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Royal Academy peddles art through Paddle8

The London institution is selling more than 70 works online by Academicians and Asian artists

Tacita Dean's Craneway Event, 2010, is priced at $37,500

The Royal Academy of Arts in London is hoping to raise funds by selling a selection of contemporary art works through the online art sales platform Paddle8. The works are on view in the exhibition “Encounter: the Royal Academy in Asia” at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Singapore, part of the Lasalle College of the Arts (until 21 October).

The show, co-organised with the art advisory firm Fortune Cookie Projects, includes more than 70 works in a variety of media by 25 Royal Academicians and 25 high-profile Asian artists. On the Paddle8 website, a work by Tacita Dean comprising six photogravures (Craneway Event, 2010) is priced at $37,500 while a bronze sculpture by Nigel Hall entitled Chinese Whispers XII, 2010 (edition three of six), is available for $48,900. A percentage of all sales go towards the Royal Academy.

The exhibition travels to Doha, opening in December at the Cultural Village Foundation Katara under the title “Encounter: The Royal Academy in the Middle East”. Howard Rutkowski, the director of Fortune Cookie Projects, says that the Qatari leg “comprises an equal number of Royal Academicians showcased alongside prominent artists from across the Middle East”.

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