'Artists for Ikon' - auction at Sotheby's

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'Artists for Ikon' - auction at Sotheby's

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Early morning breakfast at Sotheby’s, alongside Cornelia Parker’s sparkling silver teapot to launch Artists for Ikon auction on a sweltering 1st July (already 30C in the shade).  

This global fundraising effort - with drawings, paintings and sculptures donated by contemporary artists from around the world - includes a shimmering Beatriz Milhazes collage made exclusively for Ikon, a bronze sculptural edition from local Birmingham artist (and YBA) Gillian Wearing, and a dream-like painting from Canadian artist Marcel Dzama, which is also dedicated to Ikon.

Julian Opie donated a striking new painting, Red socks and Chanel bag, and keen to see more, we formed a human crocodile with Megan Piper (curator of The Line, a sculpture walk in East London), Jonathan Watkins and Debbie Kermode from Ikon in Birmingham, author Lucy Geering, curator Paul Franklyn and Plinth co-director Chloe Grimshaw, to walk around the corner to Opie’s new show at Alan Cristea on Cork Street.  

Opie’s lenticulars appear to stroll with us around the gallery; an eclectic group of urban characters from all walks of London life, from a waitress to a musician, a mechanic to an architect.  By way of contrast, the next-door gallery features his bucolic English landscapes, in a mostly monochromatic show of country idylls featuring rowing boats and wildflower meadows, filled with grazing sheep and buzzing bees.

ikon-gallery.org/event/artists-for-ikon

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