This summer, Phillips and Tumblr will present Paddles ON!, an exhibition and auction that brings together artists who are using digital technologies to establish the next generation of contemporary art. Curated by Lindsay Howard, this collection is the second digital art auction at Phillips, and the first in the UK, in recognition of the increasing viability of this work in the contemporary art marketplace. Featuring 23 works by 23 artists, many of which originated on Tumblr, the auction has a combined pre-sale estimate of £53,600 ($90,150 / €66,097) to £75,150 ($126,395 / €92,672).
In October 2013, Paddles ON! launched as the first exclusively digital art auction at a major international auction house, selling 92% by value and 80% by lot. Nearly 500 people attended the live auction at Phillips’s New York headquarters, representing a bridge between the worlds of art and technology.
Building on the momentum and excitement in New York, Paddles ON! will launch a freshly curated sale this summer, bringing the event to an international audience at Phillips in London. The event will coincide with the contemporary art evening and day sales and will include a two-week exhibition (June 21 – July 3), an online auction powered by Paddle8, and a live auction led by one of Phillips’s world class auctioneers.
“Phillips has a history of introducing new collecting categories to the market and this auction is an opportunity to highlight an exciting group of artists who represent the next generation of contemporary art.” – Megan Newcome, Director of Digital Strategy, Phillips.
“Tumblr is home to one of the largest online communities of digital artists and many of the artists from the auction have been members of that community for years. We’re excited to partner with Phillips again to expand this initiative and further support some of the most innovative artistic practices in the field. “– Annie Werner, Community + Content Manager, Tumblr.
“Digital art is a true reflection of the contemporary age. From 3D printed self-portraits to architectural renderings in Google Earth, from digital paintings to artworks composed by algorithms, the artists examine the ways in which experience is now thoroughly shaped by digital technologies.” – Lindsay Howard, curator of Paddles ON!
The exhibition and auction will present the work of 23 artists who are exploring digital technologies as both a tool and a medium, including prominently on Tumblr. The artists are: Majed Aslam, James Bridle, Laura Brothers, Dora Budor, Maja Cule, Harm van den Dorpel, Jeanette Hayes, Luis Hidalgo, Sophie Kahn, Sara Ludy, Jonas Lund, Michael Manning, Alexandria McCrosky, Yuri Pattison, Hannah Perry, Heather Phillipson, Evan Roth, Harry Sanderson, Michael Staniak, Oliver Sutherland, Quayola, Amalia Ulman, and Yung Jake.