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Paddle8 Presents The Performa Sale, Wednesday, October 23 – Friday, November 1

An Auction of Contemporary Art, with Select Highlights Benefiting Performa

Online auction house Paddle8 is honored to partner with Performa to co-host Opening Night of Performa 13, the fifth iteration of the biennial of international performance art. In celebration of Performa 13, Paddle8 presents The Performa Sale: An Auction of Contemporary Art, with Select Highlights Benefiting Performa. The sale will culminate in a live auction of four extraordinary lots at the Performa 13 opening night gala dinner on November 1.

Bidding is available on, allowing collectors worldwide to bid in advance and from afar. Paddle8 co-founder Alexander Gilkes will host the live auction of four spectacular and one of-a-kind Performa highlights by Elizabeth Peyton, Ragnar Kjartansson, Shirin Neshat, and iona rozeal brown, all of whom have been personally involved in Performa’s history and evolution.

New limited-edition works by Performa artists, including Marianne Vitale, Alexandre Singh, and Ryan McNamara, will also be available in the sale, as well as works by leading contemporary artists with a connection to performance, including Ai Weiwei, Dennis Oppenheim, and Francis Alys. All lots not included in the live auction will close online at 10 PM on November 1. The sale is available for bidding at

Performa highlight lots:

Shirin (Masses), from The Book of Kings series, 2012. Ink on LE silver gelatin print, 40.25 x 30.25 x 2 in. (estimate $35,000 - $45,000) Iranian artist Shirin Neshat’s exquisite black-and-white self-portrait is inscribed with fine, flowing calligraphic text, forging a link between tradition and modernity. As the New York Times wrote on the occasion of Neshat’s Performa 11 contribution, “Performa lore is inextricably bound up with Shirin Neshat. In 1998, RoseLee Goldberg, the visual-art performance biennial’s founder, wondered what would happen if Ms. Neshat translated her work in video and photography into live art. One result, in 2001, was Logic of the Birds. Ms. Neshat’s first foray into performance, it led to the creation of Performa as a vehicle for pushing performance forward while educating people about its past.”

Elizabeth Peyton, Untitled (Tim), 2013. Watercolor on paper, 14 x 10 in. (estimate $50,000 - $60,000) A portrait by Elizabeth Peyton, in which she portrays the character Tim Riggins from the television series Friday Night Lights, rendering the football star in her signature lush, idealized style that yields a feminized version of masculinity.

Ragnar Kjartansson, Sad, sad, sad, created 2013. A private performance, date to be determined by buyer and artist (estimate: $40,000 – $50,000) Kjartansson has created a new performance specially for Performa 13’s benefit auction: "With my frequent collaborator Davíð Thor Jónsson I will take my little Martin guitar to any space anywhere in the world and perform a two-hour concert of the saddest songs we know. The songs are mostly country, blues and lieder. Davíð Thor will need to be provided with a piano. The setting should be intimate and the folks attending should be seated in a comfortable way. With my consultation the buyer can document the performance for his collection.” For Performa 11, Kjartansson presented Bliss, a twelve-hour long performance that repeated the delirious final aria of Mozart’s 1786 opera The Marriage of Figaro.

iona rozeal brown, Dear Dear, Always choose the children, 2013. Acrylic, marker, ink and graphite on wood panel, 52.35 x 38 in. (estimate: $15,000 – $20,000) A new painting by brown, who uses cross-cultural appropriation as a point of departure for her work, pulling from a variety of Japanese artistic styles, including the flattened perspective of traditional Japanese Ukiyo-e prints and the exaggerated features of popular manga comics. In Performa 11, brown explored the aesthetics and content of her paintings in her first work of live performance. In homage to the “onnagata” of Japanese Kabuki theater, the story revolved around an epic battle between a princess and the guardians of her family’s gravesite. In addition to vogueing dancers, the piece featured live musicians performing an original sound score composed by brown.

One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the Performa highlight lots and Performa editions will benefit Performa. A portion of proceeds from the other works in the sale will benefit the organization.

Supporters can bid online and in advance through November 1 at

About Performa

Founded in 2004 by art historian and curator RoseLee Goldberg, Performa is the leading international organization dedicated to exploring the critical role of live visual art performance in the history of the twentieth century and to generating new directions for the twenty-first century, engaging artists and audiences through experimentation, innovation, and collaboration. Performa’s unique commissioning, touring, and year-round education programs, involving all disciplines, forge a new course for contemporary art and culture, and culminate in the Performa biennial in New York City every other November. In 2005, Performa launched the first-ever biennial dedicated to visual art performance, Performa 05, which was then followed by Performa 07 (2007), Performa 09 (2009), and Performa 11 (2011).

Since its inception, Performa has operated as both an urban and international project demonstrating how organizations can collaborate to present major arts programs that are both artistically innovative and internationally relevant. Performa has developed partnerships with major international institutions, commissioning, producing, and touring work from the Performa program from the very beginning. The Performa Institute, a platform for the research and educational components of Performa, presents lectures, panel discussions, and workshops on an ongoing basis that explore critical issues surrounding performance and its history across disciplines, including visual art, dance, film, music,design, and architecture. For more information, please visit

About Paddle8

Paddle8 is an online auction house, connecting buyers and sellers of fine art and collectibles across the Internet. Paddle8 presents two types of auctions: themed auctions of art and collectibles under $100,000, and benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profits. Paddle8 has collaborated with over 150 non-profit organizations worldwide to present their benefit auctions online, dramatically expanding the audience of supporters and results for non-profit partners.

Paddle8 was founded in 2011 by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur who is also the youngest member of Performa’s board. The platform eases the sale and acquisition of art and collectibles via a fully online auction model, offering the lowest available commissions, no public sales records, extended auction visibility and timelines, and automated post-sale services.

For more information on Paddle8 and The Performa Sale, please contact Sarah Goulet, / 212.343.1142, ext. 110.

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