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  • 22 October 2021

Christie's New York presents: Artwork to Benefit LAXART

Glenn Ligon (b. 1960)

Stranger Study #31

oil stick, coal dust, gouache, acrylic and pencil on canvas

32 x 40 in. (81.3 x 101.6 cm.)

2021.

Estimate $300,000-500,000

Donated by the artist

New York – Christie’s is honored to offer a group of artworks sold to benefit non-profit contemporary art organization LAXART in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale taking place on 12 November 2021 at Rockefeller Center in New York City. Leading the grouping is Glenn Ligon’s Stranger Study #31, 2021 (estimate: $300,000 – 500,000). The group also includes works by contemporary stars Jonas Wood, Barbara Kruger, Arthur Jafa, Jacqueline Humphries, and Christina Quarles. Two of the works, Monstera Still Life with Fruit and Box by Jonas Wood and Up ‘N Out by Christina Quarles, will be on view at Christie’s Los Angeles from 20 – 23 October. All six works will be on view at Christie’s New York from 30 October – 11 November ahead of the sale. In total, the group is estimated to achieve $510,000 – $810,000.

 



Hamza Walker, Director of LAXART: “Thanks to these incredibly generous artists, we can secure LAXART’s first permanent home. This is a momentous step toward organizational stability and sustainability, allowing us to fulfill our mission more robustly and further contribute to L.A.’s dynamic cultural ecosystem.”



 

Sonya Roth, Managing Director, Christie’s Los Angeles: “LAXART has added immensely to the cultural make up of Los Angeles for the last sixteen years. Bringing cutting edge exhibitions and collaborations to the creative community here and being an increasingly unique voice. We are delighted to be partnering with LAXART, to offer this special collection of works, for the very important purpose of acquiring a permanent space to continue their mission in the city.”



Located in the heart of Los Angeles, LAXART is a non-profit visual art space that promotes artistic development in contemporary culture through exhibitions, publications, and public programs. Their free and dedicated programs are designed to be accessible to the public, with the goal of contextualizing contemporary art both socially and historically. A key presence in the  art scene, LAXART has partnered with local institutions including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Hammer Museum, Frieze Art Fair, Art Basel, The Huntington Museum, Artadia, The French Embassy, and the L.A. Dance Project. It is a space of reflection and exchange, actively engaging with contemporary artists both within LA and California, as well as on a national and international level. The carefully curated exhibition programming of LAXART thematically reflects the principle that contemporary art is a means to respond to current issues. LAXART aims to nurture the careers of emerging artists, offering the arts community with a safe and open place to address concerns or challenges. The organization is committed to creating an equitable space for cultural discourse. For more information please visit laxart.org.

 

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