Spot the masterpiece?
So you think you know your art – but can you tell your £15,000 Peter Doig from your £40 student artist?
The country’s biggest art lucky dip is back, in the shape of the Royal College of Art’s “Secret” exhibition, at the end of next month.
Art-lovers can choose to buy one of about 2,000 postcards produced by the country’s most established artists, fashion designers and photographers, including David Hockney, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, David Bailey and Zandra Rhodes, as well as unidentified student artists, for £40. What makes the show so exciting is that the signature on the back of the postcard is only revealed after it has been bought.
Alongside an exclusive preview of some of this year’s postcards on sale (pictured), keen-eyed aficionados are invited to guess which image amongst them is by the artist Peter Doig. The postcard in question was bought by one lucky recipient for £35 in 2000. The postcard is up for auction at Sotheby’s with an estimate of up to £15,000 on 27 October.
Also in this collection are cards from past years by Paula Rego, Peter Blake, Hirst, Emin and Paul McCartney. Can you spot them? This year’s sale will include contributions from Yoko Ono, Emin, Olafur Eliasson, Bailey, Paul Smith, Grayson Perry and the Clash bassist Paul Simonon, among others.
For more details on the exhibition, visit www.rca.ac.uk/secret
from Arifa Akbar, The Independent
Buy Hirst art for £40 … if you’re lucky
AN EXHIBITION that gives art lovers the chance to buy a Tracy Emin, David Bailey, Yoko Ono or Damien Hirst for just £40 returns next month. The Royal College of Art’s annual Secret show will see more than a thousand postcard-sized works sold to help raise funds for students.
Some are by leading artists and others are by RCA graduates but the creator’s name will only be revealed after the postcard is purchased. On Monday a Peter Doig postcard bought in 2000 was sold at Sotheby’s for £16,250. They can be seen in the RCA galleries and online from 14 to 21 November.
On 22 November, all go on sale for one day only. Others contributing this year include fashion designers Paul Smith and Sonia Rykiel, architect Will Alsop, inventor James Dyson, animator Nick Park and graphic designer Milton Glaser. Professor Glynn Williams, head of fine art at the RCA, said: “It’s one of the most democratic art sales in the world.”
by Amar Singh, Evening Standard
Leading artists and designers from around the world including Yoko Ono, Anish Kapoor and Tracey Emin have contributed to this year’s RCA Secret postcard exhibition and fundraising sale taking place at the Royal College of Art in London from 14–22 November.
RCA Secret is one of the UK’s most distinctive art events and was the brainchild of an RCA student in 1994 to help raise funds for the fine art students. The idea was simple — ask famous artists and young art students to submit an original piece of art with just two rules — the art work must be completed on a postcard and it must be signed on the reverse, keeping the artists’ identity a secret. All cards are sold in a one-day sale to the public with each card costing just £40 each.
Fifteen years later, RCA Secret has grown in popularity and now has over 1,000 artists donating to the event each year. Amongst the artists and designers who have contributed nearly 2,000 postcards to this year’s event include Tracey Emin, Yoko Ono, Anish Kapoor, David Bailey, Grayson Perry, Olafur Eliasson, former Clash member Paul Simonon, Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park, sculptor Richard Wilson, inventor James Dyson and the fashion designers Paul Smith and Sonia Rykiel. More names will be announced soon.
Professor Glynn Williams, Head of Fine Art at the RCA said:
“We are incredibly pleased and grateful with this year’s contributions by some of the world’s leading artists and designers. RCA Secret is about securing the future for the next generation of artists and by coming to buy postcards at the event the public are helping to make this possible.”
The format stays the same with the postcards exhibited in the RCA galleries and on-line from 14 to 21 November. Then for one day only on 22 November, all the postcards will go on sale for the incredibly low price of just £40 each. Postcards can only be bought on a first come, first served basis, with no sealed bids or reservations in advance. There will also be a raffle for buyers to win a position in the first fifty places of the sale-day queue.
Since 1994, thousands of art lovers have had the opportunity to buy original works of art at an affordable price whilst helping to support young artists.
The Sale will be on Saturday 22nd November from 8am.
You must be registered as a buyer to purchase.
Click here to fill out registration form.
Please note registration closes on 18th November.
If you have already registered in the past, it is not necessary to do so again.
First-Fifty Raffle tickets for a chance to win a place at the front of the Sale queue will be on sale at the Exhibition, until one hour before the close of the exhibition on each open day.
Price per postcard: £40.
Postcards will only be available to purchase in person at the Sale.
If you would like to make a purchase, it is recommended that you prepare a list of cards in advance, as the exhibition will not be open for viewing on the morning of the Sale.
As in previous years all moneys raised go to the Royal College of Art Fine Art Student Award Fund.
To date, sales of postcards have raised over £1 million for the Fund, helping hundreds of emerging artists at a formative stage in their careers.
As well as being a fundraiser for the Fine Art students at the College, RCA Secret has a loyal following of supporters who have been visiting the show since it began. It is not only one of the most popular events at the RCA, but has now become an established date in the British art calendar.
RCA Secret 2008
Location: Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2EU
Press preview and photo-call: 13 November, 10am–12 noon
Viewing Days: 14–21 November, 11am–6pm daily (20 November until 8pm).
Sale Day: 22 November from 8am to 6pm.
Public information: 020 7590 4186 or www.rca.ac.uk/secret
Tube: South Kensington/High Street Kensington
Buses: 9,10, 52, 360, 452
To download this press release in PDF format, click here.
RCA Secret blog here.