Goldsmiths is a world centre for teaching and researching contemporary art. For the past 30 years it has provided successive generations of young artists, curators, gallerists and art writers with the education and the confidence to create, exhibit and disseminate great art.
The Goldsmiths Gallery Project builds on this history. An early 20th century bathhouse at the heart of the London campus will be transformed into a 400m-square contemporary art gallery. Enabling Goldsmiths to realise this vision is an extraordinary group of artists who studied at the college — and who have gone on to define the art of our time.
The artists contributing to the Goldsmiths Charity Auction at Christie's represent a ‘Who’s Who’ of British art over the past 30 years. The works they have donated are a reflection of their tremendous generosity and of their affection and support for Goldsmiths as a place that educates and nurtures young artists.
Here, we offer a selection of the works being auctioned to support the Goldsmiths Gallery Project. Click on the links below each work to read full lot notes.
Freeze opening party
Left to Right: Ian Davenport, Damien Hirst, Angela Bulloch, Fiona Rae, Stephen Park, Anya Gallaccio, Sarah Lucas and Gary Hume.
London Port Authority Building, Surrey Docks, London.
Abigail Lane, July 1988.
Antony Gormley (Student at Goldsmiths: 1975-1977), Another Time XX, 2013.
Cast iron. 75 1/4 x 22 7/8 x 13 3/4 ins. (191 x 58 x 35cm.)
‘The Gallery at Goldsmiths will be a place where students and the wider public can experience and test-drive new forms of art as well as see relevant examples of art from the past, ancient and modern.’
Michael Craig-Martin (Teacher at Goldsmiths: 1974-1988, 1994-2000), Untitled (Light Bulb), 2014.
Acrylic on aluminium. 48 x 48 ins. (121.9 x 121.9 cm.)
Steve McQueen (Student at Goldsmiths: 1990-1993), Barrage, 1998.
Fuji long life colour photograph face-mounted to Plexiglas, in three parts.
Each: 15 3/4 x 19 3/4 ins. (40 x 50cm.)
Gillian Wearing (Student at Goldsmiths: 1987-1990), My Hand, 2012.
(this work is artist's proof number three from an edition of thirty plus eight artist's proofs).
Casting wax, paint and nail varnish. 8 5/8 x 4 3/8 x 2 3/8 ins. (22 x 11 x 6cm.)
Damien Hirst (Student at Goldsmiths: 1986-1989), Ipratroprium Bromide, 2004-11.
Household gloss on canvas. 58 x 118 ins. (147.3 x 299.7 cm.)
‘Goldsmiths’ Fine Art course was the only place where you didn’t have to choose between painting and sculpture.
I just thought, I want to do both. As soon as I arrived at Goldsmiths I knew it was where I needed to be. It was absolutely the right place; there was nowhere else I could have gone where I could have done what I wanted to do.’
Michael Landy (Student at Goldsmiths: 1985-1988),
H.2.N.Y. Tinguely Machine Erases its own Construction in 27 Minutes, 2007.
Oil stick on paper in two parts. 60 x 95 5/8 ins. (152.5 x 243 cm.)
Mark Wallinger (Student at Goldsmiths: 1983-1985), Self-portrait (Freehand 118), 2014.
Acrylic on canvas. 72 x 48 ins. (183 x 122 cm.)
Yinka Shonibare (Student at Goldsmiths: 1989-1991), Champagne Kid (Sitting), 2013.
Dutch wax printed cotton textile, resin, chair, globe and champagne bottle.
45 1/4 x 27 1/2 x 32 3/4 ins. (115 x 70 x 82cm.)
Main image: Sarah Lucas (Student at Goldsmiths: 1984-1987), Nahuiolin, 2013. (This work is number four from an edition of six plus two artist’s proofs).
Cast bronze. 18 1/2 x 18 7/8 x 18 7/8 ins. (47 x 48 x 48cm).
Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction featuring The Gallery at Goldsmiths London. Christie’s, King Street. 12 February 2015. Viewing 7-11 February.