Peter Doig, Pelican (Stag), 2003. © Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York and LondonPeter Doig, Pelican (Stag), 2003. © Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2017 with Swarovski

A spectacular gala dinner honouring the
lifetime achievement of one of our greatest artists

Peter Doig

Wednesday 25 January 2017
Whitechapel Gallery

7pm: Champagne Reception
8pm: Dinner & Award
10pm: Auction
Midnight: Carriages

The proceeds from this event benefit the Whitechapel Gallery’s
education and community programmes

Dress Code: Glamorous Evening Wear

Art Icon 2017 Committee

The Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2017 committee are:

Erin Bell, Maryam Eisler, Bettina von HaseRebecca King Lassman, Luigi MaramottiFarshid Moussavi, Catherine Petitgas, Alice RawsthornPatrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Maria SukkarNadja Swarovski, Beth SwoffordJonathan Tyler and Damien Whitmore.

Bidding now open on Artsy

Invited artists and collaborators have generously donated artworks and experiences to be auctioned online and live at Whitechapel Gallery Art Icon 2017 with Swarovski.

Participating artists include: Hernan Bas, Joe Bradley, Cecily Brown, Enrico David, Stephen Gill, Camille Henrot, Annie MorrisLaurence OwenEduardo Paolozzi and Jonathan Trayte.

Auction experiences include: A limited edition fashion creation by Max Mara and artist Liu Wei; a tour of the upcoming Venice Biennale and lunch at Michelin-starred restaurant Venissa; use of the Director’s Suite at Chelsea Football Club; and lunch with designer Hussein Chalayan at 10 Greek St.


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Online auction

Closes Wednesday 25 January at 11pm GMT.

Laurence Owen, Language Bouncing Off the Artifact, 2016, courtesy the artist and Whitechapel Gallery

Live auction - Pre-bid now

Pre-registration closes on Wednesday 25 January at 6pm GMT. Place pre-bids and participate real-time in the live auction conducted by auctioneer Henry Highley from Phillips.

About Peter Doig

Peter Doig was born in Edinburgh in 1959 and raised in Trinidad and Canada before moving to London in 1979 to study. He currently lives and works between Trinidad, New York, Dusseldorf and London. Doig has been the subject of a number of major exhibitions worldwide, including a mid-career survey organized by Tate Britain in 2008; an exhibition in 2013 at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh; a display at Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland in 2014 and at Louisiana Museum in Humlebæk, Denmark, 2015. Doig served as a Trustee of the Tate from 1995 to 2000, and in 2008 was awarded the Wolfgang Hahn Prize of the Society for Modern Art, Museum Ludwig, Cologne.

About Swarovski

Swarovski delivers a diverse portfolio of unmatched quality, craftsmanship, and creativity. Founded in 1895 in Austria, the company designs, manufactures and markets high-quality crystals, genuine gemstones and created stones as well as finished products such as jewelry, accessories and lighting. Having celebrated its 120th anniversary last year, and now run by the fifth generation of family members, Swarovski Crystal Business has a global reach with approximately 2,680 stores in around 170 countries, more than 26,000 employees, and revenue of about 2.6 billion euros in 2015. Together with its sister companies Swarovski Optik (optical devices) and Tyrolit (abrasives), Swarovski Crystal Business forms the Swarovski Group. In 2015, the Group generated revenue of about 3.37 billion euros and employed more than 30,000 people. A responsible relationship with people and the planet is an integral part of Swarovski’s heritage. The global Swarovski Waterschool education program has reached 257,000 children on the world’s greatest rivers, and the Swarovski Foundation, set up in 2013, works to support culture and creativity, promote wellbeing, and conserve natural resources to achieve positive social impact.

Event and ticket information


Table of 10

£350 each

Ticket or Table with Limited Edition by Phoebe Unwin
£700 / £3,550

We are delighted that artist Phoebe Unwin will create a special Limited Edition artwork on the occasion of Art Icon 2017. A number of Art Icon Limited Editions by the artist will be available at a special price exclusively to ticket buyers.

Ticket(s) with 1-year Patronage

Become a Whitechapel Gallery Patron on the occasion of Art icon 2017 and enjoy a year of exclusive events, including VIP private views, artist talks, visits to artist’s studios, galleries and private collection along with access to a curated international travel programme.

+44 (0) 20 7539 3314

All funds raised from the auction support the Whitechapel Gallery’s programmes, in particular its work with thousands of children and young people each year.

Whitechapel Gallery is grateful to the generous artists for their auction contributions, and to auction partner Phillips.

Logo Block !Image: Peter Doig, Pelican (Stag), 2003. © Courtesy the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

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