The philanthropy/ Jeff Koons bag of giving

He is the subject of a retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art that runs through this Sunday and now he is ready to go under the hammer for a good cause. All thanks to Svetlana Kuzmicheva-Uspenskaya, a collector of Koons’s work as well as his friend and collaborator. Her philanthropic organization, Project Perpetual, will auction new works by Koons to raise money for the United Nations Foundation in November. A spokeswoman for the project said that Mr. Koons was currently at work on the sculptures, which will be made of materials from luxury handbags donated for the project by Sofia Coppola, Marc Jacobs, Diane von Furstenberg, Almine Ruiz-Picasso and others. The finished sculptures will be auctioned at a dinner at the Four Seasons restaurant in New York on Nov. 9. The beneficiary of the sale will be the United Nations Foundation’s [email protected] campaign, which is raising money to fight measles, pneumonia, polio and rotavirus among children. Project Perpetual plans to work with one artist every year to raise money for humanitarian programs around the world and the exuberant Mr. Koons is the first to take part in this mission. The auction’s star piece will be a nearly six-foot-tall plaster sculpture, inspired by Pablo Picasso’s 1902 painting La Soupe (The Soup),which depicts a woman proffering soup to a young girl but in this case this woman has a sense of style, holding a bag, giving a helping hand.“Art and philanthropy are intertwined because they are both about a way of life,” Mr. Koons said in a statement. We couldn’t agree more.

Sunday November 9 2014 at The Four Seasons Restaurant, New York, +1212‑754 9494;

Image via Harper’s Bazaar