Nicholas Serota's recent comments that the government's funding cuts will cause an 'arts blitzkrieg' have inspired Transition Gallery to stage ART BLITZ, a fundraising event which references the 1980s - both the confrontational political situation and the style (Blitz was a New Romantic hangout and a style magazine).
For eight years, the artist-run gallery, Transition, has been at the forefront of the East London art scene, staging exhibitions and producing exceptional publications (including Garageland and Arty). With the ill wind of spending cuts threatening to curtail the gallery's progress, Transition have garnered the support of many leading artists and will be launching a not-to-be-missed art auction on the gallery website on 15 November. Viewing will be in the form of an exhibition at Transition from 25-27 November, culminating in a live auction on the evening of Saturday 27 November. Bidding will be possible in advance online, by telephone or at the live event. There will also be an ARTY DIP where £10 will secure an original drawing or print many of which have featured in Arty.
The call to arms for ART BLITZ has been phenomenal with artists including Yinka Shonibare, Stella Vine, Phillip Allen, Sigrid Holmwood, Paul Housley, Eleanor Moreton, Laura Oldfield Ford, Emma Talbot, Jessica Voorsanger and Delaine Le Bas donating work to the auction and ARTY DIP. Much of the work has a 1980s theme and has been produced specially for ART BLITZ. This will be a rare chance to purchase work by important contemporary artists whilst supporting the work of one of London's most important artist-run spaces
ART BLITZ catalogue will be available to view and bidding will begin on www.transitiongallery.co.uk from 15 November 2010.
The exhibition and ARTY DIP will be open at Transition on 25, 26 and 27 November 12-6pm.
ART BLITZ auction night is Sat 27 November 7-9pm ' with music, cocktails and special guests.