The post-World War II period from 1945 until 1970 is recognized as one of the most creative artistic periods of the 20th century, spanning movements from Abstract Expressionism in New York in the 1940s to Pop Art that was popular mainly in England and the United States (from late 1950s to early 1970s) . Works of artists who flourished in the late 1940s, 1950s and 1960s are typically featured in Christie's twice-yearly sales in London and New York.
Christie's is also the leading auction house for Contemporary Art sales, dedicated to art created after 1970. Focusing on the various artistic movements of this time, from Minimalism and Conceptualism to Graffiti Art, Brit Pop and the cutting-edge artistic expressions of the day, these sales break records and establish collecting trends.
Since its launch in the spring of 2005, Christie's First Open sales have become a fixture on the global contemporary art circuit, providing the perfect venue for new and seasoned collectors to discover emerging artists and to explore lesser-known works by well-established names. The results show that Christie's specialists have found the exact formula to attract not only collectors but also connoisseurs of abstraction and conceptualism hunting for works not seen on the market for decades.