Back to Press Tuesday Sept 30, 2014

Tory Burch curates an online auction of colorful artworks for Paddle8, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Tory Burch Foundation

Tory Burch In Color is available for bidding on Paddle8 on September 30 – October 15

Paddle8 is honored to present Tory Burch In Color, an online auction of vivid artworks curated by the American fashion designer Tory Burch. The art in the auction celebrates Tory’s love of color, spotlighting artists featured in the book Tory Burch In Color, which explores a full spectrum of the influences and experiences that have shaped Tory’s life and career.

Bidding in the Tory Burch In Color auction is available on Paddle8 from September 30 through October 15. The Tory Burch In Color book will be released by Abrams in October with an introduction by Anna Wintour. A portion of the proceeds from the auction and all gross proceeds received by Tory Burch LLC from the sale of the book will benefit the Tory Burch Foundation, which supports the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families in the U.S. through affordable loans, mentoring and entrepreneurial education.

Art has been a central passion for Tory since her college days, and has frequently inspired her collections, from the Art Nouveau influences that marked Fall 2013 to the artist Françoise Gilot’s time with Picasso in Vallauris, which informed Spring 2015.

"When I was an art history major at the University of Pennsylvania, my sense of color was refined by studying Henri Matisse, Gustav Klimt, Ellsworth Kelly, and Josef Albers," says Tory. "I see the world in color. It’s the first thing I notice. I am drawn to the way colors interact with and complement one another...the subtle variations within the same shade: navy, cornflower, and periwinkle or orange, mandarin, and coral. Living in full color is my guiding principle."

The Tory Burch In Color auction presents prismatic works by artists ranging from modern masters like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Sol LeWitt, Ellsworth Kelly and Willem de Kooning, to contemporary talents like Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Alex Katz, Vik Muniz, and Laurie Simmons, to coveted emerging artists like Nate Lowman, Francesca DiMattio, and David Benjamin Sherry.

Highlights of Tory Burch In Color include:

Damien Hirst Pardon, 2007. Silkscreen print with diamond dust. Estimate: $20,000/30,000 A kaleidoscope of vibrant orange butterflies—one of Hirst’s leitmotifs—overlaid with diamond dust. The works in this series, which were made by placing thousands of different coloured butterfly wings in intricate geometric patterns, reference the butterfly as a symbol of the soul and resurrection.

Jeff Koons Balloon Venus (for Dom Perignon), 2013. Lacquered polyurethane resin. Estimate: $50,000/70,000 A vivid magenta example of Koons’s iconic balloon series, inspired by a tiny Palaeolithic figurine discovered in Austria, embodying the playful exuberance of Koons’s work.

Andy Warhol Flowers, 1970. Silkscreen. Estimate: $50,000/70,000 A signature motif from the godfather of Pop art, playing with color theory by pairing punchy yellows with a field of green.

Laurie Simmons Kaleidoscope Dollhouse, 2001. Estimate: $2,000/4,000 A limited-edition dollhouse created by Laurie Simmons and Peter Wheelright, with bright interiors decorated with miniature design work by Karim Rashid, Ron Arad, Judy Ross, Jonathan Adler and Robert Kitchen designs, and miniature art by Laurie Simmons, Cindy Sherman and Barbara Kruger.

Ellsworth Kelly Daffodil, 2004. Lithograph on Rives paper. Estimate: $5,000/7,000 A delicate black-and-white print that effectively explores the absence of color through a contour drawing of a simple flower.

Francesca DiMattio Edo Pot, 2012. China paint and underglaze on porcelain. Estimate: $15,000/20,000 A multi-faceted ceramic sculpture that blends two handmade porcelain vessels that the artist melds together into a contorted whole, juxtaposing patterns that range from 17th-Century French Chinoiserie to free-form drips.

Bidding is available at paddle8.com/auction/toryburch from September 30 to October 15.

About Tory Burch
Tory Burch is CEO and designer of Tory Burch, an American lifestyle brand known for color, print, and eclectic details. Raised in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Tory graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a degree in art history, and then moved to New York to pursue a career in the fashion industry. She worked in public relations and marketing for influential American designers before launching Tory Burch in 2004 with a small boutique in Manhattan and toryburch.com. A dedicated philanthropist, Tory launched the Tory Burch Foundation in 2009 to support the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families in the United States. She has been recognized with numerous awards, including the CFDA for Accessory Designer of the Year, Glamour’s Women of the Year, Forbes’ Most Powerful Women in the World, and Vanity Fair’s International Best-Dressed List. Tory lives in New York City with her three sons.

About Paddle8
Paddle8 is the auction house for the 21st-century collector. We have created a destination for a global community of collectors by offering authenticated inventory—from art and design to jewelry and collectibles—through curated online auctions, as well as benefit auctions in collaboration with non-profit organizations. Using innovative technology, we’ve streamlined the collecting experience, combining the excitement and expertise of an auction house with efficient operational solutions and an international perspective. Founded in 2011 by Alexander Gilkes, an auctioneer and LVMH veteran, and Aditya Julka, a Harvard Business School MBA and serial entrepreneur, Paddle8 has over 50 employees worldwide, with teams in New York, L.A., and London. Paddle8 is funded by the investors behind Uber, Vimeo, Buzzfeed, Paperless Post, Warby Parker, and Bonobos, among others, as well as art-world insiders including artist Damien Hirst, art dealer Jay Jopling, and Matthew Mellon.

For additional information or images, please contact Sarah Goulet, press@paddle8.com

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