Dead Darlings

from an auction performance, 2016 © Dead Darlings_0.jpg

A Dutch collective, based in Amsterdam, that use art auctions as a platform to explore the complex relationship between the artist, the artwork, and the collector, combining elements of performance and exhibition. A selection of artists is encouraged to dig in their archives searching for their “dead darling”, a work that has never come to light. The selected piece is auctioned with a low starting price, in order “to extend the label of art collector to people who would not otherwise be able to obtain an original contemporary artwork”.