British designer Anya Hindmarch is the latest name to lend her eye to Contemporary Curated at Sotheby's auction house, highlighting work by artists including Keith Haring, Eddie Peake, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tracey Emin and Yayoi Kusama
“I could lose my heart to art,” declared Anya Hindmarch at the launch of Sotheby’s Contemporary Curated exhibition in London, guest-edited by the British designer. Adding another string to her highly revered bow, Hindmarch has selected ten works that will go under the hammer at Sotheby’s this week.
A trustee of both the Royal Academy of Arts and the Design Museum, Hindmarch’s passion for art permeates all that she does, from her irreverent, Pop Art inspirations to the exquisite craftsmanship that underpins her collections.
For the auction, the British designer has handpicked pieces that inspires her, both as a designer and as an art collector, featuring work by an all-star pack of contemporary artists including Keith Haring, Eddie Peake, Andreas Gursky, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tracey Emin and Yayoi Kusama.
“I think what really drives a great art collector is passion,” said Hindmarch. “You’ve got to love it and the impulse has got to be authentic. I know when I see a beautiful piece or something that affects me, I can’t not have it. I love the way Contemporary Curated brings together a new audience and allows people to look at a very personal edit – it’s an amazing opportunity to be able to pick what you really love and really respond to.”
“I think what really drives a great art collector is passion. You’ve got to love it and the impulse has got to be authentic" – Anya Hindmarch
Bidders can select from Keith Haring’s graphic street art, imbued with vibrant, club-kid nostalgia, to Andreas Gursky’s dreamy, panoramic photograph of an Italian lake. Elsewhere, Eddie Peake’s playful, neon swirls sit alongside an early Yayoi Kusama abstract study and a spirited Tracey Emin painting titled Selfie I. “I love that this work is called Selfie as well as being a little bit naughty – and what’s not to love about Tracey,” said Hindmarch. Each iconic artwork is symbolic of its era and representative of a transitional or seminal moment for the artist.
The Contemporary Curated series launched in America in 2013 and debuted in London earlier this year. Previous curators include fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu, American author James Frey, Tamara Mellon and NFL player Keith River, all of whom are avid art collectors.