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									    SUPERSTARS JULIAN SCHNABEL AND ANNIE LEIBOVITZ
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    eBay Auction for Pajamas and Signed Leibovitz Portrait Begins
      February 11th With Proceeds to Benefit Dumbo Arts Center

Brooklyn, N.Y. – February 4, 2009 – Superstar artist, Oscar-nominated movie
director and ultimate Renaissance man, Julian Schnabel, is notorious for wearing
his pajamas as daywear. Now he has donated his favorite pair to the Brooklyn-
based Dumbo Arts Center (DAC), for its annual benefit auction.

The pajamas will be auctioned on eBay beginning February 11, 2009, with a
starting bid of $2,000. The winning bidder will also receive a 16” x 20” print of the
famous Annie Leibovitz portrait of Schnabel in the same pajamas and signed by
Leibovitz.
                                       The auction is part of the Dumbo Arts
                                       Center's "I HEART ART" silent benefit
                                       auction. All works, including the pajamas,
                                       will be on view at the Dumbo Arts Center
                                       beginning Feb. 14, 2009. On Saturday
                                       night, Feb. 21, DAC will host an auction
                                       party sponsored by Campari. All bidding,
                                       including the eBay auction, will close at 8
                                       p.m. sharp on that evening.

The dark blue, yellow-striped pajamas are a well-worn, paint-splattered and
patched two-piece collectible, signed by the artist. Mr. Schnabel wore the
pajamas in a 1995 portrait by Leibovitz, included among the 200 works in her
2007 retrospective exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum: Annie Leibovitz: A
Photographer's Life, 1990–2005.

The silent auction will feature approx. 100 works generously donated by
emerging artists and also include such prominent names as Robert
Rauschenberg, John Baldessari, Christo, Claes Oldenburg, Red Grooms, and
Lawrence Weiner.

All proceeds from the eBay and silent auction benefit the programs of the Dumbo
Arts Center (DAC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit contemporary arts organization
located in Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York.
Julian Schnabel has been a major international force as an artist since the
1980s, topped by fame as a filmmaker since the 1990s. His most recent film, The
Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007) earned him the Best Director award at the
2007 Cannes Film Festival, a Golden Globe for Best Director and an Oscar
nomination in 2008.

Annie Leibovitz became world-renowned as a portrait photographer during her
time at Rolling Stone magazine in the 1970s. Today, she is a regular contributor
to Vanity Fair and Vogue. Leibovitz has also published eight books of her work,
most recently 2008's Annie Leibovitz At Work.

About the Dumbo Arts Center
DAC's mission is to catalyze interaction between visual artists, the local
community and the wider public, in order to preserve the neighborhood of Dumbo
as a springboard for new art. DAC produces the annual multi-site D.U.M.B.O. Art
Under the Bridge Festival, presents a year-round program of new exhibitions in
its gallery, commissions site-specific art and provides educational programs for
artists and high school students. DAC was founded in 1997 by local artists and
was the first non-profit arts organization in Dumbo, Brooklyn. By attracting
thousands of visitors and media attention to the once abandoned manufacturing
area, DAC's role has been pivotal in the establishment of Dumbo as a cultural
destination and as such, stands as a paradigm of the impact artistic endeavor
has on society as a whole.

For further information about the benefit auction, contact DAC at: T.
718.694.0831 or e-mail gallery@dumboartscenter.org.

Media Contact:
DUMBO ARTS CENTER
30 Washington Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Tel. 718.694.0831
www.dumboartscenter.org

Greg Abel
Abel Communications for the DAC
(410) 466-2210
greg@abelcommunications.com

								
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