Art world A-listers unite for Grenfell charity auction

Cornelia Parker and Jake and Dinos Chapman are among those contributing lots

Colour Splat Cloud (White), 2017, by Ian Davenport, from £1,000
Colour Splat Cloud (White), 2017, by Ian Davenport, from £1,000 | Image: Courtesy of Ian Davenport and Alan Cristea Gallery

Works by 25 leading British artists will feature in the Grenfell Tower: Benefit Auction on the Artsy website from Tuesday July 18 to Tuesday August 1, with all proceeds going to the Dispossessed Fund set up to help those affected by last month’s horrifying fire.

Unhappy Meal, 2002/2017, by Jake and Dinos Chapman, from £1,000
Unhappy Meal, 2002/2017, by Jake and Dinos Chapman, from £1,000 | Image: Courtesy of Jake and Dinos Chapman
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Organised by art adviser Lucy Meakin in collaboration with Artsy, the lots read like an A-Z of the UK’s contemporary art scene. Jake and Dinos Chapman are here with Unhappy Meal (starting price £1,000), a handcoloured etching of macabre illustrations on a deconstructed McDonald’s Happy Meal box; Michael Craig-Martin has submitted one of his vividly coloured images of familiar objects, called Sunglasses (from £1,500); and photographer Jüergen Teller’s cosily domestic giclée print Kitten (from £3,500) has a particular poignancy when you learn that his studio looks directly onto the tower itself.

Sunglasses, 2016, by Michael Craig-Martin, from £1,500
Sunglasses, 2016, by Michael Craig-Martin, from £1,500 | Image: Courtesy of Michael Craig-Martin and Alan Cristea Gallery
Black Tulip, 2017, by Cornelia Parker, from £500
Black Tulip, 2017, by Cornelia Parker, from £500 | Image: Printed at Thumbprint Editions in association with the Turkish Tulip portfolio for The House of Fairy Tales children’s arts charity

There is also work by Tracey Emin, and by Cornelia Parker, whose Black Tulip (from £500) was made by placing a glass tumbler containing a white tulip onto a photogravure plate then exposing it to a raked UV light, transforming the humble tulip into a highly valued black one. Ian Davenport, meanwhile, is represented by Colour Splat Cloud (from £1,000), an example of his more recent experiments in applying paint with a syringe.

Kitten, 2001, by Jüergen Teller, from £3,500
Kitten, 2001, by Jüergen Teller, from £3,500 | Image: 2001, Jüergen Teller, all rights reserved
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The auction’s aim is, of course, to raise as much money as possible for those affected by the fire, and to do so it is setting its starting prices lower than retail, giving potential buyers the maximum opportunity to bid.

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