Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and expertise, as well as international glamour. Founded in 1766 by James Christie, Christie’s conducted the greatest auctions of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and today remains a popular showcase for the unique and the beautiful. Christie’s offers over 450 sales annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. The Christie’s New York building features a grand limestone and bronze exterior with a post-industrial steel and glass canopy, complementing the existing murals, mosaics, and courtyard sculpture of Rockefeller Center in the heart of New York City. The 310,000-square-foot facility also includes a soaring triple-height entranceway with a specially commissioned mural by artist Sol LeWitt; a main saleroom with dramatic double-height ceilings and two smaller salerooms; adaptable walls to provide maximum exhibition space and expansive galleries for the display of large-scale contemporary works; and private viewing rooms.
In his 2014 work Julien, artist Urs Fischer created a larger than life-sized wax replica of his friend, painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel.
The work features a wick at the top of the figure's head, transforming it into a figurative candle. When the wick is lit, the sculpture becomes a durational performance, where over the course of weeks, the candle melts into long streaking drips of wax, ultimately liquefying into a pool. Upon doing so, a new cast of the figure is made, to be lit again.
Urs Fischer (B. 1973) Julian, 2014. 100 1/8 x 42 3/8 x 53 3/4 in. (254.3 x 107.6 x 136.5 cm.) Estimate $2,800,000-3,500,000.
Post-War and Contemporary Evening Sale – 17 May at Christie's New York.
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World-class Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works — including paintings by Monet, Daumier, Degas, Dufy and Renoir — formerly owned by the pioneering New Orleans collector Hunt Henderson will appear across Christie’s auctions in May.
Depicting a frosty road beneath a snow-laden sky, this Monet is quintessentially Impressionist in its focus on the fleeting sensations of nature.
Claude Monet (1840-1926), La route de Vétheuil, effet de neige, 1879. 24⅛ x 32⅛ in (61.1 x 81.1 cm). Estimate: $10,000,000-15,000,000.
Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale – 15 May at Christie’s New York.
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Andy Warhol’s Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable), 1962, is an early hand-painted work from a series that changed the face of 20th-century art.
It is the only example of the artist’s iconic Campbell’s Soup Can paintings to feature a can opener, and is the first of 11 works that represent his largest single depictions of the motif. Seven of these are held in museum collections.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Big Campbell’s Soup Can with Can Opener (Vegetable), 1962. 72 x 52 in (183 x 132 cm). Estimate on request.
Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Sale – 17 May at Christie’s New York.
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Greta Garbo’s art collection was as modern as the actress herself.
Gray Horan, the actress' great niece, reflects on a painting by Robert Delaunay and what it meant to the former film star.
Robert Delaunay (1885-1941), Femme à l’ombrelle ou La Parisienne, 1913. 48⅜ x 35½ in (122.8 x 90.2 cm). Estimate: $3,500,000-6,000,000.
Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale – 15 May at Christie’s New York.
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