• Press release
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  • New York
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  • 22 February 2017

PRESS RELEASE: March Contemporary Sales in New York


Post-War and Contemporary Art



New York –Christie’s announces the March 2017 season of Contemporary sales spanning Post-War and Contemporary Art, Editions, and Photographs—February 23 through March 7. Collectively over 600 lots are presented across multimedia from renowned artists of the 20th and 21st century with estimates ranging from under $1,000 to $700,000.

The week features three live auctions—Contemporary Edition on Wednesday, March 1; Post-War and Contemporary Art on Friday, March 3; and The Collection of Earl and Camilla McGrath, on March 1 and March 3—and a curated online sale titled on paper | online, which groups over 100 lots aiming to celebrate an array of artists, past and present, who have turned to paper as their medium of choice. All works will be on view at the Rockefeller Center Galleries from February 23 – March 2 with private appointments available for on paper | online through March 6.

Within the sales, there is a unique representation of female artists, including works by Helen Frankenthaler, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, and Yayoi Kusama, which is broken out into a special section, titled “Through Her Eyes.”

on paper | online

Online | 23 February–7 March 2017

This carefully curated grouping of over 100 lots aims to celebrate an array of artists, past and present, who have turned to paper as their medium of choice. Versatile, ubiquitous and capable of an infinite range of expressions, working on paper provides artists the opportunity to mine their creativity and, in the process, discover something that occasionally alters the course of their practice. Whether it be drawings, paintings, photographs or prints, works of art that use paper as their chosen support are prized for their sense of innovation.

Contemporary Edition

New York | Wednesday 1 March 2017 | 10am & 2pm

The Contemporary Edition sale on March 1, includes over 200 lots of editions spanning sculpture, lithographs, linocuts, and screenprints, from established artists such as Josef Albers, Francis Bacon, Chuck Close, Willem de Kooning, Alex Katz, Roy Lichtenstein, Bruce Nauman, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool, among others. The sale also features over 70 prints and multiples from the collection of Earl and Camilla McGrath including an exceptional selection of prints by Bruce Nauman.

Post-War and Contemporary Art

New York | Friday 3 March 2017 | 11am

The Post-War and Contemporary Art Sale includes over 300 lots, and is highlighted by works by contemporary masters including David Hammons, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Julie Mehretu and David Hockney. The sale is underscored by a curated section of 16 works titled "Through Her Eyes." The grouping shines a spotlight on female artists who have altered the course of art history and pushed the boundaries of their respective medium. "Through Her Eyes" will be led by works from Helen Frankenthaler, Diane Arbus, Cindy Sherman, and Yayoi Kusama. The works represent a wide range of media, including painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. 

The Collection of Earl and Camilla McGrath

Stand Alone Auction

New York | Friday 3 March 2017 | 4pm

Prints from the collection will be included in the March 1 Contemporary Edition sale.

New York | Wednesday 1 March 2017 | 10am

Earl McGrath, the former head of Rolling Stone Records and gallerist, and Camilla McGrath, an Italian countess, were a social power couple. Counting many of the leading artists and intellectuals amongst their friends, their collection reflects a remarkable life spent alongside the greatest creative forces of the 20th century, with works by close friends including Andy Warhol, Brice Marden, Larry Rivers, Bruce Nauman and Jasper Johns. The collection comprises over 135 examples of Post-War and Contemporary art, and will be offered in both a dedicated eponymous auction on March 3, and within the Contemporary Edition sale on March 1. See full release here.

About Christie’s

Founded in 1766, Christie’s is a world-leading art and luxury business. Renowned and trusted for its expert live and online auctions, as well as its bespoke private sales, Christie’s offers a full portfolio of global services to its clients, including art appraisal, art financing, international real estate and education. Christie’s has a physical presence in 46 countries, throughout the Americas, Europe, Middle East, and Asia Pacific, with flagship international sales hubs in New York, London, Hong Kong, Paris and Geneva. It also is the only international auction house authorized to hold sales in mainland China (Shanghai).

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). 

Christie’s Private Sales offers a seamless service for buying and selling art, jewellery and watches outside of the auction calendar, working exclusively with Christie’s specialists at a client’s individual pace.

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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