New York, November 2021

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, including Jonas Wood, Shara Hughes, Rashid Johnson, Dana Schutz, Sam Gilliam, Sarah Sze, and Nicolas Party. Unquestioning Love, with its title taken from a work generously donated by Jenny Holzer, available for private sale, will present an exemplary selection of contemporary artworks, including many fresh from these artists' studios. This charitable auction is dedicated to creating a vital and strategic fund that will help to ensure the preservation of the Memorial’s physical space in perpetuity and support and strengthen many future years of ambitious arts, cultural, and educational programs.


Kathryn Widing
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Nicolas Party (b. 1980), Landscape, 2021. Pastel on linen. 43 x 36 in (109.2 x 91.4 cm). Offered in 21st Century Evening Sale at Christie’s New York on 9 November. © Nicolas Party


Viewing room | Unquestioning Love: An Auction to Benefit the New York City AIDS Memorial

Explore works by Jonas Wood, Shara Hughes, Rashid Johnson, Dana Schutz, Sam Gilliam, Nicolas Party and more from our upcoming 20th/21st Century sales.

A note from the artist

‘So many talented artists — a whole generation of mentors — were lost to AIDS. To know that they, and the over 100,000 other New Yorkers, are being remembered through the New York City AIDS Memorial and their public cultural and educational programs is moving. It is an honour to be donating work to support the Memorial’s future.’

Nicolas Party

A note from New York City AIDS Memorial

Forty years ago, the first reports of a strange new disease began to circulate in the press and, in particular, among the LGBTQ+ community, communities of color, and creative communities in New York City. At the time, little was known about this illness and few could have foreseen the devastation that would emerge on the horizon. We also could not begin to imagine the four decades of stories of loss, fear, triumph, courage, resilience, and hope to come. Ten years ago, an ambitious plan was conceived to build an architecturally significant, permanent memorial to the AIDS epidemic, resulting in the dedication of the New York City AIDS Memorial on World AIDS Day, December 1, 2016.

Today, the Memorial honors the more than 100,000 New Yorkers who have died throughout the AIDS epidemic. We also acknowledge the past and ongoing contributions of caregivers and advocates who mobilized to provide care, fight stigma and discrimination, and expand access to healthcare for all. Through multimedia programs, such as previous activations with Jenny Holzer, exhibitions featuring Keith Haring, General Idea, and Catherine Opie, and collaborations with the Generations Project, Performance Space New York, the Poetry Project at St. Marks, and PEN America, we strive to enliven the Memorial and empower present and future activists.

The Memorial would not be what it is today without the uncompromising support of these artists who join us in acknowledging the loss of the creative lives of such luminaries like Keith Haring, Robert Mapplethorpe, Peter Hujar, Félix González-Torres, Mark Morrisroe, Nicolas Moufarrege, Hugh Steers, Tseng Kwong Chi, Paul Thek, Ethyl Eichelberger, Arthur Russell, Melvin Dixon, Cookie Mueller, Arnie Zane, Klaus Nomi, Martin Wong, David Wojnarowicz, and countless, countless others – friends, colleagues, lovers, family, neighbors, mentors, fellow citizens, and heroes alike.

We are incredibly grateful for the support and contributions of the exemplary contemporary artists featured in Unquestioning Love, each of which helps us to reflect on our complex and powerful past and to make certain that the memories of those we’ve lost, and our shared history as New Yorkers, are never forgotten.

Dave Harper,
Executive Director, New York City AIDS Memorial

Shara Hughes (b. 1981), Familiar Fairway Night. Oil and acrylic on canvas. 36 x 30 in. (91.4 x 76.2 cm.). Painted in 2019. Estimate: $80,000-120,000. Offered in Post-War & Contemporary Art Afternoon Sale at Christie’s New York 12 November.

About the organisation

New York City AIDS Memorial

The New York City AIDS Memorial honors the more than 100,000 New Yorkers who have died of AIDS and acknowledges the contributions of caregivers and activists who mobilized to provide care for the ill, fight discrimination, lobby for medical research, and alter the drug approval process. The Memorial aims to inspire visitors to remember and reflect as well as empower current and future activists, health professionals, and people living with HIV in the continuing mission to eradicate the disease through the maintenance of our permanent, architecturally significant Memorial as well as through educational and cultural programming.

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