Established in 2014, the Off white contemporary art auction is a charitable initiative of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair. The fifth anniversary edition of the Off white auction will be held on June 8, 2018 as an independent event anticipating the Cosmoscow Fair. It will take place in partnership with Phillips auction house for the second year running.

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Team

  • Name: Leopold Thun
  • Position: Off White charity auction curator

Leopold Thun is an independent curator and gallerist based in London. He holds an MA in Art History and International Relations from the University of St Andrews. Before he joined ARTUNER, he worked for Sotheby's, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Copenhagen and the Belvedere Wien. Leopold co-runs Emalin gallery in London. Leopold also sits on the Committee of the Outset Young Production Fund.

  • Name: Alexey Maslyaev
  • Position: Cosmoscow Foundation Curator

Alexey Maslyaev is a curator, cultural historian, the Head of the Research and Teaching Methodology Sector of the Moscow Museum of Modern Art Education Department. He is also a curator of the Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair NonCommercial Programme. He has been nominated for the Innovation Prize in the nominations ‘Curator Project’ (‘No Water Tomorrow’ exhibition) and ‘Regional Project’ (‘Story Demands To Be Continued’ exhibition).

  • Name: Margarita Pushkina
  • Position: Founding Director of Cosmoscow International Contemporary Art Fair and Founder of Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art

“I am very pleased to see that certain Cosmoscow projects take their own shape, find their identity and earn reputation. Over the years, the Off white auction has indeed become one of the most notable and anticipated events of the Moscow art scene. I am particularly pleased that from now on the auction has an international curator who is perfectly familiar with the fundamentals of the Russian contemporary art market. Due to the fact that for the second year in a row the auction will benefit the Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art, we will be able to continue implementing projects that promote the development of the Russian art market in general and certain artists in particular. In addition, we are very pleased to continue our cooperation with Phillips”.

  • Name: Svetlana Marich
  • Position: ,Phillips’ Worldwide Deputy Chairman

“Phillips is happy to support the Off White charity auction that in five years has become an important cultural event of the capital. This year, the young curator and gallery owner Leopold Thun is in charge of the auction programme, and his choice of works from Russia is intriguing. As always, we will present Russian art in an international context building a dialogue between Russian and foreign artists”.

Lots

This year, thematic boundaries of the auction are set by a multitude of interpretations of the word "light", which are manifested differently in art. Such subject made it possible to build subtle links between the works of Russian and international artists made in different media (photography, video, painting, etc.) and discover philosophical, symbolic, technical, physical, and metaphorical manifestations of light in an art work.

Takashi Murakami
Lot 1Takashi Murakami And Then x6 Red; And Then x6 Blue;
And Then x6 Yellow, 2013
Nikolay Koshelev
Lot 2Nikolay Koshelev Indika/sativa, 2017
From the The Moon Pool project
Timofey Radya
Lot 3Timofey Radya They Are Brighter Than Us, 2016
Alexandra Paperno
Lot 4Alexandra Paperno Apparatus Chemicus, 2017
Cancer Minor, 2017
Haedi, 2017
Musсa Borealis, 2017
Icon
Lot 5Icon Nicholas the Wonderworker, end of XIX century
Mikhail Tolmachev
Lot 6Mikhail Tolmachev Waiting For Movement, 2011
Evgeny Granilshchikov
Lot 7Evgeny Granilshchikov Untitled, 2017
Taus Makhacheva
Lot 8Taus Makhacheva Endeavour, 2010
Augustas Serapinas
Lot 9Augustas Serapinas Untitled, 2018
Lamp
Lot 10Lamp Untitled, 2016
Alexandra Sukhareva
Lot 11Alexandra Sukhareva Afterword, 2016–2017
Eugeny Antufiev
Lot 12Eugeny Antufiev Untitled, 2017
Yelena Popova
Lot 13Yelena Popova Untitled, 2018
Levan Mindiashvili
Lot 14Levan Mindiashvili Untitled, 2017
Dan Flavin
Lot 15Dan Flavin Guggenheim Tondo: two works, 1994

History

  • 2017

    In 2017 the auction featured 17 works by Russian and international contemporary artists totaling €118,700. The auction started a two-year partnership deal between Cosmoscow and Phillips Auction House. All the proceeds benefited recently established Cosmoscow Foundation for Contemporary Art.

  • 2016

    In 2016 the price foe the top lot by Vladimir Fridkes 'Svetlana Zakharova. Still Frame' reached over €30,000. For three consecutive years (from 2014 to 2016), the auction cooperated with the Naked Heart Foundation, fetching more than €550,000.

  • 2015

    In 2015 the Off white auction featured 20 works. The highest price of €24,000 was paid for a portrait of Diana Vishneva by the French fashion icon Patrick Demarchelier.

  • 2014

    In 2014 the inaugural edition of the Off white auction totaled €209,500 benefiting Natalia Vodianova's Naked Heart Foundation.

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