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Olga de Amaral : Secrète Alchimie

Olga de Amaral : Secrète Alchimie

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Olga de Amaral, a multifaceted artist born in Bogotá in 1932, is a singular individual ‒ precious and secret, someone to be discovered. Since producing her first works in the 1960s, she has never stopped exploring the array of possibilities afforded by weaving and fibre.

Mysterious, mystical, sacred and shifting, gold animates the surface of her weavings and intertwined pieces as it reflects off them. Starting in the 1970s and through the 1980s, her work expanded, colonising space as her compositions were as much painting and sculpture as weaving. Her works create an intimate, nearly physical relationship with the observer. Each piece is unique, attesting to the time spent creating. Each work clamours to be perused, contemplated and even turned over so the secrets of its design can be admired.

Olga de Amaral: Secrète Alchimie will be on view at Christie’s Paris from 22 – 27 September and open for Online browsing 22 September – 31 October.

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Christie’s Paris Viewing
22 Sep 10am – 6pm
23 Sep 10am – 6pm
24 Sep 10am – 6pm
25 Sep 10am – 6pm
27 Sep 10am – 6pm

Online Viewing
22 September – 31 October

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Etienne Sallon

Etienne Sallon

Head of Evening Sale | Post-War & Contemporary Art

With a background in Law, History and History of Art, Etienne received a master’s degree in Art Market from Sorbonne University and he’s fluent in French and English. He first joined Christie’s in 2012 and has been responsible for the day sales for five years from 2015. Since February 2020, Etienne has been appointed Head of Evening sales in Paris.

Etienne has achieved exceptional results for important modern and contemporary artists both in France and globally. Etienne was involved in key consignments including an Alexander Calder mobile from the Agnès Varda Collection, sold for US$2,592,126, and a large-scale painting by Jean Paul Riopelle, La Promenade, which, at US$1,241,165, established a record for a 1960’s work by the artist. Recently, Etienne helped to secure an important Nicolas de Staël’s painting, Bouteilles (1952), which achieved in London US$ 5.942.472 last year.

Combining his academic pursuits in art and his market knowledge, Etienne has contributed to several Private Sales exhibitions, including Un art autre (artistes autour de Michel Tapié) in 2012, Voir Paris : Une aventure chinoise in 2017, Soulages / Hartung in 2018 and this year Into the fold putting together international artists like Manzoni, Hantaï, Parrino, Stingel, Gilliam or César.

Avec une formation en droit, histoire et histoire de l’art, Etienne a obtenu un master en marché de l’art à l’université de la Sorbonne. Il parle couramment français et anglais. Il a rejoint Christie’s en 2012 et a été responsable des ventes de jours pendant cinq ans à partir de 2015. En février 2020, Etienne a été nommé responsable des ventes du soir à Paris.

Etienne a obtenu des résultats exceptionnels pour d’importants artistes modernes et contemporains tant en France que dans le monde. Il a également participé à d’importantes consignations, dont un mobile d’Alexander Calder provenant de la collection Agnès Varda, vendu 2 592 126 $, et La Promenade, une grande toile de Jean-Paul Riopelle, adjugée 1 241 165 $, établissant le record pour une œuvre des années 1960 de l’artiste. Plus récemment, Etienne a contribué à obtenir Bouteilles (1952) une peinture majeure de Nicolas de Staël, vendue 5 942 472 $ à Londres l’année dernière.

Conjuguant ses recherches académiques en art à sa connaissance du marché de l’art, Etienne a contribué à plusieurs expositions de ventes privées, dont Un art autre (artistes autour de Michel Tapié) en 2012, Voir Paris : Une aventure chinoise en 2017, Soulages/Hartung en 2018 et cette année, Into the fold, rassemblant des artistes internationaux comme Manzoni, Hantaï, Parrino, Stingel, Gilliam ou César.

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