Christie's announces charity auction for Goldsmith's University

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2015-06-26 11:26:49

Next month Christie's will host a special charity auction featuring a host of work by the alumni of Goldsmith's University.

Over the past 25 years the London university has proven to be a hotbed of British talent, with numerous graduates influencing the worlds of contemporary art and popular culture. Now several have donated works to the auction, which aims to raise £2.8 million for the construction of a new gallery.

“The Gallery will open a new and important chapter in Goldsmiths’ history," said Richard Noble, Head of the Department of Art at Goldsmiths. "We want to build it to acknowledge the hugely important legacy of our alumni, and to ensure that future generations of artists get the inspiration and support they need to keep London at the centre of the contemporary art world for the next century.”

The sale will offer artworks donated by 'Young British Artists' such as Damien Hirst, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Steve McQueen, Antony Gormley, Sarah Lucas and Julian Opie, all of whom famously studied at Goldsmiths.

Highlights from the sale will include Damien Hirst’s 'Ipratropium Bromide' estimated at £250,000-£350,000), Sarah Lucas’ 'Nahuiolin' valued at £120,000-£180,000 and Antony Gormley’s 'Another Time XX' estimated at £120,000-£180,000.

“Art schools are the foundation of the now global industry of the art world and Goldsmiths has inspired three successive generations of artists, who in their turn have brought about a sea-change of interest in contemporary art, first in London and then around the globe," said Francis Outred, Christie’s Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art, Europe.

"Challenging their students to think in new ways lies at the heart of their education and the gallery at Goldsmith’s is yet another innovation which will create a platform for broader thinking. It will also provide the London borough of Lewisham with its first established international gallery, a hub for the local community. It is an honour for Christie’s to be able to assist with this project. We look forward to welcoming all members of the public to the exhibition at King Street with outstanding works at all price levels. Every bidder will be contributing to the future of the creative industries in Britain.”

The artworks will be offered during the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction in London on February 12.

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