You don't have to be an art insider to know that, historically, a big name earns a hefty price tag and that a work's value is usually conflated with the reputation of its creator. When was the last time you heard "a Picasso" or "a Warhol" referred to by its actual title? How often do we allow a piece to stand up on its own without the backing of a famous name?
Thanks to nonprofit art auction, Anónimo, the answers to those questions are finally being explored by an art world that tends to favor the cult of personality over quality. Founded in 2015 by Alejandra Martinez, the philanthropic platform's first edition was held primarily to benefit an orphanage in Martinez's hometown of Guadalajara, but by virtue of its unique programming (the artists behind each lot are kept anonymous until claimed by the highest bidder), the auction served as an inherent disruptor on the scene - and one that brought Mexican and Latin American art to the forefront.
This week, after five successful events (most of them buzz-worthy moments at Art Basel Miami), Anónimo is hosting its first ever thematic edition in the "soul of Mexico," Oaxaca. Taking place on March 7th, the auction will highlight textile art and celebrate the traditional craftsmanship that has shaped Mexican culture for generations. Twenty local, national, and international artists have produced or selected a textile piece to be auctioned anonymously at what's nevertheless sure to be a see-and-be-seen art world bash.
But partying, and the excitement of the big post-bid reveals, aside, Anónimo's Textile edition will remain true to its giving roots; funds raised will benefit Remigio Mestas, who leads efforts to preserve and distribute the work of local weavers and creatives, as well as keep the textile tradition alive.
Click through for a peek at some of the textile pieces up for grabs, and if you can't make it to Mexico, bid on Paddle8!
[Photo via Anónimo]