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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.
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.