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Event Date30 June 02:00 PM BST | Live auction 20068

20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale

20th/21st Century: London Evening Sale

Sale Overview

Christie’s London will host its 20th/21st Century Evening Sale on 30 June 2021, featuring masterworks from some of the leading artistic figures of the past century and a half. Following on from our highly successful March 2021 season, which saw numerous records broken for both established and emerging figures, the sale highlights the common themes, media and subjects that have absorbed and inspired artists across this dynamic period. It captures the lessons in human anatomy that Jean-Michel Basquiat learnt from Pablo Picasso; it demonstrates the new sculptural possibilities envisioned by artists such as Alberto Giacometti and Alexander Calder; and it highlights the spirit of exploration and innovation that underpinned the work of artists as diverse as Henri Matisse, Wassily Kandinsky, Bridget Riley, and Lucio Fontana. From the captivating pastels of Edgar Degas and the visceral expressionist paintings of Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, to the prophetic social commentaries of Keith Haring and Banksy, the 20th/21st Century Evening Sale offers a rich opportunity to explore Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art in dialogue.

The 20th/21st Century Evening Sale will be immediately followed by the Collection Francis Gross and 20th/21st Century: Paris vente du soir.

Admission to the evening sale is by ticket only. To reserve tickets please email ticketinglondon@christies.com. Alternatively, please call Christie’s Client Service on +44 207 839 9060. All of our live auctions are enabled for remote bidding from desktop or mobile app via the Christie’s LIVE™ real-time bidding platform.



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Auction times
30 Jun 02:00 PM (BST) Lots 1-52

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Keith Gill

Keith Gill

Head of Evening Sale | Impressionist & Modern Art

Keith Gill has been Head of the Impressionist and Modern Art Evening Sale in London since February 2018. Keith began his career at Christie’s in 2010, working in the Estates, Appraisals & Valuations team before moving to the Impressionist and Modern Art Department, where he has worked in each sale category from the Impressionist & Modern Art and Picasso Ceramics sales at South Kensington, to heading both the Works on Paper and Day Sale at King Street. Since taking over responsibility for the Evening Sale, Keith has overseen the sale of a number of record breaking works including Franz Marc’s Drei Pferde in June 2018 and Paul Signac’s Le Port au Soleil Couchant and Gustave Caillebotte’s Chemin montant in February 2019 – all achieving multiples of previous auction records. Keith’s role as Head of the Evening Sale sees him sourcing business and developing top client relationships throughout Europe, with a particular emphasis on Germany. Prior to joining Christie’s, Keith worked in corporate finance advisory in the retail and consumer sectors for twelve years. Keith holds a Masters degree in History of Art from the University of Glasgow and a Masters degree in Economics & Management from Oxford University.
Tessa Lord

Tessa Lord

Director, Specialist, Head of Evening Auction | Post-War & Contemporary Art

Tessa Lord is the Head of the Evening Auction in the Post-War and Contemporary Art Department in London. Having joined Christie’s in early 2013, Tessa previously worked on various aspects of the Evening auction catalogue including research, writing and copyright as well as running the proposals for upcoming business. More recently, in addition to the Post-War and Contemporary Art Evening Auction, Tessa also worked closely on the recent auction of The Jeremy Lancaster Collection. Tessa graduated from the University of Oxford with a degree in History, gaining a Master’s degree in History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2012, with a particular focus on the practice of Gerhard Richter.
Katharine Arnold

Katharine Arnold

Senior Director, Co-Head Post-War & Contemporary Art Europe | Post-War & Contemporary Art

Katharine Arnold is the Co-Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art Europe. She graduated with first class honours from the University of Oxford in 2006, gaining master’s degrees in both International Relations at the London School of Economics in 2007 and Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2009. Prior to joining Christie’s she worked in Global Equity Sales at Merrill Lynch in London.

Katharine began her career at Christie’s in 2010 and has always been dedicated to the Evening Auction: first, with a focus on research and scholarly writing for the auction catalogues and then as a specialist. She authored and designed many of the major vanity catalogues to accompany the sale of record breaking works in London. In 2013, Katharine was responsible for writing and creating the 200 page book which accompanied the sale of Three Studies of Lucian Freud (1969) by Francis Bacon, which made the world record for any work of art at auction selling for $142million.

Katharine has worked on 18 successful auction seasons in London including several important single owner collections. Most recently she has been responsible for the Leslie Waddington Collection auction at Christie’s which sold 100% by lot and 100% by value. She was also head of sale for the Essl: 44 Works single owner collection auction, which represents the highest pre-sale value, single owner collection of Post-War and Contemporary Art, ever to be offered at auction in Europe. In July 2014, Katharine was closely connected to the successful sale of Tracey Emin’s My Bed, which resulted in an outstanding result of £2.5million, more than 3 times the low estimate and six times higher than the artist’s previous record. In 2014, she also helped to raise over £1.2million through a live charitable auction for Kevin Spacey’s The Old Vic Theatre in London, serving to secure the theatre’s future improvements and education programme.
Cristian Albu

Cristian Albu

Senior Director, Co-Head Post-War & Contemporary Art, Europe | Post-War & Contemporary Art

Cristian Albu is Co-Head of Post-War & Contemporary Art London. Joining Christie’s in 2012, he has 12 years of experience in the international contemporary art market, five years respectively in Client & Business Development and Contemporary Department with another international auction house, during which he oversaw the expanding business and client strategy in Asia, Turkey and Russia, working closely with the Chairman’s Group of those regions, since joining Christie’s, Cristian has been responsible for 10 highly successful auction seasons in London. Throughout the summer of 2015, Cristian curated the private and museum loan exhibition Reflections on the Self, at Mayfair Christie’s, a survey of self-portraiture from 1500 to the present, from Albert Durer to Thomas Struth, from Henry Matisse and Marcel Duchamp to Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, Cindy Sherman and Gerhard Richter. In July 2016, Cristian was closely connected to the Defining British Art: Evening Sale, curated as part of the celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the company, which resulted in an outstanding number of world records for artists across the generations. The diverse works of art represented provided a journey through British art over four centuries and raised $140million. Most recently Cristian was the Head of October Evening sale which double its low estimate and created new world records for 8 artists, the incontestable start of the night being the Romanian artist Adrian Ghenie, selling over six times the estimate reaching a whopping $9million mark.

Cristian graduated with a First Class Degree from Low Danube University with a BA in International Economic Relations. He went on to complete his Master’s degree in Art Business at the Sotheby’s Institute in London, where he wrote his dissertation on Eastern European Modern and Contemporary Art.
Edmond Francey

Edmond Francey

International Director, Post-War & Contemporary Art, Europe | Post-War & Contemporary Art

Edmond Francey is Head of Post-War and Contemporary Art in London, overseeing the management and development of highly successful auctions and private sales. He moved from Christie’s Paris in 2015, where he was head of the department, having joined as a specialist in Post-War and Contemporary art in 2012.

Prior to joining Christie’s, Edmond gained over 15 years of experience in the international contemporary art market. After completing a Master’s degree in finance, he began his career at the Waddington Galleries in London in 1997, then joined Helly Nahmad Gallery in 1999 where he worked on major exhibitions of 20th century art. In 2002, he collaborated with Albert Baronian to create Baronian-Francey, one of the leading contemporary art galleries in Brussels. Representing artists such as Gilbert and George, Robert Crumb, Wang Du and Lionel Esteve, the gallery’s programme was dedicated to important exhibitions of contemporary art.
André Zlattinger

André Zlattinger

Deputy Chairman, Post-War & Contemporary Art, Europe | Post-War & Contemporary Art

André Zlattinger has been in the auction world for more than 20 years. In recent years the department has experienced enormous growth and André has contributed to Christie’s leadership in this category. He has been instrumental in developing the market for Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Stanley Spencer, L.S. Lowry and the Scottish Colourists over the years. He has been involved with a number of landmark sales amongst them the collection of Lord and Lady Attenborough,The Lord Forte collection of works by L.S.Lowry, The Tony Reichardt Collection. More recently, André played a pivotal role in the consignment and successful sale of Sir Stanley Spencer’s Christ preaching at Cookham Regatta: Conversation between Punts in 2013 which sold for £6,018,500 the world record price for the artist at auction, and for any modern British picture at auction.

Giovanna Bertazzoni

Giovanna Bertazzoni

Vice-Chairman, 20th - 21st Century Department | Impressionist & Modern Art

Giovanna Bertazzoni is Vice-Chairman, 20th - 21st Century Department, leading the team of Impressionist and Modern Art Specialists as well as collaborating with the Post-War and Contemporary team to present innovative cross-category sales to the global market.

Giovanna oversaw the Impressionist and Modern Art Department's global expansion in Asia, and was instrumental in selling the first Picasso ever offered in Mainland China, during Christie's inaugural sale in Shanghai in September 2013. Giovanna’s dynamic leadership brought her team to great success in the landmark sale ‘Looking Forward to the Past’ at Christie’s in New York, in May 2015, which saw Les femmes d'Alger (Version 'O'), 1955, by Pablo Picasso set the World Auction Record for Any Work of Art, when it sold for $179,365,000. Giovanna’s international outlook has ensured stellar results are achieved in both London and New York, with particular emphasis on Picasso portraits, such as Femme assise, robe bleue (May 2017, New York) and Femme écrivant (Marie-Thérèse) (June 2017, London).

Giovanna’s passion for works on paper has driven the market for this intimate art form with dedicated sales at Christie’s for 22 years. A personal highlight for Giovanna was the sale of Paul Cézanne’s drawings and watercolours from the Chappuis Barut Collection in June 2003.

In 2020, Giovanna’s creativity and market intelligence were brought together with that of Alex Rotter and together they co-led the implementation of ONE, the first of its kind global relay auction, live-streamed from Christie’s salerooms in Hong Kong, Paris, London and New York. Responding to the need to reimagine the traditional Evening Sale format as a result of the COVID-19 virus, the innovative sale ultimately yielded the highest result for any auction that year.

Giovanna started her career at Christie's in 1998 and has since forged and continues to cultivate strong relationships with a global network of major private collectors, particularly with collectors of works on paper, and graphic arts departments of major European and American museums.

Giovanna lives in London with her husband Andrea and son Martino.
Olivier Camu

Olivier Camu

Deputy Chairman, Senior International Director | Impressionist & Modern Art

In 2007 Olivier was appointed Head of the London Department, a position he held until 2009. He enjoyed considerable success in this role. In June 2008 the Impressionist Evening sale reached new heights, achieving £144.5m ($285m) thanks to the Miller Collection from Columbus, Indiana - for a long time the highest total for any Impressionist and Modern Art sale in European auction history. In that sale Monet's ‘Nympheas’ sold for £41m ($82m) a world record then not only for Monet, but for any Impressionist painting at auction. He also played a key role in the consignment of single major paintings such as Gauguin's ‘L'homme à la hache’, which sold for the world record price of $40m in New York in November 2006, and Degas' pastel ‘Danseuses à la barre’ which sold for £13.5m ($26.5m) in 2008.

In 2012 Olivier was appointed Deputy Chairman of the department. He has since then been responsible for several major sales such as the Hubertus Wald Charitable Foundation collection from Hamburg, which was a backbone of the London February 2012 evening sales and witnessed several world record prices. In 2014 he was responsible for the sale of the unnamed ‘Modern Masterworks from a Private Swiss Collection’, which included world record masterpieces such as Juan Gris 'La nappe à carreaux' of 1915, which sold for a double world record price of £35m ($57m) as well as Carlo Carra's 'Solitudine' from circa 1917-26, which sold for a record £3m ($5m).

In 2015 Olivier was responsible for the consignment of Picasso's 'Les Femmes d'Alger' of 1955, which sold for $180m, not only beating the previous record price of $108m, but also establishing the world record price for any work of art at auction; he was also responsible for the sale of Mondrian's ‘Composition III’ from 1929, which achieved the new world record of $50m, and the anonymous Belgian collection ‘Reality and Surreality’ which included Bacon's ‘Cardinal Rouge’ and fetched $45m while the total collection sold for $120m (£75m), mostly in February 2015 in London: as well as being responsible for the consignment of the anonymous ‘Figuration and Abstraction: works from a private European collection’, which also sold in February 2015 for £42m ($64m), with Miro’s 1950 ‘Painting (Women, Room, Birds)’ estimated at £4-7m and selling for £15.5 ($25m), a world record for any post-war Miro.

Olivier has been responsible for helping Christie's achieve a dominant position in the Surrealist and Italian 20th Century Art yearly sales in London since their inception in 2000. While Olivier stopped running the Italian sale in 2008, he successfully continues to run ‘The Art of The Surreal sale’ which is world renowned and is the leading sale for such art worldwide and the only one to take place regularly in London every February. As result Christie's holds a 77% market share in that sale format. In 2015 his Surrealist sale achieved a highpoint when Christie’s registered 80% market share against our competitors. That sale at £66.5m ($101m) achieved the highest sold total for any Surrealist sale in auction history.
Jason Carey

Jason Carey

Head of Department | Impressionist & Modern Art

Jason Carey is a Senior Specialist and International Director in the Impressionist and Modern Art department. Appointed as Head of Impressionist and Modern Art, London, in 2017, Jason’s current role is sourcing business for and promoting the London Evening Sales. Since joining Christie’s in 2006, Jason has worked in each sale category within the Impressionist and Modern Art department, heading the Works on Paper sale in 2011, and subsequently heading the Day Sale from 2012-2014. Jason has been instrumental in the strategic development of Impressionist and Modern Art as a collecting category in Mainland China, where he has been a key proponent of the 20th Century Modern and Contemporary Art auctions in Shanghai since 2013. Jason holds a B.A. in Economics and Art History from Macalester College.
Michelle McMullan

Michelle McMullan

Senior Specialist | Impressionist & Modern Art

Michelle McMullan is a Senior Specialist in the Impressionist and Modern Art team, London.

Michelle works closely with the international Day, Evening and Private Sales teams, responsible for appraising artworks and collections for each of these business channels. Michelle focuses on cultivating client relationships and advising clients on consignments and acquisitions, with a particular affinity for those new to collecting and to the auction world. Michelle led the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale team for five years, delivering the highest grossing sale total in London for the category in 2018. In 2012, Michelle headed the record-breaking sale of Picasso Ceramics from the Madoura Pottery Collection and continues to set new benchmarks for this aspect of Picasso’s oeuvre. Michelle is also a key part of the dynamic team driving interest and results for the Surreal category.

Michelle joined Christie’s in 2009. Previously she worked in commercial industry while earning a B.A. in History of Art and Italian from University College London.

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