September 28, 2023


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Artwork Historical past Information: Christie’s 20TH / 21ST CENTURY: LONDON EVENING SALE

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Giovanna Bertazzoni, Vice Chairman, 20th / 21st Century Artwork Division, Christie’s: 
“The colourful summer time season in London convenes collectors from throughout the globe as we have fun the town’s actually distinctive cultural dynamism. Our 20/21 gross sales and exhibitions at all times create new dialogues between artists and actions. This 12 months, as we have fun the long-awaited re-opening of the Nationwide Portrait Gallery, we’re delighted to hitch London’s many private and non-private establishments echoing the Nationwide Portrait Gallery’s mission and endeavour. By way of the Selfhood exhibition and the Night Sale, that includes portraiture from throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, we’re proud to play a pivotal function within the capital’s cultural eco-system.

– Christie’s June season of 20/21 gross sales gives chosen works that reply to the power and vitality of the marketplace for a various vary of artists, as lately witnessed all through our world collection of 20/21 auctions:

– Calanque des Canoubiers (Pointe de Bamer), Saint-Tropez (1896, estimate, £5,500,000-8,000,000) is a number one spotlight of the June season, reflecting the robust demand for Paul Signac, as seen within the report outcome achieved by Christie’s for Concarneau, calme du matin (Opus no. 219, larghetto) in Visionary: The Paul G. Allen Assortment in New York in November of final 12 months.

– Works by Jean-Michel Basquiat proceed to ignite world curiosity, together with his works main Christie’s current 20/21 gross sales in each New York and Hong Kong. His iconic portrait of Pablo Picasso, Untitled (Pablo Picasso) (1984), is obtainable with an estimate of £4,500,000-6,500,000. The portray is a illustration of two masters in dialogue and a profound tribute to Picasso’s enduring legacy.

– Lucian Freud’s uncommon early self-portrait, Portrait of a Man (Self-portrait) (1944, estimate: £1,500,000-2,000,000), its beautiful element marking his arrival as an artist, is obtainable at public sale for the primary time, having lately been exhibited on the Museum of Nice Arts Boston.

– Grünes Feld (Inexperienced Subject) (1969, estimate: £4,000,000-6,000,000) is an early instance of Gerhard Richter’s colored photorealist landscapes. Contemporaneous together with his celebrated Wolken (Clouds) and Seestücke (Seascapes), it captures the engagement with German Romanticism that will occupy Richter for the following twenty years.

– The pioneering imaginative and prescient of up to date artists continues to draw purchasers throughout the 20/21 auctions in all of our main salerooms, evident in current report costs and above estimate performances:

– Lynette Yiadom-Boakye’s Diplomacy I (2009, estimate: £1,000,000-1,500,000) was featured within the current Tate Britain touring retrospective and is one in all three works that signify her first main group compositions, together with the present world report, Diplomacy III which bought for $1,950,000 at Christie’s in Might 2021.

– Caroline Walker’s Recreation Pavilion (2013, estimate: £150,000-200,000) will spotlight the modern part of the 20th / 21st Century: London Night Sale. Her work The Puppeteerwas bought in February by Christie’s in London for £693,000 towards a low estimate of £150,000.

– Louis Fratino‘s work noticed robust demand within the Might New York gross sales, and Listening to a conch (2017, estimate: £40,000-60,000) would be the artist’s debut in a Christie’s London Night Sale.

– Sahara Longe’s life-size Self-Portrait (2021, estimate: £40,000-60,000) is the artist’s debut in a London Night Sale, coinciding with Longe’s first solo exhibition within the UK.

– Vojtěch Kovařík’s Expulsion from Paradise (2019, estimate: £60,000-80,000) will signify the artist’s debut in a London Night Sale. Christie’s achieved a report for the artist in New York in Might. 

– In celebration of London’s Nationwide Portrait Gallery re-opening, Christie’s progressive 20/21 London June season celebrates the facility of portraiture as the normal style is redefined by every era of artists, throughout the 20th and 21st centuries:

– The 20th / 21st Century: London Night Sale brings collectively intimate and insightful works that signify a survey of portraiture from 1855 to 2021. Artists embody Frank AuerbachJean-Michel BasquiatLynette Yiadom-BoakyeMiriam CahnEdgar DegasLucian FreudHoward HodgkinPablo Picasso, and Sahara Longe.

– Introduced alongside the auctions this season, Selfhood: Explorations of Being and Changing into within the 20th and 21st Centuriesis a curated promoting exhibition targeted on artwork because the expression of self-identity,and that includes works by artists together with Tracey EminLucian FreudAlice Neel and Suzanne Valadon.


– Christie’s is the main public sale home for personal collections globally, and our June season options beautiful works from: The Assortment of Thomas and Doris Ammann; Residing By way of Artwork: An Essential Personal Assortment; Property from the Assortment of Dr. Jerome and Mrs. Elizabeth Levy; Property from the Zieseniss Assortment; and A Century of Artwork: The Gerald Fineberg Assortment.

– Museum-quality works which have by no means been provided at public sale earlier than proceed to resonate with collectors throughout all of our salerooms. Gerhard Richter’s Grünes Feld (Inexperienced Subject) (1969, estimate: £4,000,000-6,000,000), which has been held in a non-public German assortment since 1975, and Pablo Picasso’s Tête de femme (1921, estimate: £700,000-1,000,000) from the Berggruen Household Assortment, the place it has remained since 1976, are each highlights of the Night Sale following long-term loans to prestigious European museums.

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