This summer, Paddles ON! is going global! Building on the momentum of the inaugural event in New York, Phillips and Tumblr are bringing the digital art auction to Phillips’s headquarters in London on July 3rd at 7pm. Curated by Lindsay Howard, this collection is the second digital art auction at Phillips, and the first in the UK, in recognition of the increasing viability of this work in the contemporary art marketplace.
The event will include a two-week exhibition (June 21-July 3), an online auction powered by Paddle8, and a live auction led by one of Phillips’s world class auctioneers. In addition to the auction and exhibition, Phillips will host a series of public programs in partnership with Arcadia_Missa which will explore what it means to create, sell, and collect digital art in the 21st century. These discussions will be livestreamed and online viewers will be encouraged to participate using the #PaddlesON hashtag on Tumblr and Twitter.
Artists and galleries will receive 100% of the sale profits and a portion of the buyer’s premium will be donated to Opening Times, a new not-for-profit online commissioning body.The exhibition and auction will feature 23 works by 23 artists, many of whom have been members of the Tumblr community for years: