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Event Date3 December 2020 | Live auction 18913

SHAPE(S), L'UNIVERS DES FORMES, African and Oceanic arts

Paris
SHAPE(S), L'UNIVERS DES FORMES, African and Oceanic arts

Sale Overview


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This dedicated sale of African and Oceanic Art highlights the formal inventiveness and the remarkable sculptural qualities of the works selected here. They all enjoy a special status of being either unpublished, iconic or historical. Christie’s is honoured to celebrate the extraordinary creativity of these artists and the infinite richness of their styles that so profoundly marked the art of the XXth century.

This sale equally celebrates some of the greatest collectors: Helena Rubinstein, Nelson Rockefeller, Maurice Girardin, Arman, Marie-Ange Ciolkowska or Pierre Guerre. The current selection was born out of the conviction that the power of aesthetical sense is universal and omnipresent, and “that people are the same everywhere […] and that people everywhere create masterpieces and conceive the world in a way that allows them to produce images that adequately correspond to it.” (Arman)

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