LONDON – I’m greatly looking forward to leading the Contemporary Art Society auction at their Annual Fundraiser next week. Taking place at London’s Tobacco Dock on the evening of 11 March, this is surely one not to be missed.
The Contemporary Art Society has commissioned new work by some of the leading names in contemporary art today in addition to work by emerging artists. You can snap up a piece by Turner prize-winners Elizabeth Price and Laure Prouvost; a "smoke ring" sculpture by the very hot Alice Channer and a work by leading light Roger Hiorns. Benefitting from fantastic exposure around the Art Angel commission, Daniel Silver has produced a show stopping marble head specially for the event.
Alice Channer, Maxi, Mini, Midi, Midi, Midi (sky blue and cream) (2012), cast and powder coated aluminium on oak dowel, 70 x 38 x 47 cm. Photo FXP photography. Image © the artist, courtesy the artist and the Approach, London.
There are also exceptional experiences that only the Contemporary Art Society could have dreamed up, such as a "bespoke" curated dinner at the studio of the world famous Gary Hume, one of the UK’s leading painters from the yBA generation who has represented Britain at the biennials in Sao Paulo and Venice. The dinner will be cooked by Giorgio Locatelli.
Haroon Mirza, winner of the Silver Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2011 and hotly tipped by some for the Turner Prize in future years has created a new work for the gala. And then for those of you craving good art and celebrity culture, the ever glamorous Penelope Cruz is wistfully depicted by Rose Wylie, who as you will know had a show in the new Tate Britain re-hang.
Rose Wylie, P.C. with Frame (2013), oil on canvas, 73 x 75 x 4 cm. Image courtesy the artist and Union, London.
I could go on and on – but rather than listen to me I suggest you check out the online catalogue, follow this on Instagram #CASGala2014 and Twitter and to bid online see below or download the absentee bid form. You can also leave bids online at the Paddle8 website here so there are no excuses for missing out.
Roger Hiorns, Untitled (2014), book and copper sulphate, approx. 24 x 15 x 4 cm. Image courtesy the artist.
Alternatively come in person – tickets for the event itself are well worth the £350 as all funds raised go to benefit the charity’s mission to purchase works of contemporary art for museums across the UK, for the enjoyment of audiences everywhere. Tickets are still on sale via firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re quick.
Michael Landy, Saint Catherine Wheel 6 (2012), photographic paper, pencil, paint. 86 x 153 cm. Image © the artist, courtesy the artist and Thomas Dane Gallery, London.