New York & Online | April – May 2021



Beginning in New York this May, Christie’s will shift its approach to presenting the art of the 20th and 21st centuries in anticipation of a new era for the art world. Christie’s will now offer major auctions of ‘20th Century Art’ and ‘21st Century Art’, replacing the ‘Impressionist and Modern Art’ and ‘Post-War and Contemporary Art’ nomenclatures. The new format will underscore the radical nature of the modern masters and their lasting impact on the art being created today; emphasize the electricity and relevance of the art created over the past 40 years; and make room for the new — both physical and digital.

The new format reflects evolving market demands and the collecting habits of our clients, and will allow for a more dynamic approach to serving the marketplace. By removing art from the context of its assigned movements, Christie’s seeks to make new stylistic connections, approach topics such as race and revolution from a new lens and make room to amplify voices that have been historically overlooked and undervalued. The sales will create a new platform to amplify masterworks and discover new and extraordinary art.

The Post-War and Contemporary Art and Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sales will proceed as usual, along with the Picasso Ceramics Online auction.





Highlights

  • Georges Seurat (1859–1891)

    Paysage et personnages (La jupe rose), 1884
    Estimate
    $7,000,000-10,000,000
    Related sale
    20th Century Evening Sale, New York, 11 May

  • Piet Mondrian (1872–1944)

    Composition: No. II, with Yellow, Red and Blue, 1927
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related sale
    20th Century Evening Sale, New York, 11 May

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Femme assise près d'une fenêtre (Marie-Thérèse), 1932
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related sale
    20th Century Evening Sale, New York, 11 May

    © 2021 Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

  • Claude Monet (1840‒1926)

    Waterloo Bridge, effet de brouillard, 1899–1903
    Estimate
    Estimate on request
    Related sale
    20th Century Evening Sale, New York, 11 May

    PROPERTY OF A DISTINGUISHED PRIVATE COLLECTOR

  • Jean Dubuffet (1901–1985)

    Baigneuses, 1950
    Estimate
    $3,000,000-5,000,000
    Related sale
    La Rêverie: The Collection of Sydell Miller, New York, 20/21 Week and 10 June

  • Martin Kippenberger (1953–1997)

    Martin, ab in die Ecke und schäm Dich (Martin, Into the Corner, You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself)
    Estimate
    $10,000,000–15,000,000
    Related sale
    21st Century Evening Sale, New York, 13 May

    PROPERTY FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTION

  • Jonas Wood (b. 1977)

    Two Tables With Floral Pattern, 2013
    Estimate
    $2,000,000 – 4,000,000
    Related sale
    21st Century Evening Sale, New York, May 13

  • Pat Steir (b. 1940)

    Red and Blue Berlin Waterfall, 1992
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Sale, New York, 14 May

  • Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010)

    Spider V, 1999
    Estimate
    $4,000,000–6,000,000
    Related sale
    21st Century Evening Sale, 13 May, New York

  • Andy Warhol (1928–1987)

    Nine Multicolored Marilyns (Reversal Series), 1979–1986
    Estimate
    In the region of $7,000,000
    Related sale
    20th Century Evening Sale, 11 May, New York

  • Joan Mitchell (1925–1992)

    Rain, 1989
    Estimate
    $5,000,000-7,000,000
    Related sale
    La Rêverie: The Collection of Sydell Miller, New York, 20/21 Week and 10 June

  • Jordan Casteel (b. 1989)

    Jiréh, 2013
    Estimate
    $350,000–550,000
    Related sale
    21st Century Evening Sale, 13 May, New York

  • Elaine De Kooning (1918–1989)

    Charging Bull, 1959
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Sale, New York, 14 May

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Homme et femme, 1967
    Estimate
    $800,000–1,200,000
    Related sale
    Impressionist and Modern Art Works on Paper, New York, 12 May

  • Helen Frankenthaler (1928–2011)

    Winter Light, 1979
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Sale, New York, 14 May

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Buste de femme de profil, 1959
    Estimate
    $350,000-450,000
    Related sale
    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale , New York, 12 May

    PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE AMERICAN COLLECTION

  • Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929)

    Nets-Infinity (OPQA), 2004
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Morning Sale, New York, 14 May

  • Jean (Hans) Arp (1886–1966)

    Gueule de fleur, 1960
    Estimate
    $400,000–600,000
    Related sale
    Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale , New York, 12 May

    PROPERTY FROM THE FOUNDATION MIREILLE AND JAMES LÉVY

  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye (b. 1977)

    Risen, 2014
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Afternoon Sale, New York, 14 May

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Le déjeuner sur l'herbe (A.R. 517), 1964
    Estimate
    $70,000–100,000
    Related sale
    Picasso Ceramics, Online, May 2021

  • Pablo Picasso (1881–1973)

    Canard pique-fleurs (A.R. 117), 1951
    Estimate
    $70,000–100,000
    Related sale
    Picasso Ceramics, Online, May 2021


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Christie’s commitment to sustainability

For 250 years, Christie’s has helped steward some of humanity’s greatest artistic treasures across generations and cultures. As a leader in our market, we want to build a sustainable art business so that we can play another stewarding role: helping to protect the environment so that great natural beauty can be enjoyed by and inspire future generations.

In March 2021, we announced a global sustainability initiative, guided by three key pillars: commit, communicate and collaborate.