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.

We look forward to welcoming you into our galleries, open 1-13 May at Rockefeller Center. Should you wish to secure a reservation time please click here.



How to watch the live evening sales

Live stream | 21st Century Evening Sale
11 May 2021 | 7:45pm EST

Live stream | 20th Century Evening Sale
13 May 2021 | 6:45pm EST

Join us for the live stream of our 20th and 21st Century Evening Sales to experience the thrill of our hybrid-style live auction and discover remarkable works from Monet, Rothko, Basquiat and Casteel.

Visit the christies.com homepage or check back here on 11 and 13 May to watch the live stream event.

Visit our virtual view

To attend our exhibition in person, please click here to secure a reservation time.




Special publications

Explore this season's catalogues featuring masterpieces from the 20th and 21st century



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