Kartu Pos Rahasia Diperdagangkan

Anwar Khumaini - detikcom

--> London - Sebuah sekolah seni di London, The Royal College of Art (RCA) menerbitkan sekitar 2.500 kartu pos rahasia yang akan dijual kepada khalayak. Kartu pos tersebut bergambar para artis terkenal dan orang biasa.

Hasil penjualannya akan digunakan untuk kepentingan pendidikan di kampus tersebut. Masing-masing kartu pos dihargai 40 pounds atau sekitar US$82. Kartu pos tersebut bergambarkan para artis terkenal, desainer, ilustrator, serta para siswa dan alumni RCA.

Masing-masing kartu ditandatangani di bagian belakang. Nama-nama artis yang ada dalam gambar kartu pos tersebut dirahasiakan terlebih dahulu. Pembeli tidak bisa memilih gambar mana yang akan dia beli. Jika beruntung, pembeli akan mendapatkan gambar artis beken.

Seperti dikutip dari AFP, Kamis (15/11/2007), disebutkan artis-artis yang telah terdaftar di antaranya Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Paul McCartney, dan David Bailey.

Kartu-kartu tersebut dapat dilihat pada situs RCA di www.rca.ac.uk/secret mulai 16-23 November. Pada 24 November nanti adalah saatnya menunjukkan kartu-kartu rahasia tersebut. (anw/ary)

Source: http://www.detiknews.com/index.php/detik.read/tahun/2007/bulan/11/tgl/16/time/041558/idnews/853261/idkanal/10

Belajar Kartupos lihat Pamerannya di sini: http://dams.rca.ac.uk/res/sites/RCA_Secret/

Pameran RCA secret ini untuk mengumpulkan dana bagi Royal College of Art.

RCA Secret 2007

Ada 2300 Kartupos dapat dilihat di: http://dams.rca.ac.uk/netpub/server.np?quickfind&site=RCA_Secret&sorton=Ref&catalog=catalog&template=results.np

Latest News

All the postcards can now be viewed on this website. Please note: some material may not be suitable for children.

Press Coverage

The Telegraph Saturday Review on 10 November ran a feature article and the website had an exclusive preview of some of the cards - click here to see them.

The Independent on Monday 12 November ran a competition for readers to try and spot David Bailey's contribution amongst 20 cards shown on the page. The newspaper are offering to giveaway 5 Olympus cameras to anyone who can guess the right answer.

The Guardian newspaper on Monday 12 November printed a double page photograph of a hundred cards being prepared for the exhibition.

A Critical Response

RCA Secret has commissioned a short piece to accompany the exhibition. Click here to read.

In memory of Carlito Briones

For many years Carlito Briones was one of the most loyal and enthusiastic visitors to RCA Secret and was always brave enough to camp out in the cold to be in with a chance of getting his favourite postcards. On many occasions he was very lucky to get them, and over the years collected some very impressive work by Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Julian Opie and Nick Park. He was always happy to chat and would often do press interviews for the College about why he loved the event. Everyone at RCA Secret was very sad to hear that Carlito passed away earlier this year after a very short illness. Many of the friends he had made through RCA Secret attended his funeral and he will be missed at this yearfs event by all that knew him.

RCA Secret is an annual contemporary art exhibition which raises funds for the Royal College of Art.

Roll up! Masterpieces for ’40

Last Updated: 12:01am GMT 10/11/2007

A handful of buyers will strike gold in the RCA's 'lucky dip' show. By Alastair Sooke

Everybody wants a piece of contemporary art these days.

Damien Hirst's 2004 card Guess whose? Damien Hirst's 2004 card

The market has grown so rapidly in recent years that even dashed-off works by graffiti artists such as Banksy are selling at auction for hundreds of thousands of pounds. But the flip-side of the boom is that works by many first-rate living artists are now too expensive for anyone but the super-rich.

Unless, that is, you strike it lucky at RCA Secret, the Royal College of Art's annual exhibition of about 2,500 postcard-sized artworks by established artists, designers and illustrators, as well as current students and up-and-coming graduates from London's RCA itself.

On the last day of the show, which opens on Friday, the postcards will be sold for ’40 each, with proceeds going towards an awards fund for students at the college. The catch? All of the postcards are signed on the back: the identity of the artist is revealed only after the buyer has handed over the cash.

In short, RCA Secret is the art-world equivalent of a lucky dip. It's a tantalising proposition: this year, several big names have contributed, including Peter Blake, Julian Opie, Yoko Ono and Tracey Emin, as well as the fashion designer Paul Smith and the filmmaker Mike Leigh.

Now in its 14th year, the exhibition offers eagle-eyed enthusiasts the chance to make a quick buck. Three years ago, one lucky punter bought a sketch of a human skull with an eye in the middle of its forehead, only to discover that it was by Damien Hirst.

It was auctioned off at Sotheby's this summer for ’15,600. Its price was boosted perhaps by the frenzied interest surrounding Hirst's recently unveiled For the Love of God, a diamond-smothered human skull, with a massive 52-carat stone above the eye sockets, which the London gallery White Cube was trying to flog for ’50 million. The postcard looks like a preliminary sketch.

That was nothing, though, compared with the profit generated by a painting of a bearded man in a canoe by the fashionable British artist Peter Doig that was picked up at RCA Secret seven years ago. It sold for ’42,000 at the same Sotheby's sale as the Hirst postcard. Again, timing was important: a large painting of a white canoe by Doig sold for ’5.7 million at Sotheby's at the start of this year, five times above estimate and a record for a living European artist at the time.

Over the past decade, RCA Secret has become so popular that the college now holds a raffle for tickets to be among the first 50 customers allowed inside the building on the day of the sale. Hundreds more will queue from the early hours, hoping to buy a mini-masterpiece of contemporary art that won't break the bank.

Inside it might feel like department-store sales hell. But for those who swoop upon a gem that no one else has spotted, all that jostling will be worth it.

# 'RCA Secret' is at the Royal College of Art, London SW7 (020 7590 4186), from Fri. Sale: Nov 24; buyers must register in advance. Info: www.rca.ac.uk/secret

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