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Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 10 giugno 2019

London – Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, will be held on 25 June, part of ‘20th Century at Christie’s’, a series of auctions taking place from 17 to 26 June 2019. The auction will be led by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Sabado por la Noche (Saturday Night) (1984, estimate: £7,500,000-11,000,000, illustrated above). Further highlights include Jean Dubuffet’s Cérémonie (Ceremony) (1961, estimate: £7,000,000-10,000,000), one of only nine paintings by Dubuffet from his ‘Paris Circus’ series over two meters in scale, of which three are in museum collections, and Francis Bacon’s ‘Man at a Washbasin’ (1954, estimate: £5,000,000-7,000,000) from the height of his existential blue period. Representing those at the cutting edge of contemporary art practice, works by Cecily Brown, René Daniëls, Dana Schutz, Tschabalala Self, Amy Sillman, Kara Walker, Jonas Wood and Rose Wylie will also be offered. The works will be on view in London from 21 to 25 June 2019. The Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction will take place on 26 June 2019, featuring 138 works. It will be led by Alex Katz’s Ada with White Dress (1958, estimate: £450,000-550,000), a seminal early portrait of Katz’s wife and muse, which was painted the year after the couple met and held in the artist’s personal collection for over two decades. These works will be shown alongside the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction from 21 to 25 June 2019. The Post-War and Contemporary Art June Season will also include Xhibition, an exhibition in association with Galería Javier López & Fer Francés, that explores the relevance and versatility of the sign `X´ – or cross, in the work of Antoni Tàpies, highlighted by Gran creu negra (1990). The exhibition will be displayed in the St James’s galleries at Christie’s, King Street from 21 June to 19 July 2019.

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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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Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 settembre 2018

London – Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction will present work by some of the great artists of the 20th Century alongside those currently at the forefront of their artistic practice. The season will be led by Francis Bacon’s Figure in Movement (1972, estimate: £15,000,000-20,000,000), a seminal work which creates a vivid sense of the transition from life to death, and Gerhard Richter’s Schädel (Skull) (1983, estimate on request), unveiled for the first time in 30 years. Alongside these are masterpieces by American Contemporary artists Jeff Koons and Mark Grotjahn, as well as the finest examples of European Post-War Abstraction with works by Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Yves Klein, Jean Dubuffet and Pierre Soulages, and German artists such as Georg Baselitz, Anselm Kiefer, Martin Kippenberger, Albert Oehlen and Sigmar Polke. Three works from the personal collection of Paul Maenz and 12 works by Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud will be offered, the largest and most diverse selection of works ever offered at auction by the artists. The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction will be held on 4 October 2018 and is followed by the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction on 5 October 2018. All works will be exhibited at King Street from 28 September 2018.

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Amsterdam’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Sales

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 aprile 2018

Amsterdam – Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening and Day Sales concluded in Amsterdam with a total of €8,415,813 / $10,333,219 / £7,375,603 and outstanding sell-through rates of 90% by lot and 92% by value. Registered bidders from 36 countries demonstrate the continued global appeal in Amsterdam with notable participation from Asian clients. The season was led by Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work on paper Untitled, which sold for €727,500 / $893,276 / £637,599, more than double its low estimate of €300,000. The work was sold from the collection of the celebrated furniture designer and curator Martin Visser. Further works offered from Visser’s collection included Georg Baselitz’s Vier Streifen, Die Kuh (Four Stripes, The Cow) (€118,750 / $145,813 / £104,500) and Heerenlux by Daan van Golden (€100,000 / $122,790 / £88,000). The group realised €1,232,750 / $1,513,694 / £1,084,820.Arno Verkade, Managing Director, Christie’s, The Netherlands and Germany: “Fantastic results were achieved at Chirstie’s in Amsterdam for the Post-War and Contemporary Art season, the second time that we have staged the series of auctions at De Westergasfabriek. The historical venue provides an amazing backdrop against which we can showcase international contemporary art. We witnessed an overwhelming global appetite for Northern European and American art, with a strong focus on German art. The group of artists offered in celebration of 70 years of the Cobra Group was 100% sold with a world auction record for Pierre Alechinsky’s Soutien de famille (Provider). International bidding in the auction, especially from Asian clients, was matched by diverse attendance in the saleroom during the exhibition. The highlight of the auction was a work on paper by Jean-Michel Basquiat, formerly in the collection of Martin Visser, which sold for €727,500 / $893,276 / £637,599, more than doubling its pre-sale low-estimate of €300,000. The sale totalled €8,415,813 / $10,333,219 / £7,375,603 against a pre-sale estimate of €5,040,200 – 7,223,800.”

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Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction Results

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 marzo 2017

post warLondon – The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction continued the confidence that launched the season, totalling £96,384,000 / $117,781,248 / € 111,034,368, a 65% increase on last February’s equivalent total, with strong sell-through rates of 95% by lot and 98% by value. The top price of the evening was for Peter Doig’s spellbinding snow scene Cobourg 3 + 1 More, which saw determined bidding in the saleroom and on the phone and sold for £12,709,000 / $15,530,398 / €14,640,768. Another highlight Mark Rothko’s No. 1 (1949), realised a price of £10,693,000 / $13,066,846 / €12,318,336 demonstrating that American artists were a particular draw for collectors. This was echoed with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Self Portrait, from the collection of U2’s Adam Clayton, selling for £2,225,000 / $2,718,950 / €2,563,200, and Basquiat’s Alpha Particles (£3,973,000 / $4,855,006 / €4,576,896, both emphasising international demand for the artist ahead of his first UK retrospective at the Barbican later this year. The appeal of contemporary European masters was demonstrated by Jean Dubuffet’s painting Être et poraître (To Be and to Seem), achieving £10,021,000 / $12,245,662 / €11,544,192, while his work on paper Deux Arabes gesticulant (Two gesticulating Arabs) set a world record at auction for the medium of £1,109,000 / $1,353,198 / €1,277,568. The total to date for 20th Century at Christie’s is £258,313,636 / £318,704,602 / £300,478,142.
“The exceptional sell-through rates of 95% by lot and 98% by value demonstrate that Christie’s is able to anticipate and meet the demands of the market today. The prices achieved for American artists demonstrate that they are a significant force and London is an international platform, with top prices achieved for Carl Andre, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Alexander Calder, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. Jean Dubuffet was another major highlight selling above estimate. The evening opened with record prices at auction for Wolfgang Tillmans, currently the subject of a celebrated retrospective at Tate Modern, quickly followed by records for Cecily Brown, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Henry Taylor, Albert Oehlen, Carol Rama and Günther Uecker.” Edmond Francey, Head of Department, Post-War and Contemporary Art, London (photo: post war)

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Christie‘s Post War and Contemporary Art

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 8 febbraio 2017

Peter.pngLondon Christie‘s Post War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction will present Peter Doig’s Cobourg 3 + 1 More (1994, estimate: £8,000,000-12,000,000), which stands among the great icons of Doig’s early oeuvre. A visionary apparition rendered on a majestic scale, Cobourg 3 + 1 More conjures a distant, half-remembered reality beneath a shimmering membrane of scattered pigment. Recently awarded the Art Icon Award at London’s Whitechapel Gallery, Peter Doig placed himself in the Canadian landscape of his youth next to his brother. Acquired in 1994 by German insurance company Provinzial Rheinland Cobourg 3 + 1 More comes to auction for the first time in its history and will be exhibited at Christie’s New York from 24 to 26 February and at Christie’s King Street from 3 March as part of the 20th-Century series of sales ahead of the auction on 7 March 2017 in London. Provinzial Rheinland will use the proceeds of the sale to uphold a long-standing tradition of engagement with the arts and culture in the Rhine region whilst also continuing to acquire the works of young contemporary artists, a focus of the corporate collection from its inception.Dr. Walter Tesarczyk, Chairman Provinzial Rheinland: “It is with a heavy heart that we part with Peter Doig‘s Cobourg 3 + 1 More. However, this sale presents us with the opportunity to maintain our support for arts and culture in the Rhine region and also enables us to secure and expand our collection of 250 works by 80 international artists. Many of these works are displayed in our Düsseldorf headquarters, giving more than 2000 employees free and unfettered access to contemporary art.“Francis Outred, Chairman and Head of Post War and Contemporary Art, EMERI: “Back in 1994 when the tendency was for cool conceptual art, Provinzial Rheinland displayed a brave collecting vision by recognising that Peter Doig was developing a new approach to painting which gave new life and energy to the medium. Standing in front of this work one is taken to a different world and through the whiteout gradually we see a memory of his childhood home landscape and begin to pick out the silhouettes of Doig himself and his brother. Up close the thick texture of snow and staccato brushmarks create a tapestry of paint, the like of which nobody had seen before.” (photo: Peter)

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Post-War and Contemporary Evening Auction and Italian Sale in Frieze Week

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 7 ottobre 2016

christiesLondon – On October 6, Christie’s Frieze week evening auctions in London continued with the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction and Italian Sale, which realised a combined total of £52,946,250 / $67,241,738 / €599,988,101, bringing a running total for the week to £81,231,775 / $103,334,068 / €92,261,885. The top price of the evening was the masterpiece, Adrian Ghenie’s record-breaking Nickelodeon (2008) (£7,109,000 / $9,028,430 / €8,054,497). Following the stand out performance of the Collection of Leslie Waddington on Tuesday night, which saw sell-through rates of 100% by lot and value, there was extraordinarily high energy in the room where five artist records were realized in the first seven lots with a fantastic depth of bidding that demonstrated the global demand for quality works of contemporary art. The Post-War and Contemporary Evening Auction achieved exceptional sell through rates of 96% by value and 90% by lot, with almost 70% of works selling over estimate. In total, 13 artist records were set on the night across both the Post-War and Contemporary Evening Auction and the Italian sale. The Italian Sale saw world records set for work fresh to the market, with an emphasis on Arte Povera artists including the top lot Pino Pascali (£2,629,000/ $3,338,830 / €2,978,657) and Gilberto Zorio and (£281,000 / $356,870 / €318,737). Registered bidders from 44 countries across 6 continents demonstrated the continued strength of the global contemporary art market.

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Christie’s Frieze Week auctions of Post-War and Contemporary Art

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 20 settembre 2016

contemporary-artLondon – This October, Christie’s Frieze Week auctions of Post-War and Contemporary Art will bring together over 200 of the foremost names in the contemporary art world today. The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction focuses on artists who are the subjects of the most anticipated exhibitions this autumn, including Glenn Brown, David Hockney, Per Kirkeby, Gerald Laing, Thomas Schütte, Henry Taylor, Günther Uecker and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Taking place 6 October 2016, The Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction is followed the same evening by the Italian Sale, together with The Leslie Waddington Collection on 4 October and Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Auction on 7 October, they are highlights in one of the most important weeks in the contemporary art-world calendar. Cristian Albu, Specialist, Head of the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction: ‘This October my aim was to put an emphasis on names that are fresh and relevant to the current art landscape and it is remarkable in the selection the number of artists who are currently the subject of major solo or participating in important group shows across the world. Alongside the Waddington Collection and the Italian Sale we are looking forward to seeing another season at Christie’s of the highest quality works alongside new talent that promises major results.’ (photo: Contemporary Art )

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Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale Results

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 giugno 2016

Christie’sLondon. Christie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction saw determined bidding in the room and on phones to achieve exceptional sell through rates of 92% by lot and 98% by value with 50% of works selling over estimate and 30% within estimate. The top three works of the night were by American artists that sold globally with buyers in Asia and Europe. Registered bidders from 39 countries across four continents demonstrated the continued demand in the global contemporary market, as well as a proven strength of the domestic market with 10 lots selling to UK-based collectors.The top lot of the evening was Jean-Michel Basquiat’s Pork (1981), selling over its high estimate for £5,122,500 / $6,838,538 / €6,167,490. A major draw, two works from the Collection of Johnny Depp were a highlight of the night, with Basquiat’s Self Portrait (1981) more than doubling its high estimate to reach £3,554,500 / $4,745,258 / €4,279,618 after a bidding war of 10 phone bidders. With both works dating from 1981, a pivotal year in Basquiat’s practice, Depp’s focused collecting eye met with keen approval in the sale room. Records were achieved for Sean Scully’s Eve (1992), which sold for £902,500 / $1,204,838 / €1,086,610 and Manolo Millares’ Untitled (Composition) Painting no. 4 which achieved £842,500 / $1,124,738 / €1,014,370, with a record for the medium: Neo Rauch’s work on paper Stau (Congestion), selling for £326,500 $435,878 / €393,106. A total of 10 works sold for over £1 million, with 16 for over $1,000,000 and 17 for over €1,000,000.Edmond Francey, Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, London: “Tonight’s results offer real assurance and continued strength to the globalised art market, with a particularly energetic response to Adrian Ghenie, Andy Warhol, Nicolas de Staël, Georg Baselitz and Manolo Millares. The response to Johnny Depp’s Basquiats electrified the sale room and we continue to see that for the top works collectors will stretch themselves to the highest levels. Christie’s has been able to read the market and offer our consignors and buyers the quality that can continue to attract top collectors to the market. This evening’s total contributes to Christie’s successful 250th anniversary with a Bacon, two Freuds, two Rileys and two Auerbachs to come tomorrow as part of a stellar cast of artists, which we estimate will contribute a further £40-60 million to Post-War and Contemporary Art totals this week as part of the Defining British Art Evening Sale.” (photo: Christie’s)

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The Post-War and Contemporary Art team sold 400 lots across six different sales at Christie’s Paris

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 13 giugno 2016

Christie's ParisParis The highlight of the season was the sale of the Collection Zeineb et Jean-Pierre Marcie-Rivière: Grands collectionneurs et mécènes which totaled €32,498,488 / £25,449,566 / $36,976,780 with 100% sold by lot and 100% sold by value. Francis Bacon’s Man in Blue VII was the top lot of the sale and sold for €6,033,500 / £4,724,834 / $6,864,916 to a buyer on the phone; as a whole, the Post-War and Contemporary art section totaled €15M.Laetitia Bauduin, Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art, Paris: “The whole Contemporary Art team is particularly proud of these remarkable results, which demonstrate once again that Paris is an important international platform and has a reputation for prestigious provenance, for high quality, and freshness to the market. We are also pleased to see that Christie’s France, is not only the first choice for classical collections, but also excels in the presentation of the passionate vision of diverse personalities such as those we have been happy to present this season: Jean-Paul Jungo, Arthur and Anita Kahn, Enrico Pedrini or Jean-Pierre and Zeineb Marcie-Rivière”. After the success of the Jungo Collection, sold at the end of May (€1.6M), the department organised its annual contemporary art sales in June. The Evening sale on June 8, realised €10.4M, and established a new world auction record for Josef Sima with Epave which sold for €721,500, ten times its pre-sale estimate.The Day sale, which took place on Friday 10 June, realised a total of €5.3M. The top lot of the sale was Diabolo by Germaine Richier which sold for €265,500/£208,736/$302,856. During the sale, 4 world auction records were established for Bernard Requichot, Jonathan Bermudes, Luigi Boïllé and Piaccione.Throughout the season, 3449 visitors came to view and explore the pre-sale exhibitions. (photo: Christie’s Paris)

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Selection of Post-War and Contemporary Art works during Frieze Week

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 10 ottobre 2014

Christie’sLondon – Following the success of Christie’s London Post-War & Contemporary Art auction series in July – the third highest Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Auction ever in Europe, and second highest Post-War & Contemporary Art Day Auction ever in Europe – Christie’s will present an outstanding selection of Post-War and Contemporary Art works during Frieze Week. The Evening Auction on 16 October showcases giants of German art, including Gerhard Richter, Anselm Kiefer, Sigmar Polke, Martin Kippenberger and Georg Baselitz. Highlights also include Peter Doig’s first tropical landscape painting and Jean-Michel Basquiat’s emotionally charged tribute to his mentor Andy Warhol as well as a major sculptural work by Juan Muñoz. In the spirit of Frieze Week, the Evening Auction also showcases a new generation of leading contemporary artists who are making their mark on the art world, such as Sterling Ruby, Adrian Ghenie, Mark Bradley, Alex Israel, Brent Wadden, Louis Eisner and Toby Ziegler.

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Post-War and Contemporary Art

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 23 settembre 2014

cyNew York Evening sale and Day sale, 12-13 November 2014. Christie’s is honored to present eleven works from the Cy Twombly Foundation to be sold in the November 2014 Evening and Day sales of Post-War and Contemporary Art in New York. Acquired by Twombly in the 1960s, these works—all by artists represented by the legendary Leo Castelli Gallery—represents two generations of artists all who became established during the 1960s. Highlighting this group are three important drawings by Roy Lichtenstein – all quintessentially Pop – using imagery of everyday objects and advertising from the 1960s. Widely exhibited and documented, all three were most recently shown together at the Morgan Library in Roy Lichtenstein: The Black and White Drawings, 1961-1968 in 2010. The group includes Hot Dog, 1964 one of his largest works on paper, the bold 10₵, 1961 – 1962, and Like New, 1962. Also included is Andy Warhol’s Little Electric Chair, 1964 that Twombly traded directly with the artist, a cerulean blue in stark contrast with the dark silkscreen inks. Also of great importance are two rare early works by Bruce Nauman, including one of only three Light Trap photographs, William T. Wiley or Ray Johnson Trap, 1967 and the sly and conceptual resin sculpture, Device to Hold a Box at a Slight Angle, 1966. Both were included in artist’s first debut solo exhibition in New York at Leo Castelli Gallery, curated by David Whitney.
Laura Paulson, Chairman and International Director for Post-War and Contemporary Art, declared: This extraordinary group of works by Lichtenstein, Nauman, Warhol and Oldenburg represents one of the most creative and rich periods in Post-War American art which emerged in the 1960s. From the haunting and powerful Electric Chair to the beautiful black and white rendering of objects and signs modern life by Roy Lichtenstein, along with the rare conceptual photograph and early sculpture by Bruce Nauman, these works represent friendship and the personal vision of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.”

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Post-War & Contemporary Art

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 settembre 2014

post warSouth Kensington – Christie’s is pleased to announce the launch of FIRST OPEN/LDN as part of the Global FIRST OPEN Auctions this September, including FIRST OPEN/NYC, FIRST OPEN/ASIA and FIRST OPEN/ONLINE. Taking place in South Kensington on 25 September, this carefully curated selection of 194 works with estimates ranging from £700 to £80,000, will showcase accessible works by global talent, including works by Damien Hirst, R.H. Quaytman, Marc Quinn, and Jannis Kounellis such as his painting Untitled from 1987, (estimate: £70,000 – 90,000). A key evolution for the Post-War & Contemporary Art sales in South Kensington, FIRST OPEN/LDN strives to be inclusive in its offering to collectors, both new and established.

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Post-War and Contemporary Art

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 12 settembre 2014

donaldNew York Christie’s 20 Rockefeller Plaza, Evening sale Wednesday 12 November 2014 Christie’s is pleased to announce the sale of Donald Judd’s Untitled (Bernstein 93-1) as one of the highlights of the fall auction season. The fifteen foot high sculpture will be included in the Evening Sale of Post-War and Contemporary Art on Wednesday, November 12th. In scale, design, radiance, effect and simplicity, Untitled (Bernstein 93-1) is one of the most important works by the artist to be presented on the market and confirms Donald Judd’s position as a master of Minimalist art. Untitled (Bernstein 93-1) was executed a few months before the artist’s death; this magnificent sculpture, one of the artists large scale stack sculptures, has remained in the same collection since its creation in 1993.
Donald Judd’s Untitled (Bernstein 93-1), is an icon of 20th century sculpture, and one of the artists most important and recognizable works. Judd’s approach to sculpture was truly revolutionary, using industrial materials and pared-down geometric forms that equally stressed the physical structure and the space around it. Resolutely anti-illusionistic, his sculpture used abstraction to explore issues of sensation and perception. Untitled (Bernstein 93-1) is a superb example of Judd’s seminal group of works known as stacks, which he began in 1965, this monumental work is composed of ten rectangular units of brass and colored Plexiglas.
The stack became an important motif to which Judd returned throughout his career, a form that evidently allowed him to explore how different combinations of color and materiality could inform his spatial concepts. In its juxtaposition of rigid form and transparency, Plexiglas blurs the line between the positive space of Judd’s objects and the negative space interspersed in between. Indeed the transparent quality of Plexiglas informs the material object as well as the negative space through its emission of an ethereal glow. Plexiglas was a material that held special resonance for the artist in its ability to embody a multitude of industrial-grade colors. Judd turned to Plexiglas for its spotless luminosity and clear-cut sharpness and for its ability to transmit color without betraying its mode of manufacture. More so than any other material in Judd’s repertoire, because of its ability to become any color and any degree of transparency and opacity, Plexiglas lived up to the artist’s stipulation that material and color should form a single entity, making it a favored material to combine with different metals in his stacks. Preferring to leave the surfaces of his materials unaltered in an effort to present something of their own nature, Plexiglas offered Judd a most effective way to do this, by presenting a colored material that is free of any trace of manual intervention. As explained by Judd, “the piece should never be, as in Abstract Expressionism, a spectacle of its making; it should just be there” (D. Judd, quoted in Donald Judd, exhibition catalogue, Pace Wildenstein, New York, 2004, p. 8). Through the interaction between the strong green radiant color of the Plexiglas coupled with the polished golden brass, Untitled (Bernstein 93-1), is an incredibly complex and nuanced composition in the largest scale format.
Donald Judd is one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century, whose ideas and work changed the course of modern sculpture. His art is form condensed to its main essence, which he expressed in a reductive language of pristine forms, bold colors, exacting proportions and a precise manipulation of space. Although Judd particularly favored industrial materials – steel, Plexiglas, plywood – the appearance of his sculpture is extremely human, exuding a sense of classical beauty that is brought about by the tactile and personal nature of the work but also by its symmetrical qualities. “I long ago reached an agreement with what I consider the primary condition: art, for myself, and architecture, for everyone, should always be symmetrical except for a good reason,” Judd stated in 1985. In his combining of the artist/craftsman role, and his unwavering focus on space, Judd brings to mind the medieval cathedral builders, steadily creating and occupying space in the most equilibrated of ways. “Space is made by an artist or architect; it is not found and packaged. It is made by thought … Sometimes when they [people] are traveling they enter a cathedral, recognize space, and thank God instead of the architect … Space is so unknown that the only comparison is to the beliefs of the past,” Judd declared in 1993 in what would be his last essay ‘Some Aspects of Color in General and Red and Black in Particular.’ (Capucine Milliot)

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First open of post-war and contemporary art

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 1 agosto 2014

contemporary artNew-York – Christie’s is pleased to present a selection of works from a prestigious Canadian collection to be sold in New York in September. Assembled by Arlene Goldman and George Hartman over the past ten years, approximately 100 works will be sold during the First Open live auction on September 23rd as well as the First Open Online sale from September 18th to 30th. With estimates ranging from $1,000 to $500,000, this sale will offer works for the seasoned and new collector alike.
ARLENE GOLDMAN AND GEORGE HARTMAN Goldman and Hartman became well known international collectors with an appetite for cutting edge, experimental art, often selecting artists in the early phase of their development. They have championed artists with passionate conviction by donating numerous important works to leading Canadian art museums. David Altmejd’s breakout 2007 Venice Biennale installation, “The Index,” as well as large-scale works by Marcel Dzama, Jonathan Meese, Wangechi Mutu have been gifted to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; while works by Thomas Houseago and Folkert de Jonge among others, have been donated to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. They also gave over 100 works to The Glenbow Museum in Calgary. Highlights from the Goldman and Hartman collection include works in all media that reflect Twenty-First Century tendencies of experimentation, often embracing global cultural tendencies emanating from Europe and Africa as well as Canada and the United States. “This is Now: Property from the George Hartman and Arlene Goldman Collection” accurately reflects the adventuresome and keen eye of collectors operating at the forefront of the international art world.

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Christie’s art market history

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 15 maggio 2014

ChriestieChristie’s Post-War and Contemporary Art evening sales achieved a combined total of $879,574,000 (£518,948,660/ €642,089,020) with a strong sell-through rate of 98% by value and 95% by lot. The $744.9million total of Tuesday evening’s sale represents the highest total for a single auction in art market history. Bidders from 35 countries competed for an exceptional offering of masterworks by some of the century’s most influential artists: Francis Bacon, Andy Warhol, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Jeff Koons, Christopher Wool and Jean-Michel Basquiat. With a wide range of examples from the collections of Edwin A. and Lindy Bergman, the Estate of Anita Reiner, Phillip Schrager, Frances R. Dittmer, and institutions such as the E.ON Art Collection in Düsseldorf, and The Art Institute of Chicago, collectors competed enthusiastically for works with the best quality and significant provenance. The two evening sales established 26 new world auction records, selling 2 works over $80million, 4 over $50million, 12 over $20 million, 19 over $10 million and 86 over $1 million. 80% of the lots were completely new to the auction market. “Great masterpieces inspire great collectors from every generation” said Brett Gorvy, Chairman and International Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art. “It has been a privilege to present our clients with such a large spectrum of works from important collections this season. The sales so far this week have demonstrated the growing appetite for contemporary art across the global marketplace. From the highest number of visitors to our online space to the 12,500 people visiting our public exhibitions, from the volume of bidders in the sales themselves to the significant number of new artist records set, we are seeing unprecedented momentum in the market as the desire to connect with great art continues to grow.” (Christie’s)

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