This autumn, Christie’s takes you on a journey spanning centuries of printmaking. Discover the breadth of this fascinating medium from the 19th century to the present day over a live auction in New York and two curated online-only sales.
Starting the season is our single owner sale, A Graphic Dialogue: Prints from the Collection of Lois B. Torf. Live in New York on 15 September and online from 2–16 September, offering more than 350 prints from one of the most significant collections of Prints and Multiples in the United States. The single-owner collection comprises important works in print from every decade of the 20th century, including a rare impression of Cy Twombly’s Untitled I, a major selection of German Expressionist prints, Robert Rauschenberg’s Booster, significant holdings of Cubist prints by Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso, and American Pop Art highlights, such as Andy Warhol Marilyn and early prints by Roy Lichtenstein.
In London our season will begin with our online auction of Banksy: I can’t believe you moron actually buy this sh*t. Bidding opens 9–23 September, this selection is led by the rare Girl with Balloon (Colour AP - Gold) and features some of the artist’s best-known and coveted screen prints including a signed impression of Rude Copper. From 16–28 September, Christie’s London presents Prints & Multiples online sale, with works stretching across the most important art movements of the past two centuries. Highlights include the complete set of Pablo Picasso’s Dix Pochoirs, Edvard Munch’s On the Bridge, from the post-war period a rare set of Cretti by Italian polymaterialist Alberto Burri, Roy Lichtenstein’s Red Lamp representing iconic American Pop Art screen prints, and works by German Abstract master Gerhard Richter.
With estimates beginning at only £500, the Picasso Ceramics online-only auction features artworks for both emerging and seasoned collectors alike. Discover ceramics that exude Pablo Picasso’s celebrated joie de vivre, expressed through the artist’s characteristically energetic colours and playful forms. We invite you to explore Picasso’s vibrant and whimsical creations online and in our galleries. Highlights are on view from 10–22 September.
The Prints & Multiples New York live auction on 21-22 October showcases works by the biggest names in art, from Picasso, Matisse and Toulouse-Lautrec to Warhol, Haring and Hockney.
About the lot
Artworks from the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego
The only thing Lois Torf loved more than prints was sharing the joy of collecting with others
Everything you need to know about the artists, print processes, studios and terminology — plus a whole heap more
From techniques to paper selections, find out everything you need to know to build your own collection of prints
A special preview of Prints and Multiples works available for immediate purchase through Christie’s Private Sales service
Banksy: I can't believe you morons actually buy this sh*t
London: Prints and Multiples
New York: Prints and Multiples
Worldwide | September – November 2021
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