This season, Christie’s is proud to present a broad array of American and European Post-War artists working in a variety of medium. Highlights include works from Yves Klein, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Richard Serra, Eduardo Chillida, and Françios-Xavier Lalanne.
Introducing his iconic Moutons de Liane at the Salon de la Jeune Peinture in Paris, 1965, Françios-Xavier Lalanne immediately attracted international attention. By 1967, the sheep, which were to become Lalanne’s emblematic works, had been pictured in Parisian interiors in Life magazine, and would soon be found in the collections of Yves Saint Laurent among other impresarios, collectors and cultural icons.
Yves Klein, another master of French Post-War art, is represented this season by his work Accord Bleu (Sponge Relief), one of his earliest celebrated Reliefs éponges. Labeled on the back with the name of the German City, Gelsenkirchen, where the artist’s career would ignite after winning the commission to help design the city’s opera house, Accord Blue is witness to this historic juncture in Klein’s career.
Subverting the effects of the commercial silkscreen, Robert Rauschenberg’s Bait, 1963, undermines its mechanical reproductive function and transforms an impersonal process into an act of upbeat improvisation and imaginative free association. A hybrid of commentary on mass media, commodity culture, the technologies of reproduction, and the artificial construction of the image, Bait is an intuitively balanced, deeply felt essay on artistic practice.