NY Times: Wall Street Art Show Postponed

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The exterior of 23 Wall Street, left, across the street from the New York Stock Exchange. Credit Richard Perry/The New York Times

A sprawling pop-up art show that was set to take over almost 150,000 square feet of 23 Wall Street has been postponed and shortened because of funding issues. Simon Birch, the show’s Hong Kong-based organizer and primary artist, has raised $3 million, including $1 million of his own money, but came up short on funds for the nonprofit putting on the show.

The exhibition, called “The 14th Factory,” was planned for mid-April, but will now open on May 16, for an abbreviated run. Intended to be open for four to six weeks, the show, which will be free (with a suggested donation), will run for three to four weeks. All of the art, by Mr. Birch and over 20 other artists, is being donated and will be auctioned, with proceeds going to charity.

Unable to raise the money in New York — despite an advisory board that includes city luminaries like Tommy Hilfiger — Mr. Birch returned to Hong Kong to lobby friends and said he has secured an additional $1.1 million from a prominent art philanthropist who wishes to remain anonymous, with additional funds from several collectors, bringing the total to close to $1.8 million.

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