London & Paris, October 2021
This October, Christie’s 20th/21st Century auction series achieved stunning results once again, with a combined total of £84,185,875 across four auctions: 20th/21st Century: Evening Sale, Including Thinking Italian, Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online and No Regrets: The Collector's Edition. With exceptional results for works by Bridget Riley, David Hockney, Yayoi Kusama, Jean-Michel Basquiat and a new world auction record for Hurvin Anderson, Christie’s continues to lead the market in these categories.
The Modern British and Irish Art Evening and Day sales achieve a combined total of £21,713,000, led by works by Sir Winston Churchill and a group of three paintings by L. S. Lowry. Impressive results were achieved for the sculptures, including works by Barry Flanagan, Dame Barbara Hepworth and Elizabeth Frink. The Modern British and Irish Art Day Sale reported its highest ever total, led by Elizabeth Frink’s Barking Dog, previously in the Collection of Anne and Kirk Douglas.
In Paris, 20th/21st Century kicks off with Collection Gerard Valkier: A Lifetime Journey with Art and is followed by Paris Avant-garde and BALTHUS: 46 oeuvres provenant de la collection de Stanislas Klossowski de Rola. The annual Art Moderne sale returns during the much-anticipated FIAC week to offer sought-after works by forerunners of 20th-century modern art, including Max Ernst, Joan Miró, Fernand Léger, Jean Dubuffet, Alexander Calder, Wassily Kandinsky, amongst others.
About the lot
Brightening Lives: Works sold to benefit Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity
Christie’s is proud to partner with Rays of Sunshine for Brightening Lives: Works sold to benefit Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity, offering works in our upcoming sales, Post-War and Contemporary Day Sale and First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online. Both sales are held as part of Christie’s global cross-category sale series, 20th/21st Century Art. Highlights include works by Bridget Riley, Damien Hirst, Yoshitomo Nara and Tony Cragg, amongst other notable post-war and contemporary artists.
Basquiat’s Because it Hurts the Lungs sells for £8,227,750; Hurvin Anderson’s Audition sets a new world record for the artist at auction
A primer on the sculptor whose art encapsulated mankind’s existential crisis in the post-war era
Everything you need to know about the life and career of the great British sculptor — featuring upcoming lots at Christie’s
In the 1940s and 1950s a new wave of artists flocked to the Cornish fishing town, convinced that ‘colour is the only direction for painting’
When Churchill arranged to meet Willy Sax — manufacturer of his favourite oil paints — in 1946, it was the start of a lifelong friendship
An in-depth look at Britain's most famous Modernist painter. Illustrated with works offered for sale in October
A fascinating collection of 20th-century art comes with a history that’s as dramatic as the works it includes
Barbara Hepworth's sculptures are an exploration of abstraction through empty space and a reimagining of the Cornish landscape
Christie’s and 1-54 proudly present Different Shades of Water, an NFT series by Nigerian crypto-artist, Osinachi to be offered in First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online – open for bidding 5-19 October
Drawings and collages by the revolutionary French designer reveal his restless artistic vision
How the Italian capital rose from the ashes of the Second World War to become a global centre of creativity in design, cinema and the visual arts
The ninth edition of 1-54 is mirrored by an exhibition at Christie's. Curator Christine Eyene selects nine artists who reflect the show's themes
Thom Yorke and Stanley Donwood discuss the works created by Donwood in response to Radiohead's albums Kid A and Amnesiac
Explore artworks by Stanley Donwood and Radiohead's Thom Yorke – including six major works offered in First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online from 5 to 19 October
Famous for her huge spider sculptures and the ‘Personnages’ series, the French-American artist ranks among the greatest of the 20th century
A 360-view of exceptional British and Irish painting and sculpture from across the 20th century
Enjoy a 360-degree view of our current exhibition of 20th/21st Century Art in Paris
A 360-view of our landmark auction series, showcasing the remarkable post-war and contemporary works offered in the 20th/21st Century London sales
A 360-view of our exhibition in London, showcasing the legacy and influence of Black British artists — curated by Aindrea Emelife
Take a virtual 360-degree tour of the exhibition “Olga de Amaral : Secrète Alchimie”
20th/21st Century: New York
This November our new-look 20/21 sales return to New York featuring The Cox Collection | The Story of Impressionism, one of the greatest American collections to ever appear on the market. Masterpieces by Caillebotte, Cézanne and Van Gogh will headline the sales, with a portion of the sale proceeds to benefit educational purposes. Another notable collection of the season includes IMAGE WORLD: Property from a Private American Collection, which celebrates pioneering artists of the Pictures Generation, such as Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger and Richard Prince.
CHRISTIE'S EDUCATION SHORT COURSE | From Net Art to Beeple: NFTs in Context
Join us on this course and understand the context of non-fungible token-based artwork in collaboration with CADAF.
Next at Christie’s: London 2022 — Open call to London artists
In support of the London-based art community, Christie’s is delighted to announce Next at Christie’s: London 2022, a hybrid — physical and virtual — non-selling exhibition of works by the next generation of artists. Taking place in January 2022 and hosted at our Duke Street Gallery in London, the exhibition will be put together by Pia Zeitzen and Sasha Shevchenko, two talented curators selected from our curator open call. This initiative offers an exciting opportunity for emerging artists to jumpstart their careers in the art world.