Monday, October 26, 2009

More Contributor News

Some more contributor news from the rca on their main news site. Some interesting names. Also three of the postcards featured.

Here is the full text

23 October: Gerhard Richter, Grayson Perry and Julian Opie are amongst the hundreds of artists to contribute to this year's RCA Secret event.

The Royal College of Art is pleased to announce that the German artist Gerhard Richter has donated work to the College’s fundraising sale, RCA Secret, for the first time. His work will be displayed anonymously amongst hundreds of other postcards made by invited artists and designers at the RCA from 13 November. All of the postcards will be sold for just £40 each in a one-day sale on 21 November. Each postcard is numbered and the public have to guess the origin of the artwork.

Richter is one of the world’s most respected living artists. His work is highly collectable, and continues to set auction room records. His Kerze (Candle) 1983, painting sold for £7.9 million in 2008, 3 times its high estimate.

Over 200 artists have donated work to the event so far, including Grayson Perry, Julian Opie, Yoko Ono, Cornelia Parker, David Bailey, former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire, designer Ron Arad, as well as fashion designers Sir Paul Smith, Manolo Blahnik and Erdem. Many leading American artists have also contributed this year including Bill Viola, Lawrence Weiner, John Baldessari and Alex Katz.

RCA Secret is an annual contemporary art exhibition and sale consisting of original postcard-sized artworks, made and donated by professional artists, designers and illustrators, plus up-and-coming students from the Royal College of Art.

What’s the Secret? Each postcard is signed on the back, so buyers don’t know the identity of the artist until they have made their purchase. Postcards can be viewed in person at the RCA or on-line at from 13-21 November. All postcards go up for sale on Saturday 21 November at the RCA.

Postcards can only be bought on a first come, first served basis, with no sealed bids or reservations in advance. There will also be a raffle for buyers to win a position in the first fifty places in the queue.

As in previous years all monies raised goes to the Royal College of Art Fine Art Student Award Fund. To date, sales of postcards have raised over £1 million for the Fund, helping hundreds of emerging artists at a formative stage in their careers.

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