How weird is it for Damien Hirst, the most commercially successful artist on earth, to be judging teenage artists for a show held at an auction-house?
This makes Jack Tilton’s “School Days” show last spring look really responsible toward the educational process. I guess since galleries and arts schools are leery of auction houses, the only solution is to build up a relationship before the kids even go to art school….
Full Christies PR Release follows:
THE ARTISTS OF TOMORROW UNVEILED TODAY!
Exhibition of Britain’s Rising Arts Talent to be staged by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust and Christie’s this September
National Art Competition and Exhibition
4 - 15 September 2006 All Welcome — Admission Free
Christie’s 8 King Street, St James’s, London, SW1Y 6QT
An exciting new national art exhibition will be staged in September at Christie’s auction house at King Street in London. The exhibition will be an unprecedented celebration of Britain’s up and coming artistic talent and will unveil a selection of the best artwork generated in Specialist Arts Schools and Academies across the country. Spanning the spectrum of two and three-dimensional visual arts, the exhibition at Christie’s will showcase the wealth of talent, the high calibre of work and the enthusiasm of students and staff working in Specialist Schools and Academies.
Over 80 works of art will be selected for the exhibition with two individual artworks chosen as the leading examples of the year’s submissions. The winning artworks will be in two age group categories: 14 - 16 and 16 - 19 year olds. They will be selected by a panel of leading figures in the art world as well as Christie’s experts. The judging panel for 2006 will be chaired by Damien Hirst.. The winners will be announced on 1 September 2006 at Christie’s.