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Christie’s to Offer Marina Abramović’s Mixed Reality Work ‘The Life’

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 24 novembre 2019

London – Christie’s will offer Marina Abramović’s seminal performance piece The Life – the world’s first Mixed Reality artwork – as a major highlight of its Frieze Week 2020 auction programme. Coinciding with Abramović’s show at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, which is also the first time a woman has been selected for the main galleries in the institution’s 250+ year history, The Life is expected to be the first work of its kind to be presented at auction and is offered by Tin Drum, inc. in association with Abramović LLC. A ground-breaking fusion of art and technology, The Life was premiered at London’s Serpentine Gallery in February 2019. The 19-minute performance offers an intimate digital encounter with Abramović herself, experienced via wearable spatial computing devices. A hologram of the artist appears, proceeding to pace around a roped off five-metre circle before evaporating into thin air. Unlike Virtual Reality, Mixed Reality allows the other visitors and gallery space to remain visible at the same time, creating a unique interactive experience. Abramović’s pioneering use of this evolving technology reflects her longstanding interest in the limitations of the human body and mind: an enquiry that, since the 1970s, has given rise to one of the world’s greatest performance art practices. An international tour of the artwork will be announced by Christie’s in early 2020.Katharine Arnold, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Christie’s Europe: “We are thrilled to offer The Life by Marina Abramović as a key highlight of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction during London’s Frieze Week. Abramović has long been considered a ground-breaking artist whose performances push boundaries and this is expected to be the first Mixed Reality artwork to come up for auction. Following an international tour in 2020, visitors to our King Street galleries will have the opportunity to experience, via wearable spatial computing devices, the artist walking in and around them virtually. The presentation will coincide with Abramović’s show at the Royal Academy of Arts.”Marina Abramović was recently interviewed by Christie’s Magazine about The Life where she stated that the theme of the work is immortality: “because you are there, preserved forever,” she says. Director of The Life, Todd Eckert, adds that “A hundred years beyond when anybody who ever knew [Marina] is alive, there will be people that will see her walk into the room and will feel that sense of connection, of human experience”.Eckert is the founder of Tin Drum, inc., the Mixed Reality production team behind The Life. Tim Drum, inc. specialises in using “volumetric photography of real people to create presentations of performance.” For The Life, Abramović was filmed with 32 cameras against a green screen, creating an authentic representation of the human form in motion. This process is currently only possible in a few studios worldwide.Todd Eckert gave a keynote speech to delegates at Christie’s Art + Tech Summit, held in Hong Kong on the morning of 21 November 2019.

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Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening and Day Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 novembre 2019

Amsterdam 25 and 26 November 2019. Following the successes achieved in London for the esteemed Belgian collection, the Matthys-Colle Collection, and Art for Future, Selected Works from the UniCredit Group, the autumn season of Post-War and Contemporary Art continues to be highlighted by further works with exceptional provenance. This iteration of the Matthys-Colle Collection will present 17 works by artists including Karel Appel, Robert Barry, Tony Cragg, Jan Dibbets and Raoul De Keyser. The selection from Art for Future, Selected Works from the UniCredit Group will offer close to 100 pieces, namely by Austrian and German artists. Returning to Westergas, the Evening Sale will be led by Gotthard Graubner’s monumental ‘Kissenbild’, or ‘Cushion Painting’, Untitled (Farbraumkörper Blau) (1975-76, estimate €300,000-500,000). Paintings by Marlene Dumas and Günther Uecker encapsulate the diverse approaches to representation that artists have taken during the last 100 years. The works will be exhibited in Amsterdam from 22 to 25 November 2019.
Untitled (Farbraumkörper Blau) is an intensely dark painting pointing to the sublime nature of Gotthard Graubner’s art: only by virtue of the sun’s light emanating from behind can one see the plethora of colours hidden in the darkness of the canvas. His oeuvre has at its core the investigation of colour.
Uniting many of Roger Matthys and Hilda Colle’s acquisitions was a strong interest in Conceptualism, as demonstrated by the works offered for sale at Christie’s Amsterdam. The Netherlands became an important centre of activity for this movement: Dutch artist Jan Dibbets worked primarily with photography, using mathematical principles to capture natural and manmade phenomena. stanley brouwn created this way brouwn (1969, estimate €10,000-15,000) by asking strangers to tape record or draw a set of directions. Across the Atlantic, American artist Robert Barry set out to explore invisible and non-material media, championing the idea that ‘Nothing seems to me the most potent thing in the world’. The present selection also includes works by German artists Ulrich Rückriem and Bernd Lohaus.Painted in 1958, just one year after Karel Appel’s move to New York City, Sortilège (Spell) (estimate: €120,000-180,000), is a large canvas featuring grand swathes of deeply toned, thick oil paint. Waves of dark and light blues, pale yellows and burgundy red are swept up across the canvas.
Raoul De Keyser’s Kalklijn (1970, estimate: €50,000-70,000) is a monumental work featuring a sharp, white right angle cutting through the centre of a green field with a distant horizon demarcated by a blue strip set against a white background. It is one of a large series of paintings De Keyser painted of chalklines on soccer fields in the 1970s, taking direct inspiration from the soccer fields situated nearby his hometown of Deinze, in East Flanders.
Gerhard Richter’s 16.3.89 (1989, estimate: €70,000-100,000), is a work on paper from the series of works titled after the day of their creation, which have punctuated the artist’s practice at various intervals from the early 1980s onwards. Imi Knoebel’s work is preoccupied with the encounter of colour and its material support, his abstraction building on the legacy of Mondrian and Malevich, as seen in the present example Stand by Me (1993, estimate: €65,000-85,000). A further highlight is Franz West’s Untitled (circa 1972-73, estimate: €55,000-75,000).

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Christie’s Important Jewels Auction To Star Jewels From Eugénie

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 novembre 2019

London Christie’s Important Jewels auction on 27 November in London will present historic jewels formerly in the collection of Eugénie, The Last Empress Of France. Offered at auction will be an important pair of 19th century natural pearl earrings (estimate: £60,000-80,000), alongside a mid-19th century ruby and diamond heart locket pendant, circa 1850-60, (estimate: £10,000-15,000). The locket was included in the 2008 exhibition, Le Musée Chaumet, Le Grand Frisson – Bijoux de Sentiment, de la Renaissance à nos jours, in Paris. Adorned with circular-cut rubies and old and rose-cut diamonds, a glazed compartment on the reverse of the pendant contains a lock of hair reputedly belonging to Napoleon Ill. Married to Napoleon III, Eugénie de Montijo (1826-1920) was a woman of great elegance, beauty and charm. Born in Granada, Spain, she was educated at the fashionable convent of the Sacré-Coeur in Paris, and contributed immensely to the grandeur of the French court. From the beginning of her reign in 1853, Empress Eugénie did much to enhance the reputation of French haute joaillerie, which at that time inspired the whole of Europe. Her love of jewellery being legendary, she had many Crown jewels remounted to suit her personal taste and also commissioned new pieces from the most famous jewellers in Paris including Bapst and Chaumet.

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The Collector x Rita Konig

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 ottobre 2019

London – Christie’s Autumn edition of The Collector sales in London will collaborate with internationally renowned interior designer Rita Konig on 13 and 14 November, 2019. The series of two Collector sales comprises a wealth of 17th, 18th and 19th century decorative arts and furniture spanning: European and English Furniture, Ceramics, Portrait Miniatures & Works of Art (13 November) and Silver and 19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Ceramics & Works of Art (14 November), with estimates ranging from £600 to £150,000. Rita styled the pre-sale photo shoot for the collaboration at Burghley House, the home of Christie’s UK Chairman Orlando Rock, juxtaposing characterful antique pieces from different periods to create inviting spaces which are both liveable and packed with personality (images above and throughout). Collectors, enthusiasts and admirers can explore the in-situ room that Rita styles at Christie’s headquarters, along with the overall pre-sale view, in person between the 9 and 12 November.
Known for her relaxed style, Rita Konig believes the best kind of rooms are those which make you want to come in, sit down and stay for a while. Specialising in residential interiors, Rita’s approach sees her deftly layer pattern, texture and colour to create soft, intimate spaces for her clients. She regularly hosts workshops at her London residence, guiding guests through the interior design details that make a home. Rita Konig explains: “Something that I find amazing and exciting about antique objects, like houses, is that they have all these stories; with each generation there’s a different way of living. I love old things, and new beautiful things too, but just not new ordinary things. It’s about mixing – you need a couple of pieces that are really good, the real deal, basically the anchors of yesterday. Using things is also really important, objects can’t be so revered that nobody goes near them, everyone has to live their lives with and amongst them. It’s about being comfortable and enjoying the place you live in. With this collaboration, I hope that people will see how these pieces – which can look very rarefied in a catalogue – can actually be soft and gentle and be part of your life and part of living.”

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Christie’s in Association with Whyte’s of Dublin

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 17 ottobre 2019

London – Christie’s, in association with Whyte’s Auction House in Dublin, will offer works from The Ernie O’Malley Collection, highlighted by five paintings by Jack Butler Yeats. Comprised of 100 lots, including early sketches by Yeats and work by the artists Mainie Jellett, Evie Hone, Louis le Brocquy, Colin Middleton and Norah McGuinness, the auction will form an anthology of Irish art from the early 1900s to the 1950s. Ernie O’Malley was an experienced officer in Ireland from 1916-22 who went on to publish two books detailing his experiences. The sale and international exhibitions provide an opportunity to discover his private passion for art and the relationships he developed with artists he encountered in America and Ireland. Highlights will be on view in New York from 23 to 27 October 2019, and London from 16 to 18 November. The full pre-sale exhibition can be viewed at the Royal Dublin Society from 23 to 25 November 2019, with the auction held in the same location at 6pm on 25 November 2019.Ernie O’Malley met Jack B. Yeats in Dublin at the home of the art enthusiast and historian Constantine Curran in 1937 where the two became friends, meeting and corresponding regularly. The Enfolding Night (1947, estimate: €500,000-700,000 / £440,000-615,000 approximately) depicts three figures walking through a barren landscape towards an intense light while a fourth figure is seated in the foreground. The painting is one of several existential subjects that Yeats painted in the late 1940s, as he approached his 80th birthday. The composition is theatrical, heightened by dramatic contrasts of light and shade.

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Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, Frieze Week

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 22 settembre 2019

London – Christie’s Frieze Week Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction will take place on 4 October 2019 and will be followed by our annual sale dedicated to Italian artists, Thinking Italian. The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction showcases artists who pioneered new directions for the medium of paint ranging from Sigmar Polke’s dotted raster technique to Gerhard Richter’s ‘Abstraktes Bild’ series and from Joan Mitchell to Kazuo Shiraga. The auction will be led by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s vivid Four Big (1982, estimate: £7,500,000-9,500,000, illustrated above, right), a large-scale painting structured like a devotional triptych. Held in the same private collection for the past five decades – and unseen in public since 1983, when it was the poster image for the group show Kunst Nach 45 at the Frankfurter Kunstverein – Alpenveilchen/Flowers (1967, estimate: £5,000,000-7,000,000, illustrated above left) is an exceptional large-scale example of Sigmar Polke’s Rasterbilder. A further highlight is Pierre Soulages’s Peinture 146 x 114 cm, 6 mars 1960 (1960, estimate: £4,000,000-6,000,000), which has also been held in the same collection for 50 years and was last seen in public in 1967. An additional focus of the auction is a group of four works by Gerhard Richter, highlighted by three paintings from ‘Art for Future, Selected Works from the UniCredit Group’.Coinciding with a major survey exhibition at London’s Royal Academy of Arts, an early sculpture by Antony Gormley, Growth (1987, estimate: £500,000-700,000), will be offered alongside paintings by Thomas Bayrle, Tomoo Gokita, Loie Hollowell, Nathaniel Mary Quinn and Alfredo Volpi, who are all included in a Christie’s Evening Auction for the first time. Assembled during the second half of the 20th century, the Matthys-Colle Collection reveals the passion for international contemporary art shared by Dr Roger Matthys and his wife, Hilda Colle. A total of 41 works will be offered in a series of auctions across three sale rooms: 4 and 5 October in London, followed by Amsterdam on 25 and 26 November, and finally Paris on 4 and 5 December.The Auction Exhibition will be on view in London from 27 September to 4 October 2019. The Frieze Week programme will be launched by an Evening Auction dedicated to The Jeremy Lancaster Collection on 1 October 2019. A chorus of vivid colour, radical form and brilliant innovation, the collection showcases some of the greatest achievements in post-war British painting, complemented by a stellar selection of European and American works. The Jeremy Lancaster Collection will be on view at Christie’s King Street from 25 September to 1 October 2019.Cristian Albu, Co-Head, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Europe: “Our Frieze Week marquee sale celebrates the trajectory of paint, as artists pushed the boundaries of what this traditional medium could convey. Kazuo Shiraga translated the violence of war to canvas while Gerhard Richter and Frank Bowling are interested in exploiting the plasticity of paint. Sigmar Polke’s Alpenveilchen/Flowers and Pierre Soulages’s Peinture 146 x 114 cm, 6 mars 1960 have both remained in private collections for 50 years so we are thrilled to offer works with distinguished provenance that is fresh to market. The incredible transformation of painting during the 20th and 21st centuries continues with Four Big, from 1982, a defining moment in the career of Jean-Michel Basquiat, and pieces by contemporary painters including Nicolas Party and Loie Hollowell. Belgium’s esteemed Matthys-Colle Collection and ‘Art for Future, Selected Works from the UniCredit Group’ act as pillars for both the Evening and Day Auctions, underpinning the quality and pedigree of the 48 works we are presenting in the Evening Auction.”

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The Oliver Hoare Collection

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 settembre 2019

London – On October 25th, Christie’s will present the collection of the late Oliver Hoare (1945-2018). A highly influential and much loved art dealer who specialised in Islamic art, Oliver inaugurated Islamic sales at Christie’s in 1975 when working for the auction house. Known for celebrating the remarkable stories of objects from across countless countries and eras, and the joy and intrigue that they could bring, Oliver assembled a collection of works of art for his exhibitions under the banner ‘Every Object Tells a Story’ where a number of these pieces were shown. Comprising approximately 130 lots, the sale will include works of art from all over the globe, ancient and modern, with individual estimates from £300 to over £1.5 million. Led by works from the Islamic world, the top lot is an exceptional 15th century Timurid manuscript – known as the Jam-I Jam – by Mawlana Shir Ali, with four illustrations by the celebrated and extremely rare artist [Kemal al-Din] Bihzad which was once part of the Mughal Imperial Library; it is the earliest known work by the artist, produced with the calligrapher with whom he worked again on a manuscript now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford (estimate: £1-1.5 million). Equally characteristic of the collector’s eye is an arresting 17th century silver apple with bite marks; it opens to reveal a pomander in the shape of a skull, which is reputed to have been in the possession of King James II (estimate: £12,000-18,000, illustrated above). It was sold at Christie’s in 1855 as part of the Bernal Collection.William Robinson, Christie’s International Head of Group, World Art: “As head of the Islamic Department, I for many years enjoyed filling the position which was first created for Oliver. It therefore gives me huge pleasure that Christie’s have been asked to handle the Oliver Hoare sale, his family actively wanting to encourage new collectors, and with them, new stories to be told. Oliver was such an enthusiast for each individual work, the story it can tell, that it came alive when he discussed it. Our aim is to recreate the spirit of Oliver: both the relaxed gallery ambience, with an encouragement of dialogue, and by conveying the simple wonder of arcane, intriguing and simply beautiful works of art.” Oliver’s children, Tristan, Damian and Olivia: “Our father’s interest in Islamic art can be traced back to his childhood when he was gifted a large silver coin from Persia; from that moment, it became a place of mystery and fascination to which he longed to go. That opportunity would only come after he became a student in Paris, from where he set off overland by train and then bus, taking more than a week to reach Tehran. He had a total fascination with all objects; both the modest and the masterpiece, and from across cultures – he loved their stories, their beauty and the potential to learn from them. This last point was perhaps the most important for him and the reason he never considered himself the owner of any object, his intention always being to learn what he could and then pass it on. It is in this spirit that the family are happy to offer this collection in the hope that others will be able to enjoy, learn and delight in these objects, just as he did.”

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Christie’s: Thinking Italian

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 settembre 2019

London Christie’s Thinking Italian Evening Auction will take place during Frieze Week on 4 October 2019 and directly follows the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction. The auction will be led by Alberto Burri’s Sacco (1953, estimate: £3,000,000-5,000,000), a rare, early example of the artist’s famed Sacchi, the iconic series that he began in 1950 and by an early steel work by Lucio Fontana that encapsulates the artist’s exploration of space, Concetto spaziale (1954, Estimate on Request). ‘Art for Future, Selected Works from the UniCredit Group’ will be presented across both evening auctions with Enrico Castellani and Giuseppe Gallo starring in Thinking Italian. Mario Schifano’s oeuvre during the 1960s was defined by the artist’s experimentation as he sought to carve out his indefatigable style. This decade of his career is represented by Non misterioso (‘Not mysterious’) (1961, estimate: £300,000-500,000) and Paesaggio anemico III (1965, estimate: £350,000-500,000). There will be 33 works included in Thinking Italian, which will all be on view in London from 27 September to 4 October 2019.Mariolina Bassetti, Chairman, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Continental Europe stated: “We are thrilled to present the third edition of Thinking Italian, after 12 years of The Italian Sale, our international series of sales that focus on Italian Masterpieces throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Artists in Italy pushed the boundaries of representation and continued to pioneer new techniques and styles, something that had far reaching impact throughout the international art scene. Showcasing these works during London’s Frieze Week provides a truly global platform, and we are honoured to be the only auction house with a sale dedicated to Italian art that provides this focus.”

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3rd Christie’s Middle Eastern Art Sale in London

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 1 settembre 2019

Dubai / London – Christie’s third ‘Middle Eastern Modern & Contemporary Art’ auction to be held outside of Dubai will take place on 23 October and is included as part of the rich and traditional Islamic Art Week in London. Around ninety works of Middle Eastern art have been consigned from around the globe, including Los Angeles, New York, London, Dubai, Paris, Beirut, Buenos Aires, Milan, Perth and Casablanca, among others. The auction is mainly focused on modern Arab and Iranian works, with an emphasis on contemporary practice. Strong modern artists from the region include Louay Kayyali and Fateh Moudarres (Syrian), Manoucher Yektai (Iranian), Ismail Shammout (Palestinian), as well as strong selection of modern female artists, including Bibi Zogbé (Lebanense), Chaïbia Talal (Moroccan), Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (Iranian), Zeinab Abd El Hamid (Egyptian) and Tahia Halim (Egyptian). Contemporary artists include Farhad Moshiri, Ali Banisadr, Reza Derakshani and Hadieh Shafie (Iranian) and Marwan Sahmarani (Lebanese).“A diversity of mediums, subject matter, geographies, and sale estimates characterise Christie’s third Middle East art sale in London, providing a global platform for art and artists from this ever-evolving region,” said Hala Khayat, Christie’s Director and Head of Sale in the Middle East. “From masterworks by some of Iran, Egypt, and Syria’s most celebrated artists to contemporary pieces from emerging talents, there is something compelling for every collector.”A work by the late Monir Shahroudy Farmanfarmaian (1924-2019 – illustrated above), one of Iran’s most celebrated artists who passed away earlier this year, will highlight the auction. Executed in 2008, Untitled (Faravahar Wings, Zarathustra) is a beautiful and rare masterpiece inspired by the wings of Faravahar, one of the most common symbols of the ancient religion of Zoroastrianism. Kaleidoscopic in its magnificent form, the work depicts a series of triangular mirrors that reflects light in every direction, touching upon the concept of the fravashi, which is part of the human soul acting as a divine blessing and entirely good. Standing in front of the work, the viewer can admire the abstracted and simplified version of the Faravahar, as Farmanfarmaian has broken it down to its foundational essence (estimate: £240,000-400,000). The inclusion of Farmanfarmaian’s piece in the auction coincides with major exhibitions of her work this year at the Sharjah Art Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. In 2017 a dedicated museum to the artist opened in Tehran.

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The Jeremy Lancaster Collection to Highlight Christie’s Frieze Week

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 31 luglio 2019

London – Christie’s Frieze Week programme will be launched with a dedicated auction of the remarkable private collection of Jeremy Lancaster on 1 October 2019. A chorus of vivid colour, radical form and brilliant innovation, the collection showcases some of the greatest achievements in post-war British painting, complemented by a stellar selection of European and American works. Many of the works were acquired through the gallery of Leslie Waddington, and a number have passed through notable collections such as Herbert Read, E. J. Power and Charles Saatchi. Such distinguished provenance is testament not only to a shared championship of the post-war British art scene, but also to the exchange with the European and American avant-gardes in which Waddington and his clients played such a vital role. Several of the works have been on long-term loan to museum collections and Jeremy Lancaster was a trustee at Birmingham’s Ikon Gallery of contemporary art and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts. A frequent traveller with a keen appetite for art and knowledge, Jeremy Lancaster was in part influenced by the seminal exhibition ‘A New Spirit in Painting’. Undoubtedly a profound moment in the landscape of contemporary art it was staged by London’s Royal Academy of Arts in 1981. The direction of his collecting taste follows a similar dedication to transatlantic discourse in paintings from Frank Auerbach and Howard Hodgkin to Philip Guston, Robert Ryman and Josef Albers.At the heart of The Jeremy Lancaster Collection is a group of paintings by Howard Hodgkin, ranging from the early figurative composition Tea Party in America (1948, estimate: £50,000-70,000), influenced by the artist’s close friendship with Patrick Caulfield, to the distilled, concentrated beauty of mature works like Bombay Sunset (1972-73, estimate: £500,000-700,000), Lawson, Underwood & Sleep (1977-80, estimate: £400,000-600,000) and Flowerpiece (2004-05, estimate: £400,000-600,000). He also acquired two paintings by Frank Auerbach, created 12 years apart but both depicting his lover Stella West, Head of E. O. W. (1955, estimate: £800,000-1,200,000) and Head of E. O. W. I (1967, estimate: £300,000-500,000). Two iconic paintings by Philip Guston are a highlight of the collection, including the large-scale Language I (1973, estimate: £1,500,000-2,000,000), in which individual objects – bricks, hobnailed boots, easel, sun – are presented like a hieroglyphic code to be deciphered. Robert Ryman, Andy Warhol, Lucian Freud, David Hockney and R. B. Kitaj are further artists from ‘A New Spirit in Painting’ that are represented in the collection.As Bridget Riley celebrates a major retrospective at The Hayward Gallery this October, another highlight of the Jeremy Lancaster Collection is the majestic ‘curve painting’, Orphean Elegy 7 (1979, estimate: £1,500,000-2,000,000). The work demonstrates the power which Britain’s greatest living abstract artist conjures from her analytical approach to colour.

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Classic Week Evening Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 6 luglio 2019

London – The wealth of works offered across Christie’s three Classic Week Evening sales – Masterpieces from a Rothschild Collection, The Exceptional Sale and the Old Masters Evening Sale – have realised a combined total of £48,314,125 / $60,730,855 / €53,773,621. Welcoming registered bidders from 40 countries across 5 continents, the top lots of the evening were An Egyptian Brown Quartzite Head of The God Amen and David Teniers’ The Ham Dinner which set a new world record price for the artist at auction, each work sold for £4,746,250. Bringing the running total for Classic Week sales to date to £56,508,750 / $71,043,549 / €62,899,541, the auctions continue until 11 July, with estimates from £800 to £4 million, the sales present rare opportunities for new and established collectors across price levels.

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Classic Week Overview: London, July 2019

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 giugno 2019

London Christie’s Classic Week sales in July present a treasure trove of opportunities to discover timeless works. Art from antiquity to the 20th century will be offered across 15 sales, ranging from remarkable and rare objects to the most exceptional Old Master paintings. Star lots this season include an Egyptian head of the god Amen with the features of Tutankhamen, Old Master paintings by Hans Memling and Bernardo Bellotto, European furniture from a Rothschild collection and one of the most important biblical manuscripts ever offered for sale. With estimates starting from £800 to £4 million, the sales present rare opportunities for new and established collectors across price levels. The pre-sale exhibition will be open to the public for collectors and enthusiasts alike to explore from 29 June to 10 July.

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20th Century at Christie’s

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 giugno 2019

Nicholas Orchard, Head of Modern British Art, Christie’s London and Will Porter, Head of Sale: “Launching ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, the Modern British Art Evening Sale totalled £17,477,500 / $21,986,695 / €19,592,278, with sell-through rates of 89% by value and 77% by lot. Registered bidders from 16 countries across 4 continents emphasises the global appeal for fresh to market works by artists that defined and shaped the development of art in Britain during the 20th century. The sale was led by Barbara Hepworth’s The Family of Man (Figure 8, The Bride), realising £3,838,250, while Elisabeth Frink’s Running Man (Front Runner) sold for a record price of £1,091,250. We witnessed great interest throughout the evening with Henry Moore’s Working Model for Oval with Points achieving £2,051,250. Barbara Hepworth’s Oval Sculpture drew lively bidding, to more than double its estimate (£1,451,250). Breton Boy in Profile by Roderic O’Conor from the Drue Heinz Collection realised £419,250, more than three times the estimate. ‘20th Century at Christie’s’ continues with the Modern British Art Day Sale on 18 June.”

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Luxury Week London

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 Mag 2019

London Christie’s London Luxury Week auctions from 5 to 12 June will present collectors with the very best in wines and spirits, extraordinary jewels from the leading jewellery houses and exceptional handbags from Chanel, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. Comprising four remarkable auctions, highlights of the week include a superb single-owner collection of fine Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian wines, champagnes from the region’s leading producers, a suite of Himalaya Birkin and Vert Celadon Kelly, and rare antique and modern jewels. The week will conclude with the online sale of important Kashmir Shawls, open for bidding from 11 to 18 June. Perhaps the most significant collection of shawls ever to be offered at auction, these hand-woven, decorated Kashmir shawls date from the 17th to the late 19th century.
On the 5 and 6 June, Christie’s Luxury Week in London will open with a two-part auction of Finest & Rarest Wines. The first day will offer a single-owner collection of fine Bordeaux, Burgundy and Italian wines with impeccable provenance. Highlights include a case of Le Pin 1990 (estimate: £30,000-£40,000), a case of Petrus 1989 (estimate: £30,000-£40,000) and a six-bottle case of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, La Tache 1990 (estimate: £26,000-£32,000).The second day will feature a significant offering of excellent vintage Bordeaux, alongside rare spirits including whiskies from great distilleries such as the Macallan 48 Year Old The Savoy 125th Anniversary (estimate: £40,000-60,000). The sale will also present two extraordinary 17th century bottles, the oldest Christie’s have ever brought to market. At a depth of 40 metres, divers discovered a decayed wreck and buried, deep in the mud in an old rattan basket, were 14 ancient bottles. One bottle broke in the recovery and one bottle was opened and tested. The laboratory results revealed it had been a powerful red wine, believed to have been bottled between 1670 and 1690.
The auction will offer fantastic champagnes direct from the cellars of four of the region’s finest producers; Henri Giraud, Bruno Paillard, Philipponnat and Jacques Selosse. Highlights include prestige cuvée Fût de Chêne Grand Cru from Henri Giraud and Bruno Paillard’s NPU, exceedingly rare Philipponnat’s Clos des Goisses from 1951, and Jacques Selosse from 1976. These rare and exciting cuvées will celebrate the release of a comprehensive map of Champagne and its vineyards from The Original Map Co and David Eley.

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Sculpture in the Square on view in St James’s Square

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 Mag 2019

London – Christie’s will present the third iteration of Sculpture in the Square, an outdoor sculpture garden set within St James’s Square, London, on view to the public from 15 May to 17 June 2019. The exhibition will display nine works that will be offered in the Modern British Art Evening Sale as part of ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, a series of sales that take place from 17 to 26 June 2019. Artists include Barry Flanagan, Henry Moore, Dame Elisabeth Frink and Emily Young. Presented in St James’s Square adjacent to Christie’s headquarters on King Street, Sculpture in the Square will coincide with the opening of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show, which runs from 21 to 25 May 2019.
Exhibition curator Pippa Jacomb, Director, Modern British Art at Christie’s: “Sculpture has always played an integral part in reflecting the interior space externally. ‘Sculpture in the Square’ will give viewers the opportunity to interact with works by leading artists such as Henry Moore, Emily Young, Barry Flanagan and Elisabeth Frink in the context in which the artists originally envisaged them. The 20th Century season at Christie’s is an exciting time to be in London, and we are thrilled that these highlights from the Modern British Art Evening sale will be on view in St James’s Square for the public to enjoy.”

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The First Apple Computer Leads On the Shoulders of Giants: Making the Modern World

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 11 Mag 2019

Christie’s is honoured to present collectors the opportunity to acquire a rare Apple-1 computer, the first personal computer ever made, during its online auction On the Shoulders of Giants: Making the Modern World, open for bidding between 16 and 24 May 2019. Produced in 1976 and still in working condition, this legendary item is known to have launched Apple Computer, the perennially pioneering company that defined and redefined its industry while changing the lives of its millions of customers. Number 10 on the online Apple-1 Registry and accompanied by a group of Apple related artefacts, including the first manual ever issued, the lot is estimated between £300,000 – £500,000 (illustrated above). Fifteen examples are extant in public collections, including in the Smithsonian Museum of Art, and in twelve other museums of technology or science worldwide. A recent example at auction includes one sold in First Bytes, a Christie’s online sale ($387,750; 24 June – 9 July 2013) – the present lot continues Christie’s history of offering the most significant historical lots to an international audience online. Destined to appeal to distinguished collectors and technology enthusiasts, this is an opportunity to collect what is perhaps one of the most pioneering digital innovations of our time.Following the remarkable results achieved in December 2018, when the inaugural auction On the Shoulders of Giants realised £1,824,375, largely thanks to a collection from the estate of Stephen Hawking which was 100% sold, we are pleased to present part II of this sale concept. On the Shoulders of Giants: Making the Modern World pays tribute to the brilliant minds whose discoveries have shaped our understanding of the universe and revolutionised our world. The sale is inspired by Isaac Newton’s famous reflection, that ‘If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants’. Through letters, manuscripts, printed editions, it traces a path from Newton and Charles Darwin to some of the great 20th century theoretical physicists, including Albert Einstein, Richard Feynman and Stephen Hawking. The sale also has a special emphasis on the history of computing, from the ‘Analytical Machine’ of Charles Babbage via the crucial theoretical insights of Alan Turing and culminating in the Apple 1 computer.

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Mrs Thatcher Part III, Online at Christie’s in May

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 19 aprile 2019

London – Christie’s will offer Mrs Thatcher, Part III, an online sale which will be open for bidding between 2 and 9 May 2019. Coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Margaret Thatcher’s historic election as the United Kingdom’s first female Prime Minister (1979-1990), this constitutes the third and final part in a trilogy of auctions held as part of the arrangements following the death of Mrs Thatcher in 2013. Comprising 170 lots, spanning items relating to Mrs Thatcher’s time in office, personal possessions, her ‘uniform’ jewellery, clothes and handbags, estimates range from £100 to £15,000. The sale is now available to view online in full: http://www.christies.com/mrsthatcher.
The sales began in 2015 when Part I and Part II attracted a global audience, selling 100% and totalling £4,516,038/ $6,831,487/ €6,189,443. Part III will provide further public and private insights into the trajectory of a political titan, presenting unique opportunities, across price levels, for collectors around the world to acquire property from the longest serving Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in the 20th century.Adrian Hume-Sayer, Director, Specialist, Private Collections: “The market’s response to the historic sales in 2015 – both the online sale and the traditional live auction – was remarkable, with the overall result for The Mrs Thatcher Collection Part I and II far exceeding pre-sale expectations. Clients from all over the world seized the opportunity to acquire items which gave insights into the life of Britain’s first female Prime Minister, who was a political giant on the world stage. In May 2019, Christie’s third and final sale in this trilogy of auctions coincides with the 40th anniversary of Mrs Thatcher’s historic election, offering collectors, admirers and enthusiasts with one last chance to bid for a memento of ‘The Iron Lady’.”

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Christie’s Release: Thinking Italian Milan

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 17 marzo 2019

Milan. Dedicated to offering the best of 20th century Italian art, Christie’s annual auction in Milan, now part of the Thinking Italian series aligned with our global Post-War and Contemporary sales, will take place on 3 and 4 of April. Highlighted by Lucio Fontana’s intense pink-red Concetto Spaziale, Attesa (illustrated above left, estimate: €800,000 – 1,200,000), the sale features historical works by major icons such as Gino Severini, Alberto Boccioni, Alberto Burri, Enrico Castellani and Piero Manzoni, through to a group of contemporary works led by Gino De Dominicis. The auction also includes a refined group of two still lifes and one landscape by Giorgio Morandi; a special selection from the series of “lattices” by Piero Dorazio; a collection of iconic 1960s works by Mario Schifano and an important group of paintings which trace the evolution of figurative art in Italy between the 1920s and the 1940s. A selection of highlights from Thinking Italian Milan will tour to the MAXXI Museum in Rome on 15 March, followed by Turin on 20 March, before the full sale exhibition in Milan from 29 March to 2 April 2019. The sale also includes a group of 9 works by post-war artists including Carla Accardi, Giulio Paolini and Piero Dorazio, the proceeds of which will benefit the Water Academy SRD, an international Research Center that seeks to raise awareness of issues relating to water, in line with the values of sustainable and responsible development, in order to promote a New Culture of Water.

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Christie’s Orientalist Art Sale

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 7 marzo 2019

London – Christie’s London will present a standalone auction of Orientalist Art on 29 April, 2019. Comprising approximately 30 works, the sale will be led by Gustav Bauernfeind’s (1848–1904) monumental painting Forecourt of the Ummayad Mosque, Damascus,1890, which is arguably this German Orientalist artist’s most sensational work depicting Damascus remaining in private hands (estimate on request: in the region of £3 million). With the only comparable work in a museum collection, this painting presents the last possible opportunity to acquire an undisputed masterpiece by Bauernfeind depicting one of the largest and oldest mosques in the world. Further leading highlights include French artist Jean-Léon Gérôme’s (1824–1904), Prayer in the Desert, one of his most compelling prayer paintings which was painted at the peak of his career (estimate on request: in the region of £800,000) and Rudolph Ernst’s Two warriors in the Alhambra palace, the Court of Lions in the background (estimate £400,000-600,000). All three works will tour to Dubai, where they will be on public view from 19 to 23 March, ahead of the pre-sale London exhibition opening on 26 April, alongside the pre-sale exhibition of Art of the Islamic and Indian Worlds Including Oriental Rugs and Carpets.Arne Everwijn, Christie’s Senior Specialist European Art: “Following the tremendously successful curated sale European Art Part I in New York in October 2018, we are excited to reintroduce a dedicated sale of Orientalist Art. The standalone curated sale will offer the opportunity to give full and well deserved attention to this beloved collector’s field with its captivating depictions of the Middle East through the eyes of artists whose admiration, respect and fascination for other cultures was boundless.”

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Christie’s: The George Michael Collection

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 11 febbraio 2019

London – Christie’s will present for auction the art collection of George Michael, British singer and songwriter, and icon of the imaginative spirit of the 1980s and 1990s. Proceeds from this sale will be used to continue George Michael’s philanthropic work.
One of the most influential and best-selling recording artists of all time, George Michael’s private art collection represents a dialogue with his own British contemporaries, artists such as Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Michael Craig-Martin, and Marc Quinn, who rose to prominence by challenging the status quo of the time, and together creating the Young British Art movement. Through visits to galleries and artists’ studios, he developed friendships with many of the YBA artists whose work he deeply admired. The collection represents George Michael’s dedication to cutting-edge creativity in every field and reflects his instinctive support of young emerging artistic talent.Wham! was the first major Western act to perform in China, playing two historic concerts in 1985. In 2019, Christie’s will pay tribute to the groundbreaking spirit of George Michael with an expansive global tour of the Collection including a stop in Shanghai, and concluding in London with the works appearing in a public view at Christie’s headquarters. The flagship auction will take place on 14 March, alongside an online sale which will be open for bidding from 8-15 March, with estimates ranging from £400 – £1,500,000, offering fans and collectors alike a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to acquire a work owned by George Michael. Jussi Pylkkänen, Global President of Christie’s, commented: “We are delighted to be organising this major auction of The Collection of George Michael to allow his philanthropic work to continue. George Michael was a much-admired creative genius of the music industry and the viewing of over 200 works of art from the private collection will provide a fascinating insight into the broader tastes of a man who was deeply admired all over the world.” Key works of the sale will include Tracey Emin, Drunk to the Bottom of my Soul, 2002; Damien Hirst, The Incomplete Truth, 2006, Bridget Riley, Songbird (1982); and Michael Craig-Martin, Commissioned Portrait Untitled (George), 2007. Images below, left to right.
Cristian Albu, Co-Head Post-War & Contemporary of Christie’s, added: “We are honoured to have been entrusted with The George Michael Collection, which represents a unique opportunity for collectors, art lovers and experts, as well as for the legions of George Michael fans across the world. The collection is a celebration of the YBA movement’s spirit of creativity and adventure in the late 1990s, with works ranging from the poetry of Tracey Emin to the transcendence of death manifested by Damien Hirst, and reflects every aspect of this dynamic moment in British cultural history.”George Michael’s Trustees remarked: “The Art Collection of George Michael reflects the friendships built between one of the UK’s most acclaimed musical artists and the visual artists who were creating artworks at a seminal moment in British cultural history. Philanthropic work was hugely important for George during his lifetime and it was his wish that this work would continue after his passing.” Additional key works from The George Michael Collection will be unveiled during the global highlights tour, beginning in New York from 8-11 February. The tour will continue to Los Angeles where works will be on view from 11-16 February, Hong Kong from 19-22 February, and Shanghai from 23-28 February. The complete collection will then be open to public view at Christie’s King Street, London from 9-14 March, with the sale taking place on the evening of 14 March.Comprising more than 200 lots across both the live auction and the online component, “The online sale will allow fans and collectors alike to participate globally, with estimates starting from as little as £400,” said Paola Saracino Fendi, Specialist, Post-War & Contemporary of Christie’s.

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