New York | November 2021
The past months have had a lasting impact on the way we experience the world. In these times of change, Christie’s unveiled an innovative approach to presenting art of the 20th and 21st centuries in May. Our global 20th/21st Century Art auction series reflects evolving market demands and collecting habits, breaking through traditional sale categories to make new stylistic connections, elevate masterpieces and discover extraordinary emerging works — both physical and digital.
In May 2021, Christie’s made auction house history with its inaugural 20th/21st Century sale week, reflecting a categorial realignment in its auctions’ longstanding nomenclature. This November, Christie’s 20th/21st Century Art Evening Sales realised a combined total of $971,176,750 across three sales and two animated nights of bidding, and a grand total of $1,109,415,750 for the week.
The Cox Collection: The Story of Impressionism
This season, Christie's celebrates a devoted collector who pursued the ‘best of the best’. As visionary collector with a connoisseur’s eye, Edwin Lochridge Cox (1921-2020) built one of the most prestigious and important collections of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works. Seminal paintings acquired by Cox — including rarely seen masterpieces by Gustave Caillebotte, Paul Cézanne and Vincent van Gogh will be on offer in a dedicated Evening sale at Christie's New York on 11 November.
Browse the collection and explore our special features to discover how the Cox collection tells the story of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.
About the lot
In addition to 31 new auction records, the week saw 22 artists — from Van Gogh to Beeple — achieve eight-digit prices
Virtually step inside our Rockefeller Center galleries to experience works by icons of the 20th and 21st centuries
The unlikely friendship between two of America's greatest artists
We present a selection of masterpieces by the likes of Giacometti, Tanguy and Derain
The realist painter’s haunting images have become emblematic of 20th-century urban life
From the 1940s to the present day, we’ve unearthed why artists revel in figuration — in their own words
Discover five female artists who revolutionized the accepted norms of art history and developed new artistic languages
From industrial landscapes to rural vistas via Paris and abstraction, illustrated with works from our American Art sale
Explore European masterworks and sophisticated examples of decorative arts from the Cox Collection to be offered Online from 5-19 November
The Dutch Post-Impressionist was revolutionary across media and remains one of today’s most influential artists
As the 50th anniversary of the Spanish master’s death approaches, we delve into each of his defining styles
A closer look at the life and work of an artist widely regarded as the French Impressionist par excellence, illustrated with standout lots offered at Christie’s
A new work by the world’s most famous digital artist will highlight Christie's 21st Century Evening Sale in New York
Artists in the 70s and 80s questioned reality by appropriating seductive imagery of TV, magazines, film, advertising
ARCADIA, a collaborative interdisciplinary NFT by contemporary visual artist Andrés Reisinger, Grammy-winning musician RAC, and bestselling poet Arch Hades, will be offered in Christie's 21st Century Art Evening sale
One of the most striking of the artist’s word paintings executed in 1967, Ed Ruscha’s Ripe is an exemplary example of his interest in form. This work belongs to an important group of paintings that Ruscha executed following his now iconic renderings of Standard stations
Through works from the November 20th/21st Century Art sales in New York, experience the lens of Degas as he focuses on the quotidian lifestyles of females
From ‘Fashion’ to ‘Cowboys’, ‘Upstate’ to ‘Nurses’, the story of one of America’s most important living artists
From what to look for in a glaze to how to read hidden stamps — featuring upcoming works at Christie’s
From Sainte-Adresse to Giverny, art historian Richard Thomson delves into Monet's instantly recognizable garden scenes
Explore how artists engaged with mass-media and culture in their practice, the collection features artists such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, Christopher Wool and Elizabeth Peyton
The Stella Collection will be auctioned at Christie’s New York in November including works by Picasso, Joan Miró, Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse, Georges Braque and Max Ernst
Upcoming highlights in New York include works by Degas, Renoir and Whistler from the Elene Canrobert Isles de Saint Phalle collection
From Rothko to Guston, explore the works of An Extraordinary Eye: The Distinguished Collection of June Roth in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale
From Old Master drawings to contemporary paintings and photographs, Kasper’s unique collection spans centuries and movements
Works by Roy Lichtenstein, Pablo Picasso and an important group of early lithographs by Frank Stella
This November at Christie’s New York in the 21st Century Evening Sale and the Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, the New York City AIDS Memorial will auction works by notable contemporary artists
The Cox Collection tells the story of Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, encapsulating the defining stylistic and thematic characteristics of these seminal movements in 25 masterpieces
A painting of Cézanne’s sanctuary, L’Estaque, represents the artist at the height of an ‘intense surge of creativity’
Once overshadowed by his peers, the Parisian painter is now rightly recognised as a key figure in the Impressionist movement
Painted along the banks of the Seine, Le bassin d’Argenteuil captures the founding tenets of Impressionism
For artists, such as Childe Hassam and Frederick Carl Frieseke, France was at the forefront of Modernism
20th/21st Century Special Publications
Explore this season's catalogues featuring in-depth art historical coverage and insights on masterpieces and collections from our November 20/21 sale series.
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