Transition Gallery responds to Serota's "Blitzkrieg for the Arts" with an Art Blitz

By Richard Moss | 08 November 2010
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Artwork by Transition Gallery's Cathy Lomax is just one of the artworks up for grabs in ART BLITZ© Cathy Lomax
Art auction and exhibition: Art Blitz at Transition Gallery and online, November 25 - 27 2010.

One of the East End's most individual galleries, Transition Gallery, is responding to Tate Director Nicholas Serota’s warning of a funding "arts blitzkrieg" by staging its own fund-raising auction called ART BLITZ. 

The event, which will raise much needed cash for the independent artist-run space, promises to revisit the confrontational politics and DIY style of the 1980s with a mixture of art auction, lucky dip and an exhibition offering the chance to grab some art bargains.

For eight years Transition has been staging exhibitions, curating off site projects and publishing the magazines ARTY and Garageland. Along the way it has developed a trademark blend that mixes DIY punk rock aesthetics with raw, cutting edge contemporary art.

An impressive roster of artists have exhibited at the gallery and many of them have answered the ART BLITZ call to arms. Works by Yinka Shonibare, Stella Vine, Phillip Allen, Eleanor Moreton, and Delaine Le Bas among many others are up for grabs.

The auction opens for online bids at www.transitiongallery.co.uk on November 15 and a viewing exhibition takes place in the gallery between November 25-27. The evening live auction, complete with cabaret and cocktails, takes place at Transition on Saturday November 27.

In a spirit of egality and fraternity a £10 lucky dip, dubbed the ARTY DIP, will also give punters the chance to win a print, collage or drawing - many of which have featured in issues of ARTY or Garageland.

With much of the work produced specially for ART BLITZ the gallery is promising “a rare chance to purchase art by influential contemporary artists” whilst supporting the work of one of London’s most important artist-run spaces. 

See www.transitiongallery.co.uk for more details.

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