Later this month Sothebys
online auction Contemporary Discoveries is set to raise funds for vital work undertaken by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in response to the crisis in Ukraine. The IRC's mission is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster, to survive, recover, and gain control of their future.
Open for bidding from 13-19 May, 28 lots will be offered as part of Contemporary Discoveries, with proceeds raised donated to the IRC, to help support families affected by the crisis in Ukraine. The works will be on public view in Sothebys New Bond Street galleries for the duration of the auction.
The selection of work highlights 15 contemporary Ukrainian artists, including those who have donated their work directly, among them Oksana Mas, Nazar Bilyk, and Maria Bilyan. Thirteen international artists have also donated pieces, including Richard Deacon, Rachel Kneebone and Zadok Ben-David.
All Ukrainian artists who have donated to the sale will receive back 100% of the Buyers Premium raised from the auction of their artworks. Sothebys is committed to empowering a diverse and inclusive art world by amplifying and uplifting artists, in this case from Ukraines thriving artistic community. All remaining proceeds from the sale will benefit the IRC.
The benefit auction has been made possible with thanks to numerous individuals in addition to the artists, including art experts and gallerists in Ukraine in locating works, and British dealer James Butterwick who has donated works for the auction.
Sebastian Fahey, Managing Director, Sothebys, said, Thanks to these generous contributions from artists and gallerists, this sale will directly help those displaced by the crisis in the Ukraine, generating funds to support the herculean humanitarian relief efforts of the IRC. In tandem, the sale will also support Ukrainian artists practicing today, helping them to continue with their work in these difficult times. It is impossible not to be affected by the events in the Ukraine, and Sothebys will continue to use the platforms at its disposal to actively support those impacted.
Ourania Dionysiou, Vice President, International Philanthropy and Partnerships, IRC, said, With over 5 million people having fled Ukraine and the fastest displacement crisis in Europe since World War II, it is important to come together as a global community. We are grateful for Sothebys bringing together gallerists and artists to support the International Rescue Committees emergency response in Ukraine and Poland during this crucial time. This initiative builds on a legacy of impact and global partnership between the International Rescue Committee and Sothebys.
Artists and luminaries previously came together for auctions at Sothebys, New York in 2019 and 2020 with a portion of proceeds benefiting the IRCs work responding to the worlds worst humanitarian crises and helping people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and rebuild their lives.