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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 259

Post-War and Contemporary Art

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 febbraio 2019

London 20th Century at Christie’s’ takes place from 21 February to 7 March 2019. The full range of works in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Auctions will be exhibited at King Street from 2 to 6 March 2018.
Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, part of ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, will be led by David Hockney’s monumental portrait of Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott. Created in 1969, it is the third work in the career-defining series of seven double portraits that Hockney executed between 1968 and 1975. The painting, which depicts the legendary New York curator, is a glowing meditation on human and visual relationships and will be presented alongside a group of British artists that range from post-war to present. These include Hurvin Anderson, Peter Doig, Barry Flanagan, Antony Gormley, Damien Hirst, Howard Hodgkin and Bridget Riley.
Post-War European artists will be highlighted by a group of three seminal paintings by Nicolas de Staël. Further artists include Pierre Soulages, Jean Dubuffet, Gerhard Richter and Anselm Kiefer. A focus on ‘Thinking Italian’ presents Lucio Fontana’s Concetto spaziale, Attese (1960, estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000) and Jannis Kounellis’s Untitled (1960, estimate: £250,000-350,000). A selection of international contemporary painters spanning Europe and America will include Katharina Grosse, Jordan Casteel, Avery Singer and Adrian Ghenie.The Evening Auction will be followed by the second edition of Christie’s Masterpieces of Design and Photography. The Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction will be held on 7 March 2019 and will be highlighted by David Hockney’s Henry and Christopher (1973, estimate: £180,000-250,000). Gifted to his friend, Henry Geldzahler, the drawing is a gentle and delicate composition drawn directly from his iconic, large-scale painting Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott.A dedicated section titled Artists First will be a focal point for the Day Auction. Since its foundation in 1856, London’s National Portrait Gallery has grown to become the most important and extensive public collection of portraits in the world. Emphasis has traditionally been placed on the individuals represented in a portrait, in other words ‘sitters first’. Offered during ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, Artists First presents a unique opportunity to switch the focus to the artists. The artworks – donated for auction by Tomma Abts, Frank Auerbach, Michael Craig-Martin, Tacita Dean, Julian Opie, Celia Paul, Elizabeth Peyton, Cindy Sherman and Juergen Teller, among others – will celebrate the contemporary artists working across a diverse set of mediums and styles, some of whom are contributing and evolving the very nature of portraiture. Proceeds raised via Artists First will help the Gallery to realise the Inspiring People project, a £35.5 million transformation which will see the gallery’s biggest ever development since the building in St Martin’s Place opened in 1896.
Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe, Christie’s: “In March, Christie’s will be celebrating the art of painting in its many forms: from Post-War European abstraction to great figurative painting across generations. The season will be led by David Hockney’s masterpiece double portrait, Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott, 1969, depicting the legendary New York curator in an intense visual dialogue with the artist and now us, the viewer. Painted just 4 years earlier but in striking technical contrast we will also be offering A Less Realistic Still Life, 1965 from the personal collection of artist Frank Stella. Fellow British artists feature prominently this season including work by Bridget Riley, who just opened her landmark commission at the National Gallery to be followed by her major retrospective in the autumn of 2019, as well as Peter Doig, Howard Hodgkin, Hurvin Anderson and Cecily Brown. These stand beside a triumvirate of important paintings by Nicolas de Staël. We are also featuring paintings from a new generation: Jordan Casteel, Avery Singer and Adrian Ghenie. The National Portrait Gallery will also be celebrated at Christie’s with a dedicated selection of works donated by prominent contemporary artists to help support the Gallery’s Inspiring People campaign; a project of transformation that will invigorate this national treasure at the heart of London.

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