Private view: inside the new-look Christie’s Magazine

A preview of our new-look September issue, featuring — as always — the very best the art world and Christie’s has to offer

For the September-October issue of Christie’s Magazine  we’ve refreshed our look and feel. A bold new cover design, revamped typography and an expanded auction highlights section are now presented in an even more elegant format — changes that are all geared to expanding and enriching the conversation with like-minded art lovers.

Published six times a year, Christie’s Magazine  showcases a roster of award-winning writers and photographers who explore every aspect of the art world, from artists, collectors and philanthropists to museums, exhibitions and, of course, our sales across the world. Here are some of the stories those contributors have produced for your enjoyment in the new edition.

Our long-running series celebrating collectors and the art of collecting continues with a wide-ranging interview with Richard Feigen. As writer Sarah Crompton reports, ‘the charm, intelligence and ability to spot a great painting, which turned [Feigen] into one of the most influential art dealers since the end of the Second World War, are all present and correct.’

Welcoming us into his beautifully appointed New York apartment, the legendary collector and dealer reveals how he chose and acquired the art he lives with, and ponders the unerring instinct that has played such a decisive role in his collecting life.

At Christie’s Magazine  we’re always on the lookout for stories that reveal something new about a familiar artist, or that get us closer to an unexplored truth. In this issue, journalist Michael Watts speaks to David Dawson, Lucian Freud’s long-time friend and model, who is curating a new exhibition of Freud self-portraits opening in London this autumn.

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Dawson takes us behind closed doors — into the house where Freud used to work. ‘The two rooms of his studio have remained pretty much intact,’ writes Watts. ‘It’s a thrill to see the mouldering heap of stubby brushes, the paint-stained rags, and encrusted walls scrawled with phone numbers and obscure jottings.’ It’s a wonderful story and not to be missed.

In a special section on Chicago’s vibrant art scene, the fabulous but mysterious architect Tadao Ando shares his views on the city’s finest buildings, Amanda Williams explains how her art is informed by growing up in the city’s South Side, James Rondeau discusses the responsibility that comes with running the venerable Art Institute of Chicago, and our regular columnist Andrew Graham-Dixon unpicks the meaning of one of the museum’s best-known pictures — Grant Wood’s American Gothic. Elsewhere, we salute five Chicago curators (above) who are inspiring the debate about how great art can make a difference to a city and its inhabitants.

In addition to fascinating interviews with artists, collectors, curators and museum directors, we always offer our readers exclusive, behind-the-scenes access to Christie’s — and the people that make ours the world’s leading auction house. This month, Cristian Albu, one of our senior Post-War and Contemporary Art specialists, talks candidly about his life and work, and recounts how his first meaningful encounters with art took place inside darkened churches in communist Romania.

And then, of course, there’s our curated selection of highlights from the upcoming auctions — now expanded and improved to offer collectors and potential buyers an even better view of the treasures being offered in our global salerooms.

We like to think of this as the magazine’s art gallery — a visual feast of artworks and objects offered at auction and for private sale, displayed in the manner they deserve. So come on in. We’re sure that you’ll be inspired and intrigued by what you find inside.