LOS ANGELES – Christie’s, the world’s leading art business, has opened the doors to its new permanent flagship in Beverly Hills. From April 20 to 28, Christie’s presents a free public exhibition of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and works on paper, as well as a selection of jewels, watches and private sale items. The exhibition was curated from the auction house’s signature May sales of Impressionist, Modern, Post-War, Contemporary and Latin American art, which take place in New York, and was designed to create an engaging visual dialogue between the major artists of each era, from Europe to the Americas.
Among the exhibition highlights are masterpieces by the titans of 20th century art, including Claude Monet, Pablo Picasso, Rufino Tamayo, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Cindy Sherman, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Mark Grotjahn. Leda and the Swan (1962) by Cy Twombly is a celebrated tour-de-force by the artist that has emerged from a private collection after nearly 30 years unseen by the public ($35-55 million); and Femme assise dans un fauteuil (1917-1920) by Pablo Picasso is a Cubist portrait of the artist’s first wife, the Russian ballerina Olga Khokhlova ($20-30 million).
Christie’s has significantly expanded its West Coast team in recent years with a dedicated team of specialists in Impressionist and Modern Art, Post-War and Contemporary Art, Asian Art, Jewelry, Wine, and Watches. 2018 will mark Christie’s 40th year offering advisory services and expertise to the region’s collectors.
Sonya Roth, Managing Director, Christie’s LA: “This is Christie’s moment to shine in LA and we are delighted to have assembled such a stellar exhibition of fine art, jewelry, watches and private sale items to celebrate our grand opening in Beverly Hills. Our goal over these next few weeks is to welcome in both new and established collectors to acquaint themselves with all that Christie’s has to offer the LA community -- whether it is expertise, education, or simply engagement with the beautiful objects Christie’s has been entrusted with. This first exhibition is just the start of a dynamic program to come, and we look forward to officially embarking on this exciting next chapter in the growth of Christie’s on the West Coast.”
Christie’s, the world's leading art business, had global auction, private and digital sales in 2017 that totalled £5.1 billion / $6.6 billion. Christie’s is a name and place that speaks of extraordinary art, unparalleled service and international expertise. Christie’s offers around 350 auctions annually in over 80 categories, including all areas of fine and decorative arts, jewellery, photographs, collectibles, wine, and more. Prices range from $200 to over $100 million. Christie's also has a long and successful history conducting private sales for its clients in all categories, with emphasis on Post-War & Contemporary, Impressionist & Modern, Old Masters and Jewellery.
Alongside regular sales online, Christie’s has a global presence in 46 countries, with 10 salerooms around the world including in London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan, Amsterdam, Dubai, Zürich, Hong Kong, and Shanghai.
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