Works by Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley are up for auction at the Royal Academy’s charity auction in Ukraine

Works by Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley are up for auction at the Royal Academy’s charity auction in Ukraine

The Royal Academy of Arts is holding an unprecedented auction to benefit the National Academy of Arts of Ukraine (NAAU).

Featuring works by renowned British artists such as Tracey Emin and Antony Gormley, the event is a collaboration between the Royal Academy and the Natalia Cola Foundation.

It is the Academy’s first collaboration with an external organization.

The National Academy of Art of Ukraine is currently in crisis following last year’s Russian military invasion of the country.

The auction will take place in London on January 28th. A silent auction is currently running, with bids being accepted online at www.saveukraineculture.com.

Funds raised through the event go towards a number of different initiatives in which the NAAU is involved.

These include a grant program for Ukrainian artists, financial aid for Ukrainian academics, structural repairs to NAAU buildings, continued research publishing and exhibition activities, and digitization of archives, translation of their website and equipment.

‘Kiev No.1’ by Juergen Teller, 2007, commissioned by the Pinchuk Art Centre

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“Kiev No.1” by Juergen Teller, 2007, commissioned by the Pinchuk Art Center

(Juergen Teller via Royal Academy x Natalia Cola Foundation for National Academy of Arts of Ukraine)

Allen Jones, Claire Woods and Jürgen Teller are also among the artists who have provided objects for the auction.

Teller presented a photo taken during a trip to Kyiv in 2007.

Artist Stephen Shore, meanwhile, is auctioning off a 2018 MoMA retrospective photo taken at the home of a Ukrainian Holocaust victim in Bucha, Kyiv.

Stephen Shore’s ‘The Home of Tzylia Bederman, Bucha, Ukraine, July 18, 2012’, 2012-2013

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Stephen Shores “The Home of Tzylia Bederman, Bucha, Ukraine, July 18, 2012”, 2012-2013

(Stephen Ufer)

NAAU also presents a number of works by famous Ukrainian artists such as Anatoly Kryvolap, Oleg Tistol, Borys Mykhaylov, Tiberii Silvashi and Vira Barynova-Kuleba.

Among the most valuable items up for sale is Gormley’s 2021 inkcap-on-paper piece titled RESPECTwhich is expected to cost between £10,000 and £15,000.

‘Respect’ by Antony Gormley, 2021

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“Respect” by Antony Gormley, 2021

(Antony Gormley via Royal Academy x Natalia Cola Foundation for National Academy of Arts of Ukraine)

Oil on canvas paintings by Silvashi and Kryvolap welcome starting bids of £14,000 and £15,000 respectively.

Among the other items on offer is a collector’s book, 9 ½ years Vogue in Ukrainesigned by the First Lady of Ukraine Olena Zelenska, and a dress by Giorgio Armani from the designer’s Spring/Summer ’22 runway collection.

The live auction will take place on January 28th at 8pm at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

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