium board, gloss finish, magnetic puzzle. Image: Marc Dennis Studio and Art x Puzzles Collector Edition of 20 + 2 AP. Image courtesy Marc Dennis Studio and Art x Puzzles

A benefit sale of Collector Edition Jigsaw Puzzles featuring the work of today's leading artists has kicked off.  

More than 70 contemporary artists including Amoako Boafo, Will Cotton, Justin Lowe and Jonah Freedman, Nir Hod, Matthew Day Jackson, Idris Khan, Louise Lawler, Marilyn Minter, Carrie Moyer, Andres Serrano, Kenny Scharf, Kay Rosen, Naama Tsabar, and Spencer Tunick are participating in the online sales initiative that will benefit Artist Relief.org, Black Lives Matter and First Responders Children's Foundation. 

Will Cotton, Cotton Candy Cowboy. 285 jigsaw puzzle pieces, traditional paper puzzle, ESKA premium board, gloss finish. (310mm x 418mm) Unlimited Collector Edition (2020). Image courtesy Will Cotton Studio and Art x Puzzles.

The ART x PUZZLES online benefit sales initiative was conceived to support artists during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis through the sale of Collector Edition Jigsaw Puzzles. Organized by PUZZLES WITH PURPOSE, the effort launched with exclusive limited edition puzzles created in close collaboration with artists from across the globe to support artist studios, existing wider artist relief efforts and causes of personal, social and economic concern to participating artists. To that end, a percentage of all proceeds from sales will directly benefit the artists’ chosen charities.

Highlights of the many special editions available at launch include Louise Lawler’s 1000-piece “POLLYANNA ADJUSTED TO FIT, DISTORTED FOR THE TIMES” dedicated to gallerist Yvon Lambert; Idris Khan’s “The Old Tune”; Will Cotton’s “Cotton Candy Cowboy”; Naama Tsabar's riveting performance piece "Dismantled”; Spencer Tunick's "Big Color"; Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe’s campfire-scented Victorian cut wooden puzzle; Marc Dennis’ magnetic “America”; Kay Rosen’s traditional paper jigsaw “Big Talk”; and Jitish Kallat’s “Palindrome/Anagram” part of the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art. Also included are actor/artist Billy Zane's first painting, “Telemundo”, created on set during the filming of Titanic; Andres Serrano’s “America Jewel-Joy Stevens”; Brandon Lipchik’s generative wooden puzzle using AI advanced technology; and Christopher Makos’ tribute to Andy Warhol, “Andy in Clown Nose”, a giant 2000-piece traditional paper puzzle.

Available in Collector Editions of 20 and 2 APs unless otherwise indicated and presented in custom-engraved presentation boxes, the investment-worthy jigsaw puzzles make edition collecting a fresh experience at accessible prices for coveted artists. All are produced with cutting edge technology, high quality materials and the latest innovation in unique jigsaw puzzle design.

The sale will be live to collectors, contemporary art lovers and puzzle enthusiasts starting on September 14 and will be ongoing with additional artists and Limited Edition Collector puzzles added on a rolling basis.

Marilyn Minter, Wet Kiss, 2014. 1000 jigsaw puzzle pieces, gloss finish, traditional paper puzzle. (502mm x 711mm) ESKA premium board, gloss finish.  Unlimited Collector Edition (2020) dedicated to gallerist Yvon Lambert. Image courtesy Marilyn Minter Studio, Salon 94 Gallery and Art x Puzzles

Contemporary art leaders, curators, galleries, museums and private collections supported the project to bring signature artworks to life in new one-of-a-kind jigsaw puzzles. 


Martin Ålund, Kiley Ames, Carlos Amorales, Grimanesa Amorós,Tauba Auerbach, Charlie Barton, Alessandro Belgiojoso, Amoako Boafo, Kathe Burkhart, Mircea Cantor, Yasmine Chatila, Winston Chmileinksi, Gerald Chukwuma, Phillip Colbert, Will Cotton, Marc Dennis, Robert Farber, Joe Fig, Justin Lowe & Jonah Freeman, Asha Fuller, Juan Garaizabal, Alternonce Gumby, Matthew Day Jackson, Kharis Kennedy, Enrique Garcia Lozano, Veronika Georgieva, Loris Gréaud, Mahmoud Hamadani, Nir Hod, Richard Jackson, Jitish Kallat, Idris Khan, Shin II Kim, Sally Kindberg, Krystofer Kimmel, Yashua Klos, Adam Kluger, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Hans Kotter, Maria Kozak, Louise Lawler, Robert Lazzarini, Brandon Lipchik, Christopher Makos, Miltos Manetas, Fabian Maraccio, Melvin Martinez, Helina Metaferia, Marilyn Minter, Seren Morey, Carrie Moyer, Tatyana Murray, Zahra Nazari, Ludovic Nkoth, Eric Payson, Stephen Posen, Nicole Rafiki, Pedro Reyes, Kay Rosen, Kenny Scharf, Mark Seidenfeld, Andres Serrano, Stephen Shanabrook, Shura Skaya, Veronica Smirnoff, Paul Solberg, Naama Tsabar, Spencer Tunick, Rafael Vargas-Suarez, Brad Walsh, Chuck Webster, Gal Weinstein, Peter Wise, Agustina Woodgate, Sisley Xhafa, Ekrem Yalcindag, Billy Zane and Zevs.

Each Limited Collector Edition is accompanied by an engraved USB drive holding a certificate of authentication, jigsaw image and further background on the artist.

Puzzles with Purpose was conceived by independent curator, arts writer and creative entrepreneur Rachel Vancelette in May 2020 as a multifaceted sales initiative to support a range of contemporary artists as they faced the economic fallout from the world’s ongoing battle against COVID-19. Info: artxpuzzles.com 



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