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  • Andy Warhol - Miguel Bosé, 1983
  • Hilo Chen - Sun Bath 2 , 1984
  • Petra Cortright - Rainbow Six Cheats, 2014, detail.

Venice Biennale Artists in Focus at the Latest Paddle8 Auction!

May 18, 2017
Eli Anapur is a pseudonym of Biljana Puric. A staff writer and editor at Widewalls, Biljana holds Master’s Degrees in Film Aesthetics from the University of Oxford, and Gender Studies from the Central European University. She has published academic articles as well as art and film reviews and criticism in New Eastern Europe, ARTMargins, the Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Short Film Studies; she has also contributed illustrations for Argus Magazine.

The Paddle8 auction house has prepared an excellent auction inspired by the recently opened Venice Biennale for the second part of May. Focused on Post-war and Contemporary art, Paddle8 gathered the works from artists who exhibited at the Biennale in previous decades, echoing the spirit of the show which, this year, goes under the title Viva Arte Viva. As the Venice Biennale Curator Christine Macel stated: “In a world full of conflicts and jolts, in which humanism is being seriously jeopardized, art is the most precious part of the human being.” Paddle8 joins this conversation about art by focusing on artists that contributed to the fame of this event, such as Sam Gilliam, Lawrence Weiner, Ernesto Neto, Ugo Rondinone, and Roni Horn.

Left Ugo Rondinone Right Tacita Dean
Left: Ugo Rondinone – Eijterjanuarzweitausenundundvierzehn, 2014 / Right: Tacita Dean – Untitled (Film Stills), 2011

The Virtual Showcase of the Venice Biennale

Crating its own virtual Pavilion, Paddle8 features works by both established and emerging artists who were present at the previous Biennales, or who are presenting at this year’s show. Among the artists whose works are on the sale are some of the well-known art historical names such as Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, and Antoni Tàpies, as well as some new and emerging creatives such as Fiete Solte and Rina Banjaree. Solte is also among the 103 artists that are showcasing their works at the Biennale for the first time this year.

As Shea Goli, the Senior Specialist of Post-War & Contemporary Art at Paddle8 explains, the idea was to relate to the biggest art event this year by offering to the Paddle8’s clientele a selection of works that will be a virtual showcase of the Biennale. The Pavilion will give “access to of-the-moment artists who are being celebrated this year, including newcomers alongside others who have shone in past exhibitions. We’re thrilled to be offering a sale that captures the spirit of the most prestigious art exhibitions to collectors worldwide.”

Left The Conor Brothers - Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt Right Fiete Stolte - Smoke 2, 2016
Left: The Conor Brothers – Everything was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt / Right: Fiete Stolte – Smoke 2, 2016

Artworks at the Auction in a Dialogue with the Public

Encouraging the new ways of observing art and thinking about it, the Paddle8 Pavilion is homage to the spirit of the Biennale with the works that highlight the relation between an artwork and an audience, provoking a constant dialog between them. Among the works are those that challenge our notions and understanding of art as a category, by giving us nothing more than texts that reflect conceptual input of the previous decades. Not just breaking down the borders of the category, the displayed works also challenge the value of language and its meaning in contemporary society, as well as confines of genres and different media.

Left Lolo Soldevilla - Suprematism, 1956 Right Roxy Paine - Scumak (S2-P2-DB53), 2008
Left: Lolo Soldevilla – Suprematism, 1956 / Right: Roxy Paine – Scumak (S2-P2-DB53), 2008

Post-War & Contemporary Art Auction at Paddle8

Paddle8 was launched in 2011, by its co-founders Alexander Gilkes, Aditya Julka, Osman Khan, and founding team Andrea Hill, and Hikari Yokoyama. Their belief in collecting with passion and not patience was transferred in the concept of the auction house which streamlines the buying and selling experience, in combination with intuitive technology of the 21st century. Presented with an elegant format, the clientele of Paddle8 is connected with the most sought-after art, which is sourced from a worldwide network and evaluated by the experts in the field. You can follow and participate at the auction on the link here. The bidding closes on May 31st, 2017, at 1pm.

Left Karen Kilimnik - Stigmata, 1994 Right Thomas Wachholz- YELLOW 0 0 100 0, 2014
Left: Karen Kilimnik – Stigmata, 1994 / Right: Thomas Wachholz – YELLOW 0/0/100/0, 2014
Left Florian Heinke - Sing or Wim SOS, 2014 Right Vik Muniz - Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry, from Small Flowers, after Hokusai, 2010
Left: Florian Heinke – Sing or Wim/SOS, 2014 / Right: Vik Muniz – Bullfinch and Weeping Cherry, from Small Flowers, after Hokusai, 2010
Olafur Eliasson, Landscapes, 1995
Olafur Eliasson – Landscapes, 1995

Featured images: Petra Cortright – Rainbow Six Cheats, 2014, detail; Hilo Chen – Sun Bath 2, 1984; Andy Warhol – Miguel Bosé, 1983. All images courtesy of Paddle8.