RCA Secret Sale – All is Revealed
22 November 2009: Gerhard Richter painted six postcards of abstract oils, Yoko Ono’s card said ‘Imagine Peace’, Nick Park drew a beaver driving a tractor, Tracey Emin drew a sketch of a woman lying on a bed and Grayson Perry gave a pencil drawing of a shoe.
These were just some of the art works amongst the 2,700 postcards available to buy at the RCA Secret sale on Saturday 21 November, for just £40 each. To see all the names revealed, go to _place_holder; RCA Secret 2009.
Art lovers had camped out overnight to be first in the queue to grab a mini-masterpiece. Most of the big name artists such as Tracey Emin, Richter and Perry had been snapped up within the first two hours but cards by other well-known names were still on the walls hours after the doors had opened.
Over 1,000 artists donated the art work to the event, now in its 16th year, including German artist Gerhard Richter whose work sells for millions of pounds at auction, _place_holder; RCA graduate Tracey Emin, sculptor Anish Kapoor, potter Grayson Perry, artist/musician Yoko Ono, photographer David Bailey, former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire, and animator Nick Park, as well as fashion designers Sir Paul Smith, Manolo Blahnik and Erdem. _place_holder; Many leading American artists had 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-size 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? _place_holder; Each postcard is signed on the back, so buyers don’t know the identity of the artist until they have made their purchase.
As in previous years, all monies raised go 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.