Christie’s A New Global Auction of 20th Century Art

On July 10, Christie’s will present ONE: A 20th Century Global Sale, a new auction event featuring Impressionist and Modern, Postwar and Contemporary art and design.

Using streaming technology, the first relay-style auction will take place in real time across the time zones of four of the art world’s major hubs: Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York. The auction will feature a range of exceptional works over four consecutive sessions hosted by top auctioneers from each region, starting with Hong Kong.

The new format aims to create an adaptable, inclusive and engaging sales platform for showcasing important works of art to global bidders. Presented to both an in-person and online audience, the event will capture the excitement and drama of the gala night’s sale, while providing regional access and online platform accessibility. New auction to replace New York 20e Century Evening sale previously scheduled for the week of June 22.

Alex Rotter, The President, Post-War and Contemporary Art, said, “Christie’s is reconfiguring the way we engage with objects and the way we present them to avid collectors and the world at large. With the rapid merger of our virtual and physical worlds, we felt it was vital to respond to this new reality with an innovative platform. We will be able to safely explore new ways of presenting extraordinary objects and works of art to new collectors and those with whom we have been honored to partner for generations to build their collections. And so it begins, we start over, with ONE.

Giovanna Bertazzoni, The co-chair, Impressionist and Modern Art, continued: “This concept sale in hybrid format is a way to adapt and innovate. Beyond Borders, we will offer a wide range of categories of international artists covering the 20e Century, exploring different regional perspectives and perspectives to create a vision. We believe this event will represent how customers collect today.

Evelyne Lin, Vice-President, International Director and Head of Department, Modern and Contemporary Art, Asia-Pacific: “We are delighted to launch this global auction from Hong Kong, where our sale will lead the first stage of this international relay. Collectors increasingly see the art market from a global perspective, and this sale represents a tremendous opportunity to showcase the best of Christie’s auction sites around the world. I look forward to working with my colleagues around the world and within specialist teams as we build this exciting event. “

that of Pablo Picasso Les femmes d’Alger (version ‘F’), January 17, 1955 (estimate around $ 25 million) will highlight all the works sold in New York. The present work is from the famous series of fifteen paintings by the artist based on that of Eugène Delacroix masterpiece The women of Algiers executed between December 13, 1954 and February 14, 1955. Version F was painted halfway through the cycle and is the most accomplished and completely resolved canvas of the first phase of the series. In its brilliant color, spatial complexity and compositional strength, Version F represents the bridge to later works on a larger scale of the whole and a counterpart to the magisterium Version O, which concludes the second half of the series. * The present work originally inhabited the tiered collection of Exit and Victor ganz before being acquired in 1957 by illustrious collectors, Daniel and Eleanore Block Saidenberg. It’s the first time that Version F never appeared at auction.

The New York chapter will be led by that of Roy Lichtenstein on a monumental scale, Nude with joyful painting (estimate of around $ 30 million). Painted in 1994 and belonging to an important private American collection, Nude with joyful painting is a tour de force of Pop Art and from Lichtenstein last major series of nudes that the artist started in 1993 and which continued until his death in 1997. Naked Brand from Lichtenstein Return to the comic book heroines that propelled him to fame in the early 1960s and together they are some of his most important works. Taken from his prodigious archive of period comics, the Naked marry from Lichtenstein Pop Art sensitivity with the most legendary subject in the history of Western art: the female nude. This sale will mark Nude with Joyous Painting’s auction debut.

Annie, 1962 is one of the first revolutionary paintings of Ed Ruscha (estimate: $ 20-30 million), which will also be offered from New York. Measuring nearly six feet tall, this large-scale canvas is an early example of what would become his signature style, demonstrating the unique and pioneering approach to art that would make him one of the most famous artists. of his generation. Inspired by comics featuring the popular children’s character, Annie is the first in a series of paintings that have formed the backbone of the artist’s career.

At the top of the selection for Hong Kong is At Zao Wou-Ki’s dramatic masterpiece 10/21/63 (estimate over $ 10 million). Two-meter tall, 10/21/63 is the artist’s largest hurricane-era red painting and is a dazzling example of the artist’s power and virtuosity during the most energetic period of his career . Painted in vibrant hues of black, cream and vermilion, the painting is a monumental celebration of the life, vitality and natural forces that inspired and fueled the artist during this time. This sale will mark the auction debut of 21.10.63.

Each city will host a pre-sale public exhibit organized in accordance with relevant regional health boards at the time, complemented by a groundbreaking virtual exhibit and digital marketing campaign to connect with a global audience and support the sales event at the time. auction. Bidders will be able to participate both online, via Christie’s LIVE online auction channel and when regional and government councils allow it, customers and bidders by phone will be greeted in each auction room.

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Christie’s, the world’s leading art company, had auctions in the first half of 2019 totaling £ 2.2bn / $ 2.8bn. Christie’s is a name and a place that evokes extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions per year in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewelry, photography, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $ 200 to over $ 100 million. Christie’s also has a long and successful history of private sales for clients in all categories, with an emphasis on postwar and contemporary, impressionist and modern, old masters and jewelry.

Laura J. Boyer