London & Paris, October 2021



The Christie’s 20th/21st Century auction series reflects the evolution of the art market, presenting works in dialogue across centuries, geographies and artistic periods. Following the stunning successes of our global cross-category sale format, in London, 20th/21st Century offers a remarkable selection of modern and contemporary works with a stellar calendar of live and online sales, including Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online and No Regrets: The Collector's Edition.

Livestreamed across salerooms in London, New York and Hong Kong, the series is headlined by 20th/21st Century: Evening Sale, Including Thinking Italian. Featuring masterworks from some of the leading artistic voices of the past century, highlights include Cecily Brown’s There’ll be bluebirds, Alighiero Boetti’s Mappa, Peter Doig’s Hill House (Green Version) and David Hockney’s Guest House Garden – in public for the first time in 20 years.

Led by exceptional paintings by Sir Winston Churchill, L.S. Lowry and S.J. Peploe, the series also includes our Modern British and Irish Art Evening Sale and Modern British and Irish Art Day Sale, showcasing the breadth and diversity of 20th century British and Irish art.

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.



Auction highlights

  • David Hockney (b. 1937)

    Guest House Garden

    signed, titled and dated 'David Hockney 2000 Guest House Garden' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    60 x 76⅛ in. (152.4 x 193.2cm.)
    Painted in 2000
    Estimate
    £5,000,000-7,000,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Evening Sale Including Thinking Italian, London, 15 October

  • Lucio Fontana (1899-1968)

    Concetto spaziale, Attese
    signed, titled and inscribed 'ATTESE l. Fontana "Concetto Spaziale" Questo
    quadro è stato esposto in Svizzera' (on the reverse)
    waterpaint on canvas
    28¾ x 36¼in. (73 x 92cm.)
    Executed in 1964-1965
    Estimate
    £3,000,000-5,000,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Evening Sale Including Thinking Italian, London, 15 October

  • George Condo (b. 1957)

    Heads and Toes

    signed and dated 'Condo 2011' (upper left)
    acrylic, pastel and charcoal on linen
    42 x 40in. (106.7 x 101.6cm.)
    Executed in 2011
    Estimate
    £1,300,000-1,500,000
    Related sale
    20th/21st Century: Evening Sale Including Thinking Italian, London, 15 October

  • Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929)

    My Life

    signed, titled, titled in Japanese and dated ‘2014 YAYOI KUSAMA MY LIFE’ (on the reverse)
    acrylic on canvas
    76⅜ x 76⅜ in. (194 x 194cm.)
    Painted in 2014
    Estimate
    £300,000-500,000
    Related sale
    Post-War and Contemporary Art Day Sale, London, 16 October

  • Pearl C. Hsiung (b. 1973)

    Helens

    oil-based enamel on canvas
    90 x 72in. (228.6 x 182.9cm.)
    Executed in 2004
    Estimate
    £4,000-6,000
    Related sale
    No Regrets, London, 1–18 October

  • Osinachi (b. 1991)

    Pool Day II

    non-fungible token
    4677 x 3307 pixels
    Executed in 2021
    Estimate
    £40,000-60,000
    Related sale
    First Open: Post-War and Contemporary Art Online, London, 5 – 19 October 2021

  • Simon Hantaï (1922-2008)

    Tabula

    signed with the initials and dated 'S.H. 80' (lower right)
    acrylic on canvas
    60⅜ x 47⅞ in.
    Painted in 1980
    Estimate
    €180,000-250,000
    Related sale
    Collection Gérard Valkier A lifetime Journey with art, Paris, 20 October

  • Edouard Manet (1832-1883)

    Julie Manet sur l'arrosoir

    oil on canvas
    39 ⅜ x 31 ⅞ in.
    Painted in Reuil in 1892
    Estimate
    €4,000,000-6,000,000
    Related sale
    Paris Avant-Garde, Paris, 21 October

  • Nicolas de Staël (1914-1955)

    Paysage

    oil on board
    11 x 13 in.
    Painted in 1952
    Estimate
    €250,000–350,000
    Related sale
    Collection Alain Bouret, Paris, 21 October

  • Fernand Léger (1881–1955)

    Paysage animé

    signed and dated ‘F. LEGER 37’ (lower right); signed, dated and inscribed ‘PAYSAGE ANIME 1937 F LEGER-’ (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    25½ x 19⅝ in.
    Painted in 1937
    Estimate
    €700,000–900,000
    Related sale
    Art Moderne, Paris, 22 October

  • Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola, known as, 1908-2001)

    Portrait du baron Moritz de Watteville

    signed and dated '1937 Balthus' (on the reverse)
    oil on canvas
    36 ⅜ x 28 ⅞ in.
    Painted circa 1937 and reworked in May 1995
    Estimate
    €100,000-150,000
    Related sale
    BALTHUS: 46 oeuvres provenant de la collection de Stanislas Klossowski de Rola, London, 15-26, October

  • Patrick Caulfield, R.A. (1936-2005)

    Corner of the Studio

    signed 'PATRICK CAULFIELD' (on the reverse)
    oil on board
    36 x 84 in. (91.4 x 213.4 cm.)
    Painted in 1964
    Estimate
    £300,000-500,000
    Related sale
    Modern British Art Evening Sale, London, 20 October

  • Barry Flanagan, R.A. (1941-2009)

    Nijinski Five

    signed with monogram, numbered, and stamped with foundry mark '1/8' (on the side of the base) bronze with a black patina
    30⅜ in. (77.2 cm.) high
    Conceived in 2005 and cast by Dublin Art Foundry
    Estimate
    £100,000–150,000
    Related sale
    Modern British Art Day Sale, London, 21 October

Charitable works

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.

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