How does the intricate engineering of a Spitfire find its echo in contemporary sculpture? Set to open on 12 June, a new exhibition at Christie’s London attempts to answer such questions, showcasing a dynamic juxtaposition of captivating art from across the ages alongside innovative and new media works by four emerging artists.
CHRISTIE’S CURATESJames Balmforth, and three works in juxtapositionRead more
Christie’s Curates: Past Perfect / Future Present, a free public exhibition at our King Street headquarters, sees, for example, a geometric sculpture by James Balmforth finding an unlikely echo in figurative sculpture by Eric Gill’s St Joan of Arc (1932), the works being put in conversation with one another to highlight a shared interest in notions of decay and destruction.
CHRISTIE’S CURATESArmand Boua, and three works in conversationRead more
Another of the four guest artists, Armand Boua, who is currently showing at London’s Saatchi Gallery, photographs street children in his Ivory Coast hometown. Placed alongside a gritty street scene by L.S.Lowry, Boua’s work is presented in the context of a tradition of social observation — each artist recording a moment in a country’s socio-economic history.
CHRISTIE’S CURATESOlga Chernysheva, and works from across the agesRead more
A powerful representation of the strength of the individual, Rubens’ Head of a Bearded Man is one of a number of pieces presented alongside Olga Chernysheva’s Waiting for The Miracle (2000) — the Moscow-based artist offering a contemporary, if anonymous, take on the established tradition of portraiture as well as a window into the world of women in post-Soviet Russia.
CHRISTIE’S CURATESHarry Sanderson, and three works in dialogueRead more
Meanwhile, a work by Berlin-based digital, video and installation artist Harry Sanderson, representing formal innovation and the complex practice of the technologically adept, invites comparisons with the pioneering work of Rome’s 1st century artisans, among others.
In providing a fresh context for art lovers of all ages and tastes to engage with art works — both old and new, this year’s curators — Alina Brezhneva, Bianca Chu, Milo Dickinson and Tancredi Massimo di Roccasecca — are opening a bold new chapter for Christie’s Curates.
‘The shows I’ve enjoyed the most are those when I’ve walked in expecting one kind of exhibition and left with a more insightful and richer understanding of the theme or concept or featured artist,’ explains co-curator Biancu Chu. ‘What is important is the act of discovery and being able to make connections, whether it be between objects or ideas, without having it spelled out for you.’
Christie’s Curates is on view from 12 to 16 June at Christie’s King Street, London, with a late night view until 8pm on Monday 15 June. We look forward to welcoming new and established visitors, collectors and art enthusiasts to come and look at, experience and enjoy the masterpieces on display. A complimentary pop-up café and bar will be open throughout the exhibition. All the works on display will be auctioned at Christie’s in London, with the exception those loaned by the visiting artists.
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