The next instalment of Phillips de Pury’s immensely popular Saturday@Phillips series is looming. Saturday September 6th sees the contemporary auction house responding to the current fascination with all things guerrilla and urban, by choosing street art as the focus of its latest sale.
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Largely thanks to Banksy’s authority-defying sprayings, street art has reached unprecedented levels of popularity in the UK and Europe of late. The notion that something sprayed on a brick wall could even be sold, let alone considered high art and sold for the prices a Banksy now fetches (Brad and Angelina forked out over £1 million pounds recently) is proof of the surge in interest.
Phillips have taken matters into their own hands, curating a selection of work from well known urban artists such as Banksy, Shepard Fairey and Faile (currently on display outside Tate Modern) as well as introducing younger names to the auction market for the first time such as Borf, Buff Monster, Bast and Skullphone.
Okay so the names might be more at home in a comic strip than an auction house, but the work for sale is extensive, impressive and beautiful if you like that kind of thing. And for those who don’t Phillips have added in a selection of design, contemporary art, photography, toys and vintage watches to cater for all tastes.
In the spirit of urban cool, the company has also enlisted the help of two emerging singing talents to set the scene at the opening reception on 2nd September. Cibelle and Josh Weller will perform live and tracks from the two artists will feature on the Saturday@Phillips cd ‘Around the World vol. 2’, also for sale at the reception.