Established and New Artists Come Together in this Summer Collecting Opportunity

New York

New York - Christie’s is pleased to announce its inaugural First Impression sale in New York on July 16.  In this fresh perspective, surprising juxtapositions of past and present printmakers exemplify the exciting and diverse field of printmaking.  The sale encompasses a strong selection of Post-War & Contemporary and Modern works as well as examples from several important institutional collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, Cooper Union, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.  With over 400 works and 100 artists represented, there is something for new collectors and for experienced connoisseurs.

From The Paris Review archives comes a selection of works by major Post-War artists, commissioned and published by the literary magazine.  Their collection includes works by many of the twentieth century’s greatest artists such as Sol Lewitt’s All One, Two, Three and Four Part Combinations of Lines in Four Directions and Four Colors, Each Within a Square (estimate: $1,200 - $1,800), as well as prints by James Rosenquist, Keith Haring, and Alex Katz.  The sale is highlighted by lots from prominent collections including: Celeste and Armand Bartos and Donald Young.

The sale features a comprehensive selection of work by twentieth century American printmakers.  Benton Murdoch Spruance invokes his industrial design sensibilities for New York City and its famed buildings and subway system in Subway Shift: The Second Front (estimate: $2,000 – $3,000)Representing the West Coast aesthetic a strong selection of early prints by Richard Diebenkorn and Wayne Thiebaud’s Country City, which brings to life Thiebaud’s love of printmaking and his California surroundings.

In its inaugural year, First Impression features an array of today’s emerging artists including the Cuban collaborative Los Carpinteros, Russell Young, Marilyn Dintenfass, and Alejandro Diaz.  Diaz makes his auction debut with his playfully ironic work Quality (estimate: $3000 - $5000)

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Christie’s auctions span more than 80 art and luxury categories, at price points ranging from $200 to over $100 million. Christie’s has sold 8 of the 10 most important single-owner collections in history, including the Paul G. Allen Collection—the most valuable collection ever offered at auction (November 2022). In recent years, Christie’s has achieved the world record price for an artwork at auction (Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi, 2017), for a 20th century artwork (Andy Warhol’s Shot Sage Blue Marilyn, 2022) and for a work by a living artist (Jeff Koons’ Rabbit, 2019). 

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Recent innovations at Christie’s include the groundbreaking sale of the first NFT for a digital work of art ever offered at a major auction house (Beeple’s Everydays, March 2021), with the unprecedented acceptance of cryptocurrency as a means of payment. As an industry leader in digital innovation, Christie’s also continues to pioneer new technologies that are redefining the business of art, including use of hologram technology to tour life-size 3D objects around the world, and the creation of viewing and bidding experiences that integrate augmented reality, global livestreaming, buy-now channels, and hybrid sales formats. 

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