Abstract : Reality will look at the work of some of today’s most talented emerging abstract and realist artists, most of whom are living and practising in the UK, many of them recently graduated. The exhibition will bring together an impressive selection of works, including sculptures, paintings, photographs and works on paper, creating a fascinating dialogue between two opposite yet interlinked styles.
Questions about the meaning, origin, and necessity of abstract art have formed some of the central debates on Modern Art in the 20th and 21st centuries. The answers to such questions can seem even more remote now that contemporary painting encompasses veins of both abstraction and figuration. Abstract : Reality will look at the various strands of this conversation and the concept of ‘representation’, which acknowledges that abstract and figurative art are not as different as they might seem.
Abstract : Reality, Auction Collective and Presenza’s first collaborative project together, will culminate in an evening’s reception and public auction of all the artworks on display. Aligned on their missions to make it easier for people to buy and own contemporary art, The Auction Collective and Presenza have designed the auction to be as open and accessible as possible. The starting bids will range between £500 and £15,000 with 0% buyer’s commission: unlike traditional auctions, there will be no fee to buy the work on top of the bidding price. ‘What you bid is what you pay for’, explains Tom Best, founder of The Auction Collective and former Christie’s auctioneer, ‘and seamless technology makes buying original art in a live auction as simple as buying an online train ticket or a ticket to a gig. We are continuing to innovate and experiment with new ways to make buying art something anyone can do.’
6 – 13 December 2018; Auction: 13 December, 5.30 – 9pm
Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY